Hi guys,

I have to select if i am doing core maths or an EPQ by this monday, and we had an assembly about it.

I know that because i got a 5 in gcse maths im not expecting to go to any super fancy universities, and my gcse grades weren’t super good (98766653).

Not many people are believing in my dream to pursue medicine, because of my 5 in maths.

Before the assembly i was convinced i was going to take an EPQ, and do it on something medicine based, but he told us about this girl who wanted to go to bath but she needed a grade 7, and she retook gcse maths and got 3 marks off a 7 on her retake, and they recommended her to take core maths, and she didnt and bath didnt let her in, and he said if she had taken core maths they probably would have let her in.

I dont know to the extent of how true this is, but after hearing this i got quite worried- and i asked some science year 13s, they basically told me unis are very black and white, if it says 6 i need a 6, and they wont give me any lenience if i took core maths- therefore they recommended me to take an EPQ.

I spoke to some teachers however and they told me because of the subjects in taking ( chemistry, biology, psychology), that i should take core maths becuase im not taking a level maths.

What i do think is that im going to struggle with core maths, if i got 2 grades under my predicted, and core maths is harder than gcse, how am i expected to get an A or a B in core maths.

Also one teacher told me to reconsider my options becuase of my gcse grades, he told me to do biomed or paramedics instead, and i told some people about what he said and they said that that teacher was wrong- he’s literally a politics teacher..

My point is given all of that information, what am I actually supposed to do? Will i even get into a good university with my gcse grades?

I really want to doo medicine

Thank you for reading up till here

I have to select if i am doing core maths or an EPQ by this monday, and we had an assembly about it.

I know that because i got a 5 in gcse maths im not expecting to go to any super fancy universities, and my gcse grades weren’t super good (98766653).

Not many people are believing in my dream to pursue medicine, because of my 5 in maths.

Before the assembly i was convinced i was going to take an EPQ, and do it on something medicine based, but he told us about this girl who wanted to go to bath but she needed a grade 7, and she retook gcse maths and got 3 marks off a 7 on her retake, and they recommended her to take core maths, and she didnt and bath didnt let her in, and he said if she had taken core maths they probably would have let her in.

I dont know to the extent of how true this is, but after hearing this i got quite worried- and i asked some science year 13s, they basically told me unis are very black and white, if it says 6 i need a 6, and they wont give me any lenience if i took core maths- therefore they recommended me to take an EPQ.

I spoke to some teachers however and they told me because of the subjects in taking ( chemistry, biology, psychology), that i should take core maths becuase im not taking a level maths.

What i do think is that im going to struggle with core maths, if i got 2 grades under my predicted, and core maths is harder than gcse, how am i expected to get an A or a B in core maths.

Also one teacher told me to reconsider my options becuase of my gcse grades, he told me to do biomed or paramedics instead, and i told some people about what he said and they said that that teacher was wrong- he’s literally a politics teacher..

My point is given all of that information, what am I actually supposed to do? Will i even get into a good university with my gcse grades?

I really want to doo medicine

Thank you for reading up till here

I'm in the same situation as you, 5 in math 7 in trilogy and at an average of a 7 (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and EPQ are my A level choices with the intent of pursuing cognitive neuroscience). Personally, for the country I live in, I'm able to take a test to prove my math proficiency as a separate thing from A levels (government related)

What you could do is join a lot of math-based or science based CCAs and make sure to bump your A level grades up and study extra hard (Aim for Bs). You could even join math challenges outside school and get certificates for those which you can present to universities in the future.

To be fully transparent with you, with what your teacher is saying, listen to him. The people you asked (I'm guessing your friends) were probably just trying to spare your feelings. Medicine is EXTREMELY difficult andbiomed/paramedics is basically the same, just slightly easier and more achievable.

At this point in time, post-GCSE, you truly have to be realistic. You only have 2 years to prepare yourself for the university you want to go to and I'd assume you want to end up in a good university to get a good job.

