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    I think some of you have misunderstood me, I'm not thinking of applying to oxbridge, I was just only thinking of Cambridge because of my UMS in AS and my predictions for A-levels, I will be happy if I get into any medical school.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    What are entrance exams?
    As in bmat and ukcat
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    what are entrance exams?
    exams you must take during the second year of a levels in order to do medicine
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    oh okay thanks ^
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    I will advise you to still apply. You have to consider the fact that just because you received 10 A* at GCSE, does not mean that you will automatically get in. Cambridge will admire your A-level grades more, because it shows that you are a hard worker and you are more outreached. There is a guy who had GCSEs grades from B-D, not A/A*s, but he got into Cambridge, because he worked hard. I know people in my school that had got 10 A/A* but they got rejected at Oxbridge. It is how you are perceived at the admission tests and the Interview, show that you are capable, work hard on those admission tests, to get what you want. Cambridge wants talent. If you have the edge of volunteering in an hospital, do that. Add more things to make you seem that you know what you are doing, not just an EPQ. Remember, even if you do get rejected, you can never say that you did not try. Success comes by hard work, if you don't risk the opportunity, how will you know? Please apply, don't doubt the endless possibilities.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I think some of you have misunderstood me, I'm not thinking of applying to oxbridge, I was just only thinking of Cambridge because of my UMS in AS and my predictions for A-levels, I will be happy if I get into any medical school.
    Your UMS scores are pretty good. If your GCSE school's average performance is low this can help you out. If you want to apply, then go for it

    And to add one last thing, work experience is important for Medicine. Bit late now mind but if you haven't already gotten some, you've still got a bit of time for other unis.
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    (Original post by KatheO11)
    I will advise you to still apply. You have to consider the fact that just because you received 10 A* at GCSE, does not mean that you will automatically get in. Cambridge will admire your A-level grades more, because it shows that you are a hard worker and you are more outreached. There is a guy who had GCSEs grades from B-D, not A/A*s, but he got into Cambridge, because he worked hard. I know people in my school that had got 10 A/A* but they got rejected at Oxbridge. It is how you are perceived at the admission tests and the Interview, show that you are capable, work hard on those admission tests, to get what you want. Cambridge wants talent. If you have the edge of volunteering in an hospital, do that. Add more things to make you seem that you know what you are doing, not just an EPQ. Remember, even if you do get rejected, you can never say that you did not try. Success comes by hard work, if you don't risk the opportunity, how will you know? Please apply, don't doubt the endless possibilities.
    Even for Medicine?
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    (Original post by RedGiant)
    Your UMS scores are pretty good. If your GCSE school's average performance is low this can help you out. If you want to apply, then go for it
    Unfortunatly not, i checked
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    Even for Medicine?

    Yes, there are still endless possiblities. The people I mentioned that had 10 A*/As all applied for medicine. Now they are doing pharmacy. Better, to say that you have tried than you never tried at all.
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    (Original post by jakey_99)
    OP you could still apply but as it's already been stated, I wouldn't be too hopeful of getting an offer.
    load of ********. I got 4/4 offers with 0A*s at GCSE, not even all As either.
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    (Original post by RedGiant)
    What I've said is true. Most competitive applicants for Cambridge Medicine have at least 10 A*s at GCSE. It says this on their website. I'm not saying they will have 0 chance, but it is extremely unlikely.
    my friend got only 2A*s at GCSE and got into camb for medicine.
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    people who have no idea about applying to medicine need to stop spouting ******** on here
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    (Original post by manlike99)
    load of ********. I got 4/4 offers with 0A*s at GCSE, not even all As either.
    which univerisities and what GCSE'S did you get if you don't mind me asking?
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    which univerisities and what GCSE'S did you get if you don't mind me asking?
    I'll pm you. Don't want to reveal my identity. * pm me from your actual account
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    (Original post by manlike99)
    load of ********. my friend got only 2A*s at GCSE and got into camb for medicine.
    I said "most competitive applicants". That clearly implies there will be exceptions (e.g. full marks on BMAT, full marks on AS Level), and the contextual data of the school. So what you said is unjustified.
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    (Original post by RedGiant)
    I said "most competitive applicants". That clearly implies there will be exceptions (e.g. full marks on BMAT, full marks on AS Level), and the contextual data of the school. So what you said is completely unjustified and meaningless.
    he got nowhere near full marks on BMAT. got a mediocre BMAT and just a regular 4As at AS. He just smashed the interview. You do know camb interview most people who apply with a semi decent profile and then the interview can swing it completely.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    i dont understand why universities care about gcses
    I don't understand why they are important for graduate applicants to medicine (though some medicals school don't care about them or A-levels anyway) but when you're 17/18 they don't have much else to go by so I'm not suprised. That being said, some people do better and A-levels than GCSEs and vice versa and it can suck for them. Oh well, life isn't fair and you have to make do with what you have.
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    (Original post by manlike99)
    he got nowhere near full marks on BMAT. got a mediocre BMAT and just a regular 4As at AS. He just smashed the interview. You do know camb interview most people who apply with a semi decent profile and then the interview can swing it completely.
    No you're wrong. No aspect of one Cambridge application is isolated in significance. This is why the OP does not have no chance with those GCSEs - just pretty low, simply due to the extremely competitive nature of the course (the most competitive course there is). Even if you get interview scores of 10.0, 10.0 and 10.0 (out of 10), then this simply adds more information to your overall application. Just a good interview alone won't "swing it completely".

    You probably have no idea of how your "friend" did in the interview, how his reference was, what his PS was like, and other contextual factors (like average GCSE score, socioeconomic background factors).
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    (Original post by RedGiant)
    No you're wrong. No aspect of one Cambridge application is isolated in significance. This is why the OP does not have no chance with those GCSEs - just pretty low, simply due to the extremely competitive nature of the course (the most competitive course there is). Even if you get interview scores of 10.0, 10.0 and 10.0 (out of 10), then this simply adds more information to your overall application. Just a good interview alone won't "swing it completely".

    You probably have no idea of how your "friend" did in the interview, how his reference was, what his PS was like, and other contextual factors (like average GCSE score, socioeconomic background factors).
    Yes I have no idea what his PS was like, or his reference but I do know he went to a good school and wasn't poor. You're probably not even a medical student, dunno why you're chatting bs, I've been through the whole process
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    Can I do Medicine with no A*'s in GCSE, I'm currently in my 2nd year of sixth form and I got- (AS level)

    AAAA In Maths, Biology, chemistry and EPQ which was related to the NHS.

    Do I have a shot
    You certainly have a shot at Cambridge.

    Your BMAT is more important, and your A-level final grades will be much more important than GCSEs. Cambridge is VERY relaxed about GCSEs even for Medicine.

    Why didn't you apply this year? You've missed the Medicine (and Oxbridge) deadline, so you will be a gap year applicant.

    Of course most successful applicants have a string of A*s at GCSE, but for Cambridge and some others, correlation =/= causation.

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