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as someone who has entered medical school what were your grades ?

if you got into medicine, could you please tell me the uni you got into and your grades at gcse and alevel. i know that getting in depends on more than this but i want to see on average what grades mine compare to especially at gcse.
thanks
Original post by zynnjah123
if you got into medicine, could you please tell me the uni you got into and your grades at gcse and alevel. i know that getting in depends on more than this but i want to see on average what grades mine compare to especially at gcse.
thanks

I have an offer for BSMS and I'm doing my A levels this year, my GCSEs grades were 11 x 9s and 1 A*, my A level predicted grades are 3A*s. However, there are people with different grades that also have offers, if your grades are lower it doesn't mean you won't be successful, as long as you make a strategic application. I recommend looking at this thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7104159&p=97068340&page=325#post97068340 to see how applicants have got on with what grades/UCAT score.
Reply 2
Original post by bea_murray0
I have an offer for BSMS and I'm doing my A levels this year, my GCSEs grades were 11 x 9s and 1 A*, my A level predicted grades are 3A*s. However, there are people with different grades that also have offers, if your grades are lower it doesn't mean you won't be successful, as long as you make a strategic application. I recommend looking at this thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7104159&p=97068340&page=325#post97068340 to see how applicants have got on with what grades/UCAT score.

im on track for 5 9s and 5 8s, i can probably get a few more 9s. be completely honest are these not good enough ? different people that i ask say different things, when i compare myself to candidates like you, i basically stand no chance but others are telling me that its more than enough? so if i got those grades at gcse would they be impressive enough to be accepted into medical school ? thanks so much
Original post by zynnjah123
im on track for 5 9s and 5 8s, i can probably get a few more 9s. be completely honest are these not good enough ? different people that i ask say different things, when i compare myself to candidates like you, i basically stand no chance but others are telling me that its more than enough? so if i got those grades at gcse would they be impressive enough to be accepted into medical school ? thanks so much

They are definitely more than good enough, but different med schools value different things in applicants. For example, Oxford weights GCSEs very heavily (although they consider 8s and 9s the same so in their eyes you would be equal to an applicant with 10 9s, although this could change in coming years), while some unis will invite applicants to interview solely based on UCAT/BMAT score. Some, like Keele and Sunderland (I think), barely look at grades or UCAT at all and instead value work experience and experience in caring roles. Very few medical schools care about GCSEs as long as you meet minimum requirements (generally around a 6 in English Lang + maths). With a good UCAT (and BMAT if you do it), some solid work experience and good interviews you definitely stand a good chance and your GCSEs will almost certainly not hinder you. Keep up the hard work, those are great GCSEs!

Just a note: for BSMS the only GCSEs they needed were a 6 in English (lit or lang) and Maths, they didn't consider mine above that, they didn't look at my PS, I was invited to interview solely based on my BMAT (I'm non-contextual and got 5.2, 4.9 and 3.5A, although that might not mean much to you at this stage!) and given my offer solely based in my interview score. So really my offer was only based on my BMAT and interview performance, my GCSEs never came into it other than the 6 in English and Maths, which I meet.
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As above, it's hugely variable. All medical schools assess applicants differently so someone that is a strong applicant at one medical school won't necessarily be a strong applicant at another. Generally, if you aim to get the best grades you can and take A-level Biology and Chemistry then you should have the vast majority of medical schools available as options for you. However for GCSEs specifically I would note there are a lot of medical schools that don't even score them at all so they only matter for some medical schools (of course if you get good GCSEs, it's worth targeting those GCSE heavy schools to take advantage of your strength in that area!).
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Original post by zynnjah123
if you got into medicine, could you please tell me the uni you got into and your grades at gcse and alevel. i know that getting in depends on more than this but i want to see on average what grades mine compare to especially at gcse.
thanks

The lowest grades you'll see are the minimum requirements for the course. Do as best as you can. Anecdotal evidence wont help you. I got 3×A* and A*EPQ but what does that tell you. Do you have any other questions?
Reply 6
Original post by bea_murray0
They are definitely more than good enough, but different med schools value different things in applicants. For example, Oxford weights GCSEs very heavily (although they consider 8s and 9s the same so in their eyes you would be equal to an applicant with 10 9s, although this could change in coming years), while some unis will invite applicants to interview solely based on UCAT/BMAT score. Some, like Keele and Sunderland (I think), barely look at grades or UCAT at all and instead value work experience and experience in caring roles. Very few medical schools care about GCSEs as long as you meet minimum requirements (generally around a 6 in English Lang + maths). With a good UCAT (and BMAT if you do it), some solid work experience and good interviews you definitely stand a good chance and your GCSEs will almost certainly not hinder you. Keep up the hard work, those are great GCSEs!

Just a note: for BSMS the only GCSEs they needed were a 6 in English (lit or lang) and Maths, they didn't consider mine above that, they didn't look at my PS, I was invited to interview solely based on my BMAT (I'm non-contextual and got 5.2, 4.9 and 3.5A, although that might not mean much to you at this stage!) and given my offer solely based in my interview score. So really my offer was only based on my BMAT and interview performance, my GCSEs never came into it other than the 6 in English and Maths, which I meet.

thanks for this, i have heard a lot of things and im glad you could clear it up. as you said there are a lot of aspects, if i can get my ucat score to be very high and get decent bmat score as well alongside work experience and stuff i should be fine.
Original post by zynnjah123
im on track for 5 9s and 5 8s, i can probably get a few more 9s. be completely honest are these not good enough ? different people that i ask say different things, when i compare myself to candidates like you, i basically stand no chance but others are telling me that its more than enough? so if i got those grades at gcse would they be impressive enough to be accepted into medical school ? thanks so much

As said, each medical school does things slightly differently but your grades are excellent and definitely good enough! I study at Sheffield and got 1 9, 2 6s, 4 A*s and 2 As at GCSE. Of course, with my grades, I wouldn't really stand a chance at the very GCSE heavy medical schools like Oxford or Leeds but I still had a range of options for less GCSE heavy med schools (and really all you need is 4 good choices as that's the maximum you can apply to anyway).
Reply 8
Hi I have 5 GCSE’s at grade 6 and above but had extenuating circumstances (parents divorcing etc) at the time however I’m hoping to achieve 3 A’s at A level - do you think unis would take this into account when looking at my application ? Or do I not have a chance ?
Reply 9
Hi I achieved 5 x 6 and above at GCSE and had extenuating circumstances (parents divorcing + moving house + undiagnosed autism) but now I am hopefully going to get 3 A’s at A level ? Do you think unis would consider these circumstances or do not have a chance at getting in ? (Have not sat the UCAT yet as in Y12)

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