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Hi, I have wanted to be a Doctor since I was about 6 years old and I just want someone to tell me now whether I should give up or whether I can still do it. I was told by the head of sixth form that to do Medicine you need 6 A*s.

These are my GCSE Results.

English Language - A*
English Literature - A
Mathematics - A
Core Science - A
Additional Science - A
History - A (one UMS off an A*)
Religious Studies - A (one UMS off an A*)
Textiles - A
French - A
German - A
General Studies - A
Humanities - A

For A-Level I am taking Biology, Chemistry, History and Psychology.

If I can't do Medicine I'd like to do Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or Primary Education.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi, I have wanted to be a Doctor since I was about 6 years old and I just want someone to tell me now whether I should give up or whether I can still do it. I was told by the head of sixth form that to do Medicine you need 6 A*s.

These are my GCSE Results.

English Language - A*
English Literature - A
Mathematics - A
Core Science - A
Additional Science - A
History - A (one UMS off an A*)
Religious Studies - A (one UMS off an A*)
Textiles - A
French - A
German - A
General Studies - A
Humanities - A

For A-Level I am taking Biology, Chemistry, History and Psychology.

If I can't do Medicine I'd like to do Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or Primary Education.

Thanks in advance.
You shouldn't give up! Your sixth form needs a lesson in medicine admissions since their knowledge is seriously lacking. They are talking complete and utter rubbish!

Those are great GCSE results and you shouldn't be disappointed with them! You could apply to quite a few medical schools with those results.

Obviously, your suitability for medicine will be much clearer once you have your AS grades, predicted A2's, UKCAT score and PS.

I hope this helps and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
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I think you'll be fine for the vast majority of medical schools with those grades. Just be aware that it's not really GCSEs that make the biggest impact on your application, it tends to be UKCAT/BMAT/Alevels etc. Good luck
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Hi, I have wanted to be a Doctor since I was about 6 years old and I just want someone to tell me now whether I should give up or whether I can still do it. I was told by the head of sixth form that to do Medicine you need 6 A*s.

These are my GCSE Results.

English Language - A*
English Literature - A
Mathematics - A
Core Science - A
Additional Science - A
History - A (one UMS off an A*)
Religious Studies - A (one UMS off an A*)
Textiles - A
French - A
German - A
General Studies - A
Humanities - A

For A-Level I am taking Biology, Chemistry, History and Psychology.

If I can't do Medicine I'd like to do Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or Primary Education.

Thanks in advance.
get those papers remarked!
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It is different for each university.
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get those papers remarked!
Ok, I'll have to talk to my teachers when I go back. Do you know when the remark deadlines are for OCR and Edexcel?
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I think you'll be fine for the vast majority of medical schools with those grades. Just be aware that it's not really GCSEs that make the biggest impact on your application, it tends to be UKCAT/BMAT/Alevels etc. Good luck
Ok thank you
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You shouldn't give up! Your sixth form needs a lesson in medicine admissions since their knowledge is seriously lacking. They are talking complete and utter rubbish!

Those are great GCSE results and you shouldn't be disappointed with them! You could apply to quite a few medical schools with those results.

Obviously, your suitability for medicine will be much clearer once you have your AS grades, predicted A2's, UKCAT score and PS.

I hope this helps and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
Ok thank you. I have a few questions (sorry). Do you think I'm taking the right A-Levels? Some people say that you need to take Maths, which I think would just be a waste of time for me as I know I wouldn't get a very good grade in it. Also do you think I should get my RS and History papers remarked? Thanks again.
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Ok thank you. I have a few questions (sorry). Do you think I'm taking the right A-Levels? Some people say that you need to take Maths, which I think would just be a waste of time for me as I know I wouldn't get a very good grade in it. Also do you think I should get my RS and History papers remarked? Thanks again.
Wow your schools seems to be pushing all the popular myths!

You do not need 6A*s. Your GCSEs rule you out of some schools, but not others. Indeed, a couple e.g. Liverpool consider A as equivalent to A*.

You do not need maths, nor is maths even beneficial, for any school except Cambridge. One school, UCL, actively prefers a contrasting, non-science subject.
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Wow your schools seems to be pushing all the popular myths!