Core maths IS harder than GCSE but they also go over GCSE content at the beginning

What you could do is join a lot of math-based or science based CCAs and make sure to bump your A level grades up and study extra hard (Aim for Bs). You could even join math challenges outside school and get certificates for those which you can present to universities in the future.

To be fully transparent with you, with what your teacher is saying, listen to him. The people you asked (I'm guessing your friends) were probably just trying to spare your feelings. Medicine is EXTREMELY difficult andbiomed/paramedics is basically the same, just slightly easier and more achievable.

At this point in time, post-GCSE, you truly have to be realistic. You only have 2 years to prepare yourself for the university you want to go to and I'd assume you want to end up in a good university to get a good job.

Core maths IS harder than GCSE but they also go over GCSE content at the beginning

Original post by reallycringename

I'm in the same situation as you, 5 in math 7 in trilogy and at an average of a 7 (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and EPQ are my A level choices with the intent of pursuing cognitive neuroscience). Personally, for the country I live in, I'm able to take a test to prove my math proficiency as a separate thing from A levels (government related)

What you could do is join a lot of math-based or science based CCAs and make sure to bump your A level grades up and study extra hard (Aim for Bs). You could even join math challenges outside school and get certificates for those which you can present to universities in the future.

To be fully transparent with you, with what your teacher is saying, listen to him. The people you asked (I'm guessing your friends) were probably just trying to spare your feelings. Medicine is EXTREMELY difficult andbiomed/paramedics is basically the same, just slightly easier and more achievable.

At this point in time, post-GCSE, you truly have to be realistic. You only have 2 years to prepare yourself for the university you want to go to and I'd assume you want to end up in a good university to get a good job.

Core maths IS harder than GCSE but they also go over GCSE content at the beginning

What you could do is join a lot of math-based or science based CCAs and make sure to bump your A level grades up and study extra hard (Aim for Bs). You could even join math challenges outside school and get certificates for those which you can present to universities in the future.

To be fully transparent with you, with what your teacher is saying, listen to him. The people you asked (I'm guessing your friends) were probably just trying to spare your feelings. Medicine is EXTREMELY difficult andbiomed/paramedics is basically the same, just slightly easier and more achievable.

At this point in time, post-GCSE, you truly have to be realistic. You only have 2 years to prepare yourself for the university you want to go to and I'd assume you want to end up in a good university to get a good job.

Core maths IS harder than GCSE but they also go over GCSE content at the beginning

This is v helpful ill consider doing CCAs or something to prove my mathematical ability. The thing is even if i end up doing some extra maths, how would they see it? Also I some others said even if you were able to do some maths outside of school, GCSE maths is a 5 and if it doesn’t match up to their requirement then thy wouldn't let me in full stop..

Original post by Marisalni

This is v helpful ill consider doing CCAs or something to prove my mathematical ability. The thing is even if i end up doing some extra maths, how would they see it? Also I some others said even if you were able to do some maths outside of school, GCSE maths is a 5 and if it doesn’t match up to their requirement then thy wouldn't let me in full stop..

Most colleges do interviews or you have to submit like a form-like thing where you talk about yourself and why you're qualified, that's when you could talk about CCAs and certificates etc

Original post by Marisalni

This is v helpful ill consider doing CCAs or something to prove my mathematical ability. The thing is even if i end up doing some extra maths, how would they see it? Also I some others said even if you were able to do some maths outside of school, GCSE maths is a 5 and if it doesn’t match up to their requirement then thy wouldn't let me in full stop..

I forgot to mention that this very very heavily depends on what uni you're applying to, you should 100% check beforehand

a lot of medical schools accept resits. some of them accept grade 5 maths.

ur a level subjects are fine, you just gotta land AAA at least. i have no idea about core maths but based on my next generation extreme intelligence inference, getting a better gcse grade is probably easier than core maths. also if you dont get in you can do graduate entry medicine (most commonly done using biomed) but i heard that might be tougher. alternatively you can go international and its super easy e.g. plovdiv medical.

