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Hi,

my dream is to study medicine at Oxbridge but I'm not sure how to get there.
Currently, I'm in year 10, going into year 11 and I need advice on grades.
How many 9/8/7 does Oxbridge require? If I get good grades in subjects like maths, English and science but not so good in languages (I'm taking Arabic), will it matter?
My predicted grades are currently:
Maths: 8/9
English Lit & Lang: 8
Triple Science (order bio, chem, physics): 8/7/7
Arabic: 5
Citizenship:8
Re: 7/8
Comp. Science: 6
History:7

Is this good enough? Does comp.science and languages really matter?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Although the languages/compsci aren't medicine subjects they would prefer for you to have as a high a possible grades in them.
Your predicted grades seem ok, I'd probably lean to applying to cambridge with them purely because oxford tend to be more GCSE heavy but ultimately it's up to you.



Atm just focus on getting the best grades possible and then think about where you want to end up applying to.
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I hate to break it to you, but 8/7/7 in sciences is uncompetitive for Oxbridge medicine. Of course they're just predictions and you can do better than them, but really you ought to have at least 8/8/8. Work hard and you can almost certainly get that. As for other GCSEs, they probably aren't as important but when you're dealing with one of the most competitive courses in the country, every grade counts really.

You're more than 2 years away from applying. A lot can happen between now and then. Your passion may change or you may find that you suddenly struggle (or suddenly do really well) at A-level. There's no need to become fixated on a course at this stage.
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You would need to do better for Oxford as per the link below.


Whilst Cambridge don't care as much about GCSEs, you will need to get A*A*A in 3 science subjects or maths at A-level, and your triple science being only 778 does make me wonder how you're going to achieve that.


You needto aim to do better if you want to be achieving Oxbridge medicine, especially in the sciences. Medicine is a science, after all!

https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics
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(Original post by AzureCeleste)
Although the languages/compsci aren't medicine subjects they would prefer for you to have as a high a possible grades in them.
Your predicted grades seem ok, I'd probably lean to applying to cambridge with them purely because oxford tend to be more GCSE heavy but ultimately it's up to you.



Atm just focus on getting the best grades possible and then think about where you want to end up applying to.


aight thanks
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Try to not focus on uni too much at the moment although it’s good to have ambitions. If I were you my best piece of advice would be to take stock of your strengths and weaknesses and then improve your revision as a result to try and smash your predicted grades. If you don’t beat them don’t worry too much as you would still be able to apply to med school with your grades but you’d have to apply more tactically and therefore avoid GCSE heavy unis. Good luck.
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You would need to do better for Oxford as per the link below.


Whilst Cambridge don't care as much about GCSEs, you will need to get A*A*A in 3 science subjects or maths at A-level, and your triple science being only 778 does make me wonder how you're going to achieve that.


You needto aim to do better if you want to be achieving Oxbridge medicine, especially in the sciences. Medicine is a science, after all!

https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics

thanks for the link. It's still early days as these are technically my predicted grades for december but thanks for the advice.
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I'd focus on improving the Arabic and computer science grades from the start of yr 11. You still have plenty of time in which you can improve a lot. It is definitely possible for you to get higher than your predicted grades e.g. I had predictions of 7s for sciences and averaged grade 7s throughout yr 10 and 11 in class assessments, got 678 in physics, chem and bio in yr11 Jan mocks and ended up getting 9s in the actual exams.
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You still have a lot of time, but don't take this lightly because you need to work your heart out (literally) and I promise it'll all pay off.

I was in a similar situation but my predicted grades where a lot lower than yours(Cs/4 and 5s). I worked so hard in Year 10 and 11 and completely smashed my target grades and all expectations and achieved a healthy proportion of A*/As, good enough for Medicine. You need to work and have the mindset of a person capable of getting all 9/8s in their GCSEs if you are to have any chance achieving such grades.

Best advice I can give you at this stage is to copy the highest achiever in your class(es) but double their work-load. Work until you struggle to find a weakness (you will always have one unless you're getting 100% in exams) Focus all of your time into your studies and I assure you it'll pay off. Don't and I promise you'll regret not putting in the dire but extra time you didn't spend preparing in this critical moment of your academic career. You won't be doing it for too long (you'll understand once you've achieved and looked back on the time you spent)

Edit: Your GCSEs will be looked at overall when applying to medicine, the proportion of A*/As rather than your individual subject grades. So if you get a bunch of A*/As only you will be perfectly fine GCSE-wise.
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You still have a lot of time, but don't take this lightly because you need to work your heart out (literally) and I promise it'll all pay off.

I was in a similar situation but my predicted grades where a lot lower than yours(Cs/4 and 5s). I worked so hard in Year 10 and 11 and completely smashed my target grades and all expectations and achieved a healthy proportion of A*/As, good enough for Medicine. You need to work and have the mindset of a person capable of getting all 9/8s in their GCSEs if you are to have any chance achieving such grades.

Best advice I can give you at this stage is to copy the highest achiever in your class(es) but double their work-load. Work until you struggle to find a weakness (you will always have one unless you're getting 100% in exams) Focus all of your time into your studies and I assure you it'll pay off. Don't and I promise you'll regret not putting in the dire but extra time you didn't spend preparing in this critical moment of your academic career. You won't be doing it for too long (you'll understand once you've achieved and looked back on the time you spent)

Edit: Your GCSEs will be looked at overall when applying to medicine, the proportion of A*/As rather than your individual subject grades. So if you get a bunch of A*/As only you will be perfectly fine GCSE-wise.

tysm this really helped
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