Official Thread: (Undergraduate) Medicine 2023 Entry

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(Original post by DSKE)
I’m not GANFYD sorry but this is what it says on their website:

If you have already achieved your A-level grades (and these meet the above requirements) but do not have the required GCSE grades you may still be considered.
To be considered you must have a minimum of grade B (6) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB (66) or the sciences at minimum grade B (6) at GCSE or AS-level.
This is not an automatic right and you should contact the admissions team prior to application to determine your eligibility to apply.
Excellent! :yy:
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(Original post by ecolier)
Strange, minimum entry requirements are just that = minimum.

You can't compensate one aspect of your application by another.

But what do you mean by the right "number" of GCSEs though? Plenty of med schools literally only ask for Grade 6 in English Language, Maths or Sciences and that's it. Maybe it's the case here.

GANFYD the super-expert will be able to correct me if I'm wrong (especially with Manchester A106).
Well some universities such as UCL, Kings, Imperial, Bristol and Brighton only require maths and english gcses but Manchester requires like 7 and liverpool 9, most say they require a minimum of 5. Since im obviously studying for my a levels i can only do english and maths gcses this year.
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(Original post by DSKE)
I’m not GANFYD sorry but this is what it says on their website:

If you have already achieved your A-level grades (and these meet the above requirements) but do not have the required GCSE grades you may still be considered.
To be considered you must have a minimum of grade B (6) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB (66) or the sciences at minimum grade B (6) at GCSE or AS-level.
This is not an automatic right and you should contact the admissions team prior to application to determine your eligibility to apply.
yea that makes sense, thanks!
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(Original post by tbg1213)
Well some universities such as UCL, Kings, Imperial, Bristol and Brighton only require maths and english gcses but Manchester requires like 7 and liverpool 9, most say they require a minimum of 5. Since im obviously studying for my a levels i can only do english and maths gcses this year.
You have plenty of time so I wouldn't worry.
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(Original post by ecolier)
You have plenty of time so I wouldn't worry.
would you recommend i keep trying to find work experience and volunteering or should i do that after year 13 until October?
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(Original post by tbg1213)
would you recommend i keep trying to find work experience and volunteering or should i do that after year 13 until October?
Keep looking for WEx and keep volunteering.

The more the better especially for med schools using R&R forms like Keele, Sunderland and Manchester (they call it the NAI form).
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(Original post by ecolier)
Keep looking for WEx and keep volunteering.

The more the better especially for med schools using R&R forms like Keele, Sunderland and Manchester (they call it the NAI form).
Thank you!
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(Original post by tbg1213)
yea that makes sense, thanks!
No problem! You could also apply to Leicester as well, if you still don’t have the correct number of GCSEs. This is what it says on their website:

Provided the applicant is within two years of leaving school, applicants with achieved A-levels will be automatically invited to interview if they have attained:
-At least grade B or 6 at first sitting in the 4 mandatory GCSE subjects
-AAA at A-level (or 34 or more in the International Baccalaureate, including 666 in HL subjects) in our required subjects within 2 years of taking GCSEs
-A total UCAT score in the top 7 deciles with an SJT band 1-3

Hope this helps
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(Original post by DSKE)
No problem! You could also apply to Leicester as well, if you still don’t have the correct number of GCSEs. This is what it says on their website:

Provided the applicant is within two years of leaving school, applicants with achieved A-levels will be automatically invited to interview if they have attained:
-At least grade B or 6 at first sitting in the 4 mandatory GCSE subjects
-AAA at A-level (or 34 or more in the International Baccalaureate, including 666 in HL subjects) in our required subjects within 2 years of taking GCSEs
-A total UCAT score in the top 7 deciles with an SJT band 1-3

Hope this helps
thank you! ill look more into their university
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(Original post by npic9)
I’m a law student however my partner is a med student and so I think this is how it goes.

You’re going to have to take Chemistry and Biology for A level. I think you can choose for your third subject ( it’s better if it’s physics, maths, further maths or psychology )

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It is nice of you to help, but unknowgal should look at the A level subject thread. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY, it is a common misconception. Having Chemistry and Biology keeps your options most open, but the most important thing is to get AAA. So many people do not manage to get an A for Chemistry, and therefore lose the chance to get into medicine when they could have got an A in something else.

To repeat, TAKE SUBJECTS YOU CAN GET A IN, here are the subject requirements at the various universities when I put my list together a year ago. You should double check current requirements on the websites of any you are interested in:

Edited because I forgot to include ones which required Chemistry:

Chem + 2 other sciences (Bio, Phys or Maths)
Most Cambridge colleges

Bio and Chem + anything else
Aston
Birmingham
Brighton and Sussex
Cardiff
Edge Hill
Exeter
HYMS
Imperial
King's
Lincoln
Nottingham
St George's
UCL

Chem + 1 other science (Bio, Phys or Maths) + anything else
Aberdeen
Bristol
Buckingham
Dundee
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Liverpool (3rd subject academic)
Oxford
QUB
St Andrews
UCLAN (3rd subject academic)

Bio + 1 of (Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Geography) + anything else
Southampton

Bio or Chem + another maths/science + anything else
ARU
Leeds
Barts
Sunderland

Bio or Chem + another maths/science/psychology + anything else
Manchester
Plymouth
Sheffield
Kent and Medway
Leicester
Keele

2 out of (Bio, Chem, Psychology) + anything else
Lancaster

Bio or Chem plus any other 2
UEA

Any 3
Newcastle


Also look at https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...hools-2021.pdf
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Hey!

If anyone has any questions about Medicine, transferring to Medicine via Biomed at St. George's or gap year then please let me know! Would be very happy to answer any questions

Best Wishes,
MJ
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Hey!

