First of all, their entry requirements is AAA. Again this is, to my advantage, something different from last year because they no longer required 0.5 subjects. Therefore, I can give my full commitment towards achieving 3A* rather than 4A*. In fact, the English requirement is pretty easy because they only required us to get a good grades for GCSE O-Level English, which I do very well in it with an A1. I am glad that my hardwork during my secondary schools paid off. However, I still have to do well in IELTS because Oxford University still required them. Nevertheless, world is such a nasty place. Only the fittest will survive. (Now I'm talking about the theory of evolution). Therefore, continuous struggle is not something odd or even fatal.
Secondly, they made it clear about their selection process. Throughout this period of 5 months (I think), I have been wondering how do they choose people because they do not interview applicants. That become crystal clear after she clarified to us. the process is as follow.
- Minimum requirement
- First of all, they would filter out applicants who do not satisfy their minimum entry requirements.
- They look on the predicted grade.
- For those who do not meet this, I want to say that your journey ends here. Hehe.. Try again next year.
- For those who meets or even exceed, you will be given your first internal points. (Later I explained what is the use of this internal point)
- Next, you would be required to undertake this entrance test.
- Again, you will be given your second internal point based on your UKCAT score.
- Personal statement
- Here comes the role of your impressive and spectacular personal statement.
- They will read through your PS and give your third and final internal point.
- They look for relevant work experience, i.e. (according to Ms. Kylie) based on this mnemonics, MACK.
- MACK stands for motivation, achievements, commitment and knowledge.
- In short, they will look on how well-rounded you are.
- Ranking and offers
- After you have gone through all three phases, your internal points will be added up and rank according to it.
- The top xx would be offered a place but the offer is conditional upon meeting requirements.
- xx represent the number of intakes for that particular year.
- Beware that there is international quota of only 16 place.
- Your conditional offer will be most probably depends on how much predicted grades you present to them. If you put 4, you will be given a higher internal points but of course your conditional offer would higher than applicants who put only three subjects.
- So, choose your subjects wisely.
Thirdly, in terms of their climate, Scotland, Edinburgh in particular, is not as cold as I have imagined. She showed us a statistics of the fluctuations in max and min temperature throughout the year. I do not know to what extent this is true because I have not find some time to check on it. But that is not a big deal because it wont matter.
Fourthly, when I asked her what kind of system does Edinburgh medical school adheres to, her answer gave me some thing entirely new about choosing medical school. She said actually this does not matter most because usually the medics are only looking towards medicine as a degree regardless of the way it is trained. The only important thing for us to consider is to adapt ourselves to different situations. Again, this remind me of something. Success does not lie on where you are but what you do to achieve it.
I think that's all for today though I am sill tempted to write more. Anyway, this would be enough for me to make sure I retain the information I gained today.
Note-to-self : I've began to see a general pattern in your post. Every time you start explaining new points, you tends to number it. What do you think? Is it great?
My subconscious mind: I am just trying to be organised.
Me:Why don't you come out with some sort of easy-to-read and interactive format.
My subconscious mind: I'll think of it. ya!
Dr SyafQ.92 - 4A* - (^-^)