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Though I screwed up my AS exams, Can I still get into Medicine? (2015-17 A-Levels) watch

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    Well.. I'm going to try and make this as short as possible but I have been told from my friends that it wasn't possible for me to get into medicine at all if I had screwed up my AS exams (which I already have, Forget A's.. I probably got a bunch of Cs and Ds) I was really motivated and hard-working at the beginning of the year. Like.. when we had topic tests from Sept, I used to get As and Bs and we started off from the harder stuff rather than building it up but I got very distracted in Feb (right before the mocks) because I (very stupidly) got into a kind of serious relationship *facepalm* and completely stopped focusing on my work, ruined my mocks by not doing much about them and I got like terrible results for those too but so did everyone else.. however.. I was like ''oh whatever.. '' and continued doing basically everything..everything but studying and improving and working on to improve, I just completely lost myself. Now.. Im not saying that the guy i'm with is the reason for this, I cant blame anyone but myself because I could have done something about it and I could have improved but I didnt. Because A-levels have changed this year.. your AS grades this year dont count at all but are only used to be sent off to universities. I know I can do better.. I screwed up, I learnt, I'm willing to do better - I have learnt from my mistakes.. however... The thing is.. I know I wont get into medicine when they see my AS grades but.. what if I get like 3A*'s at the end of Year 13 for my actual A-Levels? I still cant get in? Does everything really depend on the AS grades that don't even actually count or would they consider your actual A-level grades and then accept you? My friends have been constantly telling me how that is not possible but I thought I'd ask you guys here? Just to confirm how it is? Sorry if this is way too long! Thanks
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    I'm in the same position! Got 12A*s GCSE, all the stuff needed to get into medicine- sport, volunteering, work experience but I'm almost certain I've screwed up my exams except maths from lack of work. I'm hoping for good predicted grades despite crap AS because although I've not worked enough for the real things I've worked hard all year so 90% end of unit tests at A grade. Can't believe I'm so stupid to have mucked around for the real exams and been great the rest of the year....
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    (Original post by Kittyholicrimmy)
    Well..
    IF you get C and D in AS with no extenuating circumstances its most unlikely you teachers would give you the predictions you'd need for medicine or that universities would find them credible if they did. If you have underestimated your performance and get Bs then it's quite possible you'd get the predictions you require.
    You could apply anyway but I'd not expect you to get interviews or offers
    You could take a gap year and apply with A level results in hand
    You could apply for a related undergraduate programme and apply for graduate entry medicine.




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    But why do predictions matter moee than the actual results? Should I speak to my teachers about this?
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    (Original post by Kittyholicrimmy)
    But why do predictions matter moee than the actual results? Should I speak to my teachers about this?
    Because those are what your offer is based on.
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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    IF you get C and D in AS with no extenuating circumstances its most unlikely you teachers would give you the predictions you'd need for medicine or that universities would find them credible if they did. If you have underestimated your performance and get Bs then it's quite possible you'd get the predictions you require.
    You could apply anyway but I'd not expect you to get interviews or offers
    You could take a gap year and apply with A level results in hand
    You could apply for a related undergraduate programme and apply for graduate entry medicine.




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    And what if my predictions are grade Bs?
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    (Original post by BristolFresher15)
    Because those are what your offer is based on.
    That just sucks so much. I cant do ANYTHING about it? I know medical schools dont like students that resit.. And my AS grades are probably too low to get onto other degrees. Like.. I was thinking about a foundation pre-med degree and then go onto medicine but I dont even have the grades for that. Should I just give up?
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    (Original post by bloblobdob)
    I'm in the same position! Got 12A*s GCSE, all the stuff needed to get into medicine- sport, volunteering, work experience but I'm almost certain I've screwed up my exams except maths from lack of work. I'm hoping for good predicted grades despite crap AS because although I've not worked enough for the real things I've worked hard all year so 90% end of unit tests at A grade. Can't believe I'm so stupid to have mucked around for the real exams and been great the rest of the year....
    Man.. I feel you. It sucks - ALOT. I guess we can always find another way in to it if you're really passionate about it or is that what every failure (like me) says to avoid the bitter reality? O.o
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    (Original post by Kittyholicrimmy)
    That just sucks so much. I cant do ANYTHING about it? I know medical schools dont like students that resit.. And my AS grades are probably too low to get onto other degrees. Like.. I was thinking about a foundation pre-med degree and then go onto medicine but I dont even have the grades for that. Should I just give up?
    You can always salvage it somehow. Like mentioned, you can take a gap year and then apply with your already achieved A-levels. You can also take a pre-med degree and apply for graduate entry. If that is what you meant by foundation pre-med, then yes. If you meant one of those Foundation Program into Medicine things, I'm not from the UK but I'm pretty sure that's only for people who don't have the correct A-level subjects and/or are from schools with poor performance.
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    (Original post by Kittyholicrimmy)
    But why do predictions matter moee than the actual results? Should I speak to my teachers about this?
    You apply and get an offer before you do your actual exams. They can't make an offer you based on your actual exams before you do them.

    You could take a gap year after your A Levels, so after you've gotten your actual results and apply then.

    But there is a small gap for improvement after these exams and before applying where you can try to get the best grades you can to try and persuade your teachers to boost your predicted grades (that's what all my hope is resting on. :lol:)
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    (Original post by flyingpanda)
    You apply and get an offer before you do your actual exams. They can't make an offer you based on your actual exams before you do them.

    You could take a gap year after your A Levels, so after you've gotten your actual results and apply then.

    But there is a small gap for improvement after these exams and before applying where you can try to get the best grades you can to try and persuade your teachers to boost your predicted grades (that's what all my hope is resting on. :lol:)
    Why is it like that? like.. the predictions could be wrong? I feel hopeless.
    How would I manage to convince them to change it? Like.. I'm willing to put in hardwork in to prove it and do my very best before its time to apply.. would that help?
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    (Original post by Kittyholicrimmy)
    Why is it like that? like.. the predictions could be wrong? I feel hopeless.
    How would I manage to convince them to change it? Like.. I'm willing to put in hardwork in to prove it and do my very best before its time to apply.. would that help?
    ... Teachers predictions are most likely accurate, as they know what kind of a student you are and how capable you are. Sure, predictions could be wrong, but they are still very accurate.

    You wouldn't make an offer to someone predicted low grades, but says they could get high grades, as you haven't proven it so far.
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    Its all about predicted grades...

    I got AABBC at As level and am still holding two med offers!

    Dont stress about it. Focus on your UKCAT and personal statement now!
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    (Original post by Kittyholicrimmy)
    And what if my predictions are grade Bs?
    That means you won't get into medicine, and the best Uni you could get into is like Essex, Oxford Brooks etc
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    There's nothing you can do except hope your results will be better than you think they're going to be. If they're still bad, you shouldn't apply next year (you could tho,idk) and make sure you get great A2 levels. Then you'd apply during a gap year.
 
 
 
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