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    (Original post by Cigarsonice)
    I got 1A*, 5As and 5Bs. I was really frustrated with my results. Is there still a possibility of me doing medicine because I am predicted A* A* A at A2. I have volunteered at an NHS trust and a Biomedical Lab in a hospital for about a week each. I've struggled to find a job or volunteer work where I live but am thinking of doing Gold Duke of Edinburgh? But I really am against it (not a fan of camping) Are there any other extra curricular possibilities for medicine or just will look on any university application?
    Just out of interest how are you predicted A*A*A? It seems strange to be predicted so high based of GCSE's

    You can get into medicine. Avoid the GCSE heavy uni', get a high UKCAT and you will be able to get interviews at least. Easier said than done ofc, but there's nothing stopping you

    EDIT: Don't do DofE just for medicine, its better to do something you enjoy
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    (Original post by Cigarsonice)
    I got 1A*, 5As and 5Bs. I was really frustrated with my results. Is there still a possibility of me doing medicine because I am predicted A* A* A at A2. I have volunteered at an NHS trust and a Biomedical Lab in a hospital for about a week each. I've struggled to find a job or volunteer work where I live but am thinking of doing Gold Duke of Edinburgh? But I really am against it (not a fan of camping) Are there any other extra curricular possibilities for medicine or just will look on any university application?
    Have you tried to get volunteer work at a charity shop? They are always desperate for volunteers, and it actually provides a lot of skills that med schools like (e.g. thinking on your feet, compassion, etc.)

    As another person said, NCS is really good!

    But then again, extra curriculars usually aren't all that important, just enough to show that you're a rounded person.
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    (Original post by HopelessMedic)
    Just out of interest how are you predicted A*A*A? It seems strange to be predicted so high based of GCSE's

    You can get into medicine. Avoid the GCSE heavy uni', get a high UKCAT and you will be able to get interviews at least. Easier said than done ofc, but there's nothing stopping you

    EDIT: Don't do DofE just for medicine, its better to do something you enjoy
    It's probably because I went to a different school to do my GCSES then my A-levels.
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    (Original post by Cigarsonice)
    I got 1A*, 5As and 5Bs. I was really frustrated with my results. Is there still a possibility of me doing medicine because I am predicted A* A* A at A2. I have volunteered at an NHS trust and a Biomedical Lab in a hospital for about a week each. I've struggled to find a job or volunteer work where I live but am thinking of doing Gold Duke of Edinburgh? But I really am against it (not a fan of camping) Are there any other extra curricular possibilities for medicine or just will look on any university application?
    Are you in year 13????? Medicine Deadline is gone?

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    (Original post by Selgomez11)
    Your GCSEs would look really good for Cardiff and you should try QMUL. Liverpool and Manchester imo is not the best choice for you
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    Why is Manchester and Liverpool not the best choice with his great GCSE results.

    I am in year 12. Looking to apply for Manchester and Liverpool next year.
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    (Original post by spock2000)
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    Why is Manchester and Liverpool not the best choice with his great GCSE results.

    I am in year 12. Looking to apply for Manchester and Liverpool next year.
    Manchester has its own form like the personal statement which they ran, and Liverpool uses the personal statement to quite a high extent. This means that they're both very subjective, so they're riskier voices and don't make the best use of their strengths.
    Medicine is all about applying to your strengths, to where you feel you have the best chance of interview.
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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    Manchester has its own form like the personal statement which they ran, and Liverpool uses the personal statement to quite a high extent. This means that they're both very subjective, so they're riskier voices and don't make the best use of their strengths.
    Medicine is all about applying to your strengths, to where you feel you have the best chance of interview.
    Ok Thanks

    As said in year 12.

    I have 8 A* and 2As.
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    Can I ask if applicants are doing 3 or 4 A levels.

    I am doing 4, Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Geography

    Will be dropping one A subject.

    Likely to be Geography. They dont do an AS in that, so
    I wont have any AS at the end of year 12.
    So will be be just presenting 3 A levels next year.

    Unis say that should not be a problem, but wondered what people this year were doing.
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    (Original post by spock2000)
    Can I ask if applicants are doing 3 or 4 A levels.

    I am doing 4, Maths/Biology/Chemistry/Geography

    Will be dropping one A subject.

    Likely to be Geography. They dont do an AS in that, so
    I wont have any AS at the end of year 12.
    So will be be just presenting 3 A levels next year.

    Unis say that should not be a problem, but wondered what people this year were doing.
    Most people, due to the reformed A Levels are only allowed to do 3 subjects anyway.

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    (Original post by nomophobia)
    Most people, due to the reformed A Levels are only allowed to do 3 subjects anyway.