You do not need 6A*s. Your GCSEs rule you out of some schools, but not others. Indeed, a couple e.g. Liverpool consider A as equivalent to A*.

You do not need maths, nor is maths even beneficial, for any school except Cambridge. One school, UCL, actively prefers a contrasting, non-science subject.
I just looked at Liverpool university and it looks amazing! Thanks, I didn't think it was true as no actual uni website I looked at said you needed Maths.
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Ok, I'll have to talk to my teachers when I go back. Do you know when the remark deadlines are for OCR and Edexcel?
I have heard 20th of September.
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A lot of remark deadlines have passed, unfortunately...sorry that you missed that opportunity :/

With this whole 'You need at least 6 A*s to get in' rubbish, don't listen. My brother got 5 A*s and got into one of the top Medical Schools in the UK. You may need at least 6 A*s for Oxbridge, but they will not always be the best choice for everyone.

Keep with your dream of Medicine, it's been in your mind for 10 years so why settle? (BioMedics doesn't usually work for people that want to do Medicine as it involves a lot more of the reasons why drugs work and things rather than helping patients.)
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Obviously medicine is a very competitive course, and I was wondering whether I stand a chance of getting into Oxbridge, as I will probably be up against a lot of intelligent students. (There are plenty of amazing universities but going to Oxbridge would be a dream). I recently got my GCSE/IGCSE grades:

English Language: A*
Maths: A*
Science (Double Award): A*A*
Geography: A*
Religious Studies: A*
Greek: A*
Latin: A*
German: A*

FSMQ (Additional Mathematics Free Standing Qualification): A

English Literature AS: A

Thank you!
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Obviously medicine is a very competitive course, and I was wondering whether I stand a chance of getting into Oxbridge, as I will probably be up against a lot of intelligent students. (There are plenty of amazing universities but going to Oxbridge would be a dream). I recently got my GCSE/IGCSE grades:

English Language: A*
Maths: A*
Science (Double Award): A*A*
Geography: A*
Religious Studies: A*
Greek: A*
Latin: A*
German: A*

FSMQ (Additional Mathematics Free Standing Qualification): A

English Literature AS: A

Thank you!
I guess intelligent people like you don't usually get into dentistry/medicine since they don't have common sense.
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Sorry - i just wanted to be prepared..?
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Obviously medicine is a very competitive course, and I was wondering whether I stand a chance of getting into Oxbridge, as I will probably be up against a lot of intelligent students. (There are plenty of amazing universities but going to Oxbridge would be a dream). I recently got my GCSE/IGCSE grades:

English Language: A*
Maths: A*
Science (Double Award): A*A*
Geography: A*
Religious Studies: A*
Greek: A*
Latin: A*
German: A*

FSMQ (Additional Mathematics Free Standing Qualification): A

English Literature AS: A

Thank you!
For Oxford, you have fewer A*s than the average offer holder (9 vs 10.5) but a higher proportion A*s (100% vs 94%) Can you get an A* in FSMQ? Slightly lower if you count that. That's enough to apply either way though. It will come down to the BMAT.

Cambridge is more dependent on AS UMS scores. You'll need to average above 92ish to stand a reasonable chance.

Interviews are vital to both places.
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I have heard 20th of September.
Ok thank you
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A lot of remark deadlines have passed, unfortunately...sorry that you missed that opportunity :/

With this whole 'You need at least 6 A*s to get in' rubbish, don't listen. My brother got 5 A*s and got into one of the top Medical Schools in the UK. You may need at least 6 A*s for Oxbridge, but they will not always be the best choice for everyone.

Keep with your dream of Medicine, it's been in your mind for 10 years so why settle? (BioMedics doesn't usually work for people that want to do Medicine as it involves a lot more of the reasons why drugs work and things rather than helping patients.)
Ok thank you
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I'm going to try and get those exams remarked (if it's not too late) and then talk to my head of year about whether he thinks I can do Medicine or not. I'm also going to look at some more universities and try and get some more work experience.
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No, FSMQ doesnt offer A* :/ Thanks for your help!
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