What GCSE's And A Levels Do I Need To become A Doctor And What Advice Would You Give On Revising?

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I am 14 years old and im doing my end of year test which puts me in my class for next year. I really want to be a doctor so can anyone sugest any tips on revising so I can reach my goal.


Posted Mon 30th May, 2011 @ 09:06 by Matthew Kabwe

23 Answers

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Well, first of all you need high grades. Concentrate on your gcse as you will need 8 A* or more. Not all university are the same so one university could consider gcse the most important, other could consider A-levels the most important. You need to have a look at different university and see what they want.

Next, if you are in year 9 and considering your option, You must choose additional science or triple science (chemistry, biology and physics) and then you can choose any subject you want. You have to achieve A/A* in the science and english and maths so they will see you are a well rounded person

For your a-levels you must choose chemistry. Biology and maths are optional but essential (obviously you have to choose biology because you want to be a doctor).

you also need some work experience but don't worry if you don't find it, as long as you have some experience of caring, you'll be ok :)

Revising: Make flash cards with the main points with bright colours as they will stick easily on your brain.
Study form any revision guide you have: You have to know your stuff well, once you finished studying them, have 10 minutes break and after the 10 minutes test your self. Write out what you can remember and look at the book; if you missed anything, write them on your piece of paper where you were writing before. Rewrite again as this will help you a lot because you have to thing about what you are writing.

Record yourself saying what you know and listen to your notes when going to bed; your brain will memorise it!! 

Make a song or rap your notes!!!

Good luck! I wanna be a doctor too :D hope this helped :)

Answered Mon 30th May, 2011 @ 10:29 by electra
Edited by electra on Mon 30th May, 2011 @ 10:38
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3 sciences obviously and try really hard with everything you do,its all important, I want to be a doctor too :) They also like solid GCSEs like history, and maybe languages and latin.Hope this helped. x

Answered Thu 2nd June, 2011 @ 15:41 by Lottie
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I am thinking about medicine too. I am in Year 11 and deciding on my A-Levels for next year. I am doing chemistry (essential), biology (very helpful) and physics (entirely optional), all the sciences so I can keep my options open for science careers in the future. I was complentating maths as level but I don't enjoy it so I chose French as my 4th subject, which the sixth form said was a good, unusual choice to put me ahead of others.

As well as grades and other academic things, to get onto a medicine degree at a good uni. you need to do work experience at a GP practice or hospital (to deal with the practical side) and also at a retirement home/nursery/disability school to show you are a compassionate and empathatic person.

Good look with your GCSE's and the future ! Rowan :D

Answered Tue 27th March, 2012 @ 20:42 by R_Hall
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A lot of med schools will accept you with grades lower than 8 A*s at GCSE at the moment! (With exception to Cambridge and some other high flying unis) Obviously still try your hardest as they look for good GCSE grades, and it's a competitive subject so the higher the better. GCSEs you definitely need double (additional) or triple science and a good maths background usually if you're not taking it to A level.

At A level Chemistry and Biology are pretty much essential. Some places also like you to have at least 3 A2s and 1 As so its better to take 4 to As level and carry at least 3 on.

Work experience is more or less essential; anything form of voluntary work looks good (doesn't necessarily have to be medicine related) so possibly volunteering for Mencap or something similar. It is also a great idea to have work experience in a hospital (or nursing home or GP at a push) This can be taken up quickly so you'll need to apply months in advance, I suggest finding your local NHS hospital's site online and downloading a volunteer application form, or phoning up. It's more than likely you won't be able to do this until you're a bit older (at least 16) and most places are reserved for A level students going on to medicine.

In the mean time, get involved in some extra curricular activities to put down on your personal statement, admissions tutors want to see you're more than just an academic! This could include drama/dance performances, grades in musical instruments, sports clubs; anything you've achieved that makes you look like more than just a one trick pony.  

When you do get onto your A levels, look into doing an EPQ or YASS project (your school may fund this) as it looks good on your UCAS application.

Remember, when you apply to medicine you will also have to take a UKCAT or BMAT admissions test (depending on the uni you choose) or at least that's how it stands at the moment, but a lot could change in 4/5 years time!

Good luck!

Answered Wed 1st June, 2011 @ 01:21 by Tara
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For year 10/11, as long as you have your three sciences, you're set. Not all medical universities even ask for that because some schools only offer double award, so it disadvantages people from those schools.

Gradewise: the higher the better. I applied for medicine myself, and the GCSE expectations range from 4 Bs minimum including english, maths and sciences, to 8 A*s, but you want to get as high as you can anyway, naturally.

The biggy for getting in though is, like has been said above, experience. Unless you know someone in medicine already who can get you a placement, it's very difficult to get real clinical experience, but anything in a care environment is good, especially if you're volunteering. If you can't find anything else, go and volunteer with someone like St John Ambulance, who will teach you loads of first aid stuff.

A levels, as long as you've got chemistry and biology, you'll be alright. They do like to see maths, or physics, or anything else that you could justify as being relevant like psychology, but you can generally go with what you think you'll get the grades in - and you'll need 3 As at A2.

And then at some point (probably in the holidays between years 12 and 13), make sure you find time to take the UKCAT, because that's pretty essential too.

Where my application fell down though, was at the interview stage, so if you get that far, make sure you put everything into getting the interview perfect, and knowing what you want to say without it sounding overly rehearsed. Keep your eyes open for medicine in the media, because if you can prove you spend your time looking at stuff like that, they'll love it.

