After you’ve received an offer, you might get an invite to an Offer Holder event at the Medical School. In normal times you’d be invited to come and look around the facilities, experience some aspects of the course and meet other students. But for 2021, these might be happening remotely!
In one of my offer holder days, I was able to have a go at a mock PBL and try out some consultation skills with simulated patients, and join some talks and Q&A sessions.
I think these events are definitely worth attending because they really help you to get a feel of what the course and university environment are like, as well as the course structure.
Even if you’re certain you’re going to “firm” your offer, you should still go for the day as it is also an opportunity to meet a lot of your potential peers – there are quite a few people I know now from my offer holder day!
The deadline for making the decisions on UCAS is June 10. It’s incredibly difficult to change your reply to offers once you’ve made them, so you need to take your time with this decision.
Go to those offer holder days, talk to students, have a search about what the university is like to help you. Have a look at social media to see what existing students share, and get a taste of what life could be like.
Remember that you have to place a “firm” and an optional “insurance” choice. If you do choose to select an insurance offer, make sure the grade requirements are lower than that of the firm so it can serve its purpose!
If you have only received one offer for Medicine, you may want to think about whether you want to place your 5th choice as your insurance or whether you’d prefer to leave it blank.
After you’ve accepted an offer, you’ll usually be able to apply for university accommodation. This varies from uni to uni, and some even allow you to apply for accommodation if you’ve placed them as your insurance choice. However, be aware that there are usually deadlines associated with applying so do get on top of it as soon as possible!
Most universities offer accommodation tours and there’s always plenty of information available on their websites about the different places you can live. You may want to talk to current students as they’ll be able to give you a true picture of what a certain accommodation is like, convenience, distance from the university etc.
Whilst you will have a few little details to sort out, it’s imperative that you are not distracted from getting those A-Level grades. This is arguably the most important part of the application as it can make or break everything you’ve worked for up until now. Make sure to sort out any problematic topics, summarise everything down to make it easier to learn (here are some notes for Biology and Chemistry) and then focus on past papers!
Whilst it’s important to not allow your future prospects to distract you too much, a little bit of thought and celebration regarding your achievement can’t harm! It’s also worth thinking about what on offer could mean, what university life might be like to serve as a motivator for you to plough through those A-level exams!
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