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Can I do medicine with these gcse grades and what unis would be most likely to accept

eng lang: 7, eng lit: 7, maths: 7, combined science: 87, history: 8, food tech: 8, french: 4, computer science: 3
unis don't really care about your gcses to be honest- they're only assessing you based on your a level results (and personal statement). so your gcses are what get you into sixth form/college or whatever, but your a levels are what get you into uni. those are some really solid grades though- so you'll defo get into a good sixth form/college if u want to go there, but it's whether u do well in your a levels and get the grades required to get into the uni that you want that matters :smile:)
Original post by anonymousssss356
eng lang: 7, eng lit: 7, maths: 7, combined science: 87, history: 8, food tech: 8, french: 4, computer science: 3


I wouldnt agree with the other comment although a levels are definitely more important im most uni decisions - most if not all have high criteria for GCSEs that is like their first filter to find students that qualify for the course - without strong gcses (ideally everything 7 and above if not then 6) it would be hard to get an interview at most unis
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Original post by itsadara
unis don't really care about your gcses to be honest- they're only assessing you based on your a level results (and personal statement). so your gcses are what get you into sixth form/college or whatever, but your a levels are what get you into uni. those are some really solid grades though- so you'll defo get into a good sixth form/college if u want to go there, but it's whether u do well in your a levels and get the grades required to get into the uni that you want that matters :smile:)

Many unis do care about GCSEs for medicine and some use them as the main shortlisting criteria. Very few med schools even look at PS these days.
OP, have a read of the GCSE requirements linked in the first post here https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7233558
But check they are up to date with med school websites before applying, as they do change (eg Newcaslte are going to be using GCSEs for 50% shortlisting from next year)

You should avoid those that score/require lots of 8/9s at GCSE, eg Oxford, Cardiff, Birmingham, Aston, QUB, Kings, likely Newcastle next year, HYMS, Leicester, Nottingham (and Lincoln), Leeds, Dundee and Edinburgh, but that still leave plenty you would be eligible for, given a good UCAT score
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Original post by itsadara
unis don't really care about your gcses to be honest- they're only assessing you based on your a level results (and personal statement). so your gcses are what get you into sixth form/college or whatever, but your a levels are what get you into uni. those are some really solid grades though- so you'll defo get into a good sixth form/college if u want to go there, but it's whether u do well in your a levels and get the grades required to get into the uni that you want that matters :smile:)

I respectfully disagree. For medicine more than most other courses GCSE's certainly do matter as everyone if not most people applying are going to be strong academically. this means that if your academic profile (which includes your GCSE's is weak) it's easier for the universities to filter you out.

That's not to say it's impossible. Your GCSE's are pretty good except for the French and computer science. I think you would be able to apply to most universities with a strong UCAT. Just don't pick universities that place a serious emphasis on academic excellence such as oxbridge uni and some of the London universities as most people applying are likely to have straight 8/9s.

Just make sure you smash your UCAT and you'll be fine.

Good luck!!!
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Original post by Aks-y
I respectfully disagree. For medicine more than most other courses GCSE's certainly do matter as everyone if not most people applying are going to be strong academically. this means that if your academic profile (which includes your GCSE's is weak) it's easier for the universities to filter you out.
That's not to say it's impossible. Your GCSE's are pretty good except for the French and computer science. I think you would be able to apply to most universities with a strong UCAT. Just don't pick universities that place a serious emphasis on academic excellence such as oxbridge uni and some of the London universities as most people applying are likely to have straight 8/9s.
Just make sure you smash your UCAT and you'll be fine.
Good luck!!!

