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    Hello! So I've seen these threads for the older years but didn't find one for year 11s (Sitting GCSEs 2017).
    If you're wanting/considering a career in medicine then please come and chat
    Year 11 is about the time most people begin to decide they want to do medicine.
    I just thought it would be nice to talk to people who are in the same position I currently am, as there are practically no hopeful medics in my school currently.


    Here's a bit about me
    - How sure am I that I want to do a career in medicine&why - 95%- I want to do medicine for basically the generic reasons (Passion for science and humanities) although I left 5% for uncertainty because it is still fairly early,
    - A-levels I'm choosing- Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology.
    - Universities that I'm dreaming of- Oxford, Imperial, Newcastle and Bristol.
    - Medicine related things I've done- Debate chamber summer school, Investin Medicine day course and National aspiring doctors conference. Also saving up for Gapmedics hopefully in October.
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    Hey!
    I'm also in year 11 and a medicine hopeful!
    The A-Levels I'm taking are Biology, Chemistry, Maths, and the extended project qualification (I didn't want to do 4 haha).

    As for Universities, I'm not really sure at the moment - any university would be wonderful; but preferable I would like to go to one with some very old, very pretty buildings as I think that would make me feel like I'm in Hogwarts!

    I haven't had many medicine related work experience yet, I was planning on scheduling it throughout the summer/sixth form, but I did go on a residential trip with my school for outreach at the University of York where I attended a mock (simplified lecture) where I was able to talk to students too (I don't know if that counts!)

    How did your mocks go? I'm in the process of receiving mine, but so far I'm happy.

    Good luck!



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    (Original post by Exponential-1.5)
    Hey!
    I'm also in year 11 and a medicine hopeful!
    The A-Levels I'm taking are Biology, Chemistry, Maths, and the extended project qualification (I didn't want to do 4 haha).

    As for Universities, I'm not really sure at the moment - any university would be wonderful; but preferable I would like to go to one with some very old, very pretty buildings as I think that would make me feel like I'm in Hogwarts!

    I haven't had many medicine related work experience yet, I was planning on scheduling it throughout the summer/sixth form, but I did go on a residential trip with my school for outreach at the University of York where I attended a mock (simplified lecture) where I was able to talk to students too (I don't know if that counts!)

    How did your mocks go? I'm in the process of receiving mine, but so far I'm happy.

    Good luck!

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    I share that exact same feeling when I think of universities which is why oxford is like the ultimate dream for me (besides the obvious incredible educational standards)
    I think I did decent in most of my mocks, although maths and french I completely flopped. I just don't know how to deal with maths, during lessons I completely understand everything/can easily complete any and all questions but for some reason I always blank out during exams.
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    Hi

    Im Yr 11 too

    Hoping to study medicine at Oxbridge or UCL or Imperial.

    Im planning on taking Biology, Chemistry, Physics and maths to A2 with Further Maths at AS.

    Was wondering what everyone is doing for sixth form, like staying on or swapping school etc.

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    I'm changing schools to go to a sixthform college; it has a lot of facilities which are appealing to me like specialist support in applications and a massive library.

    For maths I would just practice using workbooks (for edexcel there are loads!), and then build up to doing the specimen papers. When I find a question I don't know what to do, I write in a notebook to refer to later. I find this is rather effective as before an exam I can quickly do them really tricky questions.

    Good luck and try not to worry, there's loads of time left.

    Do you guys know of any good medicine related books?


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    Heya

    I'll hopefully be a 2020 applicant too. I returned to school in October after having to take a year out due to a medical condition. However, I've hit the ground running and it seems like I've covered way more at home than they have in school haha.

    A Levels - Biology, chemistry, English lit and maths, staying on at 6th form

    Unis - Imperial would be amazing, if not, then preferably a London one.

    Medicine Related Stuff:
    -Volunteered for 2 years, helping disabled children to ride. (both physical and mental conditions)
    -Worked with young children, helping to develop their horsemanship and leadership
    -Administered antibiotics through injection into my tortoises neck (😂 everything counts)

    I will be boosting up my CV through the summer, care home volunteering, lectures, and possibly a medical course

    I'd love to get to know people with a common goal, PM me if you like

    Grace
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    How I feel abut Medicine:
    - How sure am I that I want to do a career in medicine&why - 80% sure, 10% it's going to bery long do i really want to spend that many years and the other 10% I was thinking of optometry as it sounds very interesting
    - Universities that I'm dreaming of- Any russel group university i haven't really looked into any specific University
    -A levels am choosing - Chemistry, Biology, Maths and for sixth forms that require 4 subects government and politics
    - Medicine related things I've done- Not much really but I will be hopefully doing work experience in a hospital and GP this summer
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    Hey, I'm also considering medicine but not 100%. I've booked a weekend course with Carpe Diem Scholars Spring Schools and trying to find others who are going, anyone?
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    I want to do medicine go to the top 5 unis and do all the sciences
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    (Original post by Exponential-1.5)
    I'm changing schools to go to a sixthform college; it has a lot of facilities which are appealing to me like specialist support in applications and a massive library.

