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*MEGATHREAD* - The Ultimate 'Am I Good Enough For Medicine?' Angst Thread Mk II

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    (Original post by bm_sewell)
    Hi everyone. I'm looking at applying to study medicine at university soon, but i'm worried my GCSE results will stop me from being accepted. Do you think they are good enough?
    Maths: B
    English language: A
    English literature: A
    Biology: A*
    Chemistry: A
    Physics: A
    DIDA (ICT): BBB
    RE- A
    Child development- A
    Dance- A*
    Spanish A
    ............. Thanks!
    As long as you apply tactically and read up on admissions to see what they want, you'll be fine. For example, Southampton have entry requirements of 7Bs and above, then after that they don't look at it anymore. Good luck.
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    I would also like to know the above as my grades are similar
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    Your gcses are fine for medicine. Just stay clear of universities that put a lot of emphasis on gcses like Birmingham and Cardiff for example.
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    I also have 3 dida ict grades and I don't think unversities count them as GCSEs do they? I have one distinction and one merit so i would have an extra A* so far.
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    I got rejected by bsms and liverpool with 4A* 3A 2B C due to my gcses... and 3 of my grades got downgraded due to my school cheating in some years ... also was forced to do a meaningless course that I was told was worth 4GCSE... worked my ass off to get A*A*AA... and was only worth 1B. The amount of **** unis do not give

    You can definitely get in however if you back them up with amazing a A levels, personal statement, ukcat etc whatnot you will still have a better chance. Also make sure to read up on admissions criteria very carefuly. Dont apply kings or birmingham etc...
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    (Original post by BlissJunkie)
    As long as you apply tactically and read up on admissions to see what they want, you'll be fine. For example, Southampton have entry requirements of 7Bs and above, then after that they don't look at it anymore. Good luck.
    Thanks for your help! it's the B in maths i'm most worried about.
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    TBH i dont think gcses count for toffee, A levels are what they focus on most. Oxbridge only look at gcses as one of their final critiques. dont worry about it.
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    yeah. i was thinking of applying to UCL or Leicester, maybe, because i think they have quite low GCSE requirements.
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    (Original post by bm_sewell)
    Thanks for your help! it's the B in maths i'm most worried about.
    I think some places may not like that, but you'll have to look that up. Avoid Kings, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff and Birmingham, as far as I know.
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    (Original post by bm_sewell)
    yeah. i was thinking of applying to UCL or Leicester, maybe, because i think they have quite low GCSE requirements.
    Avoid Leicster, they may have low requirements but they have a point system in place to score GCSEs.
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    (Original post by myyrh)
    Avoid Leicster, they may have low requirements but they have a point system in place to score GCSEs.
    oh right, cheers!
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    They probably won't disadvantage you if you apply tactically, as others have said, but with those results do you really think you're cut out for medicine anyway? I mean if you have a good reason then fair enough, but if not, well medicine is very competitive, most applicants will probably have better grades than you, and most will probably carry forward that consistency to A-level. If you do well at A-level then fair enough, you'll probably be fine, but just make sure you know what you're capable of.
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    I think you will be fine, You have all the required ones above a C and thats good. Just the other aspects of the application right and you'll have a chance.
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    (Original post by lukas1051)
    They probably won't disadvantage you if you apply tactically, as others have said, but with those results do you really think you're cut out for medicine anyway? I mean if you have a good reason then fair enough, but if not, well medicine is very competitive, most applicants will probably have better grades than you, and most will probably carry forward that consistency to A-level. If you do well at A-level then fair enough, you'll probably be fine, but just make sure you know what you're capable of.
    yh, i've always wanted to do medicine and i think my a-level results should be good as i'm carrying on with the sciences. i have a lot of experience in health and social settings also, which should help with my application
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    (Original post by bm_sewell)
    yh, i've always wanted to do medicine and i think my a-level results should be good as i'm carrying on with the sciences. i have a lot of experience in health and social settings also, which should help with my application
    I don't see anything wrong with those gcses. I have only one A at gcse and I have an offer to study medicine. You can apply to places with lower gcse requirements and also places like Kings. The only thing is you have to have a high UKCAT or BMAT in the case of UCL. So take the UKCAT and if its very high you can apply to the UKCAT heavy uni's as they won't care about your gcses with such high UKCAT
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    (Original post by brionyak)
    I don't see anything wrong with those gcses. I have only one A at gcse and I have an offer to study medicine. You can apply to places with lower gcse requirements and also places like Kings. The only thing is you have to have a high UKCAT or BMAT in the case of UCL. So take the UKCAT and if its very high you can apply to the UKCAT heavy uni's as they won't care about your gcses with such high UKCAT
    well done on your offer What uni did you get the offer from?
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    (Original post by bm_sewell)
    yh, i've always wanted to do medicine and i think my a-level results should be good as i'm carrying on with the sciences. i have a lot of experience in health and social settings also, which should help with my application
    Your GCSEs aren't bad, people have got worse and gotten into medicine. But yeah brionyak is right, try and aim for a high UKCAT/BMAT just to be safe Oh and for UCL you only need the BMAT and as long as your score is above average (usually around the 4.5 mark for section 1 and 2) you 'll be fine too as they look as your application as a whole. Last advice is don't apply to GCSE loving med schools such as Birmingham
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    I am currently in my A2 year, doing Chemistry, Biology and Maths. I did Physics at AS but dropped it.

    My AS Grades were beyond awful(Chem-D, Phys-D, Bio-C, Maths-B) so in january I did some of the A2 modules together with half the AS modules, with the plan of doing the other half in June.

    I did better this time, all my resits were As or Bs but unfortunatly my chem unit 4 was D and bio unit 4 was C.

    I am now taking 11 exams in June as a last chance to get 3As as I believe the revision I did for the last two batches of exams was sub-par.

    I have started revision already for the exams and just was curious. Has anyone else managed to come up from such poor results or is it a lost cause?
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    It's not easy, but definitely possible.

    My friend had 13 exams in yr 13, June and came out with A's in the exact same subjects you are doing. The thing about chemistry and maths is that it's just practice, practice practice.

    It all depends about how intense your revision is going to be in the coming 2 months. If you learn all definitions for chemistry and do as much worked examples as possible for maths and chem it will nearly become second nature and in the exam you usually know half way through reading the questions whats being expected as it becomes second nature.

    Bio is a bit more trickier. Depending on your examboard biology exams have started to consist of much more how science works questions and more analytical ideas rather than the excessive recall questions that most people expect. Therefore for bio its extremely important to understand what the question is asking you to do as small variations in understanding is where you start dropping marks.

    Most importantly stay motivated and try your best, that's all you can do at the end of the day.

    Good luck
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    If you get AAAc, and achieve it, you can apply to a fair few med schools, although some want AAAb, so it may be worth resitting the C for a B or an A in maths.... As for GCSEs, they use them to differentiate candidates, i.e. a student is more likely to be academic with 8A* than they are with A/B/C grades, although it isn't always the case, and although good GCSEs are favoured, it's not to say it's the be-all and end all, I know a guy with two offers for medicine with 6A*, and a guy who got none with 10. Medicine want people who can communicate, not academic bots.
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