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Hi, In the University of Birmingham website for medical school it says how they want grade 7 and will grade top 7 subjects including English Lit/Lang, Maths, Bio/Chem , does that mean if I get say 8/9s in all of them, and say 6 or 5s in the remaining 3, do I have the best chance of getting an interview?

In terms of GCSEs I know, you have to sit UCAT, Interview etc
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Original post by og-iconx
Hi, In the University of Birmingham website for medical school it says how they want grade 7 and will grade top 7 subjects including English Lit/Lang, Maths, Bio/Chem , does that mean if I get say 8/9s in all of them, and say 6 or 5s in the remaining 3, do I have the best chance of getting an interview?

In terms of GCSEs I know, you have to sit UCAT, Interview etc

You will have the best chance of getting into medicine with the best GCSEs you can.

It’s hard to say what Birmingham or any other university will ask for or score when you come to apply. The only thing you can do is work as hard as you can now and look at the application processes and policies in place when you come to apply.

But in general if a med school says they score 7 and completely disregard other scores then they can’t really then look at them later. But lots say one thing and then in little writing elsewhere may say we reserve the right to…. Which means that they could potentially look at whatever they have said they reserve the right to… as well as the minimum requirements.

Some unis have minimum gcse requirements but then still rank and score. Many rank and score more than 7 GCSEs so you never know.
Hi there,
The main thing to consider with the medical school applications is variety. You want to create an application that is strong in a number of areas so that you have more choice with where to strategically apply to. If you focus on those 7 GCSEs then yes, you might have decent GCSEs for Birmingham, but you won't for QUB for instance. The best advice is to do as well as you can on all your GCSEs and go from there. There are still plenty of other components that you'll need to get done e.g. UCAT, work experience, A-Level Predicted grades that could affect where your application will be best suited. Dn't worry about this for now- focus on your exams! How are your subjects going? :smile:

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind
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Original post by MedicMind
Hi there,
The main thing to consider with the medical school applications is variety. You want to create an application that is strong in a number of areas so that you have more choice with where to strategically apply to. If you focus on those 7 GCSEs then yes, you might have decent GCSEs for Birmingham, but you won't for QUB for instance. The best advice is to do as well as you can on all your GCSEs and go from there. There are still plenty of other components that you'll need to get done e.g. UCAT, work experience, A-Level Predicted grades that could affect where your application will be best suited. Dn't worry about this for now- focus on your exams! How are your subjects going? :smile:

John C
Y5 UEA Med Student
Medic Mind


There going great thank you, I actually live in a Birmingham and don’t want to leave the city, that’s why trying universities nearby, UoB , Aston etc

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