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There’s probably gonna be loads of these posts but i don’t have the best of grades for medicine applicants. I achieved an eight (biology), 5 sevens (maths, english language, chemistry, physics and geography), 1 six (german) and for english lit and my options i achieved a 5. Do i have any chance at all???
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Yeah, your grades are more than good enough. Don't worry. Plenty of my medic mates don't have GCSEs as good as yours. Just get AAA at A-Level lol and you'll be fine.
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That’s great results in my opinion . You got A* and A in the science subjects which really matter. You passed the other subjects and now it depends on whether you can get the good grades at A-level. No university chooses you on your GCSEs do they? They ask for A-levels and entry requirements are for A levels.
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Yeah, your grades are more than good enough. Don't worry. Plenty of my medic mates don't have GCSEs as good as yours. Just get AAA at A-Level lol and you'll be fine.
Thanks, i have high hopes for a levels
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That’s great results in my opinion . You got A* and A in the science subjects which really matter. You passed the other subjects and now it depends on whether you can get the good grades at A-level. No university chooses you on your GCSEs do they? They ask for A-levels and entry requirements are for A levels.
Haha thanks, i’m not sure but a lot of unis do take it gcses into great consideration
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Haha thanks, i’m not sure but a lot of unis do take it gcses into great consideration
A-Levels are most important, a few unis do want good GCSEs, like Oxford and Leicester, but your results are good enough for most unis, if not all. All you need is AAA and a good UKCAT/BMAT (depending on which you decide to take)
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I don't think you can obtain qualifications on a bartering basis.
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People are saying A levels are most important and having just gone through the process that simply isn't true... You don't even have your A levels in hand at the time of application and most universities ignore A level predictions as they're so inaccurate (if they're above AAA)

GCSE's are important and it would be a lie to say your grades are going to aid you in your application. Focus on the other areas of your application e.g. UKCAT and apply to your strengths- personally I'd avoid GSCE heavy universities. Universities such as Leeds have enough students to fill their whole year applying with straight A* at GCSE every year (or so they told me). I wouldn't reccoment resetting GSCE's as that can cause more problems... I'd give it a go and if that doesn't work use your A levels/ do another degree and enter via post grad medicine.

Most of the people above are too young to have gone through the process, you will be judged on GCSE's. A level requirements come only after GCSE's have been looked at (assuming you apply as early as possible). Message me if you want a list of the none-GSCE heavy universities as I was in a similar situation to you not so long ago
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People are saying A levels are most important and having just gone through the process that simply isn't true... You don't even have your A levels in hand at the time of application and most universities ignore A level predictions as they're so inaccurate (if they're above AAA)

GCSE's are important and it would be a lie to say your grades are going to aid you in your application. Focus on the other areas of your application e.g. UKCAT and apply to your strengths- personally I'd avoid GSCE heavy universities. Universities such as Leeds have enough students to fill their whole year applying with straight A* at GCSE every year (or so they told me). I wouldn't reccoment resetting GSCE's as that can cause more problems... I'd give it a go and if that doesn't work use your A levels/ do another degree and enter via post grad medicine.

Most of the people above are too young to have gone through the process, you will be judged on GCSE's. A level requirements come only after GCSE's have been looked at (assuming you apply as early as possible). Message me if you want a list of the none-GSCE heavy universities as I was in a similar situation to you not so long ago
I'm a third year medic so I have gone through the process. Your A-Level predictions do have some value. The whole 'most universities ignore your A-Level predictions' isn't true. If that was the case it would make it a lot harder for them to filter out applicants, and the whole point of UKCAT/BMAT is to make the filtering process more efficient and quick. My statement that A-Levels are most important don't just include the application process. I'm talking about getting the grades at the end as well. Secondly, I know several people who've received several interviews yet they had only a few A*'s and A's, and several B grades.

Though I do agree GCSEs are important, I did not state that they have no significance. But universities like Manchester, Nottingham, KCL etc. mainly base your application off of your UKCAT.
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I'm a third year medic so I have gone through the process. Your A-Level predictions do have some value. The whole 'most universities ignore your A-Level predictions' isn't true. If that was the case it would make it a lot harder for them to filter out applicants, and the whole point of UKCAT/BMAT is to make the filtering process more efficient and quick. My statement that A-Levels are most important don't just include the application process. I'm talking about getting the grades at the end as well. Secondly, I know several people who've received several interviews yet they had only a few A*'s and A's, and several B grades.

