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  • Mine was ok and asked standard questions why medicine,why southamtpon wot abt u did they ask any ethical case questions coz they did frm me and someone1 told me they dont so i was devastated to get it and basically i messed it up and did they gav u an option to ask any questions?
    Hey can you message me coz i also got interview for southampton so i was thinking if we can discuss together on msn and see how we can prepare so let me knw

    i will be awaiting for your reply

    Kind regards
    Ahh cheers :D I'm so happy its unreal :p and no I haven't heard from HYMS or liverpool yet..dont hull tell us in february? Have you heard anything?
    hey! Thanks :)

    I had foreign GCSE's so they might not mean much to you. But i got AAAB at A levels and around 690 ukcat. Hope that helps..
    I apologise for not writing back I'm quite noobish on this im afraid. I got 625 average on ukcat all scores above 600. My predicted grades are all a's but i got 3 a's an a b in chem at 'as'. I dropped physics with an a in it though so hopefully im going on for AABa or AAAa. Now A* come into play though you really don't know what they might do
    hey, mine were IGCSE's though, but i applied to leeds (dumb idiots rejected me without me) st andrews (cows-rejected me without interview) dundee - (stupid monkeys rejected me after interview) then newcastle --woop woop !! at the end of the day im glad i got rejected wher i got rejected, cz i don't see myself at those places for 5 years, although it did hit hard wen i got the rejections. the worst one was dundee, they gave me feedback, n positive numbers were good, and for all the subsections they gave me minus, my highest must have been lyk -1.5. they gave me -3.8 for knowledge of a medical career or summat, which was silly cz i soon got my offer from newcastle, now if i wasnt a good candidate, i.e. a "negative" candidate, i wouldnt hv my offer.
    I'm doing an A-level this year and reapplying.

    I was predicted AAB. I got 19/24 for my personal statement, 11/22 for academia and referee statement, giving me 30/46. You needed 38 for an interview. Hence, I wouldn't advise you apply there.
    I was unsuccessful at Leeds - academia and referee statement let me down.
    I withdrew from Nottingham, but I doubt I'd have been interviewed anyway.

    The offer was irrelevant. I got AAC and consequently missed it.
    Held an offer at Keele. Though there are a bunch of medical schools that'll still give you a shot with such GCSEs. Newcastle, Durham, Peninsula, Aberdeen, Leicester...
    No worries. The majority of UK medschools use PBL now. Each group has a facilitator who is usually some sort of researcher or lecturer, but they're told not to spoonfeed us and some don't like to assist you at all apart from making sure the conversation flow keeps going. Yeah, there will be 1 or 2 people in all groups who contribute less than others, and there will occasionally be a clash of information from different sources and it can be difficult to tell who is right. But that's why you have 3 sessions and also an online 'Wiki' where we can post our findings out of class. You just check with lots of different sources, some sources will be more reliable than others and you can ask one of the staff in life sciences who seem to know EVERYTHING.

    I don't think GCSEs matter that much. GCSEs will matter if they're bad, which yours aren't. So do you have your A levels now? You might be surprised to hear that the majority of people have to apply more than once to get in anywhere, most people go on 'forced' gap years. I was underpredicted unfortunately and so didn't get in anywhere in my first set of aps, but because of this, I got to have an amazing gap year and it's the experiences I had during that year, that I was able to talk about at interview and which probably got me my place here.

    Advice for a peninsula app: Peninsula have a little reputation for being 'touchy-feely' in the application process. They love to hear about your opinions, your feelings and your emotions at interview (which is why it's VERY important to listen to exactly what the question asks: 'what would you do' and 'what would you feel like' are polar opposites). Talk about your academia, your experiences and why these experiences matter in this application.
    Hey. Oh PBL is absolutely the way to go - a traditional course would be a nightmare in comparison! There are pros and cons to both but PBL is far better. We get a new case scenario each fortnight and work in groups of about 8, and pick apart the story to find things that we want to research. We meet twice more over the fortnight to share our findings and discuss points. Alongside PBL, we learn clinical skills relevant to the case unit (e.g. how to perform an ECG in a scenario with cardio issues) and you'll learn the anatomy, physiology and everything else inbetween, in plenaries (our version of lectures), in life sciences, on placements, etc! I'd personally hate to learn purely by lectures. In lectures, things can get monotonous and run too fast for you to gain the information, and you only have the one person telling you this information. Whilst in PBL, 8 of you can pool your answers together and you might hear about something you wouldn't have otherwise heard in a lecture. And it's much easier to contribute in a group of 8 than in a lecture to 100. I don't think there really is a bad image of PBL, I think people just like to moan!

    A typical fortnight in first year has:
    6 hours of clinical skills (over 2 sessions)
    6 hours of PBL (over 3 sessions)
    6 hours of life sciences (over 2 sessions)
    2 hour evidence based practice - the maths and stats side!
    2 hour placement
    2 hour jigsaw - where we discuss placements and more public health/human science type of things
    7 hours of plenaries (each is an hour. Including a WRAP - a summary of the previous fortnight with sample exam questions)
    2ish hour workshop - an 'interactive' lecture, focusing on more personal issues and public health.

    But on top of that you have to do SDL (self-directed learning). PBL, life sciences, clinical skills, everything is mainly a starting point and a pooling area for information, so you're expected to research most things yourself. Most people tend to do 2-4 hours of SDL per day, with a day or two off each week.

    With Peninsula you would be moving around the south-west over the 5yrs and you're allocated to a 'team' which tells you how you'll be rotating. So I'm Exeter, Exeter, Plymouth, Plymouth, Truro over the 5 years. Am now entering 2nd year in Exeter and it's wonderful. Social life is fantastic, the people are great, can't think of anything really outrageous. There are no large supermarkets near the accommodation site, just 'smaller versions' of them like tesco express and a small somerfields, so that's a little annoying, but if you know someone with a car, catch the bus, or if you have a bike then there shouldn't be a problem there.

    Are you in the process of applying???
    hey sorry i never replied man didn't see you there I'm new on this. My predicted grades I don't know yet, but i suspect all a's. Im applying to liverpool and hull and don't quite know the 2 others yet its between east anglia, keele, lancaster, leeds and peninsula tbh most of the unis are good for our gcses especially manchester newcastle providing you get an ok ukcat, but i just don't fancy them sheffield too.
    Loads of practicals, especially for Chemistry/Biochem, with write-ups which count towards part of your overall mark. Labs lasted 3 hours each session. There was obviously supporting lectures and seminars, nothing like the hours at Nottingham however, you are looking at between 4 to 10 hours a week depending on timetable.

    The city was fab, I loved Lincoln! The uni is close to the city centre where there's loads of shops, bars etc. The people are also very nice! The great think about studying at Lincoln is that your group will be small, therefore you will get to meet some good friends that will remain with you at Nottingham! :)

    Medicine at Notts is going well thanks! Currently writing my dissertation and loving it!

    Hope everything is going well for yourself!

    Trudes
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