Official Thread: (Undergraduate) Medicine 2023 Entry

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(Original post by lanadelreyfan789)
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
Please post in this thread (the one we're in now) for Medicine 2023 entry, thank you
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(Original post by lanadelreyfan789)
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
No worries. I’m not sure which uni I’m going to firm yet since I’m waiting to hear back from all four first. I do Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A level. I’ve never heard about the stem thing personally, but I think doing a language at GCSE is a requirement. Most people on the UCL thread for 2021 entry that I’ve seen do biology, chemistry and maths as well.
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(Original post by Sachetl)
Hi guys I was just wondering about getting a head start on things
Revision tips for a levels
Getting work experience
Ukcat or BMAT
IS MEDICINE WORTH IT
BOOKS TO READ
HOW SOON IS TOO SOON
POINTS AND TIPS IF YOU H ANY TO SHARE
Gcses results /predicted
We only need one Undergrad medicine 2023 thread thank you very much.

Revision tips for A-Levels is best asked in the A-Levels forum: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=80

UCAT or BMAT depending on where you wanted to apply to. If it's only UCAT med schools then UCAT only, if a mixture than UCAT and BMAT.

Getting work experience is tough at the moment, have you done the online ones? The links are here - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6929328

Is Medicine worth it? It's been asked hundreds of times on TSR before, so browse through the threads on https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=684

There's a Future Medics' favourite books thread here https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6491274

How soon is too soon depends on what you are asking for. If it's GCSE prep then it's not too soon now. If it's work experience organisation then some takes months or even a year or two. UCAT can be over-prepared so don't start revision for that until you're about 2-3 months from doing it.
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We only need one Undergrad medicine 2023 thread thank you very much.

Revision tips for A-Levels is best asked in the A-Levels forum: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=80

UCAT or BMAT depending on where you wanted to apply to. If it's only UCAT med schools then UCAT only, if a mixture than UCAT and BMAT.

Getting work experience is tough at the moment, have you done the online ones? The links are here - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6929328

Is Medicine worth it? It's been asked hundreds of times on TSR before, so browse through the threads on https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=684

There's a Future Medics' favourite books thread here https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6491274

How soon is too soon depends on what you are asking for. If it's GCSE prep then it's not too soon now. If it's work experience organisation then some takes months or even a year or two. UCAT can be over-prepared so don't start revision for that until you're about 2-3 months from doing it.
Hi there I didn't mean to be rude or anything. I tried searching for the official thread but I couldn't find it so I assumed it hadn't been made. I'm in the process of taking it down as I am quite neww to TSR so I'm not really sure how to that. I'm sorry if that offended you
Thank you for the advice and links
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twenty twenty-THREE??? Honestly I gotta respect anybody who had decided on their career path this early, my poor decision making could never 😂 Thinking about 2023 makes me feel so old
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twenty twenty-THREE??? Honestly I gotta respect anybody who had decided on their career path this early, my poor decision making could never 😂 Thinking about 2023 makes me feel so old
Tbh it's only one year after the current admission cycle (which is 2022)... we have to plan in advance!
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Tbh it's only one year after the current admission cycle (which is 2022)... we have to plan in advance!
My brain still hasn't registered its 2021 just yet- give it 3-5 working days and hopefully I'll come to terms with it by then 😂
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Is psychology good for a third option (biology, chemistry and psychology)? And does doing all science and a language give you an added benefit eg (maths/physics, biology, chemistry and a language).
What about doing a fourth a level?
I don't want to do physics nor maths because while I'm not necessarily weak in them I don't enjoy them as I would psychology but I not want my fun to ruin my chances of med school
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(Original post by Sachetl)
Is psychology good for a third option (biology, chemistry and psychology)? And does doing all science and a language give you an added benefit eg (maths/physics, biology, chemistry and a language).
What about doing a fourth a level?
I don't want to do physics nor maths because while I'm not necessarily weak in them I don't enjoy them as I would psychology but I not want my fun to ruin my chances of med school
Unless you want to apply to some colleges of Cambridge, which require Maths/Physics as a third subject, you should take whatever you are most likely to get an A in. There is no benefit to taking any particular third subject. If you don't enjoy maths or physics, it's unlikely you'll be motivated to study them and do well. Bio, Chem, Psych is probably the 2nd or 3rd most common combination for medical applicants anyway (source: me)

As for a fourth A level it might very slightly boost your application at a few very specifiic med schools (Barts, Manchester via holistic route, QUB) but there's no need to take one and it's much more impprtant to get AAA and meet offers, so I wouldn't take one unless you really want to and are confident you'll do well.
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Unless you want to apply to some colleges of Cambridge, which require Maths/Physics as a third subject, you should take whatever you are most likely to get an A in. There is no benefit to taking any particular third subject. If you don't enjoy maths or physics, it's unlikely you'll be motivated to study them and do well. Bio, Chem, Psych is probably the 2nd or 3rd most common combination for medical applicants anyway (source: me)

