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I’m currently applying for medicine to start in 2020. But I fear that my GCSE grades are not good enough.

My grades:
History: 9
Biology: 8
Maths: 8
Chemistry: 7
Physics: 6
Religious Studies: 6
French: 6
English Literature: 6
English Language: 6
Sociology: B

I also have no work experience at all.
I need serious advice
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Your GCSE grades are relatively passable for Medicine. After some research, I've found the universities who would (generally) reject your GCSE grades to be Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, St. Andrews, and Sunderland – you pass the minimum GCSE requirements for all remaining UK medical schools. (However, I checked this on a Medical Schools Council document as opposed to each university's designated website, so you may want to double check my list.)

Everyone starts with no work experience. The question is: how old are you? If you just finished Year 11, there is absolutely no need to worry. Most students start their work experience during sixth form, so Year 12 is the prime time to do that. If you just finished Year 12, then you need to immediately find some placements during the rest of your summer, and before your UCAS deadline on the 15th of October; at the very least, you can look for volunteering opportunities in your local area, preferably healthcare related. The more valuable experience you have to reflect on, the better. Though, if you're running out of time, strive for quality, not quantity.

Here are some useful threads on TSR:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5476254 (Medicine 2020 Entry)
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5794376 (UCAT 2020 Entry)

If you're in Year 12:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6048050 (Y12–Y13 Transition)

Let me know if there's anything else I can help with!
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(Original post by joel20230)
I’m currently applying for medicine to start in 2020. But I fear that my GCSE grades are not good enough.

My grades:
History: 9
Biology: 8
Maths: 8
Chemistry: 7
Physics: 6
Religious Studies: 6
French: 6
English Literature: 6
English Language: 6
Sociology: B

I also have no work experience at all.
I need serious advice
Moved this to the medicine forum
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(Original post by joel20230)
I’m currently applying for medicine to start in 2020. But I fear that my GCSE grades are not good enough.

My grades:
History: 9
Biology: 8
Maths: 8
Chemistry: 7
Physics: 6
Religious Studies: 6
French: 6
English Literature: 6
English Language: 6
Sociology: B

I also have no work experience at all.
I need serious advice
Good post by @liam.ro but here are the threads you should post in, after you have more stats for us (UCAT score / A-Level predictions):
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5622970 (which med school should I apply to megathread)
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5678544 (am I good enough for medicine megathread)
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if you are applying for 2020 then you have 2 months before you apply and you should ideally have 6 months volunteering and 2 weeks shadowing eg in a gp and hospital. Your GCSE's meet the minimum requirement but most have more and many universities use GCSE's to shortlist. I think it's best to take a gap year and do work experience and volunteering then and make sure you get really good a levels to compensate for your GCSE's and then do very well in the UCAT or BMAT. Or you could apply for a foundation year. To be brutally honest there's a very low chance of you getting an offer this year for a standard course unless you have very extenuating circumstances.
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