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  • Advice For Aspiring Oxbridge, Medics, Vet and Dentists Monday January 27th 2014
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  • This Evening Delivering the facts and dispelling the myths Explaining the admissions process Examining entrance requirements
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  • Oxbridge
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  • Some General Information Oxford and Cambridge are the oldest and most prestigious universities in Britain. Tuition fees at Oxford and Cambridge are almost certain to be the same as other good universities, at the maximum (9,000 per annum).
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  • By no means all subjects are offered, e.g. neither offers Dentistry, Politics (on its own), or Marine Biology, to name just three. Many combinations of subjects are offered, but others are not, e.g. you can study Philosophy & Physics, but not History & Chemistry. Oxford and Cambridge are NOT the best universities for every subject.
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  • The courses on offer may have particular emphases which set them apart from other university courses, e.g. Oxford Law concentrates on topics of intellectual rather than practical importance. There is no such thing as an Oxbridge type in terms of personality (as a survey of teaching staff who attended there would prove!).
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  • The Difference Between the Two Oxford rather than Cambridge -Offer joint honours -More emphasis on GCSE results -Dont look at module scores (Cambridge do) -Have to sit aptitude tests -Much more centralised: University makes the initial decision rather than the college -Interviews last for two days
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  • Subject Choices at GCSE and A Level Currently keen to increase accessibility from the maintained sector. Students will not be rejected due to their schools not offering specific subjects.
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  • Some examples: Classics: neither Latin nor Greek A level an absolute requirement. Similarly for modern languages only ONE ML A level is required. However, it doesnt exactly show much commitment and enthusiasm if you are only doing one language.
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  • Similarly for subjects where Further Maths is recommended: Cambridge Engineering says: Colleges are aware that not all schools offer Further Maths A-level, and will not discriminate against applicants who have not had the opportunity to take it. However, if your school or college is able to offer Further Maths, you are strongly encouraged to study this.
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  • Important to Remember that Entry for all subjects is extremely competitive. If you choose NOT to take a subject which is officially described as Desirable or Recommended you will clearly be putting yourself at a disadvantage compared to other candidates who will be doing these subjects.
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  • A Levels The vast majority of applicants across all subjects at Oxford and Cambridge will be predicted (or have achieved) straight As at A level, and/or one or more A*.
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  • Last year Oxford and Cambridge each turned down 5,000 applicants who went on to get 3 As or better. Standard Cambridge offer is A*AA (but not counting A* in maths for candidates also doing further maths.) Oxford offers for most maths/science subjects will now include an A* in a maths/science subject.
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  • AS Levels Cambridges application form now asks for all module results, including UMS scores to be declared. CU reckons that UMS scores are a very good predictor of degree results and so take them very seriously, and are probably looking for averages of over 90%. Oxfords application form does not ask for module results.
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  • GCSE The norm for those gaining a place: 7 A* at GCSE, with the rest at A grade. Prospective medics will almost certainly need more. This does not mean that there is a formula, especially since Oxbridge admission is for a particular subject at a particular college.
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  • Beyond Getting the Grades Shortage of places even for those who achieve straight As at GCSE and/or A level. What else you need: Passion for your subject Ambition An intellectual curiosity
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  • Check you are doing the right subjects: Not totally obvious: e.g. Law A-level certainly not an advantage for Law. Oxford PPE (philosophy, politics, economics) does not require P, P or E, but does require mathematics. Cambridge Economics requires double maths.
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  • What you dont need: The official policy : academic potential only. Therefore extra-curricular interests or achievements are given no official importance. Again, however, it will vary from tutor to tutor, and fulfilling a large range of commitments may be taken as showing that one could cope well with the pressures of short but busy terms.
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  • What we have planned Jan. 2014: Oxbridge Information evening (Y11 & 12) Feb. 2014: Begin EPQ (Y12) March 2014: Visit to Oxford (Yr. 11 and 12) Admissions to Oxford conference (Y11 & 12) April 2014: Residential taster days at Cambridge (Y12) Visits from speakers (graduates) (Y12) July 2014: Higher Education week (Y12) & weekly meetings with Miss Regan November 2014: Mock Interviews
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  • What you can expect Support and guidance from current Oxbridge tutors and admissions staff Strong links with many colleges Oxbridge interview preparation by experienced external staff Subject preparation by Curriculum specialists at STAGS
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  • So you want to be a doctor? Why? Consider the advantages and disadvantages...
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  • DISADVANTAGES Hard work for both GCSEs and A levels Stressful application procedure Competitive course Long course + life time commitment to learning Stressful and emotional job Constantly watched by the press Family balance
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  • DUTIES of a DOCTOR (GMC) Patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives & health Patient care/1 st concern Protect & promote health of public Good standard practice and care Treat patients as individuals/ respect dignity Work in partnership with patients Be open and honest and act with integrity
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  • ADVANTAGES Helping people! Rewarding job Job security Applying science in a clinical environment Variety everyday Opportunities Elective Teamwork Opportunity to work anywhere Constantly advancing
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  • Where do you want to study? Location -Close or far away from home? -Hospitals -Cost University itself -Campus v city -PBL v traditional course -Integrated degree -Early clinical experience -Entrance requirements/exams/interviews -Year abroad
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  • BMAT universities -Oxford -Cambridge -UCL -Imperial No exam universities -Liverpool -Birmingham -Belfast -Bristol No interview -Southampton -Edinburgh Foundation courses -Bristol -Cardiff -Dundee -UEA -Keele -Kings -Liverpool -Manchester -Nottingham -Queens Belfast -Sheffield -Southampton -St Georges PBL courses -Manchester -Liverpool -UEA -Glasgow -Queen Mary -Peninsula -Sheffield -Keele -Hull and York -Barts
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  • UKCAT UK Clinical Aptitude Test All universities bar 4 require it Taken at test centres, same as driving theory, July to October 4 sections: Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning, Abstract reasoning, Decision Analysis Score out of 3600 Some universities have a cut-off but most dont
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  • BMAT Oxbridge, UCL and ICL only All candidates take test together around beginning of November 3 Sections: Aptitude and skills, Scientific knowledge and Application and Writing task Three sections marked out of 9, 9 and 5A
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  • Medicine is the art of amusing the patient whilst nature cures disease-Voltaire. Explain what this statement means. Argue to the contrary, that medicine is more than just amusement. To what extent do you agree with Voltaire?
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  • How to get there! Work experience Volunteering A levels Read around Extra curricular UCAS p/s BMAT/UKCAT SOCIAL SKILLS! Empathetic, caring, unerrstanding
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  • Selection criteria Academic: Check requirements for individual medical schools GCSEs: -Predictors of academic ability & breadth of knowledge -Ability to organise and be successful at many things at once - A* and A grades A LEVELS: A*AA AAB -Chemistry always a subject requirement, Biology often -Third A level?
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  • Non-academic: personal statements and/or interview Health care career awareness/insight & understanding Caring contribution to the local community Excellent communication skills (reflection) Team work General Interests Knowledge of the programmes Motivation for studies and future career Honesty and Integrity Selection criteria
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  • Long term Caring Work Experience
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  • COMPLETING THE UCAS FORM You can only make four choices for medical courses The closing date for applications is 15th October for Medicine
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  • THE INTERVIEW Procedures and Policies vary between medical schools Find out about your choices Academic knowledge ( not at Liverpool ) C