the only one who needs to believe in your dream is you. anyone else's opinion is redundant. good luck bro

ur a level subjects are fine, you just gotta land AAA at least. i have no idea about core maths but based on my next generation extreme intelligence inference, getting a better gcse grade is probably easier than core maths. also if you dont get in you can do graduate entry medicine (most commonly done using biomed) but i heard that might be tougher. alternatively you can go international and its super easy e.g. plovdiv medical.

the only one who needs to believe in your dream is you. anyone else's opinion is redundant. good luck bro

As someone who also wants to do medicine, let me tell you 95% of the time they do not care about your GCSE's they are just a steeping stone for your a levels and they will mainly look at your a levels and only if your a levels are really tight in they might look at your gsce's and plus different med schools have different requirement so i would recommend researching into that! And keep chasing your dreams ! grades don't define you ! ( well i suppose if you get a lot of 9's like me they might call you a nerd 🤣) have a great day!

I think you should do bio chem psych and resit gcse maths, it doesn't matter if you do a level maths.

If you need any help regarding gcse maths let me know (i don't want to self advertise but i tutor it).

If you need any help regarding gcse maths let me know (i don't want to self advertise but i tutor it).

Original post by Marisalni

Hi guys,

I have to select if i am doing core maths or an EPQ by this monday, and we had an assembly about it.

I know that because i got a 5 in gcse maths im not expecting to go to any super fancy universities, and my gcse grades weren’t super good (98766653).

Not many people are believing in my dream to pursue medicine, because of my 5 in maths.

Before the assembly i was convinced i was going to take an EPQ, and do it on something medicine based, but he told us about this girl who wanted to go to bath but she needed a grade 7, and she retook gcse maths and got 3 marks off a 7 on her retake, and they recommended her to take core maths, and she didnt and bath didnt let her in, and he said if she had taken core maths they probably would have let her in.

I dont know to the extent of how true this is, but after hearing this i got quite worried- and i asked some science year 13s, they basically told me unis are very black and white, if it says 6 i need a 6, and they wont give me any lenience if i took core maths- therefore they recommended me to take an EPQ.

I spoke to some teachers however and they told me because of the subjects in taking ( chemistry, biology, psychology), that i should take core maths becuase im not taking a level maths.

What i do think is that im going to struggle with core maths, if i got 2 grades under my predicted, and core maths is harder than gcse, how am i expected to get an A or a B in core maths.

Also one teacher told me to reconsider my options becuase of my gcse grades, he told me to do biomed or paramedics instead, and i told some people about what he said and they said that that teacher was wrong- he’s literally a politics teacher..

My point is given all of that information, what am I actually supposed to do? Will i even get into a good university with my gcse grades?

I really want to doo medicine

Thank you for reading up till here

I have to select if i am doing core maths or an EPQ by this monday, and we had an assembly about it.

I know that because i got a 5 in gcse maths im not expecting to go to any super fancy universities, and my gcse grades weren’t super good (98766653).

Not many people are believing in my dream to pursue medicine, because of my 5 in maths.

Before the assembly i was convinced i was going to take an EPQ, and do it on something medicine based, but he told us about this girl who wanted to go to bath but she needed a grade 7, and she retook gcse maths and got 3 marks off a 7 on her retake, and they recommended her to take core maths, and she didnt and bath didnt let her in, and he said if she had taken core maths they probably would have let her in.

I dont know to the extent of how true this is, but after hearing this i got quite worried- and i asked some science year 13s, they basically told me unis are very black and white, if it says 6 i need a 6, and they wont give me any lenience if i took core maths- therefore they recommended me to take an EPQ.

I spoke to some teachers however and they told me because of the subjects in taking ( chemistry, biology, psychology), that i should take core maths becuase im not taking a level maths.

What i do think is that im going to struggle with core maths, if i got 2 grades under my predicted, and core maths is harder than gcse, how am i expected to get an A or a B in core maths.

Also one teacher told me to reconsider my options becuase of my gcse grades, he told me to do biomed or paramedics instead, and i told some people about what he said and they said that that teacher was wrong- he’s literally a politics teacher..

My point is given all of that information, what am I actually supposed to do? Will i even get into a good university with my gcse grades?

