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  1. Good point! There's also a completely new medical school at Aston University (literally the first year they allow undergrads to apply for medicine is this year!) and they also have 665 requirement. They only let in 60 undergrads this year but I know for a fact this med school is under the radar and many aren't aware of its existence (or are afraid to apply because it's new), so it might be worth a shot!
  2. You give us almost 0 background information about what you're applying for. Some universities, for example, only allow students in who have a minimum of a 6 predicted in each subject (though this is usually a subject-based thing - e.g Leicester for medicine). Yes, you could apply there, but remember it's not only about meeting (or exceeding) the criteria, but also about being competitive. Will that 4 make you competitive enough? What subject is it in? Does it relate to your degree? What does your (relevant) work experience and wider reading look like? University applications are much more than just PGs, and with this little information we cannot help you. If you took GCSEs remember that Oxford puts a rather huge pressure on these for some subjects (e.g. medicine or engineering), and use them as screening pre-interview. Then again I myself am not applying there, so maybe @Gaby could give more useful insight into this.
  3. Tag urself, I'm "crying for no reason".
  4. I am currently enrolled in geography SL so my memory is slightly more fresh on this. The IB is, for the most part, unbiased. We learn about all the positive and negative impacts of any policy that has been introduced. Today we discussed the Millennium Development Goals, and the fact that nowadays Eastern Asia has 103 girls enrolled for 100 boys, where many of these boys underachieve due to the stereotypes associated with the typical "male". I highly doubt IB geography has a major bias in its curriculum, but some of it will surely be present somewhere if you look super close. It didn't affect my learning experience at all.
  5. As a medical applicant who is about to send off their application this week, I can tell you that English will have next to 0 of importance. So far I had my fair share of mock interviews (well, 3 sets of 6 MMIs), and my language proficiency was important, but definitely not aided by the English A course. In fact, I'd say it was TOK and my non-scientific subjects which helped me shine at interviews, as compared to the A-level peers I was scored against. The only difference is that universities might require you to take the IELTS, which (according to someone I know) is, quote: "piss easy". You have bio and chem which are the most important ones, so don't fret. Good luck with IB!
  6. I suggest against applying to Manchester. My friend got 2450 in the UKCAT and he chose universities which were not that keen on selecting students mainly through the UKCAT. I didn't do that well myself (2620), so I chose GCSE-heavy universities where my interview chances are much, much higher. If you have good predicted grades (39+ I'd say), you should try BMAT unis such as Oxbridge or UCL/Imperial. Make sure you like their style of teaching, though, because it is quite significantly different to the typical 5-year medical course. Also, some unis might require a 7 predicted in chemistry (e.g. UCL), so keep that in mind as well. Some less UKCAT-heavy unis are: -Birmingham -Aberdeen -Keele -Leicester (if you have good GCSEs, so 7A*+, you are almost guaranteed an interview) - QMUL (but here you really need stellar GCSEs and band 1 or 2 in SJT) -Bristol (50% is personal statement - crazy!) Regarding the personal statement. Unis are aware of the sheer competition surrounding the medical degree, and are more-often-than-not willing to accept students who don't mention the course they applied for in their personal statement. That's what I've been told by admission officers at King's College London, Birmingham, and Manchester. As long as it is somewhat relevant to the medical degree (you will be almost 100% rejected if you apply for theatre studies or English literature for you 5th choice) you should be fine. Though, worth noting, is that applying to somewhere like Oxbridge or Durrham for your 5th choice might be risky, as these unis already have a high demand for their courses with students who write personal statements directly related to the course they're applying to. Personally, I chose molecular genetics, as it is something I'm very interested in. If you have any questions, hit me up.
  7. That means said topics are only to be covered as part of the HL syllabus. Therefore, since you're in HL, you should be covering it in class. The fact your coordinator does not know this worries me slightly.
