Exeter Medical School has listed medical school places through UCAS Extra, so if you have been rejected from all of your medical schools then you may wish to consider this as an option. We don’t anticipate that they will have places available for long so you must act quickly if you want to have a shot at being considered. There are few things that you need to take into consideration though:
1. You can only use UCAS extra if you have have been rejected from all 5 UCAS choices. So if you hold no medical school offers but you do have an offer from your 5th choice, you would have to reject it to go through the UCAS extra process. So there is a risk involved, because you could lose your place on a course that you really like. You need to balance this against whether you feel it is worth the risk to have an extra shot at applying to a medical school and this will depend on the following…
a. do you want to go to Exeter Medical School if they offer you a place
b. why were you rejected from your other medical school choices? If you have made it to the interview stage but been rejected after interview, it is likely that your interview technique is what let you down. This means that you have a pretty solid chance of applying but you need some extra interview practice before you go to your Exeter Medical School interview.
2. Make sure that you meet the entry requirements that Exeter are looking for. This includes their UCAT cut off score. If you have less than a 2500 overall score, you are unlikely to be called for interview. However, if you score is close, it is worth ringing the admissions team and asking them if it is worth applying. Their contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries otherwise for course enquiries there is an online form 01392 725500.
3. Reflect on your application honestly. If you do apply, you will have to use the same personal statement and reference that you have already submitted for your application. If you have not been called to interview for any medical schools this year, or maybe just 1, then it is likely that either your grades, personal statement or reference might be letting you down. There is not a lot that you can do about this now, but it is worth emailing the universities that you applied to originally and asking for feedback. This will help you to narrow down where you could improve and it will certainly help if you end up re-applying next year.
4. Finally, if you already hold a medical school offer – DO NOT reject your offer on the chance that Exeter would accept you. Exeter Medical School offers have been a little unpredictable this year, some students who we expected to get offers didn’t and some that we weren’t expecting did. It is not worth the risk, unless you absolutely cannot attend that medical school for personal reasons. If you think you are in this position and want some advice first then ring the Chief Mentors on 01530 417 299.
For information on how to go about applying through UCAS Extra using your UCAS portal click on this link and it will walk you through the process:
Good luck everyone and if you do have any experience or tips for potential students going through this process then comment below. If you have any general questions you can post them too!