    For maths I would just practice using workbooks (for edexcel there are loads!), and then build up to doing the specimen papers. When I find a question I don't know what to do, I write in a notebook to refer to later. I find this is rather effective as before an exam I can quickly do them really tricky questions.

    Good luck and try not to worry, there's loads of time left.

    Do you guys know of any good medicine related books?

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    The current one I'm reading (and loving) is called "The private life of a brain" by Susan Greenfield.
    I've also read "Do no harm" by Henry Marsh, personally I absolutely loved it although one my friends found it a little bit anti-climactic and didn't really like the non-chronological structure of it (but she's not into medicine/neuro surgery)
    And I also absolutely love "trust me I'm a junior doctor" by Max Pemberton (this one's so entertaining) although it could be a very harsh/off putting for some people.
    Definately give them a try, I've also ordered "When breath becomes air" and I'm really excited to read it I might make a post about it after I've read it
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    (Original post by VICTORIA.B)
    Hi

    Im Yr 11 too

    Hoping to study medicine at Oxbridge or UCL or Imperial.

    Im planning on taking Biology, Chemistry, Physics and maths to A2 with Further Maths at AS.

    Was wondering what everyone is doing for sixth form, like staying on or swapping school etc.

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    I'm planning to stay in my school for sixth form mainly because our careers advisor is extremely helpful although I don't like the fact that I'm going to be with 90% of the same people...
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    (Original post by Exponential-1.5)
    Hey!
    I'm also in year 11 and a medicine hopeful!
    The A-Levels I'm taking are Biology, Chemistry, Maths, and the extended project qualification (I didn't want to do 4 haha).

    As for Universities, I'm not really sure at the moment - any university would be wonderful; but preferable I would like to go to one with some very old, very pretty buildings as I think that would make me feel like I'm in Hogwarts!

    I haven't had many medicine related work experience yet, I was planning on scheduling it throughout the summer/sixth form, but I did go on a residential trip with my school for outreach at the University of York where I attended a mock (simplified lecture) where I was able to talk to students too (I don't know if that counts!)

    How did your mocks go? I'm in the process of receiving mine, but so far I'm happy.

    Good luck!

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    Totally in the same boat with the hogwarts thing (Which is why Oxford and Edinburgh are on my list)
    I think my mocks went okay except maths and french listening which were a complete disaster. What kind of grades are you getting if you don't mind saying?
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    I will be appearing for GCSE exam in May/June 2017. My predicated grades are mosty A including Maths and English where predicated grades are 7 which is equivalent to A.
    I am aiming medicine as my career path. Can anyone please suggest thinking about medicine career with mostly A grade in GCSE is acceptable to universities ?

    I am choosing Chemistry, Maths and Biology. I will nominate for EPQ as well.

    Your answer appreciated.

    Cheers
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    (Original post by Dharmpan)
    I will be appearing for GCSE exam in May/June 2017. My predicated grades are mosty A including Maths and English where predicated grades are 7 which is equivalent to A.
    I am aiming medicine as my career path. Can anyone please suggest thinking about medicine career with mostly A grade in GCSE is acceptable to universities ?

    I am choosing Chemistry, Maths and Biology. I will nominate for EPQ as well.

    Your answer appreciated.

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    Try and cross over to A*'s/ there is a lot of help here to boost your grades! Not having a fair number of A*s might put you on the back foot for a lot of Medicine universities, but there are a lot of universities who don't look at gcses too much (Such as Imperial, Bristol etc) but they look at UKCAT/BMAT or Alevel predictions which is arguably much harder, but don't worry, if your GCSEs don't turn out amazing there are a lot of things you can fall back on.
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    Aspiring to become a doctor one day.
    I am 90% sure I want to persue medicine as it is a very dedicated and rewarding job plus I'm good at sciences however 10% unsure since I also like to persue engineering and so I have limited choices for as level.

    I applied to Sixth form to study :Futher Maths , biology and chemistry. If I get an A * in English ( unrealistic) I'll take physicology

    Dream unis are: Birmingham , Cambridge , Bristol or Imperial

    Any related activities to do with medicine :no , locally there isn't any place where I could shadow a memeber from the medicine field nor anything similar since I'm too young apparently (I'm 16) . Hopefully I'll start in sixth form
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    (Original post by Dharmpan)
    I will be appearing for GCSE exam in May/June 2017. My predicated grades are mosty A including Maths and English where predicated grades are 7 which is equivalent to A.
    I am aiming medicine as my career path. Can anyone please suggest thinking about medicine career with mostly A grade in GCSE is acceptable to universities ?

    I am choosing Chemistry, Maths and Biology. I will nominate for EPQ as well.

    Your answer appreciated.

    Cheers
    Hi!
    All A grades at GCSE is fantastic for medicine at most universities I would imagine - however you would need to avoid GCSE heavy universities such as Birmingham and Oxford as most of the applicants have a high proportion of A*s at GCSE.
    There's a page on TSR about the requirements for medicine at University somewhere - I recommend you read that as some universities (I can't remember which) use a point-based system where an A or an A* would give you "top points" if you applied.


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