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How much does taking Foundation Spanish instead of HT hinder my application?

GCSE student here looking to get into Imperial/Oxbridge Med School (Ofcourse). All my predicteds were 7+ with Maths,Bio,Chem being 8/9s apart from Spanish being a G3+/4. My school has thus put me into foundation tier. Would Unis care? Does this phase me out or anything? Would it hinder my application to a prestigious med school?
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Which medical school you go to makes zero different in your long term medical career in the NHS, as the NHS specifically does not consider where you went to medical school and blinds recruiters from your medical school in the recruitment process to ensure they are not biased. You should choose which medical schools you apply to based on your profile and which you are most likely to get an offer from, not which you think is most "prestigious". It's completely meaningless since as noted, won't affect recruitment into specialty programmes in any direct form.

In any case, Imperial do not score GCSEs and just use minimum requirements for English, Oxford have stopped scoring GCSEs, and Cambridge tend to not put a huge amount of emphasis on them on the whole. The first two you can find explicitly stated on their websites. The very basic research of looking at the entry criteria in the first place I think would normally be assumed for medical applicants, particularly as the key to successfully applying as noted is to apply tactically based on which you have the best profile for based on their shortlisting methodologies, which vary between all medical schools.

For GCSE heavy medical schools (like Cardiff - notably Oxford used to be GCSE heavy but COVID happened and they don't seem to be going back) they normally score based on number and/or proportion of 8/9 and 7 grades (usually with different scores for each) so having a 5 in one GCSE would limit your maximum possible score and thus make you less competitive potentially.
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Reply 3
Short answer, no.
Imperial and oxbridge don't even have any GCSEs requirements to apply.
These universities look more at your STEM GCSEs, A-Levels, entrance exam grades, work experience, extracurriculars etc.
In short there are many other factors that go into the application process.
Don't get hung up on your GCSE Spanish because they don't care about that.
Just work hard on getting 8's and 9's on your STEM subjects.
Hope this helped!
Reply 4
Original post by AdamIqbal
Short answer, no.
Imperial and oxbridge don't even have any GCSEs requirements to apply.
These universities look more at your STEM GCSEs, A-Levels, entrance exam grades, work experience, extracurriculars etc.
In short there are many other factors that go into the application process.
Don't get hung up on your GCSE Spanish because they don't care about that.
Just work hard on getting 8's and 9's on your STEM subjects.
Hope this helped!


They don't look at STEM GCSEs. Imperial just need a 6 in English Language and after that they don't care. Oxford don't look at them at all any more.
Reply 5
It does say they don’t look at GCSE’s but realistically they do and if you got a 6 (B) or below for bio, chem and maths. It’s drastically reduced your chances of getting an offer for medicine.
Reply 6
Original post by AdamIqbal
It does say they don’t look at GCSE’s but realistically they do and if you got a 6 (B) or below for bio, chem and maths. It’s drastically reduced your chances of getting an offer for medicine.


Where are you getting this information from?
Reply 7
It also depends on how many other GCSEs you do
Reply 8
Original post by isa04
It also depends on how many other GCSEs you do


No. As mentioned before, Oxford and Imperial don't care.
Reply 9
Original post by a._5
No. As mentioned before, Oxford and Imperial don't care.


welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll .There are 5 slots on a UCAS application.
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Reply 10
some med schools look at maths , English (lit and lang) all sciences then they look at the other highest scoring subjects
Reply 11
Original post by isa04
welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll .There are 5 slots on a UCAS application.


Only 4 of which can be used for medicine?
Reply 12
Original post by isa04
some med schools look at maths , English (lit and lang) all sciences then they look at the other highest scoring subjects


And some look at no GCSEs whatsoever, so strategic applications is what is key
Reply 13
Original post by GANFYD
And some look at no GCSEs whatsoever, so strategic applications is what is key


true - hopefully this link helps a bit
https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2951/entry-requirements-document-2023-entry.pdf
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Reply 14


It's a great link, but it doesn't tell you how the med schools use GCSEs (or anything else) in their shortlisting process, eg it tells you Cardiff needs grade 6/B GCSE (or equivalent qualification) in Mathematics, English Language, and Double Award Science (6,6 or B/B) or Chemistry and Biology, but even those with 9 x 9s are rejected in droves, as they primarily use GCSEs to shortlist. So it is good to check you meet minimum requirements, but then it needs more homework to look at how each med school actually selects their applicants for interview
Reply 15
most unis have a selection for interview page on their website e.g.

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/medical-school/applying-to-medicine/selection-for-interview.aspx
https://le.ac.uk/study/medicine/applying

I recommend looking at the uni's website offer calculators as they are often unreliable or outdated.
Reply 16
Original post by isa04
welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll .There are 5 slots on a UCAS application.

welllllllllllllllll. OP was asking about Imperial and Oxbridge so the information you were giving is just incorrect.

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