  8. There is no way we can predict that with the little information you've given us. If this is your first test in IB, then don't worry. We all started with rough grades in maths HL before going up the ladder, slowly but steadily. However, calculus plays a rather important role in HL mathematics, so you have to make sure you understand what you've done wrong on the test to improve and be able to score a 7 at the end of the two years. Predicted grades don't mean much if you don't meet your college offers later on! HL maths requires a lot of hard work and consistency. I wasn't that talented at maths but managed a 6 in IB1 on my final exam, so I'm sure you can manage that or even more.
  9. Well, you kinda answered your question. The IB only every allows 3 or 4 HLs, and extra certificates on top of that. They would have no issue with 4HL + 2SL combo, together with 2HL certificates (in fact, there was someone on this forum who did exactly that 2-3 years ago), but they simply can't allow you to do 5HLs as part of your regular diploma. It's the rules, sadly, and there is nothing that can be done about it. Unlike the rule where you can do the irregular diploma with 3 sciences, there are no universities that require a student to take 5HLs, so there's no way around this. Plus, you wouldn't have wasted a year. You expanded your knowledge and your wisdom in that specific area, which is always good. Yes, you worked hard, and it might not "pay off" by the fact it has 'higher level' next to the subject name. But if that's how you quantify your work and whether it's wasted or not, then it's not a good approach to learning. At the end of the day, you know the extra effort you put into that subject. That is all that should ever matter.
  10. I doubt your school can “guarantee” anything. It’s up to your personal strengths and interests. Don’t take subjects that are “an easy 7” because more often than not they are the opposite of that. I take geography purely because I have 0 interest in history. It might be regarded as the easier out of the two, but I have classmates who take history and score 7s but would struggle with geography due to the fact they don’t like it at all.
  11. EU med applicant here! My predicted are in my signature, and they’re slightly different (but not by much). My UKCAT was 655 SJT 3, and I am considering King’s as well. If you have decent GCSEs (5-6A* +) it will work for your advantage as they value these too. Try to see whether there isn’t more of a “safer” choice out there (eg. Aberdeen, Bristol - both of them don’t value UKCAT as highly as King’s and they’re amazing schools!). There’s a cap on the international medics, so it’s worth nothing the competition for the few places will be high. Are you international as in outside the EU (so not in the home/EU quota), or from EU? I’m applying to UCL as well! Make sure they don’t require a 7 in chem hl, because that’s what I’ve been told when I called them (though maybe that’s not the case?).
  12. I think the main reason is the fact that IB is hard even with 3HLs. Doing more than 4HLs is, for most cases, pointless, which the IB has recognised. Cases of people doing more than the standard IB diploma with 5+ HLs are extremely rare (so rare that I am yet to meet a person who did that). Some schools simply allow people to do more subjects, and the reasoning for that can really depend on the individual case. Certificates, and therefore subjects which are outside of the "core" IB diploma, aren't therefore affecting your IB score (except for the fact they distract you from your IBDP subjects and could result in lower grades). This is why there are schools that allow doing this combo. Personally, as someone who did 4HLs, I think it is less about the workload but more about keeping young teens' sanity. After all, we are all between the ages of 16 and 18, and putting so much pressure on us even in the regular diploma just wouldn't be healthy. Not to mention HL requires 90 more hours of teaching, which would cause issues in small schools with a limited numbers of teachers.
  13. It sounds like you're doing a very interesting and worth-while project. If I were you, I'd drop one of the HLs if it would affect your performance too much. Personally, I dropped one of my HLs couple of weeks ago despite doing very well in it purely because I knew I would be able to focus on my extracurriculars and have more time to 'breathe'.
  14. I also believe you should be more than fine with the quote. Since it is literature, there should be no reason as to why you shouldn't be able to use the direct quote. After all, the author found it important in order to use it in the first place
  15. Have you considered doing maths HL through Pamoja Education? They offer an online maths HL course, which I think would solve the issue. You could take an HL certificate outside your diploma if you wished to as well.