A-level: taking exams in summer 2021

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I want to study medicine and I'm in a bad situation. I didn't get what I wanted in my results. I was just blind-sided in this situation. Anyways I'm scared to take the autumn exam as I'm not sure if I'll do as well as I want to. But If I do the exam in summer 2021 i'm assuming it'll be considered as me retaking the year and most med schools wont consider me seriously. So now I'm panicking and have no clue on what to do.
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I want to study medicine and I'm in a bad situation. I didn't get what I wanted in my results. I was just blind-sided in this situation. Anyways I'm scared to take the autumn exam as I'm not sure if I'll do as well as I want to. But If I do the exam in summer 2021 i'm assuming it'll be considered as me retaking the year and most med schools wont consider me seriously. So now I'm panicking and have no clue on what to do.
Heya, med student from the University of Leeds here. What A levels results did you get? I definitely advise against resits as it'll vastly reduce the amount of med schools you can apply to. But don't freak out! I'm here to help
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Heya, med student from the University of Leeds here. What A levels results did you get? I definitely advise against resits as it'll vastly reduce the amount of med schools you can apply to. But don't freak out! I'm here to help
I got DCC. I was originally working at AAA at the start of my year and started slacking DEC-JAN. Same thing happened to me in GCSE's. I achieved B's and C's in mocks then achieved 100% A*-A's at the end.
Im scared to take the autumn exam as I feel like 1 month and a half to review everything is simply not enough. :confused:
Thank you for your help!!
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I got DCC. I was originally working at AAA at the start of my year and started slacking DEC-JAN. Same thing happened to me in GCSE's. I achieved B's and C's in mocks then achieved 100% A*-A's at the end.
Im scared to take the autumn exam as I feel like 1 month and a half to review everything is simply not enough. :confused:
Thank you for your help!!
Hmm... yeah that's a difficult one. Med schools across the UK require at least an AAA (in most cases), unless you're from a less privileged background. You probably shouldn't try a resit because a lot of medical schools do not accept applicants who resit their exams. Your best shot is probably applying to a biomed/biochem school! From there, you can take a graduate entry pathway at certain medical schools using the GAMSAT.

It's the longer way around, but you'll gain a lot of experience and knowledge that will help you become a doctor! And there's an opportunity to look into other career paths later if you change your mind.
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Also i don't know what format the autumn exams are going to be. If they are full exam papers ,3 papers for subject, then I am utterly doomed.
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Hmm... yeah that's a difficult one. Med schools across the UK require at least an AAA (in most cases), unless you're from a less privileged background. You probably shouldn't try a resit because a lot of medical schools do not accept applicants who resit their exams. Your best shot is probably applying to a biomed/biochem school! From there, you can take a graduate entry pathway at certain medical schools using the GAMSAT.

It's the longer way around, but you'll gain a lot of experience and knowledge that will help you become a doctor! And there's an opportunity to look into other career paths later if you change your mind.
Thank you for your help!
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Also i don't know what format the autumn exams are going to be. If they are full exam papers ,3 papers for subject, then I am utterly doomed.
Yeah, please don't do them! You'll be stuck with whatever grades you get and you don't sound prepared. I'll reiterate: if you're applying to a medical school, do not resit the exams. It'll reduce the pool of schools that will take you, and you'll still have to do the UCAT/BMAT. I recommend applying to some biomed/biochem schools, gaining some experience, and applying to medicine through the graduate entry route.
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I need to focus on UCAT and BMAT and also need to do my A level exams now as well. I don’t think I’ll be able to do it in Autumn and I wanted to sit it in Summer but apparently it will count as a resit? Why is that?
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dude just have a go in autumn, theres no harm in it. worst comes to worst and you mess up, you can just do it in the summer.
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But I risk compromising my BMAT, and I’ll be considered a resit applicant if I do both right? Why can’t I just sit w the y13 of next year.
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But I risk compromising my BMAT, and I’ll be considered a resit applicant if I do both right? Why can’t I just sit w the y13 of next year.
was referring to OP lol, but either way its still a good option imo:

1) if you get the grades in autumn you wont have to worry about meeting the grades in the summer as the offer will be unconditional and it will relieve some stress

2) as ur doing medicine doing the exams in the summer counts as a resit which narrows your med school options down by quite a bit as some med schools dont accept resit grades

3) summer is a loooong way from now, idk if i could sustain consistent revision from now till then, thats why im personally gonna try in the autumn. worst comes to worst and ill sit in summer as an insurance
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