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    Thats a completely unfounded claim. I could say most people are doing 4 to display resilience and true intellectual capacity.
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    (Original post by Sulee)
    Thats a completely unfounded claim. I could say most people are doing 4 to display resilience and true intellectual capacity.
    But the 'claim' the individual made is correct. Refer to the any university entry requirements page and it'll likely say (for 2017 entry) that it's acceptable to have only 3 A levels, as they are aware this is all some schools permit with the recent reforms. From this, and from my knowledge of my own and other schools, we can deduce a large proportion of schools will only be allowing 3.


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    (Original post by Sulee)
    I could say most people are doing 4 to display resilience and true intellectual capacity.
    Its one of the most common reasons for people to miss their grades - BBBB does not equal AAA. And all it shows is 'took on too much, couldn't cope and fell flat on face'. That will not get any sympathy from any University in August.

    You dont need 4 A levels - so why risk it?
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    (Original post by Sulee)
    Thats a completely unfounded claim. I could say most people are doing 4 to display resilience and true intellectual capacity.
    But how can "most" people do 4 if less than half of the schools are allowing students to do 4 A-levels?

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    (Original post by Kozmo)
    But the 'claim' the individual made is correct. Refer to the any university entry requirements page and it'll likely say (for 2017 entry) that it's acceptable to have only 3 A levels, as they are aware this is all some schools permit with the recent reforms. From this, and from my knowledge of my own and other schools, we can deduce a large proportion of schools will only be allowing 3.


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    Just because 3 is the minimum, doesnt mean its the optimum. For e.g. at Cambridge last year, the average A levels taken last year for medicine was 4+, meaning more people took 5 than took 3. Just because 3 is acceptable, why limit to yourself to the MINIMUM requirements? A large proportion will be allowing 3, i agree, but not disallowing more than 3 either which is my point
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    Its one of the most common reasons for people to miss their grades - BBBB does not equal AAA. And all it shows is 'took on too much, couldn't cope and fell flat on face'. That will not get any sympathy from any University in August.

    You dont need 4 A levels - so why risk it?
    Yeah fair enough, but in my opinion A*A*AA > A*A*A*, so if youre capable of coping, its worth the risk
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    (Original post by nomophobia)
    But how can "most" people do 4 if less than half of the schools are allowing students to do 4 A-levels?

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    Youre likely to be right tbf, im just saying you havent got the stats to back it up but whatevz, where im from, most schools in my area prefer you to do 4 and are deffo 'not only allowed to do 3'
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    (Original post by Sulee)
    Yeah fair enough, but in my opinion A*A*AA > A*A*A*, so if youre capable of coping, its worth the risk
    (Original post by Sulee)
    Just because 3 is the minimum, doesnt mean its the optimum. For e.g. at Cambridge last year, the average A levels taken last year for medicine was 4+, meaning more people took 5 than took 3. Just because 3 is acceptable, why limit to yourself to the MINIMUM requirements? A large proportion will be allowing 3, i agree, but not disallowing more than 3 either which is my point
    But doing extra is of no benefit in medicine. You don't get extra points or a pat on the back. It's far more important to get AAA. You'll struggle to get in with AABB, as people have said.

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    (Original post by Sulee)
    Just because 3 is the minimum, doesnt mean its the optimum. For e.g. at Cambridge last year, the average A levels taken last year for medicine was 4+, meaning more people took 5 than took 3. Just because 3 is acceptable, why limit to yourself to the MINIMUM requirements? A large proportion will be allowing 3, i agree, but not disallowing more than 3 either which is my point
    You're referring to last year as reference?
    The reforms have occurred since then, hence why some (most in my case) are only permitted to take 3 A Levels


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    (Original post by Sulee)
    Youre likely to be right tbf, im just saying you havent got the stats to back it up but whatevz, where im from, most schools in my area prefer you to do 4 and are deffo 'not only allowed to do 3'
    doing 4 A2s is the most common reason why people miss overs because of the whole AABB situation, in my opinion taking on an extra A-level to get A*AAB is pointless when you can take 3 and ace them to get A*A*A etc., which is much stronger in terms of grades.

    About the whole schools prefering 4A2s, that is a load of rubbish, just because people apply there with 4A2s doesnt mean that is what the school want or prefer. if it says AAA at a2 on the admissions policy, that is all they want and unless it is a criteria for selection at interview then AAA is more than enough and the extra alevel is a waste of your time which you could be focussing on the others.

    I honestly think that you can show strong grades and great academic achievement without doing 4A2 levels, I know a girl with A*A*A* at A2 now at cambridge for med, and a girl who got AAAA at A2 now at manchester for med, both reccomend 3 A-levels to relieve stress, and be able to focus on the end goal.
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    Does anybody know if there are threads for Leicester and Sheffield medical school for 2017 entry on TSR?
 
 
 
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