Quick question- How significant are GCSE's when being considered by universities for medicine???
MEDICINE GCSE's?????? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 05-02-2017 22:52
- 05-02-2017 23:00
I am also looking to study Medicine (I am in year 12 now). I did 15 subjects at GCSE (Further Maths, Astronomy and Latin Literature were my optional extra subjects), but I kind of regret that now - I might have got more A*s if I had done fewer subjects. A lot of unis only consider your top 9 grades but look for A/A*s (probably 8/9s) in those. I would take subject that you know you can get at least Bs (7s) in (as that is what most unis say you need, although Cardiff requires 8A*s (or 9s I think). They don't really look at the subjects - just make sure to take Triple Science (if your school offers this). Also, UCL requires a language at GCSE, and many universities prefer it if you take a modern foreign language and a humanities subject.
I hope that was helpful!
- 05-02-2017 23:02
It depends on which uni you choose.
This year universities where much more reliant on GCSE grades rather than predicted A-levels due to the new A-level format, as AS levels would not contribute at all to the new A-levels.
However, I understand that this year, GCSEs are also changing, meaning that grades will be pretty hard to measure seeing as grades will go from 9-1 instead of A-E like they did before, making it harder for universities to make decisions based on.
If you have already taken your GCSEs by this point and are in year 12, universities like your grades to be mainly As and A*s, especially in English, Maths and Science.
In short, they are quite significant, though I'm not sure how heavily they will rely on it this year due to the change in GCSEs.
UKCAT/BMAT, your personal statement and your predicted grades are also really important, so you can't really slack in any aspect.