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What Are My chances of getting into medical school

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by icecaps, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. icecaps


    Jan 14, 2014
    I am currently studying my first year in college. I was hoping to go onto a medical degree. My grades are not looking the best at all and I'm starting to wonder what my chances are. I think i will come out with
    A level- Chemistry- C
    As Level- Additional science- A
    A level- Psychology- B
    A level- Maths- C

    what are my chances of a medical career. Also any ways to get onto a pre-course or something.

    Studying in England
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  3. shopsteward

    shopsteward 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Walking the dog
    So you are 17/18 and studying at high school level in the UK, with another year to go?

    If you check out the UCAS handbook (your college should have a copy of this year's) and/or university websites you will see the expected grades for entrance to a UK medical degree straight after high school. Unless you have some other outstandingly remarkable qualities and experiences, BCC at A level won't do it.

    If you are looking at US medical schools, they are almost all postgrad schools, and you would need to get your undergraduate degree first. Even then, very few take international (non US citizen) students.

    You are young enough to have a lot of options still open to you. Firstly, talk to your college (find a friendly teacher/lecturer or academic adviser) about how you are doing, with an analysis of your current study habits. Work out what needs to change - work on removing any bad habits you have got into, and find the best study style for you personally. You may find that your grades improve.

    Secondly, are you doing any volunteering which gives you exposure to patients in a clinical setting? Until you have spent a good deal of time around sick people in a professional setting, you don't really know what a medical career means and whether it would suit you.

    Thirdly, there are a lot of careers which relate to medicine other than being a doctor. Apart from all the very many highly regarded associated health professions, what about medical research? health policy? Admin/management? Charity sector?
  4. icecaps


    Jan 14, 2014
    this has been a great help. its hard to find things that will help me revise as I'm a very visual learner i can not read things and take it in just get bored. Its hard to actually get into revising i like been set homework via my teachers as it makes me have to do it but once i start its fine i sometimes enjoy it. I have been looking into some psychology careers. Any ideas of the sorts of grades needed for that? Also to what kind of salary you would be expected to get from working in clinical psychology. I have done some work experience but not a lot as its hard to get it as I'm only 16 and you have to be 17 for to be on the wards.

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