(Original post by monica95)
That's amazing, well done!
Also I was just wondering since I'm wondering about what things to take at college. What a level/as levels you took and if you dropped any? Also if you don't mind asking what grades you got in which?
I took biology, chemistry, physics and maths and no, i've continued all four to A2. However, I had a panic a week or two ago and told my sixth form I couldn't do maths anymore otherwise there was no way I was going to get my essential grades to fulfil my offer, so Kings have reduced my offer from AAAC to their standard 3 A level offer of AAA. (so much pressure taken off!)
You only actually need chemistry for medicine. Biology is highly recommended and usually a requirement, not always though. In terms of your other subjects, take what you enjoy! I hated maths at secondary school and I think it was always me not wanting to give up because I found it my hardest subject. I also took all sciences and maths because I thought that was required - all of my teachers said it at the time :L Have you got any idea which university you might like to go to? They all vary. Oxford/Cambridge definitely prefer you to have three sciences, however, UCL prefer those candidates who have breadth in their choices, so take French or English.
I'm doing my final A level exams at the moment (as well as a few retakes!) Overall, when I re-sat my AS's (January), I got AABB (A's in maths and biology, B's in physics and chemistry), however, on my UCAS, my AS grades were ABBB, which is what the exam board gave me.
Grades are so important with medicine, however, if you're applying to the course it's somewhat an expectation that you'll receive these.. if that makes sense? In your next couple of years at college, do the extra things that will make you stand out from the usual straight A candidate. Get as much work experience under your belt, maybe take a particular interest in a current piece of research and follow it ruthlessly?
I would personally advise only taking 3 subjects to A2 level, unless you college states you must do four. It allows you to distribute your time thoroughly and concentrate on all the other bits to do, like your application, admissions tests (UKCAT/BMAT), interviews, open days, student finance etc..
Anyway, apologies for the essay! What're you thinking about taking at college? Are you sitting your GCSE's now? How're you finding them? Good luck! x
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