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Hello everyone
I wanted to know what subjects i need to become a neurosurgeon. Right now i'm in year 12
i picked all sciences this year and was wondering what grades i need and what i should do after high school ..

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Get into med school first. Usually A*AA is the minimum offer (could stretch it to AAA). Definitely need chemistry, biology preferable and either maths or physics. I'm doing chem/bio/maths/eng lit.
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Bro you got a long way until you become a neurosurgeon.

1. Med school (5 yrs)
2. Foundation school (2 yrs)
3. Core surgical training (2 yrs)
4. Speciality training (6 yrs)

15 years later you are a fully qualified neurosurgeon.

Think about getting into med school first. Step one

You need AAA and good UKCAT score
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Paging our resident neurosurgeon itsbrainsurgery
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Get into med school first. Usually A*AA is the minimum offer (could stretch it to AAA). Definitely need chemistry, biology preferable and either maths or physics. I'm doing chem/bio/maths/eng lit.
Thank u very much for the help
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Bro you got a long way until you become a neurosurgeon.

1. Med school (5 yrs)
2. Foundation school (2 yrs)
3. Core surgical training (2 yrs)
4. Speciality training (6 yrs)

15 years later you are a fully qualified neurosurgeon.

Think about getting into med school first. Step one

You need AAA and good UKCAT score
Thts a long way to go man.. will try the best
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(Original post by ltsmith)
Bro you got a long way until you become a neurosurgeon.

1. Med school (5 yrs)
2. Foundation school (2 yrs)
3. Core surgical training (2 yrs)
4. Speciality training (6 yrs)

15 years later you are a fully qualified neurosurgeon.

Think about getting into med school first. Step one

You need AAA and good UKCAT score
Mostly correct but most neurosurgeons actually dont go on via the core surgical training route. It's run through after FY2, 8 years so it's 10 years after graduation from med.

The current competition ratio is about 5 or 6 applicants to 1 post at ST1 level. Going via CST will involve competing to get into CST first (around 2 to 2.5 to 1), then another round of competition at ST3 (around 3.5 to 1).
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(Original post by ltsmith)
Bro you got a long way until you become a neurosurgeon.

1. Med school (5 yrs)
2. Foundation school (2 yrs)
3. Core surgical training (2 yrs)
4. Speciality training (6 yrs)

15 years later you are a fully qualified neurosurgeon.

Think about getting into med school first. Step one

You need AAA and good UKCAT score
Isn't neurosurgery a run-through training programme so you begin neurosurgery training at ST1?
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Why do you want to be a neurosurgeon?
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Isn't neurosurgery a run-through training programme so you begin neurosurgery training at ST1?
There are some posts post CST2 too. But you are right most jobs are post FY2, entering at ST1.
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Why do you want to be a neurosurgeon?
idk looked fun, but have a long way to go, may be something else like a doctor..
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idk looked fun, but have a long way to go, may be something else like a doctor..
Not sure if that is a very good reason? What do you mean it looked fun, which part?
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Not sure if that is a very good reason? What do you mean it looked fun, which part?
i was kidding for the "fun" part lol
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i was kidding for the "fun" part lol
Do you have a serious answer? You do realise that neurosurgery has sad outcomes commonly and that patients do die sometimes.
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i needed this so bad but i havent even done my gcse yet and i so badly want to be a neurosurgeon but can i ask do you have to take maths or is that a myth. i heard that youre most likely to get into uni if you do maths for a levels
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i needed this so bad but i havent even done my gcse yet and i so badly want to be a neurosurgeon but can i ask do you have to take maths or is that a myth. i heard that youre most likely to get into uni if you do maths for a levels
You don't have to take Maths. You must take Chemistry and you really should take Biology. The 3rd subject is up to you, as long as it's not General Studies or a Foreign Language that you speak natively.

Why do you badly want to be a neurosurgeon? Just wanting to be one isn't enough? :facepalm:
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Do you have a serious answer? You do realise that neurosurgery has sad outcomes commonly and that patients do die sometimes.
ye i know sorry if u were offended
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ye i know sorry if u were offended
Ok.... so do you have a serious answer to why you wanted to do neurosurgery?
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I would recommend reading Do No Harm by Henry Marsh - written by a consultant neurosurgeon about his life and career, really interesting read and obviously relevant to your interests
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I would recommend reading Do No Harm by Henry Marsh - written by a consultant neurosurgeon about his life and career, really interesting read and obviously relevant to your interests
thank u it does look interesting i will look into it more..
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