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    Hi, I really want to be a surgeon but after seeing other peoples grades who managed to get into medical school I'm starting to doubt my chances. I got AAAABBBBBBC for my GCSEs, two of the As being from Chemistry and Maths and two of the Bs in Biology and Physics. The C is from Business Studies so I'm hoping that doesn't matter. I did Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Economics for AS and got DDCC because honestly I didn't work hard enough until the month of the exams so I just grazed though. I've dropped economics but am still going to retake the exams so I can up the grade to an A or B. I'm seriously working hard now to make sure I don't slack and keep my grades up as my chemistry teacher says that I would have gotten an A last year if I'd worked as hard all year as I did in the month of the exams.
    I'm not applying to uni this october because my predicted grades are CCC and because I want to take a gap year. I'm going to volunteer in Thailand hospital for a few weeks in the summer, I've already done a one day PreMed course and I going to go to some medical lectures. If I manage to get AAA in A2 and get a good score in the UKCAT/BMAT do you think I could get into medical school?
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    You might have a hard time because of your C in English and Maths. So you'll have to rule some unis out, however some will accept your English and Math GCSE grade. Basically go thru each and every uni's admissions criteria and find out which ones you have a shot at! There's many pages on TSR where the admissions criteria for each medical uni is summarized in a table, so that should make life easier.
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    (Original post by WBrownx)
    Hi, I really want to be a surgeon but after seeing other peoples grades who managed to get into medical school I'm starting to doubt my chances. I got AAAABBBBBBC for my GCSEs, two of the As being from Chemistry and Maths and two of the Bs in Biology and Physics. The C is from Business Studies so I'm hoping that doesn't matter. I did Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Economics for AS and got DDCC because honestly I didn't work hard enough until the month of the exams so I just grazed though. I've dropped economics but am still going to retake the exams so I can up the grade to an A or B. I'm seriously working hard now to make sure I don't slack and keep my grades up as my chemistry teacher says that I would have gotten an A last year if I'd worked as hard all year as I did in the month of the exams.
    I'm not applying to uni this october because my predicted grades are CCC and because I want to take a gap year. I'm going to volunteer in Thailand hospital for a few weeks in the summer, I've already done a one day PreMed course and I going to go to some medical lectures. If I manage to get AAA in A2 and get a good score in the UKCAT/BMAT do you think I could get into medical school?
    If you get AAA, then yes you have a chance.


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    I got an A in GCSE maths and English lit and a B in english lang
    And yeah I've checked some unis and I could potentially get into St andrews, Manchester, leeds, Keele, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee but I dont know if I'll get picked against others
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    (Original post by WBrownx)
    I got an A in GCSE maths and English lit and a B in english lang
    And yeah I've checked some unis and I could potentially get into St andrews, Manchester, leeds, Keele, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee but I dont know if I'll get picked against others
    Sorry, no.
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    You'll have a chance even if you get CCC at A levels. You'll need to apply for Biomedicine foundation (4yrs) or Biomedicine HND (2yrs + if you do well you get xfered to degree year for full 3 yes degree).

    If you get less than AAB (for medicine) then immediately go through clearing for Biomedicine (3yrs) degree.

    With Biomedicine as a postgrad route you'll need to aim for a 1st - hopefully by that time you've learned more about how you study and what you're doing wrong. During the 3 years you must do some shadowing of doctors, helping in nursing homes etc just so you can answer the interview questions such as "why do you want to do medicine" you can say I did this - got this reference etc.

    This route is more competitive so make sure you practice for interviews and pay for UKCAT classes - you'll need as much as possible to set you apart from other people.

    If you have a 1st in Biomed then they won't care about GCSE', A-Levels, your age, or whatever worries you'll have at that point.

    Just relax and examine yourself - find out why you're getting lower marks and improve yourself.
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    Oh my bad i misread your post and yh, then the thing that's kind of slowing you down is no Biology at AS but obviously a lot of unis wont mind. However you certainly cant apply to GCSE heavy unis such as Birmingham or Oxbridge. Just do your research and apply using your strengths :yy:
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    (Original post by WBrownx)
    Hi, I really want to be a surgeon but after seeing other peoples grades who managed to get into medical school I'm starting to doubt my chances. I got AAAABBBBBBC for my GCSEs, two of the As being from Chemistry and Maths and two of the Bs in Biology and Physics. The C is from Business Studies so I'm hoping that doesn't matter. I did Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Economics for AS and got DDCC because honestly I didn't work hard enough until the month of the exams so I just grazed though. I've dropped economics but am still going to retake the exams so I can up the grade to an A or B. I'm seriously working hard now to make sure I don't slack and keep my grades up as my chemistry teacher says that I would have gotten an A last year if I'd worked as hard all year as I did in the month of the exams.
    I'm not applying to uni this october because my predicted grades are CCC and because I want to take a gap year. I'm going to volunteer in Thailand hospital for a few weeks in the summer, I've already done a one day PreMed course and I going to go to some medical lectures. If I manage to get AAA in A2 and get a good score in the UKCAT/BMAT do you think I could get into medical school?

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    Sorry, no.
    Ignore this Zain guy - he has no idea what he's talking about. GCSE's are useless and never looked at - even A-Levels if you're a grad student.
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    (Original post by Byakko)
    Ignore this Zain guy - he has no idea what he's talking about. GCSE's are useless and never looked at - even A-Levels if you're a grad student.
    GCSEs are looked at in a way!

    OMG look at med school GCSE entry requirements!

