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Of course I know they matter but a lot of people say as long as you meet the entry requirements for college/sixth form then it's a levels that matter and not so much GCSE's? Many say only redbrick universities really look at your GCSE's. What do you think?
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Of course I know they matter but a lot of people say as long as you meet the entry requirements for college/sixth form then it's a levels that matter and not so much GCSE's? Many say only redbrick universities really look at your GCSE's. What do you think?
No it's not important compared to A2/AS. If you're not going to Oxbridge, you'll only need to have an A*/A in the subject you're studying at least.
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UCL wanted B's in Maths and English from me at GCSE, and im sure employers still ask so yeah I guess they are important.

I spent a lot of time revising for them and Id be pissed if someone told me that they arent important.
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Of course I know they matter but a lot of people say as long as you meet the entry requirements for college/sixth form then it's a levels that matter and not so much GCSE's? Many say only redbrick universities really look at your GCSE's. What do you think?
A Levels are undoubtedly more important and your AS grades will have a much bigger gravity than your GCSE grades in any admissions process. The most important thing is that you fulfill the GCSE requirements. However, it would be a lie to say that GCSE grades are unimportant. Especially with more competitive universities, most of the applicants are going to have essentially the same or similar AS grades so GCSEs do provide a good degree of differentiation between candidates. Additionally, good GCSEs increase your likelihood of getting into year 12 summer schools and enrichment opportunities.
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As long as you get Bs in maths and English they're pretty much ignored.
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A Levels are undoubtedly more important and your AS grades will have a much bigger gravity than your GCSE grades in any admissions process. The most important thing is that you fulfill the GCSE requirements. However, it would be a lie to say that GCSE grades are unimportant. Especially with more competitive universities, most of the applicants are going to have essentially the same or similar AS grades so GCSEs do provide a good degree of differentiation between candidates. Additionally, good GCSEs increase your likelihood of getting into year 12 summer schools and enrichment opportunities.
aaaa what if you want to get into medicine ? :3
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aaaa what if you want to get into medicine ? :3
Firstly, the OP didn't say she wanted to go into Medicine. Secondly, AS grades are still more important. GCSE grades are obviously a lot more important for Medicine than in another subject, but a Medical school is nevertheless more likely to be prepared to overlook sub-par GCSE grades than AS grades.
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aaaa what if you want to get into medicine ? :3
Good point- in that case GCSE's are vital
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Firstly, the OP didn't say she wanted to go into Medicine. Secondly, AS grades are still more important. GCSE grades are obviously a lot more important for Medicine than in another subject, but a Medical school is nevertheless more likely to be prepared to overlook sub-par GCSE grades than AS grades.
no no i was asking for me not the OP... and holy crap im screwed then :O
I think i genuinly will get about 2 A*s 8 As and 1 B... compared to people wanting medicine and getting 239597 A*'s, thats pretty bad... BUT, do you think this will be good enough :
AAAA in A levels of course
2 weeks surgery and 3 months volunteering in British heart foundation
Also have a blog based solely on medicine, i post every day if you want to check it out
few awards such as Crest award etc etc
yet to do BMAT and UKCAT though
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no no i was asking for me not the OP... and holy crap im screwed then :O
I think i genuinly will get about 2 A*s 8 As and 1 B... compared to people wanting medicine and getting 239597 A*'s, thats pretty bad... BUT, do you think this will be good enough :
AAAA in A levels of course
2 weeks surgery and 3 months volunteering in British heart foundation
Also have a blog based solely on medicine, i post every day if you want to check it out
few awards such as Crest award etc etc
yet to do BMAT and UKCAT though
not good enough
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not good enough
LOL justify please
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no no i was asking for me not the OP... and holy crap im screwed then :O
I think i genuinly will get about 2 A*s 8 As and 1 B... compared to people wanting medicine and getting 239597 A*'s, thats pretty bad... BUT, do you think this will be good enough :
AAAA in A levels of course
2 weeks surgery and 3 months volunteering in British heart foundation
Also have a blog based solely on medicine, i post every day if you want to check it out
few awards such as Crest award etc etc
yet to do BMAT and UKCAT though
Yes, those results will be on the low side but it won't prevent you from going into medicine. There are Unis that care particularly about GCSE results and those that don't, so obviously you'd target those that care more about BMAT/UKCAT (which you would obviously have to ace).
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LOL justify please
you said you were screwed, by echoing your sentiment i'm merely helping you to realise that what you have is great haha
some people i know would even aspire to be in the position that you declare yourself to be in

edit: not good enough for med at oxford though
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To be honest, mine were a total waste of time. Nailed them, started A-levels and forgot about them. Get an A/B in English and maths and you're pretty much sorted.
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A solid collection of GCSE grades are the first few stepping stones to success. Universities use GCSE grades to determine the individuals ability to work across a wide range of disciplines. In actuality, they're usually used to determine an applicant if their results intertwine with another's.
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Other than needing A*/A's to get into the maybe the top 5 universities, Bs/Cs should suffice with everyone else unless specific grades are stated on requirements. Not nearly as much weighting is put on your GCSEs in comparison to A-levels.
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Yes, those results will be on the low side but it won't prevent you from going into medicine. There are Unis that care particularly about GCSE results and those that don't, so obviously you'd target those that care more about BMAT/UKCAT (which you would obviously have to ace).
i see, yeah i aim to apply strategically... and umm i dont know... im not very good at amplitude tests but its fair so say i would probably get 715-720 having done the mock test for UKCAT... above 700 enough?
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you said you were screwed, by echoing your sentiment i'm merely helping you to realise that what you have is great haha
some people i know would even aspire to be in the position that you declare yourself to be in

edit: not good enough for med at oxford though
well i wont be wasting a choice on oxbridge... lol
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Important enough to have gone to school for, not enough to get me through life. #GCSEs #yesiknowthisisnottwitter
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no no i was asking for me not the OP... and holy crap im screwed then :O
I think i genuinly will get about 2 A*s 8 As and 1 B... compared to people wanting medicine and getting 239597 A*'s, thats pretty bad... BUT, do you think this will be good enough :
AAAA in A levels of course
2 weeks surgery and 3 months volunteering in British heart foundation
Also have a blog based solely on medicine, i post every day if you want to check it out
few awards such as Crest award etc etc
yet to do BMAT and UKCAT though
Just try your hardest, I know a girl in Cambridge who got 6 A*'s at GCSE whose doing medicine. That may seem like a lot but compared to everyone else at Cambridge studying medicine who got like 13 A*'s thats not that high. She said that even though GCSE's are important there not as important because if you do really well in your A levels you'll be fine. Also further advice would be make yourself different from other candidates, more or less everyone who wants the same as you will have similar grades so make sure you out shine them for example do the Duke of Edinbugrh award and things like that and make sure you get a lot of work experience Good luck, I hope you get the grades you need
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