03 September 2009

GCSE Results and University Requirements for Medicine

*UPDATED FOR 2012 ENTRY*

IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOU HAVE "GOOD" ENOUGH GCSE'S - SEE THIS POST: http://youngwannabedoctor.blogspot.com/2012/01/bad-gcse-results-and-getting-into.html

Well many 16 year olds (or possibly 15 year olds if you are one of the unlucky few born very late in August) will have recently received their GCSE results.
Mine are pretty damn good, YAY!!

However as this a blog about all things needed for getting into medical school, I'll give you guys a heads up about what you will have needed to get into different Medical Schools.

Okay so the best of the best require mainly A*'s, this includes Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bristol (obviously others are good, they just haven't specified GCSE grades). However not everyone is pumping out straight A*'s and many Universities don't see them as a requirement, so I'll do it in alphabetical order.

Aberdeen = All A/B passes expected, especially in the Sciences. C passes in English and Maths. Biology and Physics as seperate subjects are looked upon favourably.
Barts = Minimum requirement of AAABBB in Maths, science and English.
Birmingham = At least 8 A*'s (notice the "at least" meaning your competition will probably have more than 8) This year (2011 entry) most of the applicants who received offers had 9/10 A*'s
Brighton and Sussex = High grades expected with B's in English and Maths, however candidates with low grades are considered if your AS's results are very good
Bristol = 5 subjects at grade A/A* including Maths, English and 2 sciences
Cambridge = lots of A*'s... need I say more? However if your AS UMS marks are exceptional, your GCSE grades matter less
Cardiff = A minimum of 9 grade B's. B's needed in English and Maths, AA needed in additional science, and AAB for separate sciences
Dundee = A good pass in Biology... I assume this too mean an A or above, Dundee is one of the top medical schools, so even though they don't specify on GCSE results, you can bet your competition will have a lot of A*'s
Durham = A minimum of 5 subjects at grade C, to include Maths, English and the sciences
East Anglia = 6 subjects with at least grade A including the core subjects (core subjects = English and Maths)
Edinburgh = 8-11 A*'s, with at least B's in core subjects (average applicant has 6 A*'s - the ones who get in have above 8 A*'s)
Glasgow = A's in English and the sciences
Hull York = At least 6 subjects at grade C, A's in the Maths and English, B's in the sciences
Imperial = AAABBB in Maths, English and the sciences
Keele = Grade A in a minimum of 4 subjects, and B's in English, Maths and the sciences
Kings College London = Grade B in English and Maths if not offered at AS/A2 level
Lancaster = A minimum of 9 GCSE's at grade C. Lancaster has a points based system, with A*/A = 2 and a B=1, you need at least 15 points - which essentially translates to AAAAAABBB. Maths, English and the sciences need to all be at grade B.
Leeds = B's in English, Maths and the sciences with a range of good grades, this presumably means nothing below a B and certainly no fail grades
Leicester = GCSE requirements are not specified but are "taken into consideration" - aim high
Liverpool = At least B's in the core subjects and sciences, and a scoring system. A*/A = 2 and B = 1, in this scoring system you need at least 15 points. Which works out as mainly A/B's in all subjects (AAAAAABBB)
Manchester = At least 7 subjects at grade C or above, at least 5 at A/A*. A minimum of B for English language. A minimum of grade C for Physics and Biology
Newcastle = A's in the sciences, and a minimum of 5 passes (I'm quite surprised by the relatively low grades, seeing as Newcastle is another good Medical school, so do expect most other applicants to have higher grades than this)
Nottingham = Grade A in the sciences and at least 6 subjects
Oxford = Minimum Grade A in the sciences, minimum 8A*'s
Peninsula = Grade C in at least 7 subjects
Queen's Belfast = Uses a point scoring system, 4 points for an A*, 3 for an A etc. Makes competition quite high because all GCSE results are taken into account in the final point adding
RFUCMS = B's in core subjects and from 2012 a language will be required
Sheffield = At least 6 A grades required and B's in core subjects
Southampton = Minimum of B in 7 subjects, including Maths, English and the sciences
St. Andrews = B's in core subjects and the sciences
St. Georges = Minimum of 8 subjects. A's in maths, English and the sciences. A B is needed for English language.
UCL = Minimum requirements are a B in English and Maths, and a modern foreign language for 2012 entry - however UCL uses GCSE's as an indicator of academic abilities, so most applicants will have a high percentage of A*'s
There are three things to consider while looking over these requirements;
  1. If you are from a comprehensive school Universities expect you to have worse GCSE's than those from Public/Private schools, or they at least make more compensations for an applicant if they have done very badly. So comprehensive students don't worry too much if you haven't done great, and private students better pull your socks up if you haven't got mainly A/A*'s.
  2. Many good universities haven't specified GCSE grades, but believe me, these required grades are low. In times of recession applications for vocational courses such as Teaching and Medicine always go up, and the number of university applications generally go up, meaning a lot more competition, you need to be aiming for high and above minimum requirement grades if you are really serious about studying medicine.
Anyway I hope everyone did great and that the above information is helpful rather than depressing!!

Good Luck with Sixth Form!
Tanith


163 comments:

  1. wowww this is very insiteful tanith, i had no idea you had such a nice blog :) <33 see you tomorrow dear!

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  2. This is really helpfull. I know that Leeds Uni has a extrenuating circumstance, with the gcse grades if your school falls behind 45%. As my comp produces 22% i think i fit into this bracket :) I know that when studying medicine they are all assesed by the GMC (General Medical Council) This meaning that no uni when studying medicine is better than another. There are different types of courses, like the PBL (Problem Based Learning) or the more academic courses like at Oxbridge where you dont have contact with a single patient untill your 3rd year ! :S So really when deciding, its not the rep of the uni that counts its the accomodation, night life etc

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  3. thanks for yor help i found it useful howeveri do have a question....what GCSE subjects shouls i take if i want to become a doctor?
    i would really appriciate it if you replies and helped me because i am in y8 and quite puzzled

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  4. i got 2a*s 3as 4bs 1c and 1d and am slightly dissapointed do you think i will still be okey to do medicine as i am taking chem bio maths r.e and sociology for a level and am predicted a's?

