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Should I apply to Cambridge medicine?
GCSEs (best 8) : 99999999 (ps. 3 of them were resits but originally were 8)
A level predicted: A*A*A*A* (bio,chem,phys,maths)
UCAT: obviously haven’t done it yet but revising since year 11
Extracurriculars: tutor for gcse triple science, hockey competitively, grade 8 LAMDA, grade 7 Cello, working at a cafe, (I don’t have many extracurriculars :frown:
Supercurriculars: Bronze,Silver & Gold Dofe, Silver intermediate maths challenge, Greenpower engineering race, Robinson access program, ran a medics club
Work experience: 1 week at a private practice in India, 1 week at private practice in the UK, 2 weeks shadowing in NHS

Obviously nothing is guaranteed 🤷*♀️ but should I give it a go? I was originally thinking my GCSEs could let me down as three are resits
Ps. I’m also thinking of applying to KCL, UCL, Imperial or Sheffield
Original post by Anonymous
Should I apply to Cambridge medicine?
GCSEs (best 8) : 99999999 (ps. 3 of them were resits but originally were 8)
A level predicted: A*A*A*A* (bio,chem,phys,maths)
UCAT: obviously haven’t done it yet but revising since year 11
Extracurriculars: tutor for gcse triple science, hockey competitively, grade 8 LAMDA, grade 7 Cello, working at a cafe, (I don’t have many extracurriculars :frown:
Supercurriculars: Bronze,Silver & Gold Dofe, Silver intermediate maths challenge, Greenpower engineering race, Robinson access program, ran a medics club
Work experience: 1 week at a private practice in India, 1 week at private practice in the UK, 2 weeks shadowing in NHS
Obviously nothing is guaranteed 🤷*♀️ but should I give it a go? I was originally thinking my GCSEs could let me down as three are resits
Ps. I’m also thinking of applying to KCL, UCL, Imperial or Sheffield

those seem like really good results, although I'm not sure about how resits are considered but that's still great- you have loads of supercurriculars which is really good, and especially if you ace the ucat definitely apply!
Original post by Anonymous
Should I apply to Cambridge medicine?
GCSEs (best 8) : 99999999 (ps. 3 of them were resits but originally were 8)
A level predicted: A*A*A*A* (bio,chem,phys,maths)
UCAT: obviously haven’t done it yet but revising since year 11
Extracurriculars: tutor for gcse triple science, hockey competitively, grade 8 LAMDA, grade 7 Cello, working at a cafe, (I don’t have many extracurriculars :frown:
Supercurriculars: Bronze,Silver & Gold Dofe, Silver intermediate maths challenge, Greenpower engineering race, Robinson access program, ran a medics club
Work experience: 1 week at a private practice in India, 1 week at private practice in the UK, 2 weeks shadowing in NHS

Obviously nothing is guaranteed 🤷*♀️ but should I give it a go? I was originally thinking my GCSEs could let me down as three are resits
Ps. I’m also thinking of applying to KCL, UCL, Imperial or Sheffield

Not sure I'd consider DofE a "supercurricular" really. The maths and engineering stuff also doesn't seem related to your subject area. Note they generally aren't that fussed about "unrelated" extracurricular activities for most courses at Cambridge (although for medicine there may be more scope to demonstrate transferable leadership skills etc, and other medicine courses may want to hear more about those anyway).

Cambridge generally isn't considered to be that GCSE heavy as they're quite holistic, and you have perfect GCSE results anyway (I'd note the resit factor is a bit meaningless because most universities in the UK see 8 and 9 grades as equivalent).

Note that you can't assume all medical schools only score your best 8 GCSEs. Cambridge will consider all your GCSE results (in context and holistically). Other medical schools may score all of them. Some may score none (Imperial and UCL don't score GCSEs for example...). You need to actually look at the individual shortlisting methodologies of the medical schools you're considering.
You have a competitive application

If you would like to study there, it is worth applying.

Don't apply if you don't like the kind of university that Cambridge is
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Original post by artful_lounger
Not sure I'd consider DofE a "supercurricular" really. The maths and engineering stuff also doesn't seem related to your subject area. Note they generally aren't that fussed about "unrelated" extracurricular activities for most courses at Cambridge (although for medicine there may be more scope to demonstrate transferable leadership skills etc, and other medicine courses may want to hear more about those anyway).
Cambridge generally isn't considered to be that GCSE heavy as they're quite holistic, and you have perfect GCSE results anyway (I'd note the resit factor is a bit meaningless because most universities in the UK see 8 and 9 grades as equivalent).
Note that you can't assume all medical schools only score your best 8 GCSEs. Cambridge will consider all your GCSE results (in context and holistically). Other medical schools may score all of them. Some may score none (Imperial and UCL don't score GCSEs for example...). You need to actually look at the individual shortlisting methodologies of the medical schools you're considering.

Hiya, thanks for your response, yeah I wasn’t really quite sure if Dofe would count as supercurricular - but I’m joining a stem camp this summer + I will probably try to do some more supercurriculars this summer if possible.
I had found out from their website that gcses were not heavily considered - but I just assumed that they would only take best 8, I will definitely do more research into that.
Overall my GCSEs are 999999998877

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