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Do I have any hope of being selected for medicine?

I am a new Year 12 student (due to start in a couple of days). I have gotten my GCSE results and I am not too pleased with them.

I am an international student so I am extremely stressed as I don't think universities would look at my GCSEs well.

I have gotten mediocre GCSEs for an international medicine applicant.

My grades are as follows:
Grade 9s - Biology, Chemistry, Economics
Grade 8s - Physics, Math, Business
Grade 7s - History and Geography
Grade 6s - English Language and Literature

I am aware that these are extremely low for medicine and may restrict me to bad schools, but what can I do (if anything) to make my application the best it can be in every other aspect to get into a competitive medical school?
Lastly, on these forums you hear people say "only top 7 GCSEs will be considered". That seems a weird; is that true?
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I am a new Year 12 student (due to start in a couple of days). I have gotten my GCSE results and I am not too pleased with them.

I am an international student so I am extremely stressed as I don't think universities would look at my GCSEs well.

I have gotten mediocre GCSEs for an international medicine applicant.

My grades are as follows:
Grade 9s - Biology, Chemistry, Economics
Grade 8s - Physics, Math, Business
Grade 7s - History and Geography
Grade 6s - English Language and Literature

I am aware that these are extremely low for medicine and may restrict me to bad schools, but what can I do (if anything) to make my application the best it can be in every other aspect to get into a competitive medical school?
Lastly, on these forums you hear people say "only top 7 GCSEs will be considered". That seems a weird; is that true?
(edited 6 months ago)
Original post by Nolonal
I am a new Year 12 student (due to start in a couple of days). I have gotten my GCSE results and I am not too pleased with them.

I am an international student so I am extremely stressed as I don't think universities would look at my GCSEs well.

I have gotten mediocre GCSEs for an international medicine applicant.

My grades are as follows:
Grade 9s - Biology, Chemistry, Economics
Grade 8s - Physics, Math, Business
Grade 7s - History and Geography
Grade 6s - English Language and Literature

I am aware that these are extremely low for medicine and may restrict me to bad schools, but what can I do (if anything) to make my application the best it can be in every other aspect to get into a competitive medical school?
Lastly, on these forums you hear people say "only top 7 GCSEs will be considered". That seems a weird; is that true?


Each medical school uses a different shortlisting methodology. Some score GCSEs and put a lot of weight on them; others don't score GCSEs at all if you meet minimum requirements (usually in maths and ENglish language, sometimes science as well). Of those that score GCSEs, some score all, some look at number and proportion of A* equivalent (8/9) grades, others score just a certain number, of those that score a certain number they may have different weightings for different subjects. You need to actually research the different medical schools you wish to apply to and see what their shortlisting methodologies are. In short you would be best off aiming for those that just require you meet minimum GCSE grades and then don't score them (e.g. UCL, Imperial) and avoid those which put a lot of weight on GCSEs and formally shortlist using those (e.g. Oxford, Birmingham).

Also there is no such thing as a "bad" medical school in the UK - the GMC considers all accredited medical schools equal, and the NHS which is the only provider of postgraduate training positions for medics likewise takes this stance. The NHS goes so far as to blind recruiters from your medical school to ensure there is no bias in selecting for specialty training posts. So your medical school will not directly have any influence on your medical career in the UK - therefore all medical schools are effectively equal and the choosing between them will be based on applying strategically and also considering differences in how the courses are structured and taught (e.g. PBL vs lecture based formats) and factors like cost, location etc.
Original post by Nolonal
I am a new Year 12 student (due to start in a couple of days). I have gotten my GCSE results and I am not too pleased with them.

I am an international student so I am extremely stressed as I don't think universities would look at my GCSEs well.

I have gotten mediocre GCSEs for an international medicine applicant.

My grades are as follows:
Grade 9s - Biology, Chemistry, Economics
Grade 8s - Physics, Math, Business
Grade 7s - History and Geography
Grade 6s - English Language and Literature

I am aware that these are extremely low for medicine and may restrict me to bad schools, but what can I do (if anything) to make my application the best it can be in every other aspect to get into a competitive medical school?
Lastly, on these forums you hear people say "only top 7 GCSEs will be considered". That seems a weird; is that true?

firstly, there’s no such thing as a bad med school. secondly, those gcses are fine, just avoid schools that score gcses heavily. there are plenty of med schools that rank solely on ucat. a few of the gcse scoring med schools will score top 6/8/9 gcses while others will score eng lang (birmingham score eng lit too) and maths, bio and chem, then the top gcses out of the others.
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