Are my GCSE's results good enough for me to het into a Medical School and to be a doctor?

  • 3 votes

I am about start my As levels and I will be studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Physics. In my gcses I got 4As 6Bs 1C and I wanted to get into a medical career. I got AA-Science, A-Maths, A-RE, B-Child Care, B-Textile,BB-IT, B-Sociology, BC-ENGLISH LIT and ENGLISH.All my teachers are telling me that my results are not strong enough for me to be a doctor so does anyone has any advice to give me. They also told me that I will not be accepted to any Medical schl with those gcse results. I am really confused, please help me.

Posted Thu 30th August, 2012 @ 12:19 by Tia

7 Answers

  • 4 votes

Tia wrote:

I am about start my As levels and I will be studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Physics. In my gcses I got 4As 6Bs 1C and I wanted to get into a medical career. I got AA-Science, A-Maths, A-RE, B-Child Care, B-Textile,BB-IT, B-Sociology, BC-ENGLISH LIT and ENGLISH.All my teachers are telling me that my results are not strong enough for me to be a doctor so does anyone has any advice to give me. They also told me that I will not be accepted to any Medical schl with those gcse results. I am really confused, please help me.

Hi Tia,

There are some medical schools which have very high GCSE requirements and some look for a large number of A* grades at GCSE. However, not all schools have this policy and you simply need to have a strong set of results (which you do have) and meet all of their GCSE requirements. In some universities you will need higher than a C grade in English language - they often ask for Bs or A grades, however, again, this isn't all of them although you may want to consider resitting your GCSE English language during your AS year.

If you achieve AAAA at AS level and can go into your A levels with predictions of at least AAA then assuming you have a strong personal statement, strong work experience and high UKCAT/BMAT scores then you may be considered at some universities if you choose carefully. Have a look at this thread on The Student Room: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2094860 as it outlines the GCSE requirements and options you have from here.

Answered Fri 31st August, 2012 @ 17:15 by Emma (admin)
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Although a few medical schools ask for specific GCSEs there are a large number who don't ask for particular grades. The only one that might be a problem would be English as a lot ask for a B. However, because of the whole issue with english grades going down there will be an opportunity next year to retake it. You might want to consider this so you have as much choice as possible. But, it is still perfectly possible to go to med school as long as you work hard and get the right A level grades x

Answered Mon 3rd September, 2012 @ 22:05 by sammy
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Hi blueberrifantom,

Firstly sorry it now says that there has been an edit to your post by me - there hasn't been, I accidentally clicked edit rather than reply.

I'm interested in why you've been told to ignore sites like TSR when it contains such useful resources for students applying to any courses, particularly medicine. Get Revising is actually now part of The Student Room Group and there's now a cross over of staff, so I also work in the universities section on TSR and it's my role to ensure that everything which is given as advice/support on TSR is accurate and in line with what universities are saying. Obviously I can't vet every single member because we have over 1 million members now and there is a fair bit of misinformation on the site but in terms of the guides and information we provide, there's nothing else quite like TSR out there which is why we have such a strong relationship with universities and also with bodies like UCAS. I started out on TSR as an applicant many years ago and I'm now a teacher - the application information on TSR got me into university, through my degree and into postgraduate applications... and it also got me my current job.

Can I ask which universities it was who said to ignore what was said on TSR? And which bits were they telling you to ignore, exactly? :)

Answered Tue 4th September, 2012 @ 16:02 by Emma (admin)
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hey emma,

I'm not really sure why they said TSR should be ignored, when I was thinking of applying to medicine I thought it was quite helpful personally but I was told by the speakers that the information there isn't accurate.

Again I don't really follow that opinion I'm just repeating what they said 

Answered Tue 4th September, 2012 @ 18:30 by blueberrifantom
  • 2 votes

a lot of medical schools ask for a certain number of A* grades at gcse, some say 6 and some say 8, you have to look at the universities that do medicine and look at what their requirements are for gcse

Answered Thu 30th August, 2012 @ 20:49 by Karina Gahir
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hey tia. Now as GCSE's are getting removed and O levels are being introduced. Most medical universities now ask for a minimum of BB in english and B in maths and sciences at GCSE level. The universities now concentrate more on ur AS levels. needing a minimum of AAAB at the end of the first year of A levels or AAB after the second year of A levels to be eligible to apply to medical colleges.

My advise would be to mabey remark ur engilsh and Concentrate on ur A-levels.

A-levels would be ur last chance to getting into Medical Uni tia. Put in ur 110% effort for the next 2 years :) **

Answered Fri 31st August, 2012 @ 00:27 by priya777
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I've been to some universities medicine talks and they basically either score you based on your GCSE grades i.e. A=2, B=1 etc. or they don't really regard them if you have good A level results. If you want my advice, just keep your head up work hard, get the grades you need, if your teachers like mine are going to put you down and make you feel stupid ignore them. There's more than one route to medicine you know. :p

PS every university talk that I went to said IGNORE SITES LIKE THE STUDENT ROOM!!

Answered Fri 31st August, 2012 @ 21:35 by blueberrifantom
Edited by Emma (admin) on Tue 4th September, 2012 @ 16:01