How good do your GCSE grades need to be to study medicine?
- By: Alison Walker
Your exam grades, both actual and predicted, are an important part of getting an interview for medicine. Selecting your GCSE options wisely in year 10 can make a difference to which medical schools you can apply three years on. All medical school websites state their A level entry requirements, or equivalent for Scottish highers and the International Baccalaureate. Grades required at A level are generally AAA, or A*AA. But how much do GCSE grades count towards getting an offer? Do you really need As or A*s in everything, and does it matter if you score badly in certain subjects?
It may surprise you to see that the websites of many medical schools show lower minimum grades than you might expect. Bs and even Cs are minimum requirements for some—although with caveats around science subjects. Yet how can that be, as so many applicants have A* grades?
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