*MEGATHREAD* - The Ultimate 'Am I Good Enough For Medicine?' Angst Thread MK IV

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It should be. There are some universities that do not pay much attention to GCSE's anyway. Just make sure you are doing sciences maths english
Thanks!! I'm doing those subjects so I guess I can have peace of mind finally! Just hope I'm good enough for Oxbridge :3
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Most oxbridge applicants will have 7A*’s and above at GCSE and that’s usually what they will require as entry requirements. I think Cambridge look at GCSE results more than Oxford though
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Thanks!! I'm doing those subjects so I guess I can have peace of mind finally! Just hope I'm good enough for Oxbridge :3
you dont NEED oxbridge. You will learn with time to appreciate getting into any med school in UK. Thats me. I am repeating the year to try to get in. There is a chance I wont too. So you have to work super hard
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Most oxbridge applicants will have 7A*’s and above at GCSE and that’s usually what they will require as entry requirements. I think Cambridge look at GCSE results more than Oxford though
It’s true most successful applicants will have a higher number of A*s at GCSEs but if other parts of your application are to a good standard, you should be considered right?
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Why are you even considering doing 5 A-levels?
Will that be too much? Well I'll be done with my maths A levels one year before my other A levels so i thought i would have time to take up another subject. My teachers recommended me doing further maths if i can alongside chemistry biology and physics for A levels. Don't know if I'll be able to handle them all TT Guess I'll just focus on my GCSEs for the time being.
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(Original post by Linalolo)
you dont NEED oxbridge. You will learn with time to appreciate getting into any med school in UK. Thats me. I am repeating the year to try to get in. There is a chance I wont too. So you have to work super hard
I guess you are right!! Best of luck for your future ^^ meanwhile I'll work super hard!
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guys i am not sure whether i should a gap year to di my science alevels because currently i am not studying the sciences as alevels but i am studying health and social care , mathes and ict . i got all c's for gcse but i am hoping to get good grades at alevel. guys should i go to uni and try the graduate entry to medicnce or should i take gap year to dod the science alevels and then apply to medicne with a foundation year. i really want to do medicine it is one of my dream. i really need help to decide which steps i shoukd take to get to medicine.i dont know what is best for now. i do not want to give upnon medicine. please help me!
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(1) Always aim for undergraduate medicine if you can (it's less competitive)
(2) Some GEM courses may require science A-Levels at BBB grades

Another important thing is (realistically) how likely are you to get all As (or better) if you got all Cs at GCSEs?

And are you eligible for foundation courses?
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(1) Always aim for undergraduate medicine if you can (it's less competitive)
(2) Some GEM courses may require science A-Levels at CCC grades

Another important thing is (realistically) how likely are you to get all As (or better) if you got all Cs at GCSEs?

And are you eligible for foundation courses?
if i do the science aleevels during my gap year wilk they count towards my gradute entry
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(Original post by ecolier)
(1) Always aim for undergraduate medicine if you can (it's less competitive)
(2) Some GEM courses may require science A-Levels at CCC grades

Another important thing is (realistically) how likely are you to get all As (or better) if you got all Cs at GCSEs?

And are you eligible for foundation courses?
i want to apply to either diagnostic radiography or biomedical science degree with a foundation year , which one is the best option.
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(Original post by Bushtank)
if i do the science aleevels during my gap year wilk they count towards my gradute entry
As I said, avoid GEM if you can. For undergrad medicine it's common that you have to achieve all your grades in 2 years, I will wait for those who know better than me whether it's the same for GEM. You will need 1st or 2:1 in your degree to even have a chance, and the UKCAT threshold is usually higher.

It's BBB at A-Levels by the way, not CCC - this is for the med schools who do require A-Levels for GEM.

