(Original post by AndrewWong92)
Hey everyone, been around here for a while and decided to tell everyone my story!
3A* and 7 As at GCSE
ABBB at AS level first time round
AAAB at AS level after resits.
BBB at A-level first time round
AAA at A level after resits.
First time I applied:
I was predicted AAA. Didnt have a ton of work experience or volunteer work.
Applied to Leicester, Southampton, Cardiff and Durham.
I recieved 4 rejections without interview. Had offer for pharmacy.
Well this was horrible, no offer and no interviews. Very dishearting because i thought my grades were good enough. It wasnt nice with people telling me to give up on medicine as well as 4 rejections without interviews is obviously not a good thing but i persisted. I didnt want to give in after one hurdle and i thought that if i got the grades then i can repply.
Second time i applied:
Came out with BBB at A level in biology, chemistry and psychology. I had basically given up when results came out but before i was to start pharmacy i decided i couldnt just give in so easily so i took a gap year and reapplied. because i was so focused on the grades i didnt organise any work experience and so my personal statement was still lacking but i tried applying anyways.
Applied to Liverpool, keele, east anglia and lancester.
I had one interview at Liverpool and got rejected post interview. I was also rejected from the other universities without interviews. At this point i was obviously very upset and it seemed like medicine just wasnt for me. I was in college when i resat my exams. I got AAB at janurary and after my summer resits i came out with AAA so going from BBB to AAA is possible! You just need to work hard and maybe change the way you revise and be brutally honest with how much you revise and the amount of work you put in. Is it enough? I had done a lot more work experience and especially volunteer work now.
Applied to Peninsula, Liverpool, Keele and Brighton & Sussex.
After doing some research i thought these were the best for me as Keele for example wanted resitters to apply only if they have the grades which i did manage. My PS had 4 weeks of work experience and around 2 years of volunteer work at different organisations at this point.
I have just recieved an unconditional from Peninsula.
Had an interview at Keele but havent heard back yet.
And waiting on Liverpool and Brighton, i had an interview invitation at liverpool last year around february so there is still time for another if i'm lucky!
But yes, i will be going to med school now and has made my second gap year so worth the effort and risk. Just hope this little story brings hope to those who may become disheartened at this crucial time but to also say its never to late to go and if you believe in yourself and know 100% that you want to become a doctor, there is no reason why you shouldnt.
From being told i had barely any chance with BBB at A level first time round from parents, friends and teachers. I knew i could do it and i did.
Hope this helps all those doing resits or arent too sure whether or not to reapply again because they think there chances are nil!
Advice: Apply tactically to the universities! Make sure it isn't a wasted option. Med school is med school.
Good luck everyone else