Teachers’ Guide to Medicine #6: GCSEs and A-levels Requirements

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2021-03-13

What GCSE and A-level subjects and grades are needed for your students to get into medicine?

What subjects and grades are needed for medicine?

For GCSE, medical schools typically require English, maths and sciences with a grade of 6 or higher. However, the exact GCSE varies significantly between the medical schools so it is advisable to refer to the full entry requirements.

At A-level, usually AAA is required including chemistry/biology

Here are some tips that you can provide to your students on choosing A-level subjects for medicine.

How can my students balance their commitments?

Medical school application timeline

As seen in the timeline above, there are many different elements to consider for getting into medicine. 

The #1 tip is to prepare early, which helps spread out the different commitments and provides students with more time to focus on their A-level assessments.

Starting preparation early also means students won’t miss out on medical school places due to not selecting the required subjects, or not having certain GCSE grades.

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