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Degree: Medicine (Bachelors) - Bristol University
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Kairen (Parent) May 11 2015
Kairen (Parent) May 13 2015
Kairen (Parent) May 7 2015
Bee (Student) May 2 2015
I recently got in to medical school and I know how hard it is. Taking Bristol med school, for example, there were around 4,500 applicants but only 220-or-so places; it is intensely competitive.
I did not go to a very supportive school so I had to find out a lot of the stuff myself- my own A level biology teacher had never even heard of the UKCAT! So I've become a bit of an expert in what universities look for in students.
There are many aspects to a medicine application, from grades to volunteering to admissions tests and it can be somewhat confusing if you are unsure of it all. That is where I come in. I achieved a score of 733 on the UKCAT, ranking in the top 18% of candidates for my year. On top of that I had 3 interviews for 3 different medical schools and achieved offers from all 3. Each of the interviews had a different format: MMI at Bristol; Traditional at Cardiff; Mixed at Exeter. This gives me a unique insight into all the different types of interviews you could have. I do not wish to come across as arrogant; I merely want you to know that I am qualified to help you succeed in getting in to medical school.
Many people will tell you that you cannot prepare for admissions tests or interviews but in my opinion they are completely wrong. Sure, you need to be an empathetic and driven person but what separates those who are in medical school and those who failed to get in is often adequate preparation.see more
Whilst it is imperative to keep an open mind when it comes to what degree you wish to study in university medicine often differs from other subjects. Although many subjects are very difficult to study in university, medicine requires long-term commitment. Even if you do change your mind about what subject you wish to study in university, work experience and excellent grades will only benefit you.
I often think of the medical application process like spinning plates. One plate is your GCSE results, whilst they are extremely important they are not the only factor to be worrying about. Another plate will be work experience. Another voluntary work, and don't forget about A levels, BMAT, UKCAT and all the interviews! The hard thing is that you can't drop any of the plates if you wish to succeed.
This does seem rather daunting, I know it did for me but the key is to have a good idea of what is required and when you need to do it. For example, what GCSEs are ideal for medicine is key as a first step. The answer to this is really any which you enjoy. Most universities do not discriminate on what subjects you do at GCSE, as long as you get the right grades. This brings me on to talk about how important GCSEs are.
This may be harsh but you need to be realistic. Over 80% of medical students in my year (Bristol) achieved 7A* or more at GCSE. Aside from that, 100% of my colleagues took part in some form of volunteering and/or work experience. It is never to early to start planning!see more
A mole is simply a unit of measurement of any substance that contains as many atoms as there are in 12 grams of Carbon-12.
Carbon-12 is the standard by which we compare the mass of any other molecule however; it was not the first option. Originally Hydrogen-1 was used but this was soon discarded as they realized that because of its low mass it was very inaccurate. This is because Hydrogen-1 had a mass of 1.007825- you can imagine how hard it would be to calculate precisely every time! Whereas, Carbon-12 has a mass of 12.000000 so this allows for more precise answers when working out the mass of other molecules.see more