    OP only has 4As, which puts him at a disadvantage!
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    Grad entry is going to be competitive as hell (more competitive than undergrad). Just go to a european medical school in like Bulgaria or Italy or something, then come back to UK as for Foundation years (that will also be competitive to get a post), but its faster.

    Are you sure you know what a surgeon is about - have you had any work experience?
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    (Original post by Zain Amin)
    GCSEs are looked at!

    OMG look at med school GCSE entry requirements!
    Not all Uni's - only top ones because they get so many A* A-level students. Plus they put the requirements there to improve their rank. They almost never consider it - they only care about your A levels for undergrad and your award for postgrad.
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    (Original post by Byakko)
    Not all Uni's - only top ones because they get so many A* A-level students. Plus they put the requirements there to improve their rank. They almost never consider it - they only care about your A levels for undergrad and your award for postgrad.
    Meeting minimum requirements and getting in are 2 different things.

    Maybe if he resits he will have a chance.
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    (Original post by solarplexus)
    Grad entry is going to be competitive as hell (more competitive than undergrad). Just go to a european medical school in like Bulgaria or Italy or something, then come back to UK as for Foundation years (that will also be competitive to get a post), but its faster.

    Are you sure you know what a surgeon is about - have you had any work experience?
    Grad is only "competitive" because of all the 2:1 losers and people with 1st in a hardly relatable degree.

    If you play your cards right - and I mean above average UKCAT and a 1st in Biomed/Biochem then all the competition comes down to is the interview which you WILL get.

    In the interview they don't care about your charisma or how good looking you are. They care about hard proof of their concerns. For example, are you a doctor just for the money? Even if you are - they only care if you show them all the references from people's homes. All your achievements in the 3 years you was doing the Biomed/chem degree will set you apart from the lazy.

    It's not competitive for the truly serious. Just for the less organised - less achieving people.
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    (Original post by Byakko)
    Ignore this Zain guy - he has no idea what he's talking about. GCSE's are useless and never looked at - even A-Levels if you're a grad student.
    That's ironic, because it seems you don't have a clue. GCSEs are definitely looked at, for a majority of medical schools: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...E_Requirements

    OP, look at the link above and that should tell you that you still have a chance. However, without extenuating circumstances you did under perform in your exams. Some medical schools do limit the amount of resits of A-level modules (e.g. Edinburgh) and some ask for reasons. You say you'll work hard but that is no guarantee you'll get AAA. To be perfectly honest, medical schools like sustained academic endeavour even if you think you didn't work hard enough for your AS.

    Finally, you haven't done Biology at A-level at all? Although this isn't a requirement for some medical schools it will limit where you can apply: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...l_Requirements
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    (Original post by Zain Amin)
    Meeting minimum requirements and getting in are 2 different things.

    Maybe if he resits he will have a chance.
    Terrible advice. NEVER resit. Especially not at A-Levels. If you don't get an A accept it and move on. Just means it'll take more time and effort to get into Medicine.

    Resits will just depress you and hold you back. Most people never improve - just dig themselves further in the hole.
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    (Original post by Byakko)
    Terrible advice. NEVER resit. Especially not at A-Levels. If you don't get an A accept it and move on. Just means it'll take more time and effort to get into Medicine.

    Resits will just depress you and hold you back. Most people never improve - just dig themselves further in the hole.
    No I said resit GCSEs!

    I was never talking about A levels.
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    (Original post by h3isenberg)
    That's ironic, because it seems you don't have a clue. GCSEs are definitely looked at, for a majority of medical schools: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...E_Requirements

    OP, look at the link above and that should tell you that you still have a chance. However, without extenuating circumstances you did under perform in your exams. Some medical schools do limit the amount of resits of A-level modules (e.g. Edinburgh) and some ask for reasons. You say you'll work hard but that is no guarantee you'll get AAA. To be perfectly honest, medical schools like sustained academic endeavour even if you think you didn't work hard enough for your AS.

    Finally, you haven't done Biology at A-level at all? Although this isn't a requirement for some medical schools it will limit where you can apply: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...l_Requirements
    They have to put their GCSE requirements high to keep their Uni's rank high. And you will find a lot of Uni's that don't require high GCSE grades.

    The OP clearly isn't trying to get into Oxbridge - he just wants med school. So he can get in. Please don't derail the thread's whole point with useless information to the OP. He couldn't care less what top Uni's demand.

    To the OP you'll get two chances for med school. One at College and one at Uni. So relax.
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    (Original post by Zain Amin)
    No I said resit GCSEs!

    I was never talking about A levels.
    I quoted you - I can read that you said GCSE resits. I went off-quote because I wanted to express there is no point resitting even at A-levels, let alone GCSE.
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    (Original post by Byakko)
    They have to put their GCSE requirements high to keep their Uni's rank high. And you will find a lot of Uni's that don't require high GCSE grades.

    The OP clearly isn't trying to get into Oxbridge - he just wants med school. So he can get in. Please don't derail the thread's whole point with useless information to the OP. He couldn't care less what top Uni's demand, clearly
    You're talking crap tbh. Yes you will find some med schools that don't require high GCSE grades but you will find a lot which do require high grades, excluding Oxbridge. Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Edinburgh to name a few.

    Let OP speak for himself pls
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    (Original post by h3isenberg)
    You're talking crap tbh. Yes you will find some med schools that don't require high GCSE grades but you will find a lot which do require high grades, excluding Oxbridge. Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Edinburgh to name a few.

    Let OP speak for himself pls
    I read on the Manchester website and Keele's as well that if you have already obtained the needed A2 grades then GCSE results are less important
 
 
 
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