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By Joanna Tait and Stewart Rodney. Application to Medicine. Hurdles for Applying to Medicine. Grades at Higher UKCAT Personal Statement Which Universities Interview . 1. Grades at Higher. Grades at Higher: Scottish Uni’s. St. Andrew’s :

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hurdles for applying to medicine
Hurdles for Applying to Medicine
  • Grades at Higher
  • UKCAT
  • Personal Statement
  • Which Universities
  • Interview
grades at higher scottish uni s
Grades at Higher: Scottish Uni’s
  • St. Andrew’s:
  • Credit 1 at Standard Grade in Maths and Sciences
  • a minimum of AAAAB at Higher
  • at least 2 A grade predictions for S6 study in either new Highers or Advanced Highers.
  • Edinburgh:
  • 2 at S.Grade at Bio, Chem, Maths and English
  • AAAAB at Higher (Chem + 2 from Bio/Physics/Maths)
  • Advanced Higher- advice 2 (chem + bio most relevant)
grades at higher scottish uni s1
Grades at Higher: Scottish Uni’s
  • Aberdeen:
  • AAAAB, Chemistry required + 2 from Biology, Maths & Physics + 2 others
  • Glasgow:
  • Minimum of AAAAB at one sitting including Chemistry and Biology and either Mathematics or Physics.
  • Pass in SG English at Grade 2 or an Intermediate 2 pass in English or above is required.
  • Can do Chemistry or Biology as a crash Higher in S6 if Grades AAAAB are obtained in S5. (Minimum Grade B required in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Physics Higher in S6.)
  • Candidates are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5.
grades at higher scottish uni s2
Grades at Higher: Scottish Uni’s
  • Dundee:
  • AAABB grades at SQA Higher
  • The subjects must include Chemistry and another Science subject, all to be obtained in 5th year.
  • We also require Biology at least to Standard Grade.
  • Applications supported by AAAAC grades from 5th year will also be considered, provided the C grade is not in Higher Chemistry. (Approx. 6% of candidates sitting 5 Highers attain these grades).
  • Achievement at standard grade will also be taken into account.
  • We have no requirements at Advanced Higher but studies must be completed.
grades at higher english uni s
Grades at Higher:English Uni’s
  • Oxford:
  • AA in Advanced Highers(taken in one academic year)
  • AAAAA in Highers(taken in one academic year)
  • Applicants are required to offer:

Chemistry (compulsory) at Advanced Higher AND

At least one from Biology, Physics and Mathematics at Higher.

  • UCL
  • Highers alone do not fulfil the entry requirements.
  • 3 Advanced Highers- Grades AAA
  • must include Chemistry and Biology.
ukcat test
UKCAT TEST
  • UK Clinical Aptitude Test
  • All UK medical applicants must sit
  • Suggest you sit end of summer – September
  • (15th October deadline for UCAS)
ukcat test1
UKCAT TEST
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Decision Analysis
quantitative example
QUANTITATIVE EXAMPLE

How many shop buildings are less than 5 metres high?

6

9

12

15

21

quantitative example1
QUANTITATIVE EXAMPLE

How many shop buildings are less than 5 metres high?

6

9

12

15

21

verbal example
VERBAL EXAMPLE

The museum in Bradford, where Shakespeare was born, holds artefacts...

Shakespeare was born in a museum in Bradford.

  • True
  • False
  • Can’t Tell
personal statement
PERSONAL STATEMENT

Show you:

  • Want to study medicine
  • You have taken measures to understand what a career in medicine involves

- work experiences

- medic insight days/talking to doctors

  • Committed, dedicated to pursuing a career in medicine
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PERSONAL STATEMENT
  • Some pointers to include:
  • Work experience (GP or Hospital Medicine)
  • Volunteer Work (Old Folk’s Home, DDCA)
  • Positions of Responsibility (Head Boy, Leader at Scouts, JNCO)
  • Academic strength in science
  • Caring, empathy
  • Co-Curricular activities
work experience
WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience

General Practice

Hospital Medicine

  • Contact a practice (email/phone/write letter)
  • Arrange some time to shadow GP
  • Contact Ashludie
  • Assigned a supervisor
  • Observe Hospital Medicine
  • Medic Insight programme
  • Medic Week through school
work experience1
WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience

General Practice

Hospital Medicine

  • Asked a family friend (GP)
  • Shadowed for 1 day
  • Went on reception
  • Observe consultations and
  • Home visits

Contacted someone

Day in A+E

work experience2
WORK EXPERIENCE

Work Experience

General Practice

Hospital Medicine

  • Contact Ashludie
  • Assigned a supervisor (Iain Tait)
  • Endoscopy, Liver Clinic, Radiology, MDT meeting, Pathology, Paediatric Clinic, Paediatric Theatre, A+E
  • Wrote to Muirhead Practice
  • Spent three days in GP
  • Minor surgery, consultations, home visits
  • Sense of community

2 week research project into GISTs

work experience3
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Experience + What you learned
  • Don’t list various complicated procedures lacking insight
  • Be prepared to be tested on everything you include
4 which universities
4. Which Universities
  • Ranking procedure
  • Influencial factors e.g. Your UKCAT score or Highers
  • Type of course – integrated, PBL
future meetings
FUTURE MEETINGS
  • Personal Statement Help
  • UKCAT Help
  • Interview Workshop
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