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Is medicine the course for you?

Only around 40% of applicants for medicine are successful in gaining places. Does this mean that the remaining 60% were unsuitable? The answer, of course, is no. Many of those who are rejected are extremely strong candidates, with high grades at GCSE and AS under their belts and the personalities and qualities that would make them into excellent doctors. There… Read more »


Putting the final polish on your personal statement

A great personal statement is a work of art, not a hastily written paragraph or two. It takes time to research, plan, draft and then re-draft. Do not be afraid to re-draft many times. You can enter between 1,000 and 4,000 characters or a maximum of 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines)… Read more »


Missed your uni offer? Don’t panic!

If your exam results surprised you – and not in a good way – and mean you’ve missed your uni offer, then you might feel like escaping to a desert island where the word ‘UCAS’ is not in the vocabulary. And you can: dress it up as a gap year, re-take a few exams and… Read more »


What to do on A Level results day … and after

Read Brian Heap’s advice from HEAP University Degree Course Offers on what to do on A Level results day … and after: Be at home! Do not arrange to be away when your results are published. If you do not achieve the grades you require, you will need to follow an alternative course of action and… Read more »


Submitted your UCAS application? Here’s what happens next

UCAS will send you a welcome email acknowledging receipt of your application and confirming your personal details and the courses you have applied for. You must check that this information is correct, and contact the UCAS Customer Contact Centre immediately if it is not (0371 486 0468, between 8.30a.m. and 6p.m., Monday to Friday, or… Read more »


Last minute tips for students applying for medical, veterinary or dental school

With the closing date for applications for medicine, veterinary medicine, veterinary science and dentistry degrees fast approaching, here are some last minute tips to bear in mind: The all-important UCAS application A typical medical, veterinary or dental school could receive well over a thousand applications for a relatively small number of places. Your application therefore needs to… Read more »