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hello so im currently in year 12 and i was thinking of applying for medicine but my gcse grades are not the top and then again idk how my end of year exams went and the ucat exam is fast approaching. i was considering biomedical science over medicine but i feel a bit of pressure into doing medicine (like mentally no family pressure is involved :smile: ) and idk what to do anymore . should i revise for the ucat and see how it goes and base my medical application on that or just scrap the whole idea to apply for medicine. the issue is that i do want to apply for medicine but im worried that i will get rejected and have no offers and will be forced to take a gap year which is something i do not want to do.
any advice will be appreciated
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The "Which Medical School Should I Apply To?" Uberthread
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Medicine A-Level subjects queries
Work Experience and Voluntary Work

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Official Undergraduate Medicine 2023 Entry
Graduate Entry Medicine 2023 Entry
Medicine 2023 entry for resit / retake / gap year applicants
A100 Medicine for International Students 2023 Entry
Medicine Interview discussion 2023 Entry
2023 entry A100 / A101 Medicine fastest and slowest offer senders
Index of Individual Medical School Applicants' threads 2023 Entry

2024 Applicants :
Official Undergraduate Medicine 2024 Entry
Graduate Entry Medicine 2024 Entry
GAMSAT 2024 / 2025 entry discussions megathread
UCAT 2024 Entry Discussions Megathread

Other application years:
Graduate Entry Medicine 2025 Entry
Official Undergraduate Medicine 2025 Entry

Useful Articles:
GCSE Requirements for Medicine
Everything you need to know about the BMAT
Work Experience as a Graduate or Mature student
Medicine Personal Statement Advice
Medicine Personal Statement Advice (Graduate Entry)
Interview Frequently Asked Questions
MMI Medicine Interview Tips
What to do after an unsuccessful first application

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Original post by iftifateha
hello so im currently in year 12 and i was thinking of applying for medicine but my gcse grades are not the top and then again idk how my end of year exams went and the ucat exam is fast approaching. i was considering biomedical science over medicine but i feel a bit of pressure into doing medicine (like mentally no family pressure is involved :smile: ) and idk what to do anymore . should i revise for the ucat and see how it goes and base my medical application on that or just scrap the whole idea to apply for medicine. the issue is that i do want to apply for medicine but im worried that i will get rejected and have no offers and will be forced to take a gap year which is something i do not want to do.
any advice will be appreciated

If you really want to apply to medicine, then I would say go for it, or at the very least see how your UCAT goes. Many medical schools select for interview purely based on UCAT as long as you meet the minimum GCSE and A level requirements (usually 6's and 7's in the main subjects, and AAA predicted). When applying for medicine, you're fifth choice has to be an alternative course, so why not put biomedical science their in the worst case scenario that you don't get an offer. That way, you can apply to medicine but still go to university next September if things don't quite work out. But honestly, i would at least take the UCAT and see how that goes because a very high score can guarantee you four interviews if you apply strategically. (as long as you meet minimum requirement)

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