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Hey guys!
I'm reapplying for 2020 entry medicine. What are you guys doing over the summer? I'm preparing for the UCAT, doing some volunteering, but that's mainly it. And am also s***ing myself over A-Level results day.
Feel free to discuss!
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hey! I'm in a similar position too! I am however, on a reserve list so i'm hoping and praying that that all works out although it's highly unlikely. I'm not going to start revising for UCAT until after results day I don't think because I want to figure out what i'm doing first.
This summer, I'm working and tbh, just having me time. A levels took so much of my time i'm just adjusting to normality and taking the time to enjoy binge watching netflix and hanging with friends.
However, I am learning to drive and doing all that sorts of stuff too. If you don't mind me asking, what are your stats?
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My stats when I applied last yr:
630 band 3 (literally the worst). I'm trying hard to do well this yr
A*AA predicted
7 A*s 2As GCSEs
What were your stats?
Hopefully you get in cuz it sometimes does get quite boring during a gap yr. Wish you the best for that! Never lose hope!
We can keep in touch!
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hey! I'm in a similar position too! I am however, on a reserve list so i'm hoping and praying that that all works out although it's highly unlikely. I'm not going to start revising for UCAT until after results day I don't think because I want to figure out what i'm doing first.
This summer, I'm working and tbh, just having me time. A levels took so much of my time i'm just adjusting to normality and taking the time to enjoy binge watching netflix and hanging with friends.
However, I am learning to drive and doing all that sorts of stuff too. If you don't mind me asking, what are your stats?
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My stats were
685 band 3 (lol screwed up situational judgement but i think i made up for it with my score tbf)
A*AA predicted
GCSEs 1A* 6As 2Bs (not the best but my school was in special measures so that got me some special consideration from one of the unis)
Thank you, I really hope so! And same goes for you, don't give up! it seems that the chances of getting in successfully are greater second time round so fingers crossed!
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My stats when I applied last yr:
630 band 3 (literally the worst). I'm trying hard to do well this yr
A*AA predicted
7 A*s 2As GCSEs
What were your stats?
Hopefully you get in cuz it sometimes does get quite boring during a gap yr. Wish you the best for that! Never lose hope!
We can keep in touch!
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Are you working in a hospital as an assistant?
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hey! I'm in a similar position too! I am however, on a reserve list so i'm hoping and praying that that all works out although it's highly unlikely. I'm not going to start revising for UCAT until after results day I don't think because I want to figure out what i'm doing first.
This summer, I'm working and tbh, just having me time. A levels took so much of my time i'm just adjusting to normality and taking the time to enjoy binge watching netflix and hanging with friends.
However, I am learning to drive and doing all that sorts of stuff too. If you don't mind me asking, what are your stats?
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No, I wasn't able to get a place.. I will try again after results though, I need to sort out my life so bad. I'm actually so jealous of people who have a firm and insurance choice, i have a firm choice but it's my 5th ucas option and i'm not even going to take it i don't think in such a mess ahha. Wby?
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Are you working in a hospital as an assistant?
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Well I do volunteering at a care home. I don't have a paid job or anything like that. I'm also planning on volunteering in an hiv hospice close by
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No, I wasn't able to get a place.. I will try again after results though, I need to sort out my life so bad. I'm actually so jealous of people who have a firm and insurance choice, i have a firm choice but it's my 5th ucas option and i'm not even going to take it i don't think in such a mess ahha. Wby?
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Well I do volunteering at a care home. I don't have a paid job or anything like that. I'm also planning on volunteering in an hiv hospice close by
I'm looking into that! I am going to go back to the place where I originally went for my work shadowing hopefully, still in the process of arranging and planning. I have a paid job so I'm still working as well. I can't believe how close results are though
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I'm looking into that! I am going to go back to the place where I originally went for my work shadowing hopefully, still in the process of arranging and planning. I have a paid job so I'm still working as well. I can't believe how close results are though
Hey how did results day go if you don't mind?
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Hey guys!
I'm reapplying for 2020 entry medicine. What are you guys doing over the summer? I'm preparing for the UCAT, doing some volunteering, but that's mainly it. And am also s***ing myself over A-Level results day.
Feel free to discuss!
Hello! A really good option is to work with Yipiyap over your gap year. I did and it really helped me develop skills including things like professionalism, communication skills etc which are all great if you're going into medicine. Maybe have a look on their website and see if they're in your area.
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Hey Not sure if someone's made a thread like this but I got ABB this year (A in maths, B in bio and chem) and will be resitting both biology and chemistry with the hopes of achieving an A in both. So far I know of a few universities that don't discriminate against resit applicants, themedicportal has a really good article on each university's resit policies which I based my research off! I'm an international student too btw so I guess i've got even more competition!
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Hey Not sure if someone's made a thread like this but I got ABB this year (A in maths, B in bio and chem) and will be resitting both biology and chemistry with the hopes of achieving an A in both. So far I know of a few universities that don't discriminate against resit applicants, themedicportal has a really good article on each university's resit policies which I based my research off! I'm an international student too btw so I guess i've got even more competition!
I was about to make this thread.
I am also resitting for medicine but I am extremely scared of how depressing this year will be. Especially doing everything again without my friends, who were so supportive. The thought of doing the UCAT, interviews, studying 8-12 hours a day again without my friends? I don't have it in me. I want to find a network of resitters, preferably in my city (Nottingham) who are going through the same thing. I am an extrovert and a people person, I really need a support system. I got through everything with the support of my friends (who were mostly medics and dentists) and we gave each other company in the worst days of Year 13.
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Thanks to @GANFYD, this is a list of all 18 med schools accepting A Level retakes.