I really want to doo medicine

Thank you for reading up till here

Hi I’m in year 13 and not a medicine applicant but just got an A* (58/60) in my EPQ. I think it’s important you research all the med schools you may apply to next year and see their requirements for maths and whether they even accept core maths instead - you may find many aren’t bothered about your 5 and those unis that are you could just avoid applying to, or you may find that most unis do mind but also accept core maths, in which case core maths would be a better choice. However, lots of my friends who took core maths think it was a complete waste of time whereas me and my friends who too EPQ have found it very beneficial and great for our personal statements, so only take core maths if many of the unis you may apply for accept it. However, core maths is much easier than the EPQ process and all my friends described it as ‘the maths in business gcse’ it’s not challenging maths just tax and that sort of thing, so only take EPQ if you’re sure it will help you - med schools don’t give reduced grades for As in EPQ so you’ll have to debate whether it’s worth the whole process purely to just boost your personal statement.

Original post by relativq

a lot of medical schools accept resits. some of them accept grade 5 maths.

ur a level subjects are fine, you just gotta land AAA at least. i have no idea about core maths but based on my next generation extreme intelligence inference, getting a better gcse grade is probably easier than core maths. also if you dont get in you can do graduate entry medicine (most commonly done using biomed) but i heard that might be tougher. alternatively you can go international and its super easy e.g. plovdiv medical.

the only one who needs to believe in your dream is you. anyone else's opinion is redundant. good luck bro

ur a level subjects are fine, you just gotta land AAA at least. i have no idea about core maths but based on my next generation extreme intelligence inference, getting a better gcse grade is probably easier than core maths. also if you dont get in you can do graduate entry medicine (most commonly done using biomed) but i heard that might be tougher. alternatively you can go international and its super easy e.g. plovdiv medical.

the only one who needs to believe in your dream is you. anyone else's opinion is redundant. good luck bro

Got a similar situiation. my maths and science grades are amazing but got a 5 in English slang but for the uni I wanna go they ask for a 6. is there anything I can do. I do supercurricular stuff like loads of research papers that I can reference in a personal statemtn in hopes to show I'm not bad at english. Note: they don't accept resits grades

Original post by IsaYas84

Got a similar situiation. my maths and science grades are amazing but got a 5 in English slang but for the uni I wanna go they ask for a 6. is there anything I can do. I do supercurricular stuff like loads of research papers that I can reference in a personal statemtn in hopes to show I'm not bad at english. Note: they don't accept resits grades

It depends on the uni but unlikely someunis look at lit instead but that is rare

Original post by Marisalni

Hi guys,

I have to select if i am doing core maths or an EPQ by this monday, and we had an assembly about it.

I know that because i got a 5 in gcse maths im not expecting to go to any super fancy universities, and my gcse grades weren’t super good (98766653).

Not many people are believing in my dream to pursue medicine, because of my 5 in maths.

Before the assembly i was convinced i was going to take an EPQ, and do it on something medicine based, but he told us about this girl who wanted to go to bath but she needed a grade 7, and she retook gcse maths and got 3 marks off a 7 on her retake, and they recommended her to take core maths, and she didnt and bath didnt let her in, and he said if she had taken core maths they probably would have let her in.

I dont know to the extent of how true this is, but after hearing this i got quite worried- and i asked some science year 13s, they basically told me unis are very black and white, if it says 6 i need a 6, and they wont give me any lenience if i took core maths- therefore they recommended me to take an EPQ.

I spoke to some teachers however and they told me because of the subjects in taking ( chemistry, biology, psychology), that i should take core maths becuase im not taking a level maths.

What i do think is that im going to struggle with core maths, if i got 2 grades under my predicted, and core maths is harder than gcse, how am i expected to get an A or a B in core maths.

Also one teacher told me to reconsider my options becuase of my gcse grades, he told me to do biomed or paramedics instead, and i told some people about what he said and they said that that teacher was wrong- he’s literally a politics teacher..

My point is given all of that information, what am I actually supposed to do? Will i even get into a good university with my gcse grades?

