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    What I would like to do at uni, I am not very sure as we only get one personal statement, and my track record is not that great
    GCSE: 3A* 6As 1B
    A Level: Biology Chemistry and History
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    Should I go for dentistry or medicine, as I am attached to both, but I am afraid without maths A Level, I will be rejected by either. I have heard that there will be more spaces for 2018 entry, due to the government demanding it.
    I am worried about UKCAT and BMAT, as they play a big role in the actual getting the offer part
    Looking at KCL,QM,Queen's Belfast, Southampton, St George's and UCL
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    What I would like to do at uni, I am not very sure as we only get one personal statement, and my track record is not that great
    GCSE: 3A* 6As 1B
    A Level: Biology Chemistry and History
    Predicted (AAA* respictively)
    Should I go for dentistry or medicine, as I am attached to both, but I am afraid without maths A Level, I will be rejected by either. I have heard that there will be more spaces for 2018 entry, due to the government demanding it.
    I am worried about UKCAT and BMAT, as they play a big role in the actual getting the offer part
    Looking at KCL,QM,Queen's Belfast, Southampton, St George's and UCL
    You do not need A Level Maths to study medicine. You do need to do some research into the universities you wish to apply to if you haven't done so already. For example, I know in the past Queens Belfast placed a lot of emphasis on GCSEs. I don't know if this has since changed, but it is worth checking. Make sure you don't apply to medical schools which are GCSE heavy.

    What is it that worries you about the UKCAT and BMAT? If you do poorly in the UKCAT you can avoid applying to UKCAT heavy medical schools as well - it's all about playing to your strengths. There are resources out there to help you with both aptitude tests, and if you do well in them then that can boost your application for certain universities.

    As for Dentistry vs Medicine, I guess the best way to find out would be to do some work experience in both areas, although I appreciate that is easier said than done.

    What attracts you towards Medicine, and what attracts you towards Dentistry? What do you want to get out of your future career? What do you enjoy?

    Have a chat to some medics/dentists, find out what their course is like and ask yourself if you can see yourself working in that field in the future.
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    You do not need maths. The only slight caveat is that applicants to Oxford did slightly worse on the BMAT if they lacked maths A-level. You could compensate for this by preparing well.

    There might be more med school places for 2018 - the government's announcement came out of the blue and completely lacked any actual plan to provide said places so they've got a lot to do if they want it ready for 2018. Some of these places may be at private med schools.
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    You don't need maths A level at all (I'm doing medicine in September and I don't have one) but when you apply look for specific GCSE requirements. I was rejected from a few universities previously as I didn't have enough A*s, (I've got 4) so that is definitely something to keep in mind. As to admissions tests the Ukcat is definitely easier and more schools want it so I'd focus on that one.


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