GCSE Grades For Applying To Medicine in The UK

If you are interested in a career in the medical sector, you will be looking to attend university to study medicine.  Although the entry requirements for each medical school in the UK vary in some ways, there are certain subjects that are considered essential.  In the following post, we will highlight the GCSE grades in particular that you need to be aiming for if you want to enrol to study medicine.

The Essentials

In order to study medicine at most universities in the UK you need to, as a standard, have at least five A* or A grade GCSEs in subjects including Maths and English.  You also need to have at least one Grade B in a Science.  Whether it is Chemistry, Physics or Biology is not often particularly important, unless the medical school you are interested in has stipulated this in its entry requirements.  

Other Specific Requirements

Depending on the medical schools you are interested in, they may also have specific requirements when it comes to GCSE grades for science subjects.  You can check this information on the website of each school.  Take as an example, a university like Cardiff, requires GCSE Science and Additional Science at Grades AA or GCSE Biology, Physics and Chemistry at Grace AAB in any particular order.  However, if you look at Edinburgh University, they will not accept GCSEs in subjects such as Applied Science and Additional Applied Science. 

Why GCSE Grades Are Important

The competition you will be going up against for entry into medical schools is very high, therefore, it is crucial that you achieve the best grades possible even for your GCSEs.  They will determine the A Levels you are able to choose to study in the following years at secondary school.  Additionally, many British medical schools look at GCSE grades for the academic but a number of medical schools look to prospective student's GCSEs grades as their academic basis for selecting interviewees.  So it is obviously very important that you do your best at GCSE level.

While ultimately the grades you get at A-levels will be considered first, this does not mean that your GCSEs are not important.  Most medical schools tend to look at the overall picture when it comes to assessing prospective students.  You stand a much better chance, wherever you are looking to study medicine, of being accepted on to the course if you have a strong academic history overall.