Will my GCSE grades affect me getting into medicine?

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At GCSE I got:
Maths - 7
Chemistry - 9
Biology - 7
Physics - 7
Geography - 6
German - 6
English language - 6
English literature - 7
History - 6
PE - level 2 distinction

I didn't get to sit my GCSEs last year due to covid, so I got CAGs. I feel as if I would've done a lot better, especially on biology and physics. Not that it matters now! I am just a little worried that these grades will hold me back? And if so, what can I do about it?
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No, but mixing up 'effect' and 'affect' probably will affect your chances.
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And you got an A and a B at GCSE in English. Incredible.
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No, don't worry
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No, but mixing up 'effect' and 'affect' probably will affect your chances.
PRSOM. That irritated me, too. But I think I, at least, am getting old and curmudgeonly! :lol:
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(Original post by franksfoot1)
At GCSE I got:
Maths - 7
Chemistry - 9
Biology - 7
Physics - 7
Geography - 6
German - 6
English language - 6
English literature - 7
History - 6
PE - level 2 distinction

I didn't get to sit my GCSEs last year due to covid, so I got CAGs. I feel as if I would've done a lot better, especially on biology and physics. Not that it matters now! I am just a little worried that these grades will hold me back? And if so, what can I do about it?
You will need to avoid GCSE-heavy medical schools like Oxford, Liverpool, Leeds and Cardiff, but if you apply strategically you'll have a perfectly good chance of getting in. Have a look at how med schools were using GCSEs for 2021 entry here (some of it has changed but a good springboard): https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/res...e-requirements
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(Original post by franksfoot1)
At GCSE I got:
Maths - 7
Chemistry - 9
Biology - 7
Physics - 7
Geography - 6
German - 6
English language - 6
English literature - 7
History - 6
PE - level 2 distinction

I didn't get to sit my GCSEs last year due to covid, so I got CAGs. I feel as if I would've done a lot better, especially on biology and physics. Not that it matters now! I am just a little worried that these grades will hold me back? And if so, what can I do about it?
You would need to avoid some of the med schools that shortlist using GCSEs, primarily, eg Cardiff, Leeds, Oxford, QUB and those with >5 As at GCSE required, eg Manchester, UEA, and depending on your UCAT, those that score GCSEs with UCAT, eg Leicester, Aston, but you have 6+ in Eng, maths nd sciences, so you meet minimum requirements for several med schools - shortlisting will depends on admissions test scores
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PRSOM. That irritated me, too. But I think I, at least, am getting old and curmudgeonly! :lol:
PRSOM, I'm so curmudgeonly I changed it :rofl: (19 going on 75....)
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PRSOM, I'm so curmudgeonly I changed it :rofl: (19 going on 75....)
You are not curmudgeonly! You are Mary Poppins - Practically Perfect in Every Way
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PRSOM. That irritated me, too. But I think I, at least, am getting old and curmudgeonly! :lol:
I think I've been curmudgeonly since birth, to be honest. I hate to say it, but I'm turning into my father a bit.


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PRSOM, I'm so curmudgeonly I changed it :rofl: (19 going on 75....)
:laugh: thank you: it was beginning to make me itch a bit.
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I think I've been curmudgeonly since birth, to be honest. I hate to say it, but I'm turning into my father a bit.
I would love to turn into my mother - she was a far nicer person than I am!


:laugh: thank you: it was beginning to make me itch a bit.
Sure that is not the lumpy mattresses? :lol:
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You are not curmudgeonly! You are Mary Poppins - Practically Perfect in Every Way
Easy when there's a keyboard and time before you write something down
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:laugh: thank you: it was beginning to make me itch a bit.
I know exactly what you mean :lol:
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Sure that is not the lumpy mattresses? :lol:
:rofl: - time for a trip to John Lewis, I think.
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I’m not sure, but I think as long as you do pretty well in your a levels you should be fine
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No, but mixing up 'effect' and 'affect' probably will affect your chances.
Haha and here I thought I'd cracked the difference between effect and affect.
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You will need to avoid GCSE-heavy medical schools like Oxford, Liverpool, Leeds and Cardiff, but if you apply strategically you'll have a perfectly good chance of getting in. Have a look at how med schools were using GCSEs for 2021 entry here (some of it has changed but a good springboard): https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/res...e-requirements
Thank you, this is super helpful!!
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(Original post by franksfoot1)
At GCSE I got:
Maths - 7
Chemistry - 9
Biology - 7
Physics - 7
Geography - 6
German - 6
English language - 6
English literature - 7
History - 6
PE - level 2 distinction

I didn't get to sit my GCSEs last year due to covid, so I got CAGs. I feel as if I would've done a lot better, especially on biology and physics. Not that it matters now! I am just a little worried that these grades will hold me back? And if so, what can I do about it?
hello @franksfoot1,

You have a good set of GCSEs! you meet the requirements for the University of Liverpool: GCSEs attained by the end of Year 11 which must include English Language, Mathematic, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or Core & Additional Science) at minimum grade B/6.

A minimum score of 15 points from the best 9 GCSEs or equivalents (where A*/A/7/8/9 = 2 points; B/6 = 1 points). BTEC (Non-Science) Level 2 and OCR awards (Distinction*/Distinction = 2 points) BTEC (Non-Science) Level 2 and OCR awards (Merit = 1 point).

Your A-Levels are a bigger priority so focus on those and good luck!

Antonia
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hello @franksfoot1,

You have a good set of GCSEs! you meet the requirements for the University of Liverpool: GCSEs attained by the end of Year 11 which must include English Language, Mathematic, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or Core & Additional Science) at minimum grade B/6.

A minimum score of 15 points from the best 9 GCSEs or equivalents (where A*/A/7/8/9 = 2 points; B/6 = 1 points). BTEC (Non-Science) Level 2 and OCR awards (Distinction*/Distinction = 2 points) BTEC (Non-Science) Level 2 and OCR awards (Merit = 1 point).

Your A-Levels are a bigger priority so focus on those and good luck!

Antonia
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This is a little misleading when students needed a very high overall score of around 94.5 (and therefore very good GCSEs or a high UCAT to make up for 1 or 2 6s or below) to be selected for interview at Liverpool this year!
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(Original post by becausethenight)
This is a little misleading when students needed a very high overall score of around 94.5 (and therefore very good GCSEs or a high UCAT to make up for 1 or 2 6s or below) to be selected for interview at Liverpool this year!
Hello,

Sorry if this is misleading, in the case of franksfoot1, the GCSE requirements have been met and the response was supposed to give some reassurance!

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Haha and here I thought I'd cracked the difference between effect and affect.
Affect is the verb and effect is the noun. Except when you’re effecting change and when there’s been a loss of affect.
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