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basically i want to apply to do medicine but, I don't want to put all 5 of my choice down for medicine is it possible for me to apply for 2 medicine courses and 3 biochemistry courses on UCAS. I know i have to steer my personal statement more towards medicine but will I get rejected from biochem if my PS is very medicine centralised???
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basically i want to apply to do medicine but, I don't want to put all 5 of my choice down for medicine is it possible for me to apply for 2 medicine courses and 3 biochemistry courses on UCAS. I know i have to steer my personal statement more towards medicine but will I get rejected from biochem if my PS is very medicine centralised???
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basically i want to apply to do medicine but, I don't want to put all 5 of my choice down for medicine is it possible for me to apply for 2 medicine courses and 3 biochemistry courses on UCAS. I know i have to steer my personal statement more towards medicine but will I get rejected from biochem if my PS is very medicine centralised???
You can only apply for 4 medicine courses max in ucas. So you can do 4 medicine 1 biochem or 2 medicine 3 biochem if you want. But if you're aiming for medicine it makes more sense to use all 4 choices for medicine to maximise your chances. Also biochem (depending which uni) will probably not reject you if you have grades good enough for med.
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You can only apply for 4 medicine courses max in ucas. So you can do 4 medicine 1 biochem or 2 medicine 3 biochem if you want. But if you're aiming for medicine it makes more sense to use all 4 choices for medicine to maximise your chances. Also biochem (depending which uni) will probably not reject you if you have grades good enough for med.
Thing is I am trying my luck with medicine as I have always wanted to do it, I essentially just want to see if i will get any offers as biochem is what i'll put down for 3 of my options
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Thing is I am trying my luck with medicine as I have always wanted to do it, I essentially just want to see if i will get any offers as biochem is what i'll put down for 3 of my options
Did you sit ukcat/bmat? Essentially you should be quite serious about medicine applications as they are very competitive and offers are rare, therefore having 4 will boost your chances. You can always apply for biochem after a gap year you know, if you want to try medicine applications this year.
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Did you sit ukcat/bmat? Essentially you should be quite serious about medicine applications as they are very competitive and offers are rare, therefore having 4 will boost your chances. You can always apply for biochem after a gap year you know, if you want to try medicine applications this year.
yes I'm sitting the ukcat in 4 weeks and It's just i don't have amazing GCSE's due to ext circumstances so my stats aren't great but my A-levels are fine (3A predictions) but medicine has always been my passion but the school has discouraged me from doing it due to my poor performance at GCSE even though I have serious mitigating circumstances surrounding it
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Thing is I am trying my luck with medicine as I have always wanted to do it, I essentially just want to see if i will get any offers as biochem is what i'll put down for 3 of my options
Sorry if I'm missing something here, but if you've always wanted to do medicine, why aren't you applying for it properly i.e. using all four of your options?
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yes I'm sitting the ukcat in 4 weeks and It's just i don't have amazing GCSE's due to ext circumstances so my stats aren't great but my A-levels are fine (3A predictions) but medicine has always been my passion but the school has discouraged me from doing it due to my poor performance at GCSE even though I have serious mitigating circumstances surrounding it
Sorry, I think you posted this while I was typing. What are your GCSEs like?
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Sorry, I think you posted this while I was typing. What are your GCSEs like?
They are REALLY ****, 1A* 2A's the rest were B's and 2C

I was really ill in hospital at the time
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They are REALLY ****, 1A* 2A's the rest were B's and 2C

I was really ill in hospital at the time
I'm sorry to hear that...what did you get in maths and English language?
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I got B's in both :/

hence my reluctance to apply
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I got B's in both :/

hence my reluctance to apply
Actually that will make things easier: if you'd got Cs then your options would have been far more limited.

Your GCSEs aren't outstanding but they're not bad either. I don't think you should have a half-arsed go at applying to medical school: you should either do it properly or not at all. And applying properly means using all four of your options. You're predicted AAA for your A levels, now you need to find a way of applying strategically i.e. avoiding the med schools which use GCSE results heavily when selecting candidates for interview e.g. Oxford, Cardiff, Birmingham.

Have a look at these links:

https://www.medschools.ac.uk/news/en...ols-2018-entry

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...your_Strengths

You should also do lots of prep for the UKCAT as if you get a very high UKCAT score you can apply to the medical schools which are keen on high UKCAT scores.

Biochemistry courses are widely available, you could use your 5th choice for biochem or even get in via Clearing if you really wanted. But if you're going to apply for medicine you have to give your self the best possible chance of getting interviews, which means using all of your choices. Don't pay attention to any discouragement from your school - if you've got the right predicted grades, you're entitled to apply for whatever you like.

Have you done work experience and volunteering?
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Actually that will make things easier: if you'd got Cs then your options would have been far more limited.

Your GCSEs aren't outstanding but they're not bad either. I don't think you should have a half-arsed go at applying to medical school: you should either do it properly or not at all. And applying properly means using all four of your options. You're predicted AAA for your A levels, now you need to find a way of applying strategically i.e. avoiding the med schools which use GCSE results heavily when selecting candidates for interview e.g. Oxford, Cardiff, Birmingham.

Have a look at these links:

https://www.medschools.ac.uk/news/en...ols-2018-entry

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...your_Strengths

You should also do lots of prep for the UKCAT as if you get a very high UKCAT score you can apply to the medical schools which are keen on high UKCAT scores.

Biochemistry courses are widely available, you could use your 5th choice for biochem or even get in via Clearing if you really wanted. But if you're going to apply for medicine you have to give your self the best possible chance of getting interviews, which means using all of your choices. Don't pay attention to any discouragement from your school - if you've got the right predicted grades, you're entitled to apply for whatever you like.

Have you done work experience and volunteering?
Thanks and I'll take a look ,yeah I've done work experience but still need to do some volunteering
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