Advice on A-Levels for Oxbridge Medicine

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Hi, I am going into year 11 in September and I study:
•English Literature/Language
•Maths
•Combined Science
•History
•French
•Religious Studies

For A-Levels I want to study:
•Biology
•Chemistry
•Maths
And possibly AS-Level Further Maths. Can any medical students advice me on A-Levels and how to get into the Oxbridge Universities.
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(Original post by Laila-Dior)
Hi, I am going into year 11 in September and I study:
•English Literature/Language
•Maths
•Combined Science
•History
•French
•Religious Studies

For A-Levels I want to study:
•Biology
•Chemistry
•Maths
And possibly AS-Level Further Maths. Can any medical students advice me on A-Levels and how to get into the Oxbridge Universities.
For Oxford we will need GCSE stats and BMAT stats as there's no point saying where you should apply without these stats.

In terms of your A Levels you're good to apply to any med school granted you meet the AAA or higher requirements.
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For Oxford we will need GCSE stats and BMAT stats as there's no point saying where you should apply without these stats.

In terms of your A Levels you're good to apply to any med school granted you meet the AAA or higher requirements.
I have predicted grades for gcses
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Do you know about which type of work experience, super curriculars and volunteering they might look for?
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(Original post by Laila-Dior)
Hi, I am going into year 11 in September and I study:
•English Literature/Language
•Maths
•Combined Science
•History
•French
•Religious Studies

For A-Levels I want to study:
•Biology
•Chemistry
•Maths
And possibly AS-Level Further Maths. Can any medical students advice me on A-Levels and how to get into the Oxbridge Universities.
Oxbridge "trumps" medicine so I have moved your thread here to the Oxbridge forums.

First things first, you can't apply to both Oxford and Cambridge, it'll be Oxford or Cambridge.

Secondly, the reason why you consider Oxbridge shouldn't be because of reputation - it does not matter where you did your medical course for UK clinical training purposes. On the other hand, there are plenty of unique advantages to Oxbridge e.g. colleagiate system, excellent sports / societies etc. so make sure you are applying for the right reasons.

OK, on to the main question - Oxford is very GCSE heavy so I wouldn't even consider them without a full set of Grade 8 / 9s.

Cambridge, on the other hand, is much less GCSE heavy but they require A*A*A in A-Levels and is also fairly BMAT-dependent.
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There is a large section of TSR about Applying for Medicine - lots or info and advice - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/medicine
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Oxbridge "trumps" medicine so I have moved your thread here to the Oxbridge forums.

First things first, you can't apply to both Oxford and Cambridge, it'll be Oxford or Cambridge.

Secondly, the reason why you consider Oxbridge shouldn't be because of reputation - it does not matter where you did your medical course for UK clinical training purposes. On the other hand, there are plenty of unique advantages to Oxbridge e.g. colleagiate system, excellent sports / societies etc. so make sure you are applying for the right reasons.

OK, on to the main question - Oxford is very GCSE heavy so I wouldn't even consider them without a full set of Grade 8 / 9s.

Cambridge, on the other hand, is much less GCSE heavy but they require A*A*A in A-Levels and is also fairly BMAT-dependent.
even with all 8s/9s oxford would probably not be tenable since they only have 7 gcses.
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even with all 8s/9s oxford would probably not be tenable since they only have 7 gcses.
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Thank you soo much everyone!!!
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i see, it's still too little if i'm honest. The average offer-holder has over 10A*s...https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics
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As above, the mean average GCSEs that an Oxford applicant has are 10.8 A*s (9s and 8s) I would not recommend applying to Oxford as you are well below that but Cambridge could be an option as they do not look at GCSEs much.
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i see, it's still too little if i'm honest. The average offer-holder has over 10A*s...https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics
But how could I help that?
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But how could I help that?
The proportion of grades which are A*s matters too.
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But how could I help that?
You can’t really. Best to apply Cambridge
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Hi, I am going into year 11 in September and I study:
•English Literature/Language
•Maths
•Combined Science
•History
•French
•Religious Studies

For A-Levels I want to study:
•Biology
•Chemistry
•Maths
And possibly AS-Level Further Maths. Can any medical students advice me on A-Levels and how to get into the Oxbridge Universities.
I believe this list of med schools that accept double science GCSE instead of the full science GCSEs is up to date (but do check these as they may well have changed by the time you apply):
- Aberdeen
- Aston
- Barts/QMUL
- Birmingham
- Cambridge
- Cardiff
- Edge Hill
- Imperial
- Lancaster
- Leeds
- Liverpool
- UEA
- Nottingham
- Oxford
- Plymouth
- Queens Belfast
- Southampton
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Thank you!!!
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