I really want to doo medicine

Thank you for reading up till here

I have to select if i am doing core maths or an EPQ by this monday, and we had an assembly about it.

I know that because i got a 5 in gcse maths im not expecting to go to any super fancy universities, and my gcse grades weren’t super good (98766653).

Not many people are believing in my dream to pursue medicine, because of my 5 in maths.

Before the assembly i was convinced i was going to take an EPQ, and do it on something medicine based, but he told us about this girl who wanted to go to bath but she needed a grade 7, and she retook gcse maths and got 3 marks off a 7 on her retake, and they recommended her to take core maths, and she didnt and bath didnt let her in, and he said if she had taken core maths they probably would have let her in.

I dont know to the extent of how true this is, but after hearing this i got quite worried- and i asked some science year 13s, they basically told me unis are very black and white, if it says 6 i need a 6, and they wont give me any lenience if i took core maths- therefore they recommended me to take an EPQ.

I spoke to some teachers however and they told me because of the subjects in taking ( chemistry, biology, psychology), that i should take core maths becuase im not taking a level maths.

What i do think is that im going to struggle with core maths, if i got 2 grades under my predicted, and core maths is harder than gcse, how am i expected to get an A or a B in core maths.

Also one teacher told me to reconsider my options becuase of my gcse grades, he told me to do biomed or paramedics instead, and i told some people about what he said and they said that that teacher was wrong- he’s literally a politics teacher..

My point is given all of that information, what am I actually supposed to do? Will i even get into a good university with my gcse grades?

I really want to doo medicine

Thank you for reading up till here

Hey I was in a similar sit last year If you have to do one epq for medicine core maths wouldnt work for that many unis and as u said yoou would need an A for it to have an impact there are still some unis that u can apply to with a 5 if you want I can dm you and we can talk about it I have really similar gcses to you

Original post by Marisalni

I have to select if i am doing core maths or an EPQ by this monday, and we had an assembly about it.

I know that because i got a 5 in gcse maths im not expecting to go to any super fancy universities, and my gcse grades weren’t super good (98766653).

Not many people are believing in my dream to pursue medicine, because of my 5 in maths.

Before the assembly i was convinced i was going to take an EPQ, and do it on something medicine based, but he told us about this girl who wanted to go to bath but she needed a grade 7, and she retook gcse maths and got 3 marks off a 7 on her retake, and they recommended her to take core maths, and she didnt and bath didnt let her in, and he said if she had taken core maths they probably would have let her in.

I dont know to the extent of how true this is, but after hearing this i got quite worried- and i asked some science year 13s, they basically told me unis are very black and white, if it says 6 i need a 6, and they wont give me any lenience if i took core maths- therefore they recommended me to take an EPQ.

I spoke to some teachers however and they told me because of the subjects in taking ( chemistry, biology, psychology), that i should take core maths becuase im not taking a level maths.

What i do think is that im going to struggle with core maths, if i got 2 grades under my predicted, and core maths is harder than gcse, how am i expected to get an A or a B in core maths.

Also one teacher told me to reconsider my options becuase of my gcse grades, he told me to do biomed or paramedics instead, and i told some people about what he said and they said that that teacher was wrong- he’s literally a politics teacher..

My point is given all of that information, what am I actually supposed to do? Will i even get into a good university with my gcse grades?

I really want to doo medicine

Thank you for reading up till here

If y don’t mind me asking what did you get the grade 6s in and the grade 3 ?

Original post by aditya nair12344

As someone who also wants to do medicine, let me tell you 95% of the time they do not care about your GCSE's they are just a steeping stone for your a levels and they will mainly look at your a levels and only if your a levels are really tight in they might look at your gsce's and plus different med schools have different requirement so i would recommend researching into that! And keep chasing your dreams ! grades don't define you ! ( well i suppose if you get a lot of 9's like me they might call you a nerd 🤣) have a great day!

This is 100% not the case. Many med schools score GCSEs for medicine and many more need a minimum of a 6 in maths and Eng Lang

Maybe re take maths ?

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