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    1. Random guy, I got 4a*s 3a's 2b's and 2c's I was extremely happy with my results and I am going to Sheffield University doing Medicine- If you fail a silly subject (i like calling it that) etc; German or Woodwork which isn't relevant towards your academic subjects such as biology and chemistry chin up and keep trying

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  5. okay thanks i was kinda getting really worried about it! :) e

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  6. I would really like to know what subjects I should take for my GCSE s to go into medicine, especially medicine because it is something i have an interest in. I'm predicting I would probably get a C or B in maths but all As in physics, chemistry, bio, geography, ict and art but maths is my weakness. Could you please, please tell me whether a C-B grade in maths for Gcse would be an entry into medical school?
    Thankyou,
    p.s. i would also want to know what exact grades you need to get into a popular university.
    At the moment I am only in year nine attending a private school , British International school. I will look forward to ur reply thanku!

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  7. I posted some comments (questions) on the 21st of October 18:20 but there is no reply. I would appreciate if you can reply quickly
    Thankyou,
    A person needed to know about medicine

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  8. So that means I definetley need to achieve a B grade in maths if I want to go into a popular colled e.g. Oxford, Cambridge?
    but thanku for the other info I was asking for!

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    1. How are you lowlife if you want to have a good career? Your a Lowlife if you are a stupid scavenger robbing stuff cause you have no literate purpose in life

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  9. But if I don't achieve a B grade in Maths and achieve a C grade in it will I still be able to do medicine and become a doctor is it possible,
    Thanks :D

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  10. When you say Barts need 6 good GCSE's, what is good? C and above? Or only A* and A grades?

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  11. hey i was wondering if i could get into medicine with a C grade in science but i have 3 A*s 7 As 2 Bs in my other subjects.

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  12. what university would you say that is suitable for me as i have a C grade in scence and maths. Do you think i should do resits to get a grade B?

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  13. Hi I wanted to ask you is work experience in any hospitals really good for a medical university entries?
    for example if i do work experience for 2 weeks in an emergency department or urology department?
    thanks

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  14. Hi there,
    I just wanted to ask does westiminister university accept students with one-two C grades??
    Thanks!

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  15. I am in y6 and want to start looking for options early. I am a level 5a student in maths,science and English. do you think I could take Core science AQA and OCR GATEWAY in yr9 and be an A* student in both subjects
    Thanks! Pls answer quickly

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  16. Hey would 3 A* 5 A and 2B be ok for gcse's or should i not bother?

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  17. iv got 3 B's and under additional science i got an A for Biology and the rest of my grades at a C would i be able to make it as a doctor and getr into university and i live in Leicester

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  18. i got to try really harder than before,,, i just started worrying about my grades,, :(

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  19. im predicted all A*'s at GCSE and want a career as a doctor and was wondering which University would you consider to be the best one
    thx

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  20. thx alot, this really helped!

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  21. Hi im currrently in yr 10 and i done my core science and recieved an B for biology and C for chemsitry however i was thinking of retaking the C in yr11. i attended a private school since yr 7 then moved to a public school . I am in triple science however is it better to do triple science or to do double as what if you dont do as well in triple as you could of in additional? and do extra curricular activities really help. and your blogs extremely helpful but there havent been any recent comments ? thank youu

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  22. o sorry i meant as well as double science

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  23. fuk u lowlife nerdy shitz lool ;)

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  24. Hey, super blog. Can i just ask what GCSEs did you get? Also what did uou get for your AS results and overall for A levels, along with the work experience you had done. Thanks.

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  25. This has really helped me alot and well done on getting all those awesome grades! ... anyway best get revising for my last GCSE exam - resitting physics core but i didnt get told about it xD

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  26. hi i am in Year 10 and are so far getting Bs in my triple scenice, A in ChildDevelopment Studies, B in RE, B and A in English, B in French, A/A* in ICT, A* in Drama, A in Catering and A in Maths,
    Im planning on doing Biology, Chemistry and Maths at College,
    Are these good grades or should i just give up trying to be a Doctor alltogether?
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated :)

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  27. HEYYY... Do you reckon Oxford mainly focuses on the GCSE's or the A levels?
    I am in year 10... currently taking GCSE triple scince, GCSE Drama and sociology as my options alongside with the compolsury subjects. What are the expected GCSE's for medicine (minimum & maximum). Can you please go into depth...:):):) thank you very muchh :):)

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  28. Hi im currrently in yr 10 and i done my core science and recieved an B for biology and C for chemsitry however i was thinking of retaking the C in yr11. i attended a private school since yr 7 then moved to a public school . I am in triple science however is it better to do triple science or to do double as what if you dont do as well in triple as you could of in additional? and do extra curricular activities really help. and your blogs extremely helpful but there havent been any recent comments ? thank youu

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  29. Hey im currently in year 10, going to start year 11. When do u think i should seriously begin my revision for gcse? My mocks are in Jan and my real gcse's are in may/june. Also do universities overseas emphasize more on gcse or a levels? CHEERS

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  30. I got an A in Biology, high B's in Chemistry and Physics, A* in Maths, A in English Language and a B in Literature and have 2C's, and the rest are B's or either distinctions (which is equivalent to A/A*'s). I got 4 A*'s in Maths, Chemistry, Psychology and Biology. Have loads of work experience and have been volunteering at a hospital. And I really want to apply to Kings, UCL, Imperial and Queen Mary;s for medicine, do you think I have a chance, please answer back.