Only the Ox- bit of Oxbridge needs high GCSEs, Cambridge do not use them for shortlisting (though do then assess holistically for offers).
Only Kings is out in London, OP meets GCSE requirements for all the others.
But like you say, those that are less bothered by GCSEs generally need a higher UCAT so this is critical
i mean i've seen a lot of people who get low gcses get very high a levels and still get into russell group universities. i do a lot of research on universities and their requirements (mainly russell group ones), and in all I've read they've only mentioned them accepting 3 a-levels with a required grade of ____. this is just from what i know. some consider epq's some don't, but from the teachers i've talked to and what i've read on university websites- they don't mention looking at gcses as a major part of decision making when it comes to whether they're gonna accept you as a student.
Original post by itsadara
i mean i've seen a lot of people who get low gcses get very high a levels and still get into russell group universities. i do a lot of research on universities and their requirements (mainly russell group ones), and in all I've read they've only mentioned them accepting 3 a-levels with a required grade of ____. this is just from what i know. some consider epq's some don't, but from the teachers i've talked to and what i've read on university websites- they don't mention looking at gcses as a major part of decision making when it comes to whether they're gonna accept you as a student.


Medicine is different - courses are extremely competitive and so medical schools have to use GCSEs to narrow down candidates.

For almost all other courses you are correct - GCSEs are pretty irrelevant so long as you've passed English and Maths. But for Medicine, it's a different story.

I'd also suggest dropping any notions of the Russell Group being a mark of quality among universities - it isn't.
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Original post by itsadara
i mean i've seen a lot of people who get low gcses get very high a levels and still get into russell group universities. i do a lot of research on universities and their requirements (mainly russell group ones), and in all I've read they've only mentioned them accepting 3 a-levels with a required grade of ____. this is just from what i know. some consider epq's some don't, but from the teachers i've talked to and what i've read on university websites- they don't mention looking at gcses as a major part of decision making when it comes to whether they're gonna accept you as a student.

Be very careful with teacher advice as sometimes in can just simply be outdated and incorrect so make sure you do the in depth research yourself.
Nobody said you couldn't get into a Russell group university (which simply means the university is more focused on research) but that universities that specifically look at GCSE for shortlisting are the ones you should avoid as scoring is normally out of 8 GCSE's and generally applicants tend to have straight A/A* grades across the board.

GCSE's may play an key role at any point in the application process for shortlisting for interview and tie breaking scenarios after interview so all we are saying is that GCSE's are important for your application and that you have to do your research and apply strategically to universities that don't place as much of an emphasis on them during their selection process provided you perform well on your UCAT.

Hope this helps
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Original post by 04MR17
Medicine is different - courses are extremely competitive and so medical schools have to use GCSEs to narrow down candidates.
For almost all other courses you are correct - GCSEs are pretty irrelevant so long as you've passed English and Maths. But for Medicine, it's a different story.
I'd also suggest dropping any notions of the Russell Group being a mark of quality among universities - it isn't.

i didnt know medicine in particular was different for that. all the courses i've researched didn't mention anything to do with gcses, so I automatically generalised it using the bulk of what i already know and what teachers and professors have told me. i didn't mean to impose any strict opinions 😭 but it's good to know so that i have it in mind for future.
Thank you so much for the replies they have helped a lot. So what unis do you think I should apply for if I do get a high UCAT and what range would u consider a high UCAT. Also I have a confirmed interview at Univeristy of Birmingham do you think i should still apply?
Original post by anonymousssss356
Thank you so much for the replies they have helped a lot. So what unis do you think I should apply for if I do get a high UCAT and what range would u consider a high UCAT. Also I have a confirmed interview at Univeristy of Birmingham do you think i should still apply?

Read the first post of this thread:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7312527

If you have further questions after you read the first post, post them in a reply to that thread
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Original post by itsadara
unis don't really care about your gcses to be honest- they're only assessing you based on your a level results (and personal statement). so your gcses are what get you into sixth form/college or whatever, but your a levels are what get you into uni. those are some really solid grades though- so you'll defo get into a good sixth form/college if u want to go there, but it's whether u do well in your a levels and get the grades required to get into the uni that you want that matters :smile:)

some unis do ask for ur GCSE grades for exam english language as you'll need to have those skills in order to write reports, etc.

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