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These grades good for Cambridge Medicine?

I want to go to Cambridge and Study Medicine. My A- level predictions are A*A*A*, and I do maths, bio and chem. My GCSES were as follows:

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I was worried that my Art and Spanish grades (the 6 and 5) would give me a poor shot, so wasn’t sure about it. I do go to school on a full academic scholorship, and have had sponsors all through secondary for academic achievement. Would it be worth mentioning? Ive also taken part in a few Olympiads for physics etc, and won a few silvers and golds. I’ve volunteered at hospital (year 11 summer) too. I know they also look at the cohort, and I go to quite an academic private school- most students have fairly high grades! So I’m not sure if my grades would look bad.

Any advice would be great!
I’m also considering imperial and UCL, but Cambridge is just preferred option since i only live 15 minutes away aha and it would hence be so much easier
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Are you more interested in Cambridge - or Medicine?
Original post by mcginger
Are you more interested in Cambridge - or Medicine?

Medicine but Cambridge would be more convenient if I could do Medicine there.

Apparently Imperial is better for Medicine though, what do you think?
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It doesnt matter where you train as a doctor - all medical degrees are accredited by the GMC and cover the same syllabus. There are no 'better' courses. They all qualify you as a doctor. The NHS is not going to ask 'which Uni' - and neither will your future patients.
Original post by McGinger
It doesnt matter where you train as a doctor - all medical degrees are accredited by the GMC and cover the same syllabus. There are no 'better' courses. They all qualify you as a doctor. The NHS is not going to ask 'which Uni' - and neither will your future patients.

I knoww, but I’m planning on (after studying) moving abroad and working someplace private, so thought that uni might help. But I think you’re right- I’ll just choose some less competitive and more competitive courses, and see how it goes from there. Thank you!
Original post by bobjeffandam
I knoww, but I’m planning on (after studying) moving abroad and working someplace private, so thought that uni might help. But I think you’re right- I’ll just choose some less competitive and more competitive courses, and see how it goes from there. Thank you!

Imperial and Cambridge do differ in teaching styles so keep this in mind and maybe read about it. See how you do for UCAT.
Original post by bobjeffandam
I knoww, but I’m planning on (after studying) moving abroad and working someplace private, so thought that uni might help. But I think you’re right- I’ll just choose some less competitive and more competitive courses, and see how it goes from there. Thank you!

Actually it might be important to consider the school then if you plan to work abroad. I know in the country I prev studied at they removed a lot of the UK med schools from the medical council during Covid (standards thing actually even though this country was prev UK colonized, they removed a lot of the lower ranked ones = Leeds, UEA, Aberdeen etc).
Original post by Tulipbloom
Actually it might be important to consider the school then if you plan to work abroad. I know in the country I prev studied at they removed a lot of the UK med schools from the medical council during Covid (standards thing actually even though this country was prev UK colonized, they removed a lot of the lower ranked ones = Leeds, UEA, Aberdeen etc).

Thank you so much for your help! I’ll have a look at what med schools they prefer. :smile:
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Original post by bobjeffandam
I want to go to Cambridge and Study Medicine. My A- level predictions are A*A*A*, and I do maths, bio and chem. My GCSES were as follows:
9888888865
I was worried that my Art and Spanish grades (the 6 and 5) would give me a poor shot, so wasn’t sure about it. I do go to school on a full academic scholorship, and have had sponsors all through secondary for academic achievement. Would it be worth mentioning? Ive also taken part in a few Olympiads for physics etc, and won a few silvers and golds. I’ve volunteered at hospital (year 11 summer) too. I know they also look at the cohort, and I go to quite an academic private school- most students have fairly high grades! So I’m not sure if my grades would look bad.
Any advice would be great!
I’m also considering imperial and UCL, but Cambridge is just preferred option since i only live 15 minutes away aha and it would hence be so much easier

Your GCSE grades will be fine for Cambridge medicine. Your A-levels are also perfect, so whether or not you get in would be based on UCAT, PS, school references, and interview if selected. It sounds like you have already done a lot that can go in your PS, so certainly worth a shot, especially as I don’t believe Cambridge med is any more competitive than other med schools generally.
In my opinion i really don't think you should apply to unis like cambridge for a course like medicine simply due to convenience. applying to any med school is a grueling process let alone oxbridge. make sure you are doing it for you, because you like the course, the area and the teaching style. also correct me if i'm wrong but i believe if you got your med degree in england you have to work for a minimum amount of time in the NHS before working privately. anyway your GCSEs are great! wishing you luck.

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