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  31. Hi i have just picked up my GCSes I go to a school in Blackpool pass rates are pretty low something like 38% get 5A*-C in my year I got An A* and an A in english, an a in maths and 2 As in double science. This with more 6A*s 2Bs and 2Cs Would i still be eligable for medicine courses at uni?

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  32. I really want to do medicine I had 6A's 3Bs and 1 C and, is that ok? hopefully I will try and achieve all A*s in a-levels.

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  33. I'm Ihsan i'm worried whether i can't do medicine i got 2A's and 5B's and 4C's will it be possible at least for me to be considered my the medical universities.

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  34. Just Joking I had 12 A*'s and 3 A's And for A-Levels I had 2 A*'s and 1 A. I will definetly get into to any job and any university.

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    1. How were u abel to fit your time with your education? i mean what time did u volunteer in hospital. and can u please write what u had to do in the hospital and other work exp.

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  35. Excellent you quite clearly have the potential to progress in the medicine route.
    Fantastic just focus on you career solidly and hopefully you will become a doctor.

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  36. Hi, i'm going into year ten this year and really want to be a doctor. My school did a three year gcse course so i have already been working towards them for a year now. I'm doing triple science, Maths, English + english lit, Philosophy, French, History, Psychology, Music and food technology. Im predicted A*'s and A's in them but im worried i may have chosen some of the wrong things as i was younger than most when i chose them. What do you think? I havent done any volunteering yet either and am already 15, how old do you have to be to volunteer in a medical environment?
    thanks

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  37. Well as i have worked in many medical fields you required to work at the age of 16 however , your devotion can lead you to do anything. You can try re-arranging voluntary work in hospitals now if you are committed. Nothing is impossible as long as you have dedication, commitment and great loyalty.

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  38. I am currently in year 11 at a state school. The school teaches AQA science and after recently receiving B,A*,B (retaking B's) in 1a(Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and A*, A*, A in 1b and getting an overall grade A in Core science I was wondering whether these scores would be high enough to get into a top university (along with extra-curricular, charity work + work experience)to study medicine. In my other subjects I am predicted majority A*'s and a couple of A's so I would quite like to know if anyone has any advice. Thanks

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  39. I am currently studying in year 12 and just casually worrying about uni :|
    I'm studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Mechanics and French..
    I got an A* in maths at GCSE, and A in additional and an A in core science. Unfortunately, I got a C in English language. Would it be still possible for me to do medicine if I work extremely hard and get AAAA at AS Level?

    I'd really like your advice.
    Thanks

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  40. I'm currently i yr 1. I got 8A and 2A*'s at GCSE and am taking physics,chemistry, biology and history As/A-levels, where I'm predicted all A's at As. I would love to go to a uni like Imperial or Nottingham, do you think i have a chance?

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  41. im in yr 9 and i have 2 chose my GCSE options early so that im more prepared for my Gcse's im taking triple sci ,business,computing and tought about taking a foreign language french or spanish because apparently you have to is this true because if not id rather take re and citizenship full course HELPPPP
    lool:);)

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  42. I have currently started yr 10 and have gone to a private school all my life ( including primary) this is why I think that my predicted grades are terrible due to the exquisite background I'm from with both of my parents as doctors too!! i am predicted an A* and A in all my subjects, but english!! i have never been good in english and it's just one of those subjects that you keep trying but can't really revise. Unfortunately I am crossing between a high C and a low B. I really want to get into medical school,so are there any universities that would accpet me. On a further note, if I chose to re-take english, would universities look down on me, as I heard that they can now see how many times and whether a person has retaken any subjects.

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  43. This is the same person as above btw. Do you know any good english tutors, as unfortunately, I have also moved schools this year and we are on a syllabus which only has 30% coursework, as opposed to 60% in my old school? And is there any particular extra curricular activities I should do, as at the moment I don't do many - I just take piano lessons, but would like to do more extra curricular activities. Can I do any work experience at 14? And finally( sorry ) is there any good websites or textbooks for building vocabulary and preparing you for GCSE english papers.

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  44. Yes, I also have similar problems to that. I am only struggling with GCSE english language. I try and read books now and again, but don't really have much time anymore. Is there any other way, websites or tutors you would know of? I see there is a delay in replying to your last blog, so please could you reply ASAP, as there is not a lot of time until my exam. I release that I have left things too late,but I am desperate and every little counts.

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  45. (Sorry, I put release when I meant realise)

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  46. Alright so I see you're very popular. So to avoid confusion with others, I'm person D.

    So basically I'm doing 13 GCSE's and I need some advice on A levels. The choices I'm considering are Biology, Chemistry, English Lit and Psychology. Now I know there are only two sciences, so would only doing two bar me from any universities? Also I hear Psychology isn't a good choice but it's something I'm interested in and I thought it would compliment Biology.

    Oh and of course I'm aiming to do medicine. At Oxbridge if possible

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  47. Wanna Be Doctor 2 :P5 December 2011 19:13

    I applied to this sixth form college and I have noo idea what to choose since there are 3 types of AS Maths and there is no information on those different courses. I really want to become a Doctor, but I'm getting B's only although on my ICA i got an A. There is Maths (Mechanics), Maths (Statistics) and Further Mathematics, which one is required to become an eligible doctor? Or can you do any of those 3 types of Maths as long as you have a A Level Maths qualification? Pleaseeee reply x

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  48. Hi I am in year 11 and at my school we started our GCSEs in year 9 so I already have 4a's in English, maths, core science and additional science, a b in English literature and 2 c's in French and art. I'm doing more subjects this year (including triple science) and a few others which I am predicted a/a*. Do you think the 2c's that I have will affect my chances of studying medicine? And when do you think is the best time to start some work experience?