Though I do agree GCSEs are important, I did not state that they have no significance. But universities like Manchester, Nottingham, KCL etc. mainly base your application off of your UKCAT.
I completely agree. I've known people receive interviews with B's at GCSE but never with a C which OP has. This is why I think they should very carefully tailor their application to specific universities with heavy focus on the UKCAT/BMAT. It might be possible but it will be more difficult that someone with amazing GCSE's (straight A*'s).

Of course A level predictions have relevance but only up to the point where you achieve 3A's- anything above that simply doesn't matter. I think I worded my initial post wrong... sorry for any misunderstanding.
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I completely agree. I've known people receive interviews with B's at GCSE but never with a C which OP has. This is why I think they should very carefully tailor their application to specific universities with heavy focus on the UKCAT/BMAT. It might be possible but it will be more difficult that someone with amazing GCSE's (straight A*'s).

Of course A level predictions have relevance but only up to the point where you achieve 3A's- anything above that simply doesn't matter. I think I worded my initial post wrong... sorry for any misunderstanding.
I had a C in my GCSEs - so now you know one!

(Years ago though, but still)
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People are saying A levels are most important and having just gone through the process that simply isn't true... You don't even have your A levels in hand at the time of application and most universities ignore A level predictions as they're so inaccurate (if they're above AAA)

GCSE's are important and it would be a lie to say your grades are going to aid you in your application. Focus on the other areas of your application e.g. UKCAT and apply to your strengths- personally I'd avoid GSCE heavy universities. Universities such as Leeds have enough students to fill their whole year applying with straight A* at GCSE every year (or so they told me). I wouldn't reccoment resetting GSCE's as that can cause more problems... I'd give it a go and if that doesn't work use your A levels/ do another degree and enter via post grad medicine.

Most of the people above are too young to have gone through the process, you will be judged on GCSE's. A level requirements come only after GCSE's have been looked at (assuming you apply as early as possible). Message me if you want a list of the none-GSCE heavy universities as I was in a similar situation to you not so long ago
Please can you send me those, it would be really helpful!!
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I completely agree. I've known people receive interviews with B's at GCSE but never with a C which OP has. This is why I think they should very carefully tailor their application to specific universities with heavy focus on the UKCAT/BMAT. It might be possible but it will be more difficult that someone with amazing GCSE's (straight A*'s).

Of course A level predictions have relevance but only up to the point where you achieve 3A's- anything above that simply doesn't matter. I think I worded my initial post wrong... sorry for any misunderstanding.
Would it be that big of a problem because the C’a aren’t in really key subjects?
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I had a C in my GCSEs - so now you know one!

(Years ago though, but still)
That's gotta be reassuring for OP!!! Now we know it is doable they're going to feel a lot better
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That's gotta be reassuring for OP!!! Now we know it is doable they're going to feel a lot better
:lol: I also didn't have to do UKCAT too (the last year it wasn't mandatory), and my offer was AAB (the standard at the time). Plus my Uni has already tuned up the requirements, so sorry to the OP but it's not going to help.
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Once again you storm through getting hope up and the destroying hopes and dreams everywhere :lol:
They don't call me the dreamcrusher for nothing! (actually would make a good username) :laugh:
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Would it be that big of a problem because the C’a aren’t in really key subjects?
It's more about your overall GCSE profile being stained- I wouldn't worry though, someone else in this thread got in with a C. But I think it is quite rare so remember to work hard on all the other areas of your application!
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It's more about your overall GCSE profile being stained- I wouldn't worry though, someone else in this thread got in with a C. But I think it is quite rare so remember to work hard on all the other areas of your application!
:no: :nope: :nah: Please don't use me as a benchmark, my med school (and most / every other one) has increased the GCSE requirements since I applied and graduated so it's not like that any more :eek:
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:no: :nope: :nah: Please don't use me as a benchmark, my med school (and most / every other one) has increased the GCSE requirements since I applied and graduated so it's not like that any more :eek:
Oh sorry! I'm sure other students will still get in with C's in GCSE though if they nail other areas of the application As far as I can tell applying for medicine is more about the overall picture than individual elements. As OP is already showing he's motivated and interested in applying I'm sure he'll do fine

(I won't use you again, but it's interesting to see how things have changed over the years!)
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