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    I don't know if someone has already asked this but will they be using AS grades as part of our application because a lot of schools didn't do them(apart from for subjects like maths etc which haven't changed). I'm asking because I got a B in my chemistry AS(A in the rest) and I am worried this will put me at a disadvantage. So would that B matter much if I still get predicted an A in chemistry?
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    So I received my GCSE results last Thursday and am remarking mostly all of them.
    2A*s 6As 1B and a C.
    I go to a school where 48% of students I think achieved five or more A*- C. I think it has gone lower this year but it's somewhere in the 40s and my results were the third best I believe.
    Of course these aren't the greatest grades especially for medicine, however, I'm aiming to do super well for my A Levels and I know I can because for my GCSE mock grades I got 7A*s and 3Bs which is one of the reasons I am going for a remark and it has definitely not been marked fairly.

    I'm doing a work experience next month for a year at a hospital every week and will be having a work experience with a paediatrician and another surgeon soon. I will also be doing a Vet work experience and will be doing a few more things as the year goes on.

    I was wondering, provided my A Levels are top notch and UKCAT/BMAT are also really good. Will I be able to apply to places like Oxbridge?
    I really want honest answers thank you so much guys!



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    (Original post by scarlettwinters)
    I don't know if someone has already asked this but will they be using AS grades as part of our application because a lot of schools didn't do them(apart from for subjects like maths etc which haven't changed). I'm asking because I got a B in my chemistry AS(A in the rest) and I am worried this will put me at a disadvantage. So would that B matter much if I still get predicted an A in chemistry?
    Some yes, some no:

    https://www.themedicportal.com/medic...ls-2017-entry/
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    (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
    So I received my GCSE results last Thursday and am remarking mostly all of them.
    2A*s 6As 1B and a C.
    I go to a school where 48% of students I think achieved five or more A*- C. I think it has gone lower this year but it's somewhere in the 40s and my results were the third best I believe.
    Of course these aren't the greatest grades especially for medicine, however, I'm aiming to do super well for my A Levels and I know I can because for my GCSE mock grades I got 7A*s and 3Bs which is one of the reasons I am going for a remark and it has definitely not been marked fairly.

    I'm doing a work experience next month for a year at a hospital every week and will be having a work experience with a paediatrician and another surgeon soon. I will also be doing a Vet work experience and will be doing a few more things as the year goes on.

    I was wondering, provided my A Levels are top notch and UKCAT/BMAT are also really good. Will I be able to apply to places like Oxbridge?
    I really want honest answers thank you so much guys!



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    Btw some of you may think I'm a troll because I've been on maths threads but I'm deciding between maths and medicine and so that's why I'm on both.


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    (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
    So I received my GCSE results last Thursday and am remarking mostly all of them.
    2A*s 6As 1B and a C.
    I go to a school where 48% of students I think achieved five or more A*- C. I think it has gone lower this year but it's somewhere in the 40s and my results were the third best I believe.
    Of course these aren't the greatest grades especially for medicine, however, I'm aiming to do super well for my A Levels and I know I can because for my GCSE mock grades I got 7A*s and 3Bs which is one of the reasons I am going for a remark and it has definitely not been marked fairly.

    I'm doing a work experience next month for a year at a hospital every week and will be having a work experience with a paediatrician and another surgeon soon. I will also be doing a Vet work experience and will be doing a few more things as the year goes on.

    I was wondering, provided my A Levels are top notch and UKCAT/BMAT are also really good. Will I be able to apply to places like Oxbridge?
    I really want honest answers thank you so much guys!



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    The best thing to do would be to email the med schools and explain your circumstances and ask if you would be considered. However, for Oxbridge, Oxford is really GCSE heavy and most applicants have about 8 A* average I think. Cambridge isn't as GCSE heavy but very UMS heavy so you need really high A*/A grades at A-level. You can definitely stand a chance applying for medicine but maybe not Oxbridge. Is there any partciular reason you like Oxbridge? Hope this helps somewhat
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    Hi, so my GCSEs are 5.5A* and 4A, UKCAT 1850 (617) with SJT Band 2. I was wondering if anyone knew UKCAT requirements for HYMS? I really like the look of it, and they use SJT (15 points), GCSE (30 points) and UKCAT (40 points) so I think I have a shot, does anyone know about HYMS UKCAT though because I don't want to waste an application? Thanks
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    (Original post by SahraHB)
    I only got 10 A grades and 1 B at GCSE and am hoping to study medicine, but looking at this years applicants threads I'm so scared. How on earth did everyone manage to get 12a* at GCSE?

