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    Hey my GCSE'S weren't that good for Medicine, and I'm doing Maths, biology, chemistry and english lit for my A-levels but because we're not doing AS anymore, does that mean unis will look at my GCSE'S and well they were'nt very good, will be put at a disadvantage
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    *weren't
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    Anyone!!!
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    how bad we talking about here
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    no, but for some uni's if you have bad gcses it will put you at a disadvantage.
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    Go for UKCAT heavy med schools and smash the UKCAT so you get an offer
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    (Original post by Ray_Shadows)
    how bad we talking about here
    Only 1A* 5A's 3B's 1C's ugh
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    (Original post by amaraub)
    no, but for some uni's if you have bad gcses it will put you at a disadvantage.
    Are you taking mock exams or the AS exams in year 12?
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    (Original post by amaraub)
    no, but for some uni's if you have bad gcses it will put you at a disadvantage.
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    Only 1A* 5A's 3B's 1C's ugh
    yeh what he said
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hey my GCSE'S weren't that good for Medicine, and I'm doing Maths, biology, chemistry and english lit for my A-levels but because we're not doing AS anymore, does that mean unis will look at my GCSE'S and well they were'nt very good, will be put at a disadvantage
    Some medschools look at GCSEs, some don't so much. Avoid the ones that do.

    However, if you want medicine advice it's best to post in the Medicine forum.

    There's a few threads in there asking similar questions.
    e.g. https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5019572

    Also there's various resources that can help your research
    e.g.
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...your_Strengths
    https://www.themedicportal.com/appli...-for-medicine/
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Are you taking mock exams or the AS exams in year 12?
    mocks
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    (Original post by Ray_Shadows)
    yeh what he said
    So do you mean that the fact there's no AS exams, that won't put me at an disadvantage, but my poor GCSE'S will? (which i know)
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    Some medschools look at GCSEs, some don't so much. Avoid the ones that do.

    However, if you want medicine advice it's best to post in the Medicine forum.

    There's a few threads in there asking similar questions.
    e.g. https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5019572

    Also there's various resources that can help your research
    e.g.
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...your_Strengths
    https://www.themedicportal.com/appli...-for-medicine/
    Sorry, I already knew my GCSE'S weren't very good , but I meant that I've heard that if you don't take AS then you would be put at a disadvantage because they will look at your GCSE'S then, for e.g. if i had 5A's in AS (including EPQ), with high UMS with poor GCSE'S then I'm more likely to be accepted because of my high AS, but because I'm taking mocks, they will look at my GCSE'S and I'm more liekly to be rejected, hope you get what I mean lol
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Sorry, I already knew my GCSE'S weren't very good , but I meant that I've heard that if you don't take AS then you would be put at a disadvantage because they will look at your GCSE'S then, for e.g. if i had 5A's in AS (including EPQ), with high UMS with poor GCSE'S then I'm more likely to be accepted because of my high AS, but because I'm taking mocks, they will look at my GCSE'S and I'm more liekly to be rejected, hope you get what I mean lol
    You heard wrong.

    Very few people will have UMS these days so you are no different. And UMS was only ever relevant for Cambridge anyway (and they don't care about your GCSEs).

    Many people will not have AS-levels now (and some universities don't use them anyway - e.g. Bristol). Universities use MUCH more than just GCSEs to assess you. BMAT/UKCAT for example.

    Have a look at that thread - it deals with the same issues you are asking about.
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5019572

    Fundamentally, you will not be disadvantaged by your school's exam policy.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    You heard wrong.

    Very few people will have UMS these days so you are no different. And UMS were only ever relevant for Cambridge anyway (and they don't care about your GCSEs either).

    And many people will not have AS-levels either (and some universities don't use them anyway - e.g. Bristol). Universities use MUCH more than just GCSEs to assess you. BMAT/UKCAT for example.

    Have a look at that thread - it deals with the same issues you are asking about.
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5019572

    Fundamentally, you will not be disadvantaged by your school's exam policy.
    Thanks for linking the thread
    Also, if one doesn't have AS grades, then do you think predicted grades or GCSE'S are more important (more looked at) for Medical school?
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    Bristol - as one example - uses GCSEs as only 10% of your overall score. So 'average' GCSEs are never going to be the deal breaker. And, if you are that worried about them, you can usually retake GCSE Maths and English in Year 12/13 to bump up your overall grades.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Thanks for linking the thread
    Also, if one doesn't have AS grades, then do you think predicted grades or GCSE'S are more important (more looked at) for Medical school?
    If a medschool values GCSEs they will still do so. If they don't (e.g. Cambridge) then not having AS grades will make no difference. GCSEs don't suddenly become more important, they are what they are.

    And keep in mind most medicine applicants receive no offers at all first time around anyway. It's very common to re-apply with your A-levels grades achieved. That's always a perfectly fine Plan B.
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