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    How important are GCSEs in terms of an application to medical school and what sort of rough requirements are there

    (Original post by Sugarbabes)
    How important are GCSEs in terms of an application to medical school
    Depends on the medical school. Some have no GCSE requirement (e.g. Imperial) others will use it heavily to pick applicants for interviews e.g. Oxford.

    and what sort of rough requirements are there

    (Original post by Sugarbabes)
    How important are GCSEs in terms of an application to medical school and what sort of rough requirements are there
    It really does depend on the med school, they tend to fall into catergories.

    Places like Cardiff, Edinburgh, QUB, Oxford and Birmingham have very high GCSE requirements (most applicants have in excess of 6A*s as a minimum, and even this wont meet interview cut offs for some of the above).

    Some places take a more holistic approach and use GCSEs, AS, A2, UKCAT/BMAT and personal statement in an equal/similar weighted approach. This includes Leicester, Nottingham, HYMS, Liverpool, Lancaster, UCL, Kings, QMUL etc. these generally mean that having lower GCSE grades can in some cases be made up by having much higher than average UKCAT/A2 grades for example.

    Some places have lower GCSE requirements (or non at all), these include imperial, Manchester, UEA, Plymouth, Sheffield, Newcastle/Durham, Southampton, BSMS. The issue here is they often require very high UKCAT/BMAT scores.

    there are exceptions to the rule and every medical school will have its own policy and its own small print so please make sure you read between the lines and contact admissions departments if your not sure.
    It becomes harder when you have english language, maths or science below grade A/B because then there are fewer medical schools from which you can choose from.

    It depends on where you apply to. Places like Oxford and Birmingham, place a greater emphasis on GCSEs whereas other places place less of an emphasis. What you have to do is look on the entry requirements on the university websites and email them asking them about how much they look at GCSEs. Each Medical school has their own set of criteria and different things they look at of more importance.

    As above really. As with all things the better you can do the stronger your application will be and the more options you will have when it comes to applying. The most important subjects are maths, English, and science, and you really need a minimum of a B in each of those
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