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    Hi guys,
    I'm currently in Year 12 and I want to do medicine at university (hopefully)
    I currently do English Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Preclincal and Psychology.
    Medicine is very competitive I know but I just want to know whether there is mainly a focus on academic requirements? And also how do I improve my chances of going to medical school?
    Note: GCSE 2A* , 7A's 3 B's ( I only came to the UK in December 2014 but I don't know whether these grades are good enough for Medical school )
    I'm currently working at AABBDistinction now for AS Level ( we get our predicted grades in February.
    I've also 1 week work experience at a hospital.
    Any help is welcome( especially for those who apply to medical school for 2017).
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    (Original post by kaffeka)
    Hi guys,
    I'm currently in Year 12 and I want to do medicine at university (hopefully)
    I currently do English Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Preclincal and Psychology.
    Medicine is very competitive I know but I just want to know whether there is mainly a focus on academic requirements? And also how do I improve my chances of going to medical school?
    Note: GCSE 2A* , 7A's 3 B's ( I only came to the UK in December 2014 but I don't know whether these grades are good enough for Medical school )
    I'm currently working at AABBDistinction now for AS Level ( we get our predicted grades in February.
    I've also 1 week work experience at a hospital.
    Any help is welcome( especially for those who apply to medical school for 2017).
    What is preclinical?

    Yes, medicine is competitive, and there is a relatively large focus on academic achievements. Have a look at which universities focus less on GCSEs, as they may hold you back with some applications.
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/con...e-requirements

    You will need at least AAA to apply to any medical school, so work on having that predicted (and achieving it).

    One week work experience in a hospital is great, but you will also need something else, preferably more long-term. Volunteering at a care home/hospital/hospice would be great, you can then talk more about your experiences working with vulnerable people and their families in your personal statement.
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    I'm an applicant at the moment but I haven't received any offers yet (just a rejection from Oxford...) but have had 4 interviews so hopefully my advice will be good enough for you.

    Firstly, before the interview stage the vast majority of medical school look at your academic profile (but different parts of it depending upon the medical school) to decide who gets invited to interview with a bit of personal statment scoring too, but this tends to be very subjective. At the interview itself, again it depends upon the school how much emphasis there is upon academics. It's more about having common sense than good grades.

    Unfortunately, your academic profile is about average or slightly below for most medical applicants. The most important thing is to get at least 3 As predicted for A Level otherwise most medical schools may not even consider you. Also, you should pick your medical schools carefully when applying as some look a lot more at GCSEs, which you should avoid, and others more at personal statments or entrance exams. Speaking of, it would be very worthwhile for you to work hard for the UKCAT/BMAT as these can easily make up for poorer grades at some medical schools.

    Just having a look at your extra-curriculars, try doing some volunteering at a care home. I found it really interesting and something good to talk about at interviews.

    Hope that help you!
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    Thank youuu for al the help


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    I would look at the other replies slightly cynically - I think you have a very good chance of getting into medicine with your GCSEs which tell me you have the ability - you just need to work v hard in the next 15 months to get the best A levels you can - if your predicted grades turn out to be similar to your "headed for" grades you quote, you only need to push up one A to A* nd one B to A - and you will be hoiding A*AA, which would place you in an enviable position.

    Of course, other factors such as one or two bits of work experience in something that interests you in the medical world (ranging from working with an ECG technician or cardiac technician to even helping in reception in a GP practice; something that gives you some insight into the working of some of the various sectors of the NHS), as mentioned above, good performance in UKCAT/BMAT (again, I would estimate that you are capable of doing well, particularly if your GCSE A*s and As are in English/Maths/Science), and a well thought-out and composed PS.

    I have had students with Cs and Ds at GCSE or with C or D predicted at A level (eg in my subject), who have taken help from me, got A*s and secured admission, some of them after a gap year because of no offers stemming from the poor GCSEs when first applying. Your GCSEs are good, so you do not have that problem.

    Lastly, you have three very relevant subjects at A level, including Biology and Chemistry, which are the two most unis stipulate.

    GO FOR IT - where there's a will, there's a way!

    Any other tips needed - PM me.

    Mukesh (Specialist Biology tutor + Ex-medic)
 
 
 
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