Medicine - GCSE resits

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I achieved a grade 6 a couple of days ago on my GCSE results day but, I got all 8s and 9s in my other subjects. I don’t know whether I should resit my GCSE biology exam for a higher grade (hopefully an 8/9) or not - I don’t want it to harm my medicine application if I do decide to apply for that, although, I might not decide to apply for medicine maybe chemistry, natural sciences or chemical engineering instead. Alternatively, I could appeal but my grade could go down and because of grade descriptors used instead of boundaries, I am unsure about how to formulate my appeal as that was the main basis of it (along with me having to complete the exam during a noisy lesson because I had a doctors appointment and was in pain; I was given antibiotics and cream to subside this pain ). I do plan to apply to competitive universities, so what do you propose I do? Should I leave it and stick with my 6? (As my new sixth form did accept me for all the courses I chose) or do I resist? (Since I have three weeks ,from today, to revise before sixth form starts and it is the only subject in resitting).
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I achieved a grade 6 a couple of days ago on my GCSE results day but, I got all 8s and 9s in my other subjects. I don’t know whether I should resit my GCSE biology exam for a higher grade (hopefully an 8/9) or not - I don’t want it to harm my medicine application if I do decide to apply for that, although, I might not decide to apply for medicine maybe chemistry, natural sciences or chemical engineering instead. Alternatively, I could appeal but my grade could go down and because of grade descriptors used instead of boundaries, I am unsure about how to formulate my appeal as that was the main basis of it (along with me having to complete the exam during a noisy lesson because I had a doctors appointment and was in pain; I was given antibiotics and cream to subside this pain ). I do plan to apply to competitive universities, so what do you propose I do? Should I leave it and stick with my 6? (As my new sixth form did accept me for all the courses I chose) or do I resist? (Since I have three weeks ,from today, to revise before sixth form starts and it is the only subject in resitting).
I would resit it, why not! It sticks with you for life and biology is really easy to get a 9 in if you try. Considering you have 9s and 8s, it shouldn't be a problem resitting it!
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I achieved a grade 6 a couple of days ago on my GCSE results day but, I got all 8s and 9s in my other subjects. I don’t know whether I should resit my GCSE biology exam for a higher grade (hopefully an 8/9) or not - I don’t want it to harm my medicine application if I do decide to apply for that, although, I might not decide to apply for medicine maybe chemistry, natural sciences or chemical engineering instead. Alternatively, I could appeal but my grade could go down and because of grade descriptors used instead of boundaries, I am unsure about how to formulate my appeal as that was the main basis of it (along with me having to complete the exam during a noisy lesson because I had a doctors appointment and was in pain; I was given antibiotics and cream to subside this pain ). I do plan to apply to competitive universities, so what do you propose I do? Should I leave it and stick with my 6? (As my new sixth form did accept me for all the courses I chose) or do I resist? (Since I have three weeks ,from today, to revise before sixth form starts and it is the only subject in resitting).
There's a thread about appeals here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=7062276

I think most med schools will not mid a resit GCSE, but the 6 may be an issue for some schools, and may limit the schools you can apply to. Looking through some of the stickies may help you here.

All med schools are competitive, though!
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There's a thread about appeals here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=7062276

I think most med schools will not mid a resit GCSE, but the 6 may be an issue for some schools, and may limit the schools you can apply to. Looking through some of the stickies may help you here.

All med schools are competitive, though!
Yes, I understand. However, would resitting put me at a disadvantage to other candidates or not? Say if I resat and got an 8/9 or appealed and achieved a 7 would you still advise me to resit? Because of the level of competition at all medical schools, as you mentioned, I feel a bit lost as to what to do and I don’t really have anyone to go to advice to because it’s the summer holidays. To sum up, do you think I should appeal/resit for a better grade as the six won’t cut it anyway?
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I would resit it, why not! It sticks with you for life and biology is really easy to get a 9 in if you try. Considering you have 9s and 8s, it shouldn't be a problem resitting it!
Thank you for your response! Do you think it is plausible for me to learn all the content (even the parts that we won’t taught) before the exams are held (I think in November is that right?)
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Yes, I understand. However, would resitting put me at a disadvantage to other candidates or not? Say if I resat and got an 8/9 or appealed and achieved a 7 would you still advise me to resit? Because of the level of competition at all medical schools, as you mentioned, I feel a bit lost as to what to do and I don’t really have anyone to go to advice to because it’s the summer holidays. To sum up, do you think I should appeal/resit for a better grade as the six won’t cut it anyway?
There are a few med schools that will not accept GCSE resits. Birmingham, Nottingham (+ Lincoln) come to mind. There may be a couple more too - Edinburgh and maybe Dundee, as GANFYD said.

But we would still advise resitting your GCSE if it will open more doors.
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Yes, I understand. However, would resitting put me at a disadvantage to other candidates or not? Say if I resat and got an 8/9 or appealed and achieved a 7 would you still advise me to resit? Because of the level of competition at all medical schools, as you mentioned, I feel a bit lost as to what to do and I don’t really have anyone to go to advice to because it’s the summer holidays. To sum up, do you think I should appeal/resit for a better grade as the six won’t cut it anyway?
Personally, I would enter the autumn resits, as it will keep more doors open, and appeal, just in case that gets you a good outcome.

AFIAK the 6 will close more doors than the resit. (Although we are guessing how unis will view things in 2+ years time).
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There's a thread about appeals here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=7062276

I think most med schools will not mid a resit GCSE, but the 6 may be an issue for some schools, and may limit the schools you can apply to. Looking through some of the stickies may help you here.

All med schools are competitive, though!
Btw it won’t count as a resit because no actual exams took place this year. So it’s like they’d count it as doing the actual exam
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I’m also resitting biology as it was the lowest grade I got. What exam board are you doing
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Btw it won’t count as a resit because no actual exams took place this year. So it’s like they’d count it as doing the actual exam
This is OfQual's position, but some med schools seem to be suggesting they might take a different position on people resitting A-levels in the autumn this year.
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I’m also resitting biology as it was the lowest grade I got. What exam board are you doing
OCR A you? I moved schools so can I still apply to re-sit at my old school?
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This is OfQual's position, but some med schools seem to be suggesting they might take a different position on people resitting A-levels in the autumn this year.
So it doesn’t matter for gcse? Please could you explain further (looking at my situation)?
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Btw it won’t count as a resit because no actual exams took place this year. So it’s like they’d count it as doing the actual exam
Really?! Could you send me a link to where you found this info?
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Really?! Could you send me a link to where you found this info?
I don’t really have an official source for it but I’ve been told this by the exams officer at my school
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