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    Just a quick question. How important are GCSEs when applying for Veterinary Medicine?
    Even if I was student applying with not so good (3A's 6B's 1C) GCSEs, but really good A Levels and lots of Work Experience? How much of a disadvantage will I be at?

    Thank you!

    Hi I think vet med is particularly competitive because there are very few universities that actually do it. However, I've heard that work experience is particularly important so if you do loads of extra things to show you have a passion for the subject and do very well in your A Levels, the GCSEs could maybe be overlooked

    To be fair GCSEs are a stepping stone to be able to study the A-Levels that you want to do.

    Obviously your GCSE grades will be taken into account so you should aim to gain the best grades as possible. But your A Levels are much more important, and universities will be looking at these a lot more, that is why there is so much pressure on people to choose the right A Level subjects. If you're applying for a competitive subject like veterinary science, where many of the applicants will have very good grades, universities might choose to look at GCSE results when deciding between two potential students. I would say though that excellent A Levels and lots of work experience can make up for few poorer grades at GCSE.

    I've just received an offer from RVC and they never mentioned GCSE's, it does depend on the uni though, I think Liverpool look at GCSE'S but work experience and A levels are more important. A lot rides on your personal statement too.

    I have no GCSEs (I do have A-levels mind you) and I still got offers.
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