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Do I have the grades for biochemistry?

hey, i'm in year 12 thinking about what to do for uni... i've wanted to do dentistry for a long time but to be perfectly honest, i don't think i have a good shot at getting in. i also have a big interest in going towards biochemistry and was wondering whether my gcses would be good enough to get me into good unis like KCL, UCL, Bristol etc.

i'm studying Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology at A-Level and working towards grades AAA but from what i've checked i would meet the criteria for a contextual offer.

my gcses were 9888876666 and i had extenuating circumstances hence why they don't really match up to what i'm working at in a-levels
the 6 in maths, chem, physics and a language
7 in bio, 8 in both english lit and lang

i know my gcses wouldn't be good enough for oxbridge or imperial hence why they aren't on the list lol. also regarding the dentistry aspect, provided i do well and work hard at uni i can always try for post grad entry if i still want to do dentistry.

if anyone can help me out to let me know what unis might be good for my stats and/or also whether you know anything about biochemistry or dentistry (especially post grad entry) in regards to what it's like to study please let me know! :smile:
Have you actually looked on a range of Uni websites to see what the A level/GCSE requirements are for this subject?
Jut be aware that Contextual Offer criteria is not consistent across all Unis and you need to check each Uni website.

Biochemistry | Biosciences | The University of Sheffield
Biosciences | Biology, Medicine and Health | University of Manchester - scroll down for courses.
Undergraduate | School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine | University of Bristol - scroll down for courses
Undergraduate courses in Life Sciences : Studying in Life Sciences : School of Life Sciences : University of Sussex
Biochemistry courses - School of Biosciences - Study here for your Bsc degree - University of Birmingham
etc
Original post by wavetovenus
hey, i'm in year 12 thinking about what to do for uni... i've wanted to do dentistry for a long time but to be perfectly honest, i don't think i have a good shot at getting in. i also have a big interest in going towards biochemistry and was wondering whether my gcses would be good enough to get me into good unis like KCL, UCL, Bristol etc.

i'm studying Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology at A-Level and working towards grades AAA but from what i've checked i would meet the criteria for a contextual offer.

my gcses were 9888876666 and i had extenuating circumstances hence why they don't really match up to what i'm working at in a-levels
the 6 in maths, chem, physics and a language
7 in bio, 8 in both english lit and lang

i know my gcses wouldn't be good enough for oxbridge or imperial hence why they aren't on the list lol. also regarding the dentistry aspect, provided i do well and work hard at uni i can always try for post grad entry if i still want to do dentistry.

if anyone can help me out to let me know what unis might be good for my stats and/or also whether you know anything about biochemistry or dentistry (especially post grad entry) in regards to what it's like to study please let me know! :smile:

Why not apply for dentistry and put biochem as your fifth choice?
Original post by normaw
Why not apply for dentistry and put biochem as your fifth choice?


to be honest, it's mostly just because i'm really worried about the competitive nature of dentistry and i don't think i have the most competitive profile or stats going for me so i would be scared of ending up in the situation where i don't have anywhere to go to uni because i don't think a gap year would suit me haha
Original post by wavetovenus
to be honest, it's mostly just because i'm really worried about the competitive nature of dentistry and i don't think i have the most competitive profile or stats going for me so i would be scared of ending up in the situation where i don't have anywhere to go to uni because i don't think a gap year would suit me haha

If you apply for Dentistry your last choice would be something else so if didnt get in you would have bochemistry as an option. That is what is being said.
Original post by swanseajack1
If you apply for Dentistry your last choice would be something else so if didnt get in you would have bochemistry as an option. That is what is being said.


i understand that but for my fifth choice i'd want to apply to a competitive uni like the ones i was talking about in the first post which i'm obviously not guaranteed a place at unlike if it were an easy uni to get into.. i could apply to an easy uni but i wouldn't want to go so i'd be back to square one which is why i'm stuck
There is no guarantee you will get an offer if you apply to those anyway but there is a good chance you will get offers. Nobody is guaranteed an offer anywhere but if you were to be rejected you could use extra.
Original post by swanseajack1
There is no guarantee you will get an offer if you apply to those anyway but there is a good chance you will get offers. Nobody is guaranteed an offer anywhere but if you were to be rejected you could use extra.


i know no where is guaranteed but as you said there are some places i'm a lot more likely to receive an offer from that's why i'm asking for uni advice and whether the stats i have would be good enough for good unis 😞
As I have already said nobody can tell you more than you have a good chance.

London universities in particular are extremely difficult to get into. In recent years more and more students are applying to London universities. This is largely overseas students who see London as exciting and the place to be. Over 60% of all students in LSE come from India and China. There are similar high rates in UCL and this competitive nature makes it difficult to know whether you will get an offer.

Large amounts of medical students will use Biomed as a back up and it is impossible to be accurate whether you will get an offer because it will depend on the competition. That said outside London the likelyhood is most who meet the conditions will get offers.

As far as contextual offers go the conditions differ from university to university. Most make care leavers offers and support. Some make offers based on schooling and others post codes. Fewer make contextual offers on things like free school meals or being the first in a family to attend university. Some accept 1 condition whilst others want more. The only way to know is to check the rules for each individual university that you are interested in. You might be able to meet 1 universities conditions but not another due to the above.

The probability you will get offers from good universities but you need to check thoose you are interested in and be selective in your choices.

The good advice is not to apply to more than 2 London universities for the reasons already outlined and it is sensible to have at least 1 less competitive at slightly lower grades. This covers you in case of rejections and can act as an insurance should you miss your grades. If you choose 5 competitive universities you run the risk of ending up with nothing and students come on here every year after this has happened.

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