Applying to medicine using your strengths: Decoding university admissions policies.

Applying to medicine can be one of the most confusing and stressful times. Your faced with a sea of applicants who have amazing grades and entrance exams scores, are baffled into confusion by each universities admissions policy and are just unsure what will make the cut.

Each year thousands of people apply to medicine, competition ratios are incredibly high with many more applicants to offers, and around 60% of applicants will get 4 rejections when applying to medicine due to this. Hence it is so important to give yourself the best shot at getting an offer, the best way to do this is to apply to medical schools where your credentials stand out. For example applying to a medical school which only uses the UKCAT to score candidates for interview when you have a score over 800 will mean you will be selected for sure, whereas if you apply with a score below 600 you will not be competitive.

During my application cycle I really struggled to ‘decode’ the admissions policies of each university, and it was hard to know not only what they were looking for, but also what would be good enough to be competitive there. One of the major regrets of my application was not understanding these admissions policies and applying to places where my application just drowned in a see of other more qualified people, but I didnt know that at the time.

What I have created is a document which collates all of the information found on the university admissions policies for GCSEs, Alevels and entrance exams at each medical school for A100 and placed them together so it is easy to see at a glance where you will not stand out and where you are likely to be a strong applicant. This document is made by myself completely, but does not replace any university admissions document and the information in this document may not be completely accurate and up to date, so can I ask anyone that uses it to ensure before going any further you check the universities website to double check your requirements meet the standard.

I hope this document helps people, TSR have a resource very similar but sadly it is a little out of date hence why I felt it important to make a more up to date version.

2017 entry NRM2707 admissions policy document: 

A100 2017 entry admissions policies (NRM2707-FDB)

PLEASE NOTE! SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY HAVE UPDATED THEIR ADMISSIONS POLICY AND NOW RANK THE HIGHEST UKCAT SCORES FOR INTERVIEW, I WILL UPDATE THE DOCUMENT ASAP BUT I AM CURRENTLY AWAY WITH NO ACCESS TO A COMPUTER!

When asked for password just select open the document as read only!

I hope this helps anyone applying to medicine and helps ease confusion by having everything in one place. Please if you notice any incorrect information contact me so I can edit it to prevent the spread of incorrect information. Please read the disclaimer on the first page!

Natalie x

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