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I’m not doing my GCSEs quite yet but I am seriously panicking about science.
What would you say is the lowest grade I can get in GCSEs to be considered? I’ve looked at the Uni websites but they are quite vague. Obviously I know you can’t give me an answer in black and white but from personal experience/what grades you got and if you were accepted, that would be super helpful.
Thank you.
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I think the highest minimum requirements for GCSE science is a 7 (Surrey) but some ask for lower, if your doing triple its usually slightly lower for physics. I’m not sure tho so it might be better to just check. You do need to be good at science as you ideally need an A in bio and chem at A level. Im in yr 11 so obviously not in vet school yet but I’ve heard that as long as you have the minimum you will be ok.
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Have done a quick search for the vet school entry requirements:

Surrey (https://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/veterinary-medicine-and-science#entry ): "Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5)"

RVC (https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/bachelor-of-veterinary-medicine#panel-g-c-s-e-only-in-addition-to-other-qualifications ): "At least five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) including 7-7 in Combined Science/AA in Science (Double Award) or Biology and Chemistry or Science and Additional Science with at least a grade 6 (B) in English Language, Mathematics, Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE)."

Liverpool (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/veterinary-science-bvsc/entry-requirements/ ): "Minimum of seven GCSEs at grades AAABBBB or above, including Mathematics, English and Physics (either as a separate subject or as Dual Award Science) are required."

Nottingham (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/courses/veterinarymedicineandscience/veterinary-medicine-surgery.aspx ): "Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) to include biology and chemistry (or double science or core science, additional science, further additional science) and one of physics or maths. Minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language and maths."

Glasgow (https://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/veterinarymedicine/#tab=entry ): "GCSE English at Grade B or 5."

Edinburgh (https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/degrees/index.php?action=view&code=D100 ): "Physics and English at C or 4."

Bristol (https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2021/vet-science/bvsc-veterinary-science/#:~:text=Requirements%20for%20pr incipal%20subjects%20are,B%2C%20 and%20M3%20is%20C.&text=Access%2 0to%20HE%20Diploma%20in,at%20Mer it%20or%20above%3B%20and ): "Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent)"

Harper & Keele (https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk/study/432/veterinary-medicine-and-surgery/ ): "All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades at A/7 or above including Science and Additional Science (or Biology and Chemistry) with at least a grade B/6 in English Language, Mathematics, Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE)"

Aberystwyth (https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/vet-sci/bvsc-vet/#entry-requirements ): "At least five GCSEs at grade A (7) including: AA in Science (Double Award)/7-7 in Combined Science or Biology and Chemistry or Science and Additional Science. With at least a grade 6 (B) in English Language, Mathematics, Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE)."

Cambridge (https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u k/courses/veterinary-medicine ): "There are no GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to Cambridge. GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, but within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were achieved. Applicants have generally achieved high grades in subjects relevant to their chosen course, and most students who apply have at least four or five As or A*s at GCSE. However, there are always exceptions and we don’t require a minimum number of As/A*s at GCSE"

So it looks like 5-7 A's/7's plus B/C in English/Maths/Physics is what the universities tend to look for. As the above answer said, you need bio and chem for A level and your A level grades are what are more important. Your GCSE grades are important to get you into your A level choices and can provide evidence for your predicted grades. Aiming for A's/7's in science will put you in the best place.
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(Original post by ThatAnimalGirl)
Hey!
I’m not doing my GCSEs quite yet but I am seriously panicking about science.
What would you say is the lowest grade I can get in GCSEs to be considered? I’ve looked at the Uni websites but they are quite vague. Obviously I know you can’t give me an answer in black and white but from personal experience/what grades you got and if you were accepted, that would be super helpful.
Thank you.
Hi there!

For Harper & Keele Vet school, they ask that you have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades A/7 or above and they must include Science and Additional Science (or Biology and Chemistry). They also ask that you have at least a grade B/6 in English Language, Mathematics and Physics if you’ve taken that as a separate GCSE.

I hope this helps?!

You can find out more about entry requirements and experience here - https://www.harperkeelevetschool.ac....e-and-surgery/
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(Original post by ThatAnimalGirl)
Hey!
I’m not doing my GCSEs quite yet but I am seriously panicking about science.
What would you say is the lowest grade I can get in GCSEs to be considered? I’ve looked at the Uni websites but they are quite vague. Obviously I know you can’t give me an answer in black and white but from personal experience/what grades you got and if you were accepted, that would be super helpful.
Thank you.
Most universities are not so picky with GCSE's as long as you do well in IB or A levels. Universities rarely ask for specific grades in specific subjects, they are more likely to say something like "B or higher in a minimum of 5 GCSEs." Don't stress about universities for now, just take the subjects you enjoy and try your best. Once you move on to IB/A levels you should start looking into requirements.
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When I applied my GCSE's for sciences were A in physics and biology and a B in chemistry
My A levels had AA in chemistry and biology

You are more competitive if you can get straight A's but don't necessarily rule yourself out if you can't
I applied to Liverpool, Nottingham, RVC and Surrey - I got interviews and offers from all except Surrey who rejected me about 2 days after my application
Hope this helps
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