great year’ for Concord’s prospective medics, dentists and vets

Monday September 14, 2020

2020 marked another great year for Concord’s leavers achieving excellent A Level results and university offers. 41 applicants successfully gained places for hugely competitive courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences – an increase of 7 places from 2019 – which was already ‘excellent’ according to Concord’s Head of Science, Mr Barry Brown. Said Mr Brown: “The range of top-quality institutions was again phenomenal with 2 students gaining places at Cambridge, 2 at UCL, 1 at Imperial and 3 at the University of Hong Kong, where the standard offer is A*A*A*A! “In addition to these, students also gained places at King’s, Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, St George’s, St. Andrew’s, Cardiff, Dundee, UCLAN, RCVS and overseas in Lithuania.” The support programme at Concord for medical applicants carefully guides them through the application process, matching them up with suitable institutions to reflect their strengths and weaknesses. Added my Brown: “Admissions is highly complex and varies significantly from university to university. Some place more emphasis on the admissions tests, of which there are two different ones; some use the personal statement, some do not; some score GCSE’s, some do not; and the weighting for the interview is also variable. “To navigate successfully through this minefield of obstacles is a real challenge and Concordians were fortunate to have a dedicated team of six UCAS Coordinators to advise and support them, plus access to the wonderful alumni network of medical students and serving doctors.” This year, the college has a further 40 current students applying for 2021 entry and, despite the impact of Covid, they are already well on their way to completing personal statements after working through the summer holidays remotely online with their UCAS Coordinators via Microsoft Teams. Reflecting on the hard work and dedication of students and staff, Concord’s Assistant Principal (University Admissions and Careers), Dr Rob Pugh said: “With many Concord students choosing a career in Medicine every year, it is essential that we can provide the necessary support to improve their chances of being successful. “The hugely impressive figures are an endorsement of what staff and students at Concord are doing. We are hugely proud of what these students have achieved once again.”