Like a lot of people, I'm hoping to apply to Medicine for 2017 entry. At GCSE I got 5 As and 7 A*s (A*s including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Maths) which isn't too bad and I'm sitting my UKCAT at the beginning of September.
One slight problem, however; I didn't do as well at AS as expected. I was predicted 4 As, however I ended up not sitting an AS exam for one of my subjects, Psychology, this year (a decision taken by the school as we didn't finish the course on time). However, I've been getting As in this subject all year round.
Despite my predicted grades, I ended up only getting ABC, in Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively. I was disappointed as I'd been on an A in Physics all year, however I guess it was just a bad exam. No excuse really. My question is, although all of my subjects are linear and hence, the AS results do not count towards my final grades, is it worth even applying to medicine with those grades? Or should I wait a year and finish my A-Levels completely before applying, i.e take a gap year?
It might be worth mentioning that for all of the subjects mentioned above, I did get the highest grades in my class. I know it doesn't mean much when it comes to UCAS, but I guess it's just a testament to how rubbish our school's science department is 😂😂.
The results are really disappointing regardless and although I've gone to many open days and asked admissions tutors if they take AS grades into account this year (all have said no) I still think it will drag my application down completely. I've done a lot of work experience and volunteering to prepare for this and it's been my goal for as long as I can remember so, as I said, it's very upsetting, but how best to deal with it?
edit: Just a quick FYI; I know most universities, regardless of the course and even before the A-Level reforms, put an emphasis on A-Level targets over AS grades, so is that something to take into account? I know for sure that I'll be targeted AAA/A*AA (I've spoken to my Physics teacher, and I know I can achieve this, the exam was just a one off due to certain circumstances, though they weren't severe enough to be considered extenuating).
Will my AS grades impact the offers I get anyway, despite my targets? And also, this may seem like a silly question, but do AS grades have to be declared on your UCAS form, even if they aren't being "cashed in" as such?
Sorry for all the questions! Any help is appreciated!
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