    Thanks a lot x

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  49. where can i do medicine work experience at 14 yrs old

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  50. please reply quickly :(

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  51. Wow - this blog is really informative! I really have learnt a lot xD

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  52. Tanith, your blog is seriously amazing - you must be one of those TOP geniuses! Hope everything goes well for you and you achieve what you dream...

    Cheryl, Bedford

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  53. Hey, I went to a Grammar school for my GCSE's, but as I had moved into Year 10, that school had already started GCSE's in Year 9, and my year were in their last year of Gcse. They messed up my gcse's pretty bad; stopped teaching some subjects and i had to GCSE physics and some of history and french myself. In Core Sci i got A, Triple Sci ABB, English Lang A, Eng Lit A, Maths B, History B, French B, Business Studies B (cause they messed my coursework :( ), R.E Short Course A and I.C.T 2 A*s. I'm doing bio, chem, history and eng lit for AS Levels, but I was wondering if any uni's would consider me, with enough work exp & good AS grades & good UKCAT? Thanks

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  54. hey i was wondering if i could still do medicine if ive only got 7A's 2B's and a D in spanish at GCSE's and predicted 4A's at AS. Also what would be the best uni's to apply to with these grades

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  55. I am hoping that I get A*/A* in Double Award Science, A* in Maths, at least a B in English Language and Literature, A/A In ICT, A In P.E, and a B in R.E. For my options, C In History, B In french and A In food Technology.

    I'm hoping to go to Liverpool University to study Medicine.

    I am taking Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History at A-Level.

    Will these grades get me into Liverpool University.

    ( A*,A*,A*,A,A,A,A,B,B,B,B,C)

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  56. When i was younger i got involved with a bad group of people and only recently have been motivated to achieve very high grades. Ive heard that a very high UKCAT can help is that true? Ive been practising some tests and ive been getting around 730 is that good?

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  57. Hi there.
    I just got an A* in English, woo! But I'd just like to check if you think my other grades/predicted grades are going to be okay.
    Already achieved -
    A* English
    B Spanish
    A Ex Arts
    Distinction Business Studies BTEC
    Predicted -
    A* Chemistry
    A/A* Physics
    A Biology
    2 x A Maths (I'm doing the pilot)
    A Product Design
    Distinction Level 3 Business
    Merit Level 3 performing Arts

    So it looks likely that I'm going to leave with 3A*s 3As 1B and some equivalents that the universities won't put much weight on. Is that really good enough?
    Also, at A/S I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, English Language and either Physics or History, which one would be best?

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  58. Okay, thanks.
    I'm not taking History, no. But my local college have said that considering my English Lang grade is quite high, I should be able to catch up with everyone else. Thanks for the link!

    Sorry to be nosey but its been 2 years since this was written, so you must be doing A2s now? Have you got any offers?

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  59. Oh dear, sorry to keep spamming you with posts.

    Is it worth doing the extended project? I'm in a state school and the grades I've written above aren't amazing, but I should still apply I think. Would a strong, medically related, extended project put me in a better position, along with extra voluntary work and my work experience, of course.

    I'll leave you alone after this, haha!

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  60. Yes, 1st of Feb is the same person:P
    Thanks for the advice, and best of luck. I'm sure that you'll get in this time!

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  61. Thank YOU so much! :) Good Luck with your future. God Bless You Hahaa

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  62. Thanks so much for the timely update, very much got it at right time!@boseDoctor Job Responsibilities

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  63. Just randomly, is it easier to become a dentist or a doctor?

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  64. Hi I’m in Year 9 and I have to hand in my GCSE options in a week. I have decided to do the following:

    Biology
    Chemistry
    Physics
    Maths
    English Language
    English Literature
    RS
    History
    Geography
    French

    I don't know what to choose for the eleventh one, I am trying to decide between PE and German. I would really like to do PE but is that considered ‘not academic’ and would it spoil my chance of getting into medical school? Thank you for your advice, and your blog is really great!

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  65. I'm so sad that Lancaster focus so heavily on GCSE's, as a 2.1 Graduate I know I am academically capable yet grades from long ago still haunt me.

    I do not have: AAAAAABBB
    I have: A*AAABCCCC

    (A* = English Lit, A English Language, B Maths, CC Double Award Science

    Any advice would be welcome

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  66. Hi great blog...i am in year 11 and have been told by my private school i have slim chance of getting in.Have done most science modules already and have 3 A* unless last modules go badly wrong then predicted A in English Lit/Lang History Maths French ICT and B Geography. Have picked Physics Biology Chemistry and Maths for A level but might swap maths for history or psychology.Would i stand a chance...planning alot of work experience between now and 2014. Any advice

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  67. really amazing blog, This is what i think i will get at GCSE got most grades so far (BIOLGY-A, CHEMISTR-A PYSHICS-A MATHS-AA PSYCHOLOGY-A RE-A ICT-A FRENCH-B HISTORY-B ENGLISH LIT-B ENGLISH LANG-B)

    so thats( A,A,A,A,A,A,A,A,B,B,B,B,B),


    but i am also dyslexic but will uni's not consider this i mean i work pretty damn hard just to achieve a 'decent' grade, all my B's in sbjcts have struggeled with them because of my dyslexia, will medichal schools not consider this :(?

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  68. Hello There, I was just wondering...
    I go to a private school which is a totally messed up school with only 29% A*-C Pass rates, I'm diligently working towards securing A* but however I'm doing all these exams by a linear exam format introduced by the government recently and I'm afraid it'll affect these grades....
    I'm predicted (A*,A*,A*,A,A,A,A,A,B)
    Would Birmingham consider me as a possible student??
    Reply soon :)

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  69. March 19th: I'm afraid Birmingham wouldn't consider you, you need at least 8 A*'s for an interview, I'm sorry about that.