    I'm predicted A*A*AA in chemistry biology maths and physics so A level predictions aren't too bad. I'm gonna have to get a miraculous UKCAT to make up for the GCSE's . In short I've got no hope but good luck to the rest of you.
    I got 7A's and 4B's. I think you do not have much to worry about. Good Luck you will be fine.
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    (Original post by Irukandji5)
    The best thing to do would be to email the med schools and explain your circumstances and ask if you would be considered. However, for Oxbridge, Oxford is really GCSE heavy and most applicants have about 8 A* average I think. Cambridge isn't as GCSE heavy but very UMS heavy so you need really high A*/A grades at A-level. You can definitely stand a chance applying for medicine but maybe not Oxbridge. Is there any partciular reason you like Oxbridge? Hope this helps somewhat
    Thanks for the advice! So I've always dreamt of going to Oxbridge (like lots of people) but as I grew older and researched more about it I just loved the course etc. I have a cousin that does Medicine at Cambridge and he was telling me a normal med school life in Cambridge and it was super interesting there are many reasons more but like these are a few of them.
    Also I understand Oxford is GCSE heavy and so I kind of left that uni but provided my AS UMS is very high and I have everything a competitive applicant would, would I have a chance with Cambridge?
    I know medicine looks at GCSEs and A Levels because it's such a competitive subject but I also have extenuating circumstances (haven't actually been to the doctors yet for it but I don't know if it's too late since I completed my GCSEs) so would this still give me a chance?


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    Someone tell me if I have a chance please:

    Scottish applicant thinking about Oxford:

    Nat 5/GCSE: AAAAAAAA (No A* in Scotland)
    Highers/A level: AAAAA (No A* in Scotland)

    BMAT : Assuming average.


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    (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
    Thanks for the advice! So I've always dreamt of going to Oxbridge (like lots of people) but as I grew older and researched more about it I just loved the course etc. I have a cousin that does Medicine at Cambridge and he was telling me a normal med school life in Cambridge and it was super interesting there are many reasons more but like these are a few of them.
    Also I understand Oxford is GCSE heavy and so I kind of left that uni but provided my AS UMS is very high and I have everything a competitive applicant would, would I have a chance with Cambridge?
    I know medicine looks at GCSEs and A Levels because it's such a competitive subject but I also have extenuating circumstances (haven't actually been to the doctors yet for it but I don't know if it's too late since I completed my GCSEs) so would this still give me a chance?


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    I feel in that case, your extenuating circumstances won't be considered. Next time, make sure to inform your examination officer before exam period so it will actually be considered. You can have it in references though, I think.
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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    I feel in that case, your extenuating circumstances won't be considered. Next time, make sure to inform your examination officer before exam period so it will actually be considered. You can have it in references though, I think.
    Oh ok! Where can I go and ask? Shall I email my exams officer?


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    thanks so much
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    (Original post by .....Jeff458)
    Someone tell me if I have a chance please:

    Scottish applicant thinking about Oxford:

    Nat 5/GCSE: AAAAAAAA (No A* in Scotland)
    Highers/A level: AAAAA (No A* in Scotland)

    BMAT : Assuming average.


    Lots of work experience, played in team sports etc and volunteering.
    Well you have perfect grades so it'll just come down to BMAT and interview. From their website it looks like you'll need AAB in 3 advanced highers, or AAA in 2 AH + 1 H.

    Have you done your UKCAT yet, and where else are you applying? I applied to 4 Scottish unis last year and I'm about to start at Glasgow, so I know them all quite well if you need any advice!
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    (Original post by muz360)
    Well you have perfect grades so it'll just come down to BMAT and interview. From their website it looks like you'll need AAB in 3 advanced highers, or AAA in 2 AH + 1 H.

