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    Due to illness throughout school, I was unable to take my GCSEs as a teen.

    At 20, Im now setting out to achieve all my qualifications, including A levels. In September Im studying math and english GCSEs at Solihull college...

    Then, next year Im planning on enrolling at Bournville college to take their 5 GCSE course. One issue though, I need chemistry as I plan on studying medicine.

    Trouble is, it doesnt seem *any* colleges round me even do chemistry as a GCSE and the unis I want to apply to require it as a subject.

    I've had a chat with Aston (before finding out I couldnt take chemistry) and they said my prospects for an application were positive, but thats with chemistry. I havent asked them whether or not I could just do my chemistry at A level or whether the GCSE in chemistry is absolutely required.


    Am I better off doing distance learning for my chemistry while at Bournville next year? If so, how quickly could I complete a single GCSE topic if I dedicated around 2 hours a day to it?

    And if I dont HAVE to take GCSE chemistry, would that come back to bite me when I study it at A level?

    Cheers!
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    (Original post by ACollins9)
    Due to illness throughout school, I was unable to take my GCSEs as a teen.

    At 20, Im now setting out to achieve all my qualifications, including A levels. In September Im studying math and english GCSEs at Solihull college...

    Then, next year Im planning on enrolling at Bournville college to take their 5 GCSE course. One issue though, I need chemistry as I plan on studying medicine.

    Trouble is, it doesnt seem *any* colleges round me even do chemistry as a GCSE and the unis I want to apply to require it as a subject.

    I've had a chat with Aston (before finding out I couldnt take chemistry) and they said my prospects for an application were positive, but thats with chemistry. I havent asked them whether or not I could just do my chemistry at A level or whether the GCSE in chemistry is absolutely required.


    Am I better off doing distance learning for my chemistry while at Bournville next year? If so, how quickly could I complete a single GCSE topic if I dedicated around 2 hours a day to it?

    And if I dont HAVE to take GCSE chemistry, would that come back to bite me when I study it at A level?

    Cheers!
    Bournville is excellent in that they are one of the very few who do A levels. You are fortunate to live close by.

    There isnt a problem in doing GCSE chemistry as you can either do distance learning or just get the textbooks and teach yourself. You could get a headstart this Summer after your 2x GCSE. CGP also have some GCSE- GCE books to help bridge the gap.

    I would say you need to do it, yes its possible and yes you will be at a disadvantage if you havent done it before A level. they may not even let you do A level without it. Talk to Bournville or your current college if you can sit just the exam there.

    Cloudlearn do it, but an not sure if for GCSE then you couldnt just teach yourself.

    http://www.cloudlearn.co.uk/Course/O...stry-Course/97

    Be warned when you start A levels it is a big step up and for Medicine you need to get the grades within a 2 year window., that means virtually no chance of resits. You cannot afford to fail or fall behind, hence getting GCSE would make sense.
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    Bournville is excellent in that they are one of the very few who do A levels. You are fortunate to live close by.

    There isnt a problem in doing GCSE chemistry as you can either do distance learning or just get the textbooks and teach yourself. You could get a headstart this Summer after your 2x GCSE. CGP also have some GCSE- GCE books to help bridge the gap.

    I would say you need to do it, yes its possible and yes you will be at a disadvantage if you havent done it before A level. they may not even let you do A level without it. Talk to Bournville or your current college if you can sit just the exam there.

    Cloudlearn do it, but an not sure if for GCSE then you couldnt just teach yourself.

    http://www.cloudlearn.co.uk/Course/O...stry-Course/97

    Be warned when you start A levels it is a big step up and for Medicine you need to get the grades within a 2 year window., that means virtually no chance of resits. You cannot afford to fail or fall behind, hence getting GCSE would make sense.

    Oh fantastic! I was wondering about some good online providers. That sounds perfect, like you say I could fit that in the summer before I do my english and maths.

    Il definitely take it if thats the case then. Il spend from now doing KS3 science stuff to catch up and Il take the chemistry IGCSE.

    Thanks again.
 
 
 
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