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Just to add on to what Usman has said, some other factors you should consider are;
whether you want to move out/commute
your predicted grades (most medical schools ask for AAA/A*AA)
the city (you'll be spending 5 years or more at your chosen uni, so it's really important for the city/town/campus to be compatible to you)
your UCAT score; i'm assuming you haven't sat your UCAT yet but it's important to look at each uni and their UCAT grade requirements
course structure; do you want PBL/traditional or integrated teaching?
If you consider each of these factors and weigh up the options you currently have, it should narrow down your possible uni choices for you :)
I 100% agree with this. Tailor your medical application to your academic performance. It is easy to get caught out with small details (e.g. not having the correct English GCSE).
Thank you so much! This helps a lot :)
Hi! To add to what everyone has said, I think it is really important to understand how the learning material is delivered in the Universities that you are looking at. They should usually have that up on their official website and if not it is definitely something you can find out at an open day. For example some universities use traditional teaching with lots of lectures and classes and some universities use PBL (problem based learning). I think it is important to decide which method of learning is best suited to you so that you can make the most of the learning opportunities when you are at Uni!
Thank you for your advice - will definitely keep that in mind :)
Hiya, we also have a massive table under the Application to Med school: Ultimate Guide to UK medical schools tab! Do go take a look as it's really useful to compare the different medical schools :)
I will definitely check that out! Thank you :)
Hiiii, thankyou for your question. My name is Maria and I'm one of the co founders of Scrubbed Up. What are your current options? What are you thinking? ;)
I’m not quite sure yet... I was thinking about Bham and Oxbridge (not sure which yet but like the style of course for both) :)
@lhs14prada Oooohhh they're really good choices!!! If you like learning from lectures they are perfect for you. One of the main selling points of Oxbridge has to be their small group teachings, I think they call them tutorials? This can be so useful when youre struggling to get your head wrapped around a concept
@Maria Chowdhury yes! I really like that aspect of the course as well as its traditional style. Thank you :)
Hi. That's a great question. I always found that the best way was to go to as many open days, visits and taster sessions as possible. Then you can speak to students and get a feel for what the course is like (e.g. if the learning style is right for you, what the city is like and if the university is right for you). Even with the coronavirus, universities will still be trying to hold virtual open days so go to as many as you can.
Thank you! How is your medical school?
@lhs14prada Yeah, I have really enjoyed it. There always something new to get involved with - fully body dissections, practising talking to simulated patients (actors that pretend to be patients) and the early visits to GPs and hospitals. It is one of the degrees that you can never get bored with. These have definitely been the highlight for me so far.
@Usman That sounds really interesting- thank you!