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Low GCSE grades

I’m aiming for grade 5s for maths English and science, I’m focusing on them only to get 5 grades so I can go to college. Do I still have a chance to go to the medical area with not that good grades??
Medical is my only option rn, if not I’m not sure what I would wanna do and be.
it depends on what university you want to go to, and what branch of medicine you want to take. medicine is a very competitive field, so if you wanted to go to a prestigious university for example, your gcses don't really matter, but it's worth making sure your maths and english grades are good anyway. many universities use a-levels and your personal statement as a deciding factor, but some do look at gcses just to get a gist of your overall academic achievement. that doesn't mean you won't be able to do medicine if your gcses are low, but a-levels are a different story.

so, to answer your question, yes you do still have the option to get into the medical area with those gcse grades. just make sure that your a-level grades are good enough to get you where you want to be post-college. (people please correct me if i'm wrong) but i don't think gcses are ever a deciding factor when it comes to pursuing higher education in the medical field. yes, some do look at gcses- but they are unlikely to reject you if you've got an amazing personal statement, straight A's in a levels and then lower grades in gcses (but that entirely depends on the university/institution and their required grades). i hope that helps 🫶
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Original post by YuK67
I’m aiming for grade 5s for maths English and science, I’m focusing on them only to get 5 grades so I can go to college. Do I still have a chance to go to the medical area with not that good grades??
Medical is my only option rn, if not I’m not sure what I would wanna do and be.


AIM for 6s as there are limited not none but limited options with 5s it also depends what you want to do are you aiming to be a nurse, a doctor,a physiotherapist?
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Original post by lilysilly_5454
AIM for 6s as there are limited not none but limited options with 5s it also depends what you want to do are you aiming to be a nurse, a doctor,a physiotherapist?


Nurse/Dentist
Original post by YuK67
Nurse/Dentist


I am not sure about Nursing but with dentistry a 6 at least in those subjects would put you in the best option it seems that for Nursing anything above a 4 would be acceptable for some unis but search them and look at entry requirements for dentistry theres is a booklet with a list if them it hasnt been updated (it updates every year)but it should still give you a good idea with Nursing search up uni and Nursing entry requirements

https://www.dentalschoolscouncil.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/DSC-Entry-Requirements-entry-2024.pdf

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