(Original post by Bushtank)
i want to apply to either diagnostic radiography or biomedical science degree with a foundation year , which one is the best option.
Biomedical sciences - someone already posted in another thread earlier this week, applying for Physiotherapy as their "backup". It's usually not wise to apply for a degree which could lead to a career as your "backup", you will most likely get rejected.
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Hi I’ve applied for Lambeth, C&I & Harrow college for access to medicine. I’m just about to finish my A-levels hopefully a BBB in history,psychology & media. I’ve read a lot about people saying you have to wait a couple years before starting the access course but I’ve spoken to some unis (kings&st georges) and they say they have no restrictions. I would just like a bit of help
1. I am 19, will I be entitled to the loan even if I’ve done a levels
2. What is the success rate & what do I need to know before I hopefully get started.
3. Any other useful information ( anything in relation to the course or medicine in general I’m open to it need all the hope I can get)
Feel free to ask me any questions that might help you help me
Thank you.
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(Original post by Hilary4546)
Hi I’ve applied for Lambeth, C&I & Harrow college for access to medicine. I’m just about to finish my A-levels hopefully a BBB in history,psychology & media. I’ve read a lot about people saying you have to wait a couple years before starting the access course but I’ve spoken to some unis (kings&st georges) and they say they have no restrictions. I would just like a bit of help
1. I am 19, will I be entitled to the loan even if I’ve done a levels
2. What is the success rate & what do I need to know before I hopefully get started.
3. Any other useful information ( anything in relation to the course or medicine in general I’m open to it need all the hope I can get)
Feel free to ask me any questions that might help you help me
Thank you.
even i would like to know about this because i am confused of whether to go uni or try that
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I did my GCSEs in the Summer of 2017 from a state school and got 988 6A*s and 2As, where I got As in Biology and Spanish. I was stupid and thought that GCSEs were only used to allow you to get into your preferred A-levels. I found that my biology paper was 1 UMS from an A* and appealed for remark but the exam officer was quite adamant for me to reconsider, stating that remarking would not make a difference as I already had many A*s. I had already been fighting for a remark for over two months and eventually gave in.

I now realize that if I had remarked the paper, I would have more than 3 times the chance of getting into my preferred university (Oxford). My Spanish grade was also really close - i had achieved 3A*s and an A in the 4 modules contributing to the overall grade (all are equally weighted). The module I got an A grade in was the Spanish writing and my teacher had told me that I had achieved an A* in the module.

Is there a way of notifying the universities of how close my GCSEs were to 10 A*s; I am currently in year 13 and sent off my application for medicine on the 15th October?
How have you worked pit that the difference between A and an A* at GCSE would mean you had 3x the chance of gaining entry?
Why do you need to fight for a remark you just pay for it if you want one?
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I looked on the Oxford university website for their GCSE statistics :https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics

At my school you have to go through the exam officer to process your remark and make the payment. She was usually really busy and it was hard to get through to her, especially during the beginning of the year. Her priority for remarking, she told me, was those who had recieved Ds and so I was put at low priority, hence the wait. By 'fight' I mean it was hard to convince her to process my remark sooner.
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Is there a way of notifying the universities of how close my GCSEs were to 10 A*s; I am currently in year 13 and sent off my application for medicine on the 15th October?
Unless your marks are given on your awards certificate or final transcript, there’s no way really. Your referee could’ve mentioned it though.

They’ll usually only score your application on your final awarded grades though, so it’s unlikley to make much, if any, difference.
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Is there a way of notifying the universities of how close my GCSEs were to 10 A*s; I am currently in year 13 and sent off my application for medicine on the 15th October?
Far too late now anyway... and it wouldn't make much, if any, difference.

PS. Moved to Medicine
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(Original post by Ramuk0002)
I did my GCSEs in the Summer of 2017 from a state school and got 988 6A*s and 2As, where I got As in Biology and Spanish. I was stupid and thought that GCSEs were only used to allow you to get into your preferred A-levels. I found that my biology paper was 1 UMS from an A* and appealed for remark but the exam officer was quite adamant for me to reconsider, stating that remarking would not make a difference as I already had many A*s. I had already been fighting for a remark for over two months and eventually gave in.

I now realize that if I had remarked the paper, I would have more than 3 times the chance of getting into my preferred university (Oxford). My Spanish grade was also really close - i had achieved 3A*s and an A in the 4 modules contributing to the overall grade (all are equally weighted). The module I got an A grade in was the Spanish writing and my teacher had told me that I had achieved an A* in the module.

Is there a way of notifying the universities of how close my GCSEs were to 10 A*s; I am currently in year 13 and sent off my application for medicine on the 15th October?
8 A*s vs 9/10 A*s is a very small difference, especially when applying to University. GCSEs are only a small aspect of your application, even for medicine, and it will almost certainly make negligible difference.

I understand that it's infuriating, and that medicine is a competitive course, but it shouldn't matter.
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I want to do medicine. Besides chemistry, biology and Maths what can I do to enhance my application process
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Work experience
Good UKCAT and PS
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