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Hi I was wondering if I could still get into medicine without Alevel chemistry.
im in yr 12 so my first year of ALevels ( retaking )doing Biology maths and pyschology.
the only russell group university i found is Bristol so far that allows me get into the foundation year medicine course without chemistry a level.

im looking for other universities that does the same.
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(Original post by 01Adana)
Hi I was wondering if I could still get into medicine without Alevel chemistry.
im in yr 12 so my first year of ALevels ( retaking )doing Biology maths and pyschology.
the only russell group university i found is Bristol so far that allows me get into the foundation year medicine course without chemistry a level.

im looking for other universities that does the same.
what were your gcse grades like?
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I passed all my gcses and got B's mainly
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what were your gcse grades like?
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(Original post by 01Adana)
Hi I was wondering if I could still get into medicine without Alevel chemistry.
im in yr 12 so my first year of ALevels ( retaking )doing Biology maths and pyschology.
the only russell group university i found is Bristol so far that allows me get into the foundation year medicine course without chemistry a level.

im looking for other universities that does the same.
The Russell Group is irrelevant when it comes to medicine. Broaden your horizons to the non-Russell Group ones. Also, there are medical schools which will accept you without A-level chemustry and you won't have to do a foundation year. They are in the minority though.
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The Russell Group is irrelevant when it comes to medicine. Broaden your horizons to the non-Russell Group ones. Also, there are medical schools which will accept you without A-level chemustry and you won't have to do a foundation year. They are in the minority though.
how come they are irrelevant?
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how come they are irrelevant?
What exactly do you think the Russell Group means to you?
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Unis with the best resources, equipment, teaching and the most reputable.
As well as being the best for reaearch
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What exactly do you think the Russell Group means to you?
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Sorry Bs are unlikely to be good enough in my opinion
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They are my gcses not alevels.
Most unis aren't bothered about gcses
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Sorry Bs are unlikely to be good enough in my opinion
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Medical schools are though. Sorry I just think it’s important to be realistic. Everyone I know at med school has a crop of A*s or mitigating circumstances
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Medical schools are though. Sorry I just think it’s important to be realistic. Everyone I know at med school has a crop of A*s or mitigating circumstances
That's great but there are medical schools which place a lower emphasis on GCSEs than others. OP not studying chemistry is more of an issue.
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(Original post by 01Adana)
Hi I was wondering if I could still get into medicine without Alevel chemistry.
im in yr 12 so my first year of ALevels ( retaking )doing Biology maths and pyschology.
the only russell group university i found is Bristol so far that allows me get into the foundation year medicine course without chemistry a level.

im looking for other universities that does the same.
This document has minimum entry requirements for each Uni and has a section related to applying with a Gateway year
https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf

Of course, meeting the minimum requirements is only the first step. Getting into Medicine is highly competitive. All Med Schools will rank you to decide who to interview. Some put most emphasis on GCSE grades, others on the UKCAT or BMAT aptitude tests. Some don't accept A level resits.

I can't guarantee the document is 100% accurate, so you should also check individual Uni websites.

btw Russell Group is irrelevant to applying for medicine. All courses are delivered to GMC standards, and when you apply for post graduate training a Medicine degree from a non-Russell group Uni is ranked in the same way as one from Oxbridge. You have big enough hurdles to clear already without that distracting you.

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The course at Bristol is a widening-participation course - its open only to applicants from very specific low-performing schools, and only if your predicted grades are too low to get you onto the 5-year course.

Check you are actually eligible before you apply - and go to the Open Day in June and ask lots of questions.
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how come they are irrelevant?
Because your patients will never ask you where you trained.

All Med Schools are accredited by the GMC and, given the current shortage of doctors in the NHS, 'which University' is never going to be important re. job prospects.
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That's great but there are medical schools which place a lower emphasis on GCSEs than others. OP not studying chemistry is more of an issue.
Sorry I don’t agree. 15% of my year at medical school doesn’t have chemistry A level - you can just apply to med schools that don’t need it and there are a few around. Our university actually finds those without chemistry a level perform better on the course overall (possibly because physics is what many of them take instead and that’s tough!)

However you do need to prove you’re academically strong without chemistry (and physics here in this poster’s case) and with Bs at GCSE it’s difficult to prove. Especially now AS levels have gone. I work on the board of interviewees and have yet to see someone at my medical school with Bs only at GCSE. And we don’t ask specifically for A*s; we technically consider a range but those that are good enough for the course typically do much better than our minimum requirements seeing as it’s 10 to a place.
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Hi there,

I’m also in a similar boat. I have not done chemistry a level. I am about to sit Philosophy, Psychology and Biology A Level and I am in year 13. During year 13 I did some work expeirence and loved the hospital setting hence why I decided late that I wanted to do medicine instead. I applied for psychology at university but I am going to take a gap year instead to apply for medicine. I am going to apply for universities that do not ask for Chemistry A Level such as Manchester, Plymouth and East Anglia. There are quite a few more universities that don’t actually ask for chemistry

I also don’t have amaaaazing gcse grades I got only 1A* and 7As 2 Bs
Compared to those who apply for medicine who have like all A*s
Tbh I think you just have to be smart when you apply e.g researching universities and seeing those which have entry requirements that are suitable to you
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(Original post by Fernerose)
Sorry I don’t agree. 15% of my year at medical school doesn’t have chemistry A level - you can just apply to med schools that don’t need it and there are a few around. Our university actually finds those without chemistry a level perform better on the course overall (possibly because physics is what many of them take instead and that’s tough!)

However you do need to prove you’re academically strong without chemistry (and physics here in this poster’s case) and with Bs at GCSE it’s difficult to prove. Especially now AS levels have gone. I work on the board of interviewees and have yet to see someone at my medical school with Bs only at GCSE. And we don’t ask specifically for A*s; we technically consider a range but those that are good enough for the course typically do much better than our minimum requirements seeing as it’s 10 to a place.
Hey, which university do you attend if you do not mind me asking?

Thank you x
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(Original post by 01Adana)
Hi I was wondering if I could still get into medicine without Alevel chemistry.
im in yr 12 so my first year of ALevels ( retaking )doing Biology maths and pyschology.
the only russell group university i found is Bristol so far that allows me get into the foundation year medicine course without chemistry a level.

im looking for other universities that does the same.
I feel like you actually have a lot more options open and should apply for medicine because you do biology and psychology look for unis that accept psychology as a second science. And also maths is great to have
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(Original post by Fernerose)
Sorry I don’t agree. 15% of my year at medical school doesn’t have chemistry A level - you can just apply to med schools that don’t need it and there are a few around. Our university actually finds those without chemistry a level perform better on the course overall (possibly because physics is what many of them take instead and that’s tough!)

However you do need to prove you’re academically strong without chemistry (and physics here in this poster’s case) and with Bs at GCSE it’s difficult to prove. Especially now AS levels have gone. I work on the board of interviewees and have yet to see someone at my medical school with Bs only at GCSE. And we don’t ask specifically for A*s; we technically consider a range but those that are good enough for the course typically do much better than our minimum requirements seeing as it’s 10 to a place.
Don't agree with what exactly? That there a medical schools which place a low emphasis on GCSEs than others?
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I work on the board of interviewees
Could you explain exactly what you mean by this.
Do you actually 'interview' Med applicants, and at which University.
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