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    Ok, this is a question for my friend. Her dad's a doctor and she's wanted to be one for as long as I've known her. She's really clever and I know she'd make a good doctor, but for some reason or another she really messed up her AS levels this year. She was predicted A's but ended up with BCCE, which obviously isn't good enough to get into medicine courses. She's planning on retaking them in Jan but is worried that this might cause her to have low predicted grades. She's now thinking of scrapping the medicine idea and applying for biomedical sciences (or something like that). I just think it's such a shame because she's basically wanted this her whole life. What advice do you think I can give her? I asked her to beg her teachers to predict her high grades (as they know what she is capable of) but she still thinks the highest she will be predicted is BBB.
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    she needs to get a cast-iron prediction of at least AAB, along with a very good explanation of why she had BCCE (not declaring them on UCAS form is an option, not sure how unis look at this though). she needs to bribe teachers/offer sexual favours if need-be to get an outstanding reference.

    the most important thing at this stage is getting an offer. get her to pull out all the stops (work experience and the like) to produce an excellent PS. all this, of course, relies upon excellent references and predictions. for which an explanation will need to be given to teachers as to why she underachieved. some teachers at my school were willing to alter predicted grades after AS-Levels after some nagging.

    if the worst comes to the worst and she gets no medical offers - i would work hard to get all As at A2, take a gap year and re-apply to different medical schools. the last alternative is to enter medicine as a graduate.

    if she truly wants to be a doctor, she'll get there.
 
 
 
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