How important do you think grades should be in the application process?Watch
So I am now in my final year of medical school. Obviously for this course you need straight A's in A Levels, a lot of A*/As in your gcses, appropriate personal statement, UKCAT/BMAT, and finally an interview. I obviously can't speak for other subjects but if you can't muster up all As in alvels you will not succeed in med school. The amount of information covered in 3 months of A level bio is covered in 1 weeks worth of med school lectures. I appreciate everyone has different home circumstances but achieving As in a-levels is very doable. All the information is available online - past papers, full curriculum, there's study guides for specific boards that cost <£10. I've put maybe 1 months (avg 4 hours/day) work to get my A level grades (A*AA in maths, bio, chem) with no tutors and basically only studying with methods above. For my med school exams I'm putting in 4-10hr days, for ~ 3 months leading up to the exam and I've never scored higher than 75%, my study leave is non-existent (we got 2 days off for our 4th year exam), and there's so many responsibilities on top of that for passing placements. So in conclusion, I do think your grades should matter for medicine, because it's a huge leap in terms of how much work you need to put in, but can't comment on any other subjects.