2006 (deferred entry)

 offer made


 Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers



 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School


Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

( predicted A; gained NA)

( predicted A; gained NA)

( predicted A; gained NA)

( predicted A; gained A)

( predicted A; gained A)

( predicted A; gained A)

( predicted A; gained A)

( predicted A; gained A)

Details about the offer


A (AH) in Biology, A (AH) in Chemistry, A (AH) in Mathematics

Didn’t have to achieve a grade in Physics higher.



 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

I liked the traditional medicine course, and also thought it would be a good challenge to apply.

Visited both on an open day, much prefered Cambridge as a town, Oxford felt a little bland.

Because I want to be a doctor!

Visited it on an open day, felt friendly, liked the library (and the bar and the coffee shop…)



Just some help on filling in the CAF form.

Read around your subject, ie for medicine pop-sciency books such as Richard Dawkins, Matt Ridley and also New Scientist. Aside from being really interesting anyway it gives you something to talk about in the interview.



BMAT exam… I got 6.2, 5.0, 12.0 (if I remember rightly). The practice book really helped me, esp. for the written section, getting used to writing in the time limit. Revise GCSE level science.



Seemed terrible at the time, but they mustn’t have been too bad as I got an offer!

Had 2, each 15 minutes or so, very nice warm pink waiting room to sit in before them and chat to the other applicants.

General biology-related stuff, all very medical and the sort of questions you had to think around rather than having an instant answer. There was some stuff about blood circulation and also mother/baby immune system interactions, and some questions about a skull.

A suit, thought it would be better to be overdressed than underdressed.


Big and scary. Much more daunting in the dark than during the sunny open days.

Stayed for two nights as pretty far from home, room was quite big with good facilities (shower, sink, desk etc) nice view over a little quad.. decoration not exactly beautiful though. The corridor smelt funny.

Dinner was fine, breakfast was ehh.. watery scrambled eggs. Ugh.

Nice in retrospect. Terrifying at the time.

Only talked to a couple for a few minutes during which they seemed nice but obsessed with me being Scottish.

Final stage

Not too bothered up until a week or so before when I began to get a bit nervous. Was more nervous about getting an offer from any medical school at all, to be honest!

Got letter, felt it was pretty thick so knew it was good news, opened to have it confirmed, was very happy and phoned friends and family 🙂 Then started revising for my prelim exams 3 weeks later..

Looking back

Yep, nothing ventured nothing gained.

Just go for it, make sure you’ve thought around your subject a fair bit, and don’t get scared if the interview feels like it went terribly – you never know.