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Isabella Tickel asked this 3 weeks ago Answered

Advice on getting in?

Hi!

So I understand just how competitive medicine is. Entry grades are high and applicants to placement ratios are ridiculous! However, none of will stop me from wanting to become a doctor. Not in the slightest. However, I really feel like it would be very nearly impossible for me because of my GCSE results I received this August. Four years ago, one of my family members was diagnosed with Stage 4 gbm. The prognosis was 18 months and I was devastated. Over the next 4 years they had 3 brain surgeries to remove multiple tumours and suffered great loss from their life. They were never the same again. I spent so much of my time in Kings Hospital in London whilst they took weeks to recover and were readmitted with infections, encephalitis, radio necrosis. The list seriously goes on. I sacrificed so much time I should of been revising for my grandfather. It took such a toll on my mental health, I was utterly devastated. I would take my books to the hospital with me and whilst he slept I would study. My grades were good enough to now be able to study maths, biology, chemistry and psychology at a grammar school but I know they will set me back. Even though I may of performed worse on my GCSE’s because of the circumstances. Spending so much time in a hospital environment made me realise how much more I wanted to be a doctor. I was in awe of the teams around me, they saved his life on multiple occasions. I want to be able to do that. I need advice on what the best possible thing to do is. I’m desperate. If you have any knowledge or information I would be eternally grateful.

 

Isabella

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chrissybissy answered this 2 weeks ago
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Hi! Your grades don’t look so bad! Don’t worry- not everyone applying to med school has all A* in fact, the average medical student has about 6A*/As at GCSE and remember that’s an AVERAGE. They’re forms for extenuating circumstances you could fill which would contextualise your GCSE results. My advice is to focus on A levels and medical tests like the BMAT and the UKCAT. Do well in those and you’ll be fine. 🙂 

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lauram answered this 3 weeks ago
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Hi Isabella,

I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. 

If you don’t mind me asking, what GCSE grades did you get?

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Isabella Tickel commented 3 weeks ago

Biology – 7 Chemistry – 5 Physics – 5 Maths – 7 English – 6 Geography – 6

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lauram commented 3 weeks ago
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Hi Isabella, Each med school will have different entry requirements for GCSEs, but many only have English and Maths requirements a grade 6 or above, which you have – so it may be a matter of applying strategically. You can see more detail on what each med school requires for GCSEs here: https://www.themedicportal.com/application-guide/choosing-a-medical-school/gcse-requirements-for-medicine/ Hope this helps a little 🙂

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