Published on September 2, 2023
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How to Apply Strategically to UK Medical Schools in 2023
What are strategic applications?
As the UCAS deadline draws closer, you may be thinking of which universities to apply to. It’s important to apply where you are most likely to be offered an interview, rather than applying only to your preferred universities with hopes that they may take you on board. It’s very common for students to receive 4 pre-interview rejections due to a failure to apply strategically.
Consider the following scenario: Amy achieved 2600 on her UCAT. She is considering applying to X, Y and Z universities. However, X university’s recent statistics show a UCAT cut-off score of 2650, so it would not be worth applying to X university. On the other hand, Y university places a 25% emphasis on UCAT score and a 75% emphasis on A-level predictions. Amy has 3 A* predictions, so based on their scoring criteria, she would be in a very good position to obtain an interview. Z university had a UCAT cut-off score of 2600 last year and they will announce their cut-off score once all of the applications are received for the year. In this case, it would not be wise to apply to Z university as it’s not a safe option – this can instead be considered a gamble.
It’s always advisable to apply to universities which will safely, and most likely, offer you an interview. After all, you cannot progress to the next stage of the medical school application without an interview.
How can MedicHut help? Every year, we do extensive research into the admissions criteria of each university to better understand which universities our students should send their applications to. With years of expertise and the most up-to-date information about UK medical schools, we can help you to maximise your chances of receiving interviews this year!
Strategic Applications Advisory Session
Every year, we do extensive research into the admissions criteria of each university to better understand which universities our students should send their applications to. If you sign up for an advisory session, our admissions experts will run through all of your qualifications and your preferred universities to advise on which universities are most likely to offer you an interview. We’ll work with you to help you progress to the next stage of the medical school application process.
Once booked, we’ll take information about your UCAT score, GCSEs (or equivalent), A-levels (or equivalent), preferred universities, fee status, and any other queries you may have. Our admissions experts will then collate your data and organise a 30-minute advisory session to discuss the best universities for you to apply to, taking on board any preferences.
Free Strategic Applications Webinar
Sunday 10th September 2023
10:00 – 11:00
This short webinar will teach you the fundamentals of strategic applications and provide up-to-date information on admissions criteria for 2023-2024 applicants.