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    Looking at all of this talk about academic score I'm left disappointed and slightly confused. I am looking to apply for the medicine with the premilinary year course at Cardiff. My gcse grades were only 5A*s 4As and 2Bs so wouldn't get a look in with the academic score I would achieve. I wondered if the grading is the same for the preliminary year programme? At Alevel I achieved 4As. I have recently graduated with a 2:1 in law from the University of Bristol. I was hoping someone could clarify the standing degree classification and Alevels have on your academic score? Surely it can't be justified just by going on your GCSEs but I have been wrong before. I have medical law knowledge as I studied it as a module during my degree. Also my dissertation was on how the law governing emergency research on neonates is inadequate. I am also working as a healthcare assistant for a year, have a placement in a hospital, been volunteering for 2 years and often run half marathons for charity. I thought all of this would put me in good sted and was especially happy when Cardiff told me I had to do the ukcat instead of the gamsat as I was applying for the preliminary year course and so didn't have the science background. However now I wonder whether I am wasting my time due to my GCSEs grades. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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