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    I did my GCSEs and gained 5 A*s, 2 A's and 2 B's. My school only offered 9 GCSEs (certain students only got 8) and a BTEC (Business - which I received a Distinction* for). I am currently in Year 13, doing Chemistry, Maths, English Literature and Biology for A Level. Since my predicted grades were mostly B's and my UKCAT score was bad (640 average), I did not apply for medicine this year and will be applying with my actual grades. My ultimate plan is to get into medicine at Oxford or Cambridge and I would like some advice regarding this. Will my GCSEs be okay for the unis? What could I do during my gap year to increase my chances of getting in? What else could I do in order to achieve my goal?
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    I did my GCSEs and gained 5 A*s, 2 A's and 2 B's. My school only offered 9 GCSEs (certain students only got 8) and a BTEC (Business - which I received a Distinction* for). I am currently in Year 13, doing Chemistry, Maths, English Literature and Biology for A Level. Since my predicted grades were mostly B's and my UKCAT score was bad (640 average), I did not apply for medicine this year and will be applying with my actual grades. My ultimate plan is to get into medicine at Oxford or Cambridge and I would like some advice regarding this. Will my GCSEs be okay for the unis? What could I do during my gap year to increase my chances of getting in? What else could I do in order to achieve my goal?
    I would assume you'll be needing A*s really at A level for OxBridge? Or at least all As?
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    You'd probably be better off with Cambridge rather than Oxford due to your GCSEs. You would need A*A*A in your A Level sciences/maths subjects to apply to Cambridge.
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    Because you'll be post A-level when you apply the evidence is less applicable and its more difficult to tell. However, your GCSEs are probably still not good enough for Oxford. Your chances would likely depend on a very very high BMAT, and so be very small. https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics

    Cambridge has less competition for places and is less strict on GCSEs, but you'd need A*A*A as mentioned. A high BMAT is still a necessity.

    Good luck.
 
 
 
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