If anyone has any questions about Medicine, transferring to Medicine via Biomed at St. George's or gap year then please let me know! Would be very happy to answer any questions

Best Wishes,
MJ
4th Year MBBS
Official Uni Rep St. George's
Hi, what would be your opinion on the best way to get into medicine if you do not get an offer to study medicine as an undergrad first time round?
I am currently deciding on whether to take my biomed offer at st georges then transfer or to take a gap year. I am worried about the competitiveness of the transfer scheme.

Thanks in advance
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Hi, what would be your opinion on the best way to get into medicine if you do not get an offer to study medicine as an undergrad first time round?
I am currently deciding on whether to take my biomed offer at st georges then transfer or to take a gap year. I am worried about the competitiveness of the transfer scheme.

Thanks in advance
I know you're not asking me, but my (alongside with most people's) opinion would always be take a gap year and reapply to standard undergrad medicine.

The transfer schemes are very competitive, most people would be targetting those few places and you are locked in to that one med school.

Plus of course, you'd be paying £9250 for the privilege and the gamble that you'd be one of the few who gets the success transfer. It's not worth it.
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(Original post by Sarah1520)
Hi, what would be your opinion on the best way to get into medicine if you do not get an offer to study medicine as an undergrad first time round?
I am currently deciding on whether to take my biomed offer at st georges then transfer or to take a gap year. I am worried about the competitiveness of the transfer scheme.

Thanks in advance
We all know that ecolier is always right, but if it helps to hear from personal experience, my son got 4 rejections (after interviews) in 2019, then took a gap year and got 3 offers in 2020. My husband was recently being a sample patient for some Bristol students and 2 of the 3 he was talking to had got in after a gap year. It is the "safest" approach to take a gap year and then maybe if you did not get in next year you could consider an alternative degree, which could be biomed. This is even more true if you did not get interviews this year, but have learned enough to be strategic in your applications next year.
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I am a AS Level student studying Biology, Psychology and Health & Social Care, predicted highly, I am hoping to apply to Newcastle University in 2023/2024 for Medicine. I've heard that Newcastle Uni do not require science for medicine so I was hoping someone could reassure me, I can get in to this Uni with a high UCAT score and these subjects?
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https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/a100/

you'll need a very high UCAT then......

There is no "hidden agenda".
No Chemistry required = no Chemistry required, it's not "no Chemistry but you'll have an advantage if you did it anyway".

Also don't put all your eggs into one basket - look here for other med courses that will take your A level choices and GCSE grades https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...hools-2021.pdf

ecolier are you able to move this to the A level subject megathread
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(Original post by Sarah1520)
Hi, what would be your opinion on the best way to get into medicine if you do not get an offer to study medicine as an undergrad first time round?
I am currently deciding on whether to take my biomed offer at st georges then transfer or to take a gap year. I am worried about the competitiveness of the transfer scheme.

Thanks in advance
Hey!

Hmm that is a tough one. I personally took a gap year because 1) it gave me more experience to make a well informed decision about Medicine, 2) I matured more in that year because I worked in health care based settings (and also saved up a bit for medical school). It depends on if you're willing to take that year out - having seen the competition my friends have gone through it is definitely tough and only a small % of the year get an offer. However having said that, if you get into the transfer scheme then you enter Medicine in the 3rd year and technically spend 6 years in school coming out with a BSc and an MBBS. So it all depends on personal preference. And even if you don't get the transfer, most of our biomed graduates go on to doing graduate medicine. But we can talk about this further if you would like. Is there anything in particular you are looking for?

Best Wishes,
MJ
4th Year MBBS
Official Uni Rep St. George's
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Hi
I am a AS Level student studying Biology, Psychology and Health & Social Care, predicted highly, I am hoping to apply to Newcastle University in 2023/2024 for Medicine. I've heard that Newcastle Uni do not require science for medicine so I was hoping someone could reassure me, I can get in to this Uni with a high UCAT score and these subjects?
See my post above you can look at the following:


Bio + 1 of (Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Geography) + anything else
Southampton

Bio or Chem + another maths/science/psychology + anything else
Manchester
Plymouth
Sheffield
Kent and Medway
Leicester
Keele

2 out of (Bio, Chem, Psychology) + anything else
Lancaster

Bio or Chem plus any other 2
UEA

Any 3
Newcastle
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See my post above you can look at the following:


Bio + 1 of (Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Geography) + anything else
Southampton

Bio or Chem + another maths/science/psychology + anything else
Manchester
Plymouth
Sheffield
Kent and Medway
Leicester
Keele

2 out of (Bio, Chem, Psychology) + anything else
Lancaster

Bio or Chem plus any other 2
UEA

Any 3
Newcastle
thank you so so much. i really appreciate you taking time to reply that has helped me so much 👍
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(Original post by KaziMahathir)
Hi, I’m applying for medicine 2021 entry and got 2750 Band 1 on the UCAT and 5.7, 6.6, 3.5A on the BMAT.

Those scores were enough for me to get invited to interview at Cambridge, Imperial, UCL and St. George’s. Since the admission tests are only used for shortlisting and aren’t used post-interview (with the exception of Cambridge) I guess my scores served their purpose.

For the UCAT, I recommend watching videos on YouTube (e.g. Sen Kath, Glenes, etc.), using Medify and doing the UCAT Practice Papers. Some used the ISC medical book but I don’t think it’s very suitable.

For the BMAT, I would recommend checking out the CAAT Official BMAT specification, Medify, and the BMAT past papers. Ali Abdaal’s videos on YouTube were also very useful in my opinion.
what university have you firmed + what alevels did you do? (as far as I am aware UCL has a preference for non stem subjects as the third after chem and bio) ty for the advice as well, I'm in year 11 hopefully applying for medicine for 2023 entry
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