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I got my results today for higher at levels AAABB. I know I’ve am under the entry requirements but I have taken part in widening programmes such as Reach and Sutton trust. I’ve been looking at different routes to get into medicine such as gateway to medicine and was thinking about a gap year? However, I’m unsure of the process and if it’s a good idea, any help?
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Original post by vivianchenn
I got my results today for higher at levels AAABB. I know I’ve am under the entry requirements but I have taken part in widening programmes such as Reach and Sutton trust. I’ve been looking at different routes to get into medicine such as gateway to medicine and was thinking about a gap year? However, I’m unsure of the process and if it’s a good idea, any help?

For foundation year/ gateway year to medicine I believe you have to meet their contextual requirements or have had to complete some course. Each university is different so have a look. However do keep in mind that foundation year courses are much more competitive

You could also take a gap year and resit. However contact the universities and ask if they accept resits and what grades they require you to achieve after resits as some unis like Manchester require you to achieve A* in the subjects that have been resitten
Original post by vivianchenn
I got my results today for higher at levels AAABB. I know I’ve am under the entry requirements but I have taken part in widening programmes such as Reach and Sutton trust. I’ve been looking at different routes to get into medicine such as gateway to medicine and was thinking about a gap year? However, I’m unsure of the process and if it’s a good idea, any help?

Did you apply this year and are you/were you holding any offers? Have they changed to rejections or acceptances now that you have your results?

As noted normally foundation year/gateway year courses are for those who meet widening participation criteria, but usually each uni has slightly different criteria. So if you are planning to take a gap year and reapply to those, you will need to check if you do meet their specific criteria.

Also as above many medical schools do accept resits, although many do have conditions attached - some only accept where there are extenuating circumstances in the first sitting, some require a higher than usual grade on the resit, some require you resit the same number of subjects together as you originally took etc.
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Original post by artful_lounger
Did you apply this year and are you/were you holding any offers? Have they changed to rejections or acceptances now that you have your results?

As noted normally foundation year/gateway year courses are for those who meet widening participation criteria, but usually each uni has slightly different criteria. So if you are planning to take a gap year and reapply to those, you will need to check if you do meet their specific criteria.

Also as above many medical schools do accept resits, although many do have conditions attached - some only accept where there are extenuating circumstances in the first sitting, some require a higher than usual grade on the resit, some require you resit the same number of subjects together as you originally took etc.


I am now on my last year of higher school (an S6 this Aug 2023) and was wondering my options for how to get into university with my current grades. I was hoping to be eligible for an adjusted offer due to my completion in reach and sutton trust…

i’m unsure how to go forward and start my ucas application with this.
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Original post by vivianchenn
I am now on my last year of higher school (an S6 this Aug 2023) and was wondering my options for how to get into university with my current grades. I was hoping to be eligible for an adjusted offer due to my completion in reach and sutton trust…

i’m unsure how to go forward and start my ucas application with this.

I was in a similar situation to you last year. I got AABBB. I applied to gateway to medicine at Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen. I firmed Glasgow and will be going to Glasgow Uni this September. The best thing you can do is apply to gateway to medicine courses.
Original post by vivianchenn
I am now on my last year of higher school (an S6 this Aug 2023) and was wondering my options for how to get into university with my current grades. I was hoping to be eligible for an adjusted offer due to my completion in reach and sutton trust…

i’m unsure how to go forward and start my ucas application with this.


Look at the specific widening participation criteria for the gateway to medicine/medicine with foundation year courses you may want to apply to and see if you meet those criteria. If so, see if you meet the criteria - if you do then apply :smile:
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Original post by Random47736224
I was in a similar situation to you last year. I got AABBB. I applied to gateway to medicine at Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen. I firmed Glasgow and will be going to Glasgow Uni this September. The best thing you can do is apply to gateway to medicine courses.


OMGG thank you so muchh, I was super bummed out but i’m happy there are alternative paths. Good luck and please tell me how it goes!!

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