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  70. March 17th: I think it depends on how severe your dyslexia is; unfortunately if it is severe enough to count as extenuating circumstances, the school should have already put in measures in to help you (extra time, laptop etc) so therefore your performance shouldnt have been impeeded? If that makes sense, because you have advantages other students don't. If you think it has affected your grades Then definately mention it on your personal statement.
    I do know medics with dyslexia but they've all achieved the same grades as everyone else. Im sorry I'm sure this isn't what you wanted to hear, BUT I'm sure if the rest of your application is very good then you will get interviews, just apply very wisely!!

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  71. Hi I’m in Year 9 and I have to hand in my GCSE options in a week. I have decided to do the following:

    Biology
    Chemistry
    Physics
    Maths
    English Language
    English Literature
    RS
    History
    Geography
    French

    I don't know what to choose for the eleventh one, I am trying to decide between PE and German. I would really like to do PE but is that considered ‘not academic’ and would it spoil my chance of getting into medical school? Thank you for your advice, and your blog is really great!

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  72. 19th March= Either would be fine to be honest, do whichever you can get the best grades in.
    GCSE's are more about the grades than the subjects for Universities, and you are already taking a MFL so that ensures you can apply to all places (i.e. UCL which I think now request it.
    Good luck with the coming years

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  73. This worries me alot ive only got 4 A*'s but 8 A's and i feel like an idiot. I want to be a doctor but decided late an im going to have to apply later this year so need lots of experience. Where would u recommend applying to as ive heard there is still so much competition in the bad universities. Can all A's and above back up a only 33% A*'s in universities like oxford and cambridge, i got 6 A*'s 3 A's 3 B's and a C in the mock and i fell like they were better than what i actually got. The problem is that in the real exams just a few modules let me down in each subject like in latin 3 a*'S and a B but only an A overall and in business studies 2 A*'s and a B and an A overal,l also was was 1 ums off in chemistry. Im taking spanish maths biology and chemistry this year and just hoping for the best. One last thing how do universities view grammar schools in respect to gcse grades

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  74. Hi my Gcse grades were not very good, came to the country late will universities consider me for medicine?

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  75. I got 10A*'s but a C in English is this ok?

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    1. It will probably restrict where you can apply, if you look above many Unis require an A or B in English.
      Apply very wisely and good luck!

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  76. I am just about to do my gcses this summer and have been predicted 7/8 a*s but am slightly worried the very top unis will ask for more than this, and i will only have 10 full gcses overall and two short courses so i guess what im asking is will this be enough?!
    (I'm taking bio chem geog english and critical thinking at a level, but was also wondering if psychology was still viewed as "soft" by many top unis?) thanks

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    1. Do you go to a private school or a comprehensive?

      7/8 A*'s and 3/4 A's I'm assuming?
      Short courses only count as half a GCSE.
      So you are doing 11 GCSE's in total.

      If by top Unis you mean Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL, Edinburgh and Birmingham - no you would probably not be okay for these Universities - many other applications will have 11/10 A*'s.
      Psychology isn't really considered "soft" but you should definitely get an A in it. At Birmingham, it is required that you get all A's at AS if you doing Psychology.
      The A-Levels you are taking sound good, but remember that Critical Thinking isn't considered by many Unis as a subject :)

      Good luck!

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  77. I am currently doing my GCSEs and I study at a state school, I'm in my final year and I'm predicted 50/50 A/A*, and so far so good, I already have an A* in italian and Maths and I'm taking Maths and the three Science for A-level. Am I on the right path?

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  78. Hey , I got 5 A stars 6 A's and 1 B should this be enough to get into the easier universities if i get A A A at A level.

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  79. Is it possible to get into med school even if you get a D in spanish but the rest are As and A stars.

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  80. do you really need to get a lot of A*? Would 10As not be enough?

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  81. i am worried that i am not going to get accepted in medicin, all my grades are ok

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  82. Define 'ok'?? If your grades are fine why are you worried?????

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  83. what kinda chance do you think ive got of getting into a uni for medicine, with 3A* 7As and 2Bs? im going into sixth form next year taking biology, chemistry, psychology and geography. and i go to private school. im also planning on doing voluntary work this summer in medical areas :)

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  84. i was wondering what my chances are of getting into leeds university with these GCSEs assuming i get all As at a level with biology chemistry and history.
    i am currently applying for some work experience and have already done past volunteer work at my local hospital.

    Maths-A/A*
    English language-A/B
    English literature-A/B
    History-A/A*
    Biology-A/A*
    Chemistry-A/A*
    Physics-A/A*
    PE-A/A*
    RE-A/A*
    ICT-A/A*
    Resistant materials-A/A*
    French-A/B

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  85. omg 9 A* U GENIUS!!!

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  86. mate you can go wherever you want with those kinda gcses :p so jealous

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  87. if my mother language is not english, can i just have a c in english to get into UCL, ive got a* in maths and sciences

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  88. Hi

    My GCSE grades are atrocious, I got 1 A 2Bs and 4Cs...

    I know it goes against all rational, to honestly believe that I 'will' get into medicine, but I had circumstances(3 years of undiognosed Bi-Polar), which greatly affected my education and life.

    I am predicted to get A*AAA with the A* in chemistry at AS-level, and I have over 45 hours of voluntary and work experience time.

    My Ardour and passion for medicine greatly exceeds my 'setbacks' and I still believe that I can do it.

    I Understand that what you say, by no way represents what A med school might think (no offence) but perhaps you can give me some advice?

    I'm laughing right now at just how pathetic I sound, but I'm just so worried.

    Please do reply


    Jonathan

    PS: Congrats on med school acceptance, you must be chuffed. which one are you going to?