As for a fourth A level it might very slightly boost your application at a few very specifiic med schools (Barts, Manchester via holistic route, QUB) but there's no need to take one and it's much more impprtant to get AAA and meet offers, so I wouldn't take one unless you really want to and are confident you'll do well.
Thank you so much
What about EPQ's does it boost your application?
What other things boost your application (recommendations) aside from grades and work experience?
I don't think I'll be taking a fourth a level cause I want to aim for at least 2 A* and an A which is better than having a B or C.
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Thank you so much
What about EPQ's does it boost your application?
What other things boost your application (recommendations) aside from grades and work experience?
I don't think I'll be taking a fourth a level cause I want to aim for at least 2 A* and an A which is better than having a B or C.
An EPQ at grade A will lower your offer to AAB at some med schools (definitely HYMS and a couple of others, can't remember off the top of my head, GANFYD will know ) so can be quite helpful but only if you are applying to those med schools and can secure an offer there anyway. If your UCAT is too low to get interviewed at HYMS, you'll never get the lower offer anyway. It can also be good to talk about at interview. It's definitely not obligatory though and again I would do one because you want to, not "just" for medicine.

The main thing that is important in your application is UCAT, BMAT and grades, as they will get you interviews. The best thing you can do to get interviews is get the highest UCAT, BMAT and grades you can. Work experience, a great PS, loads of volunteering are all nice to have and great to mention at interview but useless if you never get that interview in the first place! The exception is Keele and Sunderland who select heavily according to their Roles and Responsibilities form.

I agree with you that it is a terrible idea to do a 4th A level and then get AABB and miss offers.
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Does anyone know about the BCAS (biology, chemistry and applied science) does it count as 3 sciences? And is it a good combination for medicine
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Does anyone know about the BCAS (biology, chemistry and applied science) does it count as 3 sciences? And is it a good combination for medicine
As A-Level subjects? Yes it's a good combination.

And only one medical school (Cambridge, and even then it's only a few colleges) need 3 science A-Levels, so you don't need to worry about that.
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Does anyone know about the BCAS (biology, chemistry and applied science) does it count as 3 sciences? And is it a good combination for medicine
Is that two A levels and a BTEC? If so, you’ll need to be quite careful to check that med schools accept it. Some may, but you’d almost certainly have more options with 3 A levels.
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twenty twenty-THREE??? Honestly I gotta respect anybody who had decided on their career path this early, my poor decision making could never 😂 Thinking about 2023 makes me feel so old
I know right! I only stumbled upon the 2022 entry threads/made more of an effort the end of 2020 and early 2021, to think that people are on a 2023 thread scares me haha. Glad I'm not the only one thinking that!
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Hello,
I am a year 11 student and I want to study medicine in the future. I want to go to summer medical school, but cannot seem to find any in London. Could you please give me a piece of advice on what to do? Any alternatives or anything that would be help me get into a medical school?
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What Medical schools do you want to study at and what speciality do you want to focus on? I'm interested!
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Hello,
I am a year 11 student and I want to study medicine in the future. I want to go to summer medical school, but cannot seem to find any in London. Could you please give me a piece of advice on what to do? Any alternatives or anything that would be help me get into a medical school?
It's not essential - I wouldn't worry too much about that. Just aim for your best GCSE grades.

(Original post by marcistrawberry)
What Medical schools do you want to study at and what speciality do you want to focus on? I'm interested!
Remember - the best medical school is the one you get an offer from. Don't apply because of name or reputation, but according to your stats (e.g. GCSE grades, UCAT / BMAT score, A-Level grades).

Also, do not fixate on a specialty before you're even in medical school. You will be sorely disappointed when you realise that the majority of med school isn't on surgical techniques, when to operate or complications etc.

We see hundreds and thousands of aspiring Oxbridge-educated neurosurgeons come and go on TSR - yet there were only 200 applicants for 20-odd neurosurgical ST1 posts in 2020.

Saying that, I would give kudos for any school student who do want to specialise in GP - we don't see them very often!
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It's not essential - I wouldn't worry too much about that. Just aim for your best GCSE grades.



Remember - the best medical school is the one you get an offer from. Don't apply because of name or reputation, but according to your stats (e.g. GCSE grades, UCAT / BMAT score, A-Level grades).

Also, do not fixate on a specialty before you're even in medical school. You will be sorely disappointed when you realise that the majority of med school isn't on surgical techniques, when to operate or complications etc.

We see hundreds and thousands of aspiring Oxbridge-educated neurosurgeons come and go on TSR - yet there were only 200 applicants for 20-odd neurosurgical ST1 posts in 2020.

Saying that, I would give kudos for any school student who do want to specialise in GP - we don't see them very often!
I'm sorry my brain cells are slow today lol... do you mean 20 ST1 posts for the entire country?
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I'm sorry my brain cells are slow today lol... do you mean 20 ST1 posts for the entire country?
Yes
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