Any of that could change in the next couple of years though, so make sure you keep getting advice from as many different sources as you can. :)

Medicine is a ridiculously competitive course to get into, so best of luck, and I hope you acheive it. :)

In terms of revision, it depends completely on what sort of learner you are. But anything from watching videos online, to postit notes with key words, to mind maps, posters, recording yourself, quizzing your friends, finding revision games online (easier said than done), practicing past papers... even reading through revision guides and then getting a friend or family member to test you on sections of it is helpful, but how you revise may vary from subject to subject, so teachers can be useful for telling you how best to revise their subject. :)

Answered Thu 2nd June, 2011 @ 16:13 by Fool
Edited by Fool on Thu 2nd June, 2011 @ 16:17
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I'm currently finishing my GCSE studies and I've heard and had a lot of advice about going into Medicine as I also intend to do so. My best advice is take Chemistry for definite at A level. Biology and Maths are ideal which is why I'm also taking them. To compliment these, take a subject you enjoy, it will really help you to get the better grades at A level as people often find Chemistry, biology and maths difficult subjects. I took Business studies and Computing AS although you wouldn't need 5 AS. To get into medicine, you need to try your hardest, aim for as many A*s as you possibly can and don't be put off by others trying to get into medicine and doing better than you. From personal experience I have friends that are also interested in medicine but are doing much much better than me, it doesn't lessen your chances and ideally should help you aim higher. Good luck with your exams and hopefully you will get where you want to go.

Answered Sat 4th June, 2011 @ 15:51 by Bhavik
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personally i would take a pole dancing course if you wish to become a doctor

Answered Tue 27th March, 2012 @ 14:41 by Rachel Wisniewski
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You deffo need Chemistry. The most common combo for Medicine is Chemistry, Biology, Maths and any other A Level subject. 

For GCSE's work really hard, as medicine is really competitve and you don't want to look back and regret not working hard enough. 

Just put your best effort into your work and that way you'll have no regrets!

Good luck and NEVER give up. I know lots of people who have given up being a doctor because they GCSES arent up to scratch!

Answered Wed 20th February, 2013 @ 20:56 by Ameenah:)
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hey do people still go on this is 2014 because nobody has replied?

Answered Wed 15th January, 2014 @ 11:34 by fam04
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im in yr 8 and i want to be a doctor but i dont know what to take for two years. IM taking french and geography for 3 years and triple science in yr 11. but i dont know if i should take history for yr 10 and latin in yr 9. will it be worth it. i need to pick by tomorow so pls can i have help asap.

Answered Sun 1st March, 2015 @ 18:49 by wannabe
Edited by wannabe on Sun 1st March, 2015 @ 19:09
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hi,i'm eman and i am 12 years old and by the end of year 8 ineen to chose what i wanna to do for gcse but i don't know what to chose ,so please help me choese the right subjects .

so can any one give me any advice? :0) or



Answered Wed 7th September, 2016 @ 19:24 by eman2211
Edited by eman2211 on Wed 7th September, 2016 @ 19:25
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I want to become a surgeon but my choices make me choose between triple science and psychology which will help me better

Answered Wed 22nd March, 2017 @ 20:02 by Geneva12
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what if you do bad in sceince but still want to become a doctor? aNY  tips anyone and plus im in year 11 abs have to decide what alevels to do nect year!

Answered Wed 26th September, 2018 @ 09:34 by atiyyah1
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As well as grades and other academic things, to get onto a medicine degree at a good uni. you need to do work experience at a GP practice or hospital (to deal with the practical side) and also at a retirement home/nursery/disability school to show you are a compassionate and empathatic person.

Answered Thu 26th March, 2020 @ 19:07 by JoshFerguson
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Gradewise: the higher the better. I applied for medicine myself, and the GCSE expectations range from 4 Bs minimum including english, maths and sciences, to 8 A*s, but you want to get as high as you can anyway, naturally.

Answered Sun 29th March, 2020 @ 14:09 by Gabi20_Johnson20
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Don't worry too much about the number of A*'s at GCSE, make sure you get 2 or 3 and get mostly A's and above. As for A levels you need AAA and you really have to show that you want to be a doctor, if you want to do it for the money they will work that out in the interview. 

Don't want to put your hopes down but try not to apply for medicine at top uni's I know someone who did and they were predicted very high grades but didn't get in but someone else in the same year was predicted lower grades but applied to average uni's and has got a place to do medicine.

Answered Mon 6th June, 2011 @ 23:00 by a
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thankyou everybody that helped !! x

Answered Wed 14th March, 2012 @ 14:16 by Ifrah
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If I were you I'd take biology, chemistry, physics and maths. You could take a more creative subject in place of one of these to make you stand out from the crowd!

Answered Mon 18th February, 2013 @ 12:46 by Hannah
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Some universities want 5 A*'s at GCSE level but others just want mainly A's and above. For a-levels make sure you do chemistry, biology and maths.

Also get loads of work experiance!

Answered Sat 23rd February, 2013 @ 19:04 by emrana
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Answered Sat 21st September, 2013 @ 15:31 by alice bay
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oh my days....ud shud take a pole dancing course if u wana be a doctor?

why r ppl so weird...im a tad disturbed

Answered Tue 27th March, 2012 @ 15:44 by M
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I want to be a doctor and i'm not showing off but in all of my mocks i got all A*! Im taking:




English Lit,

English Lang,



Further Maths,

Physical Education,




Hope this helped ** good luck :)

Answered Wed 13th February, 2013 @ 16:14 by Emma
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Im 4 years old and i really want to become a doctor when im older.

This year i need to chose 2 GCSE so im chosing geography because thats what universities look out for as my teachers have told me but im not sure what other option to chose.

Im considering textiles but im not sre if that is neccesary for my future.

Can anybody give me any advice?


Answered Wed 15th January, 2014 @ 11:21 by fam04