    Have you done your UKCAT yet, and where else are you applying? I applied to 4 Scottish unis last year and I'm about to start at Glasgow, so I know them all quite well if you need any advice!
    What are the chances of my friend with these stats to get into a scottish university
    S4 AAAAAAAB
    S5 AAAAB
    S6 AAA
    UKCAT 603.3 SJ BAND 2
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    Your chances are fairly high - I would say try acing the bmat but I don't really know much about that as I'm just sitting the ukcat. And I was considering Oxford for a while but I don't want to pay for uni so I'm just going to stick with Scotland and see what happens. All the best - also what subjects are you taking in S6?

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    (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
    Thanks for the advice! So I've always dreamt of going to Oxbridge (like lots of people) but as I grew older and researched more about it I just loved the course etc. I have a cousin that does Medicine at Cambridge and he was telling me a normal med school life in Cambridge and it was super interesting there are many reasons more but like these are a few of them.
    Also I understand Oxford is GCSE heavy and so I kind of left that uni but provided my AS UMS is very high and I have everything a competitive applicant would, would I have a chance with Cambridge?
    I know medicine looks at GCSEs and A Levels because it's such a competitive subject but I also have extenuating circumstances (haven't actually been to the doctors yet for it but I don't know if it's too late since I completed my GCSEs) so would this still give me a chance?


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    If you have extenuating circumstances and that's cleared you can always email the Oxford admissions team. Oxford also look at GCSEs in relation to your school I think so if you did really well in your year group that can work in your favour. Since A-levels are becoming linear med schools aren't looking at AS but if you high A-level UMS you probably stand a chance at Cambridge. The BMAT and interview are also factors, and personal statement, so GCSEs aren't everything.
    I would say the best thing would be the email the admissions teams for Oxbridge and see what they think. Your college or careers team may also have a specialist advisor/ group for people wanting to apply for Oxbridge so you may be able to go to them as well.
    I have a friend who is starting Oxford medicine this year so you can PM me with any questions you have and I can pass them on if you would like
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    Hey guys,

    Like a lot of you, 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).

    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 so, as I said, it's very upsetting, but how best to deal with it?

    Thanks all!

    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). 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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    (Original post by IIA7867)
    Hey guys,

    Like a lot of you, I'm hoping to apply to Medicine for 2017 entry. At GCSE I got 5 As and 7 A*s 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 exam for one of my subjects this year (a decision taken by the school as we didn't finish the course on time). 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? The results are really disappointing 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 so, as I said, it's very upsetting, but how best to deal with it?

    Thanks all!
    You can just apply regardless. If you get the predicted grades, it will be fine and if there's a suitable explanation in a reference, they'll probably be overlooked.

    Just make sure to work really hard this year to get minimum AAA, so if you don't get any offers, you can apply again next year.

    When the admissions tutors say that they won't take AS grades into account, they aren't saying that to mislead people for the gr8 bantz, they're saying that because it's their policy. If you had UUU and were predicted A*A*A* then it would be dubious, and they'd probably have to contact your school and whatnot, but you got ABC, you can easily be predicted A*AA. The C may be a bit of an issue, but with a convincing reference, you'll probably be fine.
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    Hi, I'm considering applying to UCL but I'm not quite sure how they use GCSE's even though I've looked at their website. I got 5.5 A* and 4 A, since short course probably doesn't count that's only 9 GCSEs and a lot of applicants seem to have a lot more. If anyone can help that would be much appreciated
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    (Original post by OneAfrica)
    What are the chances of my friend with these stats to get into a scottish university
    S4 AAAAAAAB
    S5 AAAAB
    S6 AAA
    UKCAT 603.3 SJ BAND 2
    Honestly, I don't think your friends chances are good. The higher B and the below average UKCAT will both disadvantage them. I'd be surprised if they were interviewed unfortunately.

    Has your friend participated in the reach project or anything similar? Some unis offer an advantage to reach pupils - for example, Aberdeen interview any reach pupil with a UKCAT in the top 80% of their applicants pool.

    Your friend may have more luck at an English uni. A BMAT or UKCAT-light uni could be successful, particularly with the AAA at advanced higher. Another option would be taking a gap year, and nailing the UKCAT next time round. Did your friend apply unsuccessfully last year?

    Sorry to not give you a positive answer. Hopefully I've been at least a little bit helpful. Good luck to both you and your friend!
 
 
 
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