Advice for aspiring medicine students who've just finished GCSE

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honey_bear
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I've just finished my GCSE assessments and am on an extended break until September. I want to do medicine at uni after college, can anyone give me some general advice? Specifically about getting work experience, during COVID, tips for A-levels/college, where to volunteer. It would also be great if someone could show me some useful websites or videos to guide me in the right direction. Many thanks in advance
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If covid eases then apply for work experience at GP practices or hospitals as early as you can as they are very competitive. I did the BSMS virtual work experience due to covid so you could also use that in your personal statement. For A-levels make sure that you ask for help soon if you don't understand a topic as it could have a knock down effect and make it harder to catch up. As for volunteering most people did it in care homes but you can do it anywhere if you mention the skills you learned during it, even if it's at your school library. If you haven't picked your A-levels yet, make sure you check the requirements for the universities you wish to apply to. You usually need biology and chemistry but unis such as Cambridge requires biology, chemistry + maths OR physics. Also have a look at UCAT/BMAT questions and decide whether you want to take one or both exams.
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