(Original post by Nitronite)
Hello there everyone. Recently I've decided to pursue medicine as a course. I've told myself that I'll pursue it vigorously until June, and then depending on all of my results I'll decide, should I continue or not.
However, my case has a few intricacies. First of all my country of origin is Greece, and so I haven't done GCSEs, but I have done the equivalent Greek exams, on which I got almost all A*s, a few As in subjects like Greek Literature, and a B in Ancient Greek, which believe me you wouldn't want to do.
Second of all my predicted grades relative to my target grades are quite low, since my 6th Form decided that it would be too difficult to convert my Greek grades into equivalent English grades. But, having done quite well in the January Exams, I hope they'll raise my predicted grades, which are at the moment are an A for Maths (the teacher really likes me), a C for Physics (I'm sure I'll get an A for the exams), a C for Chemistry (I'm sure I'll get an A) and an E for Biology (again, I'm sure I'll get an A). In comparison my target grades relative to these are A,B,B,A,A, respectively. Btw, I also do Further Maths.
Right, now I have a couple of questions. Do you think my Greek Grades will be accepted in universities, or are GCSEs in general not really that important? Can teachers raise predicted grades, and if so, do you think I should talk to them after I get my results? Are predicted or target grades more important? And my final question is, is the UKCAT necessary for all universities? I mean, I know it isn't, but if, for example I didn't do it, but most other people did, and we applied to a university like Cambridge, having the same grades and work experience and similar results for the BMAT, would they have a higher chance of getting a place there?
Thank you for all your advice and help