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  89. In your blog you have mentioned that Peninsula requires a grade C in at least 7 subjects (which my predicted grades show I have already obtained). They have said to me that they do not give preferences to those with higher grades.I was wondering would I need to do something else to beat the competition of getting into this medical school?
    Such as work experience or how much you want to be a Doctor?
    Please reply thank you!

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  90. Hi I am sending off my applications in September, I am applying as a home student.I have met most of the criteria for these medical schools with the exception of English I have a got a grade C instead of a B. I am really worried that even if I do meet or exceed their requirements at AS I wont even be looked at just because of 13 stupid marks (which separated me from a B). Is there ANYTHING at all i can do about it which would still allow me to be considered while still entering medical school by september 2013?
    please help i am panicking my socks off and i need a straight answer.

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  91. Which medical school have you gotten into? Also which unis did you apply to?

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  92. just got my gcse results....

    maths A*
    Biology A*
    History A*
    ICT A*
    ICT second B
    Chemistry A
    Physics A
    English Literature A
    English Language A
    Design Technology A
    Physical education B
    Religious studies B
    French B

    are these good enough for leeds university?
    what universities should i be looking at if i get all As at A level? i have already done a few weeks of work experience shadowing a doctor and at a pharmacy. I am applying for volunteer work and will get alot more work experience by the time i am ready to apply.

    Is it possible if i work really hard throughout my A levels?

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  93. Hi I just got my GCSE results and was wondering whether I could still apply for Medicine. I got 4A*s, 3As and 3Bs, I'm from a private school and am worried that my results arent good enough. Any advice would be much appreciated!

    I got A* in Maths and English Language, A in Chemistry and Physics but B in biology.

    - Aisha

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    1. yes your fine, just check requirements of the universities and check how high they rate GCSEs. You can make up for poor GCSEs by doing well in A levels and UKCAT/BMAT which will show your passion for medicine

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    2. Thank you SOO much for replying :)

      - Aisha

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  94. Hi I Have just got my results

    Maths A*
    Chemistry A*
    Biology A*
    Physics A*
    English Lang A*
    Geography A*
    RE A*
    History A
    English lit A
    DT A
    French A
    Statistics A

    Are these results ok for most unis? Except Oxbridge, imperial and Birmingham?

    I go to a top school too - does this matter?

    Thank you - any replies would be great

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    1. depends how you do in your A levels, personal statement, UKCAT/BMAT, reference

      GCSEs are sometimes the last thing they look at to determine between candidates for an interviewDepends what university you apply to

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    2. Thanks I think I can do better at a level than gcse's because I am doing subjects I like. I would really like to get into Newcastle but I'm unsure if those grades are good enough.

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    3. dont know why you would be worried, only people who dont get an A* should be worried tbh. There are many people who apply with hardly any A*s but still get in. GCSEs is 1/6 of your application ( A levels, personal statement, reference, BMAT/UKCAT) so you should be more worried how you do at A level

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  95. Hello!
    I need help on what Universities I should apply too. Just finished my AS's and will send off my application soon.

    GCSEs: 6A* 4A
    AS: AAAA in Chem, Bio, Maths, Econ (not dropping)
    **I got 90 UMS for Maths and Econ, 92 for Chem and 93 for Bio, so I have heard this might determine whether I apply to Uni's that favour UMS**

    UKCAT:720
    BMAT: Haven't done it. Should I?

    I have done tons and tons of work experience and Volunteering at literally everywhere! Lol. So I have managed to make an interesting PS...

    I want to know what the best unis I can apply to are. And what is the best combination of 4 uni's.

    THANKS!!
    Alan :)

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  96. just got my gcse results....

    maths A*
    Biology A*
    History A*
    ICT A*
    ICT second B
    Chemistry A
    Physics A
    English Literature A
    English Language A
    Design Technology A
    Physical education B
    Religious studies B
    French B

    are these good enough for leeds university?
    what universities should i be looking at if i get all As at A level? i have already done a few weeks of work experience shadowing a doctor and at a pharmacy. I am applying for volunteer work and will get alot more work experience by the time i am ready to apply.

    Is it possible if i work really hard throughout my A levels?

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  97. I'm going into yr 11 I have got a c in science c in Maths b in English b in re b I geography c in textiles a pass in my ict I no I'm not very smart but is there any chance of me getting into university of yes then which one thank you it blog is great I no my results are atrocious but I want to be a doctor

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  98. hey,i had my results back and i got..
    A* in Re
    A* in history
    A* in art
    A in chemistry
    A in welsh
    A in both English (lang and in literature)
    A in child development
    B in biology
    B in physics
    B in French
    B in maths (which i am resiting)
    i did triple award in science,
    i am also now studing physics, biology, chemistry, history, and psychology at As level,
    do you think i would be able to get into a university to studing medicine? my dream one would be the imperial in london to study medical science, do you think my grades would be good enough or do you need higher? thankyouu.. :)

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  99. hi :)
    is 8As and 4Bs not good enough for the top unis like cambridge imperial and ucl
    thanks

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  100. good evening Tanith,or whoever else replies to my comment on this blog... i am currently in year 9 at my local high school and i am very interested in creating a career for myself in the medical sector... hopefully a specialized doctor. very soon i will be choosing my options and i am asking if you have any suggestions towards what will be the best route for me to take. also I am working towards a good standard of GCSE's to get access into my local grammar school for my A-Levels to fulfill my needs to success in this career. After that i am hoping to attend a university, which has a good rating.I suppose i will leave the university until a later date, due to the fact that that is at least 4 to 5 years away... a reply would be much appreciated.
    thank you for taking your time to read this, it means alot.

    Ross.

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  101. Hi Tanith, I am currently studing for my as-levels which are Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Business.
    For my GCSEs I had: 6A*s(all in btecs), 4As and 5Bs
    I wanted to study medicine at Birmingham Uni but looking at the GCSE requirements I'm not sure if my Btecs will count! Do you think I have a chance or should I look elsewhere?

