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How to choose a medical school

Choosing a medical school is a really important decision. It is where you will study for the next 4, 5 or 6 years, and may also influence where you practice medicine in future. The decision on where to study will eventually come down to where you are offered a place and then your personal preferences. Deciding on where you wish to study is a very personal decision. However, deciding on the four schools to put down on your UCAS form can be a very difficult decision, especially when there are over 35 UK medical schools, and even more outside of the...
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I didn’t get a ‘good enough’ UCAT score – what should I do?

So you’ve sat UCAT and feel that you didn’t get a good enough UCAT score. What should you do now? Firstly, it’s important to note that there is no score achieved in UCAT that is not ‘good enough’ to get into medicine, as there are many routes into medicine. It is possible to gain entry into medicine even with a low UCAT score. If you achieve a low UCAT score, it can feel like the world is ending and all hope of getting into medicine is destroyed. However, with determination, hard work, organisation, and knowledge of the various pathways into medicine...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 3 – Where to Apply with a Good UCAT Score

In this blog series we are exploring how you should use your UCAT scores strategically when applying to UCAS for medical school, in order to maximise your chances of securing a place. In this blog we will be focusing on which universities you should consider applying to with a good UCAT score (a UCAT score in the range of 655-705). What does my UCAT score mean? A UCAT score of 655-705 is considered a good score. Combined with sufficient academic grades, a UCAT score in this range would be sufficient to obtain an interview at almost all UCAT requiring universities, apart...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 4 – Where to Apply with a Medium UCAT Score

In this blog series we are exploring how to use your UCAT scores when applying to medical school. Depending on the UCAT score that you have achieved, you should apply to universities which will maximise your chances of securing a place in medicine. In this blog we will discuss the universities that you should consider applying to if you have achieved a medium UCAT score (615-650). What is a medium UCAT score? A UCAT score of 615-650 is considered medium or ‘average’. Last year’s average UCAT score was 627.5. If you have strong academic grades, a UCAT score in this range...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 5 - Where to Apply with a Low UCAT Score

In this blog series we are discussing how you should use your UCAT scores strategically when applying to UCAS, in order to maximise your chances of securing a place in medical school. In this blog we will focus on which universities you should consider applying to with a low UCAT score (615 and below). What is a low UCAT score? A UCAT score of less than 615 is slightly below average. Last year's average UCAT score was 627.5. Combined with strong academic grades and high-quality extracurricular activities, a place at medical school is still very much possible so long as your choices...
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3 Top Tips For Creating Your Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement can be daunting. It is challenging to craft an original and personal document which effectively communicates your experiences and achievements. Note that while it is normal to want to perfect every aspect of your application in order to maximise your chances of obtaining an offer, personal statement is just one piece of the broader medical entry puzzle.  Most universities will not read personal statements or make interview invitations based on its content. However, at some universities, personal statement is considered. You should therefore aim to write the best personal statement possible. Keeping the following tips in mind...
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