There are definitely more med schools taking resit applicants now:
Sheffield
Bristol
HYMS (have to have at least BBB in the first sitting)
UEA
Keele (retake offer will be A*AA)
Liverpool
Manchester
Leicester
Nottingham
Plymouth
Exeter
Southampton
ARU
Sunderland
Kings (though they do say “applications from students that have achieved, or are predicted to achieve our typical entry requirements in the first sitting, may be more competitive overall than students who have not reached the grades required upon the first attempt”)
Aston (case by case basis, so would need contacting prior to application)
BSMS (BMAT)
Lancaster (BMAT)
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I never knew med schools accepted resits. Bit late now though.😔
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I never knew med schools accepted resits. Bit late now though.😔
18 medical schools accept retake A-Level students.
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18 medical schools accept retake A-Level students.
Really? I assume you have to retake 3 A-levels at once, and if I achieved my
grades a few years ago can I still do it? There are no colleges near me which accept people over 18 onto the college course so is it possible to do a levels online?
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Really? I assume you have to retake 3 A-levels at once, and if I achieved my grades a few years ago can I still do it?
Yes, potentially. Again you'll need to aim for AAA.

For Keele, retake students will need A*AA. For HYMS you should have had at least BBB in the first attempt.

There are no colleges near me which accept people over 18 onto the college course so is it possible to do a levels online?
No, because there are practical elements to some Chemistry and Biology exams.
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Retaking is not necessarily a bad thing, it can only make you a better and more prepared student.

In the grand scheme of things, one year is nothing.
Completely agree with these points!

@ OP, looking back now I am so glad I got the experiences I did on my gap year whilst resitting. It’s given me more confidence and allowed me to develop some skills quite a lot, and I look forward to certain aspects of medical school that I may have been nervous about beforehand.

Best of luck if you do resit, feel free to ask any questions.
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Completely agree with these points!

@ OP, looking back now I am so glad I got the experiences I did on my gap year whilst resitting. It’s given me more confidence and allowed me to develop some skills quite a lot, and I look forward to certain aspects of medical school that I may have been nervous about beforehand.

Best of luck if you do resit, feel free to ask any questions.
thank you so much I'm feeling determined and motivated today haha which is good because yesterday I literally couldn't stop crying about my results. In terms of your personal statement, I was wondering how you talked about your gap year since we have to submit our applications by the 15th so there's not too much we can do until then? Did you mention your plans for your gap year or does your teacher write about that in your reference? And also for predicted grades I've shown i can achieve a B but I know lots of unis prefer an A* in at least 1 of the resitting subjects (manchester, KCL, bristol, liverpool and UEA and exeter likes A*s anyway) so I was wondering how I'd be able to get my teachers to predict me an A*A when I've only shown i can achieve BB? Thanks
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Really? I assume you have to retake 3 A-levels at once, and if I achieved my
grades a few years ago can I still do it? There are no colleges near me which accept people over 18 onto the college course so is it possible to do a levels online?
I'm pretty sure most universities allow 1 resit per subject, so if you haven't resat then you're okay I think, but don't take my word for it. I suggest emailing universities and asking them since they'd probably be able to give you a better answer!
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