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  102. hi im in high school and i did btec in science instead of GCSE will i be able to do it in college and do chemistry because i want to be a pharmacist
    in btec im getting distinction (A) and A's in all other subjects thankyou

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  103. will 7/8 A's and 4 B's be sufficient????

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  104. hi im in yr.9 at secondary school. I really wanted to be a doctor-seriously! all my GCSE'S are B or above, is this enough to get a MBChB in medicine to be a doctor? I think soon i'll be picking my options and work harder to get high grades than this. but if I got grades of B or above anyway in GCSE is this enough to get into medical school? is this possible. reply ASAP!many thanks sam!

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    1. You will need more then all B's. Aim for A*/As

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  105. Hi I got 2A*s, 7As and 2Bs and would really like to study medicine at Leicester University mainly. I am predicted As for AS-level, and I play music and sport a lot, and have done work experience. would this be sufficient?

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  106. Hi, I really want to study medicine. But I don't think my GCSE grades are strong enough;
    Maths: B
    English Language : C (Not sure if to retake)
    Core Science : C
    Additional Science : B
    Business : A*A* (distinction *)
    ICT: AA (distinction)
    Product Design : B
    RE: B
    Work Skills : CC (pass - got dragged into doing which I didn't want to do)

    Which medical schools don't put great emphasis on GCSE results? - Any comments/suggestions welcome.

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  107. hi im In yr 11 ive got all 3 a's and the rest b's except maths I have a c can I still get into medicine if yes which unis I live In London and for a levels I am planning to choose biology chemistry English and psychology

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    1. You probably won't get in with a C in Maths, you will need to re-sit it.

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  108. Hello, Can I just ask even though I go to a grammar school do you think I can apply with 3A* 6A 2B ?

    Thank you

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    1. http://youngwannabedoctor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/bad-gcse-results-and-getting-into.html

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  109. hiyaa i'm in y9 i'm thinking of becoming a doctor but i'm unsure if i'm academically going to be smart enough what should i do?


    Thanks

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    1. Um. Right well work hard, see what youre predicted grades

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  110. Heeya.
    I really want to study medicine,I'm In year eleven and my predicted grades are as follows:
    Biology:A
    Chemistry:A
    Physics:A
    History:A*
    R.e: A (already confirmed)
    Maths: B/A
    English: B
    French: C
    Catering: C
    Geography: B
    I have chosen my A-levels: Chemistry, Biology, History and psychology. Am I in with a chance?

    Thanks! x

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  111. hi my predicted grades are
    Biology:a/a*
    chemistry:a/a*
    Physics:a
    history:a*
    R.E:a*
    graphics:a*
    maths:a*
    Spanish:a
    persian:a*
    English:B
    do you think i will get into barts and londen or kings college

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  112. Hi, I've got a C in English and B in maths and Distinction in Lvl 3 Medical science, B in Dutch would this get me anywhere? I want to resit my double science in order to do a as lvl in one of the sciences any help?

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    1. I don't understand what you're saying I'm sorry

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  113. do you need english literature to get into one of the top universities and to become as a doctor?

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    1. Do you mean at GCSE? I think everyone has GCSE english lit, so probably.

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  114. Hi, I have an A in everything except for a B in English Language, should I bother trying? I've got no A*s
    Thank You!

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    1. http://youngwannabedoctor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/bad-gcse-results-and-getting-into.html

      I know people who have got in with As at GCSE, but it is rare. Improve the other parts of your application, and there's always graduate medicine

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  115. Hi I really really want to do medicine but I am not sure if my GCSE grades are good enough, I got 4A*, 5As and 2Bs. I also went to a grammar school, Thank you!

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  116. Hi. I don't know if you are clued up with the scottish education system but i got 6 grade 1's(credit level) one grade 2(credit level) and a grade 3(general level) chemistry and biology are included in the grade 1's. Not had results yet, but hoping for an A in intermidiate 2 english and maths and an A in higher product design. Im taking 5 highers next year including chemistry and biology and should get A's in them. Thanks for reading , is this good enough for medical school? And is it good to have a range of subject qualifications but still have the relevant sciences ?

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    1. A lot of places appreciate a range of types of subjects, and from my course so far I think Biology is essential, and you need Chemistry.

      I'm sorry I don't know much about the Scottish education system but that looks good?
      Sorry I can't be more helpful and good luck.

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  117. I really want to become a doctor ....

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    1. All right well work hard and do it then

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  118. Hi, I got my GCSE Results today, and I got 4 A*s, 5 A's and 1 B in Chemistry (so A* A* A* A* A A A A A B)
    Is this okay to get into medical school? I know it fits into the description of quite a few universities that you listed, but I was just wondering in case it's changed recently or something (me being paranoid haha)
    I'm taking Biology, Chemisty, French and Maths at A level.
    Also I'm down to shadow a Consultant surgeon in theatre and stuff in my local hospital in October and maybe Christmas, too. Will this help considerably when they're looking at my application? Or will they just look straight at the 'B' in chemistry and not really want me?
    Thanks :-)

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    1. You will be fine if you work hard on the rest of your application.
      Your GCSE results are a small part, focus now on achieving the right A-Levels and a good UKCAT.
      Your work experience sounds great so make sure you write about it well in your personal statement.

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  119. Hey, I go to a Grammar School and I didn't end up doing as well as I was predicted or would have liked. Here are my results, also we were made to sit iGCSE's for Sciences which I understand are a bit harder:
    English Language-B
    English Literature- A
    Chemistry-A*
    Biology-A*
    Physics-A
    Maths-A*
    History-A*
    French-B
    German-B
    Geography-A
    Systems and Control-A
    Is this good enough to apply to Imperial, Bristol, UCL or Cardiff?
    I do think I will get straight A's and maybe an A* at Alevel if I do try hard enough and score well on the BMAT etc- I've also done 2 weeks of work in a hospital and 3 weeks of work in a clinic in Ghana, so would this be enough for me to apply?

