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Hi.

Well I am applying for medicine this year and have got a few problems.

I have generally quite poor GCSEs (4 As 4 Bs and a merit)

My AS didn't go to plan got BBBB

My UKCAT is pretty poor too...622.5.

I emailed UEA about entry requirements for their foundation year and I was thinking I should I apply for foundation years due to my poor performance at GCSE, AS and UKCAT, however they said they wouldn't accept any predicted grades of AAA.

I am looking to apply at HYMS, Exeter, (UEA) and don't know about the other place.

However, if my teachers lower my predictions to AAB, I will be able to apply to UEA, and York too as they said they accepted AAB predictions however the offer will be AAA.

What do you think I should do? And where else do you think I could apply?

I am starting to think I am not cut out for medicine :/
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Hi.

Well I am applying for medicine this year and have got a few problems.

I have generally quite poor GCSEs (4 As 4 Bs and a merit)

My AS didn't go to plan got BBBB

My UKCAT is pretty poor too...622.5.

I emailed UEA about entry requirements for their foundation year and I was thinking I should I apply for foundation years due to my poor performance at GCSE, AS and UKCAT, however they said they wouldn't accept any predicted grades of AAA.

I am looking to apply at HYMS, Exeter, (UEA) and don't know about the other place.

However, if my teachers lower my predictions to AAB, I will be able to apply to UEA, and York too as they said they accepted AAB predictions however the offer will be AAA.

What do you think I should do? And where else do you think I could apply?

I am starting to think I am not cut out for medicine :/
With 622 you'll be rejected from Exeter so avoid them. Your best option maybe a gap year and reapplying with grades in hand.
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With 622 you'll be rejected from Exeter so avoid them. Your best option maybe a gap year and reapplying with grades in hand.
Is it not worth applying for foundation years then?
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Is it not worth applying for foundation years then?
No if you can meet their entry requirements then definitely apply as you have nothing to lose but just work hard with the goal of achieving AAA regardless of this years application outcome.
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No if you can meet their entry requirements then definitely apply as you have nothing to lose but just work hard with the goal of achieving AAA regardless of this years application outcome.
Is there not ANY uni's tha twill accept my GCSE/UKCAT
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Is there not ANY uni's tha twill accept my GCSE/UKCAT
I don't think so, at least not for the A100 course anyway.
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Foundation years are usually more competitive so don't be fooled by the low entry requirements. You wouldn't be considered for them anyway if youve done science a levels which I assume you have.
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I don't think so, at least not for the A100 course anyway.
Thanks for your help.

Will ask my predictions to be changed to AAB, will apply to UEA foundation, HYMS, Nottingham foundation, Surrey/Essex for biomed, and then one other,
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Foundation years are usually more competitive so don't be fooled by the low entry requirements. You wouldn't be considered for them anyway if youve done science a levels which I assume you have.
Why do some Uni's ask for science A levels then?

Nottingham - "A level offer CCC including chemistry and excluding general studies and critical thinking"

UEA "BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking"
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Is there not ANY uni's tha twill accept my GCSE/UKCAT
your gcses arent bad at all, just keep having a look at universities and email them!!
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I think you should apply for the normal med course. My friend did good in her GCSE's (7 A*s etc.) but terrible in her AS, got BBDD. Her UKCAT was 650 ish. She managed to get an offer for medicine from UEA.
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Foundation years are usually more competitive so don't be fooled by the low entry requirements. You wouldn't be considered for them anyway if youve done science a levels which I assume you have.
I think you're confused. There are two types of foundation courses
1.)The widening access courses which have the same subject requirements (e.g. Bio and Chemistry at A level) but at a reduced offer.
Examples include
BM6
A108
2.) The pre-med courses which are designed for applicants with limited to no science background at A level, these have entry requirements just as competitive as the five year course (AAA)
Examples include
Cardiff A104
Keele A104
Bristol A104
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your gcses arent bad at all, just keep having a look at universities and email them!!
I have looked, my poor UKCAT and GCSEs combined make my application very unfavorable
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Why do some Uni's ask for science A levels then?

Nottingham - "A level offer CCC including chemistry and excluding general studies and critical thinking"

UEA "BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking"
They're means tested, you'd need to have extenuating circumstances like being in care, terrible school etc. The point of foundation years is to teach the science missed if you don't take science a levels.
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They're means tested, you'd need to have extenuating circumstances like being in care, terrible school etc. The point of foundation years is to teach the science missed if you don't take science a levels.
Yes, I meet the social requirements for both of them, I go to a school with below average A level performance, first person to go into higher education in my family and have a low family income.
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Yes, I meet the social requirements for both of them, I go to a school with below average A level performance, first person to go into higher education in my family and have a low family income.
Oh right good luck but I would advise you apply for A100 though since you have good predictions. For Nottingham they had 400 applicants for 10 places and even if you have to take a gap year it's still as long till you become a doctor.
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Oh right good luck but I would advise you apply for A100 though since you have good predictions. For Nottingham they had 400 applicants for 10 places and even if you have to take a gap year it's still as long till you become a doctor.
Thanks :-)

I'm applying for 2 foundation courses, 1 Medicine (York), 1 Biomed, Not sure what to do with the other choice as I'm not sure of any other uni's that will take me?

What about Leeds?
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OP what a-level subjects where the grades in, they might be more lenient if you took hard subjects for your third and fourth a-levels, not guaranteeing anything though.
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Thanks :-)

I'm applying for 2 foundation courses, 1 Medicine (York), 1 Biomed, Not sure what to do with the other choice as I'm not sure of any other uni's that will take me?

What about Leeds?
Would be a waste of a choice.
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Would be a waste of a choice.
Absolutely any uni's in England?

And grades were in Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and English Lit
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