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    1. Of course it is why the hell wouldn't it be? Look! There are some people on this blog who really need advice not people like youwho.got all A s so seriously?you're going to.getting anywhere stop trying to show off?!

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    2. Of course it is why the hell wouldn't it be? Look! There are some people on this blog who really need advice not people like youwho.got all A s so seriously?you're going to.getting anywhere stop trying to show off?!

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    3. Like the commenter above, yes this will be enough.

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  120. Hi sorry to.bother you but I only have 1 A* and I only have a C in maths can I still get into.uni if I work.really hard.

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    1. A C in Maths will seriously hold you back, if you look at the post above most Universities need a minimum of a B in Maths.
      Can you re-sit Maths? Otherwise you won't be able to get in anywhere.

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  121. I went to a public school
    Got 2 A* Spanish and Chemistry
    11 A Maths, Physics, Biology, French, History, Geography, Statistics, English Language, Food Technology, Sociology and Citizenship
    2 Bs R.E and English Literature

    Any advice on where to apply with these grades, I know due to the lack of A* they are modest at best

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    1. I'm sorry but without knowing loads else about your application I can't really advise.
      Just don't apply to anywhere that you don't meet the GCSE criteria for, and work on other areas of your application.

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  122. Hi tanith,

    I go to a private school and i got the following grades at IGCSE (except RE and Additional maths,both gcse):

    Maths- A*
    Biology- A*
    Chemistry-A*
    Physics-A*
    RE- A*
    French-A*
    German-A*
    Geography-A
    Additional Maths-A(highest grade is an A, no A* grades available)
    English Language-B
    English Literature-B

    I don't really mind where I go but I am worried I won't get any offers at all because of the B in english language. Am I just paranoid? and if I did want to apply to the top unis would the B in english language scupper my chances?

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    1. What do you mean by "top unis"?
      A lot more things matter in your application then just your GCSE's - UKAT, experience, personal statement
      As long as the Unis you apply to don't want more then a B in English, you're fine.
      Check the other areas of your application, they carry more weight then 2 B's

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  123. Sadly i only got an A* in two subjects ( Chemistry and geography)
    and A's in Eng lit, maths, physics and biology. B's in art and eng lang, and a C in French. ''UCL = Minimum requirements are a B in English and Maths, and a modern foreign language for 2012 entry'' so firstly, is my C in french good enough for that requirement?.
    Secondly, I'm really hoping to get amazing chem bio and physics and maths a levels including 90+ or even 95%+ on atleast 2 of the 4 AS levels. however, i fear the lack of a* might pull me down, should i retake my Mthas gcse, Bio GCSE and Physics GCSE, in my AS year considering that i was only one two or three marks away from getting an a* in those subjects?

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  124. wayyyyyyyyyyyyy faggot i got 12a*s bitch

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  125. Hey, i got:
    english A
    Literature A
    Maths A*
    Core science A
    Additional science A
    Spanish A*
    Religion A*
    French A
    Art A*

    are these results good enoughto get into a good uni?
    Please reply :)

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  126. My predicted grades are C's and D's, I didn't work so hard when I was in the younger years but i just want o make a push now, so what should I do? :/

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  127. Hi, I'm 14 and in my last year of high school as I skipped a year.

    I'm very disappointed in my bio and chem results which I received during the summer holidays. 2 b's. I'm considering re-taking as a private candidate; however, my teacher is warning me if I retake both subjects ( 6 papers ) it may jeopardize my other GCSE results which I will be doing simultaneously in the summer ( including physics. This makes 9 science papers! ) I'm afraid all the exam pressure will overwhelm me and I'll fail them all, but I'm really determined to change those B's.

    If I may ask for your advice; would you recommend me retaking my horrendous B's? Only one? or none at all?

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  128. Hi, I got 2A*'s, 8 A's and a B. Are these gcse grades enough for medicine at King's, UCL, imperial, queen mary, st George's etc? Thank you!

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  129. I really want to be a doctor and I just got year 10 results which are, core science b, A for exam and C for controlled assessment which makes it overall B and English literature which is a*, a and b for controlled assessment which is overall A. I am still working hard on all my subjects plus additional science. I just want to know that will I be able to get in medical

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  130. I am really bad in maths , I am in year 9 but I got 4b Help me please I would appreciate it if you replied all the teachers are stressing me out!

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    1. Hey, this is a bit late, but I was quite bad at Maths too. You just need to work very hard (use med school as your motivation)! I worked my way up: from foundation to higher. I was predicted a B in Maths but I ended up getting an A and I'm going to be doing it for my AS Level. Don't think of the teachers as being stressful. Instead, use them to your advantage (for example, make use of them for extra help/tuition). Bon chance!

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  131. im only 13 and i'm worried already since im not that good in English. I SERIOUSLY need a boost in english but in maths and science im sure i can get A*. so i better start working on english any tips guys?

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  132. Hi just wondering I got 5A*s 2As 1 distinction (in ict) and 3 Bs is this ok for getting into medical school

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  134. Hi,
    I am 16 and my GCSEs were disappointing I got 5 As and 5 Bs.
    My As were in Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English and Geography.
    I have always wanted to go into medicine and applied for 6th form to take A'Level Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Pschology. I went to my target setting day today and my tutor asked what I wanted to do and obviously I said medicine and he said my results were not good enough to go into this field. I was in tears, surely my A levels will play some part in all of this. Can my disappointing GCSEs ruin everything? What do you all think. I almost feel there is no point in continuing down this road.
    One Sad teenager!

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