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Applying for Medicine without Chemistry - what to do now?

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    Thanks for all your help.

    I'm not sure what would be better from the first two choices, but I wouldn't do graduate medicine if I were you. It's just so much harder and ridiculously competitive. Maybe you could apply to a couple of foundation year courses and then take chemistry if you don't get in? Good luck

    Try and get onto a foundation year because you are pretty much guaranteed a place on their medical course provided you pass the year. Taking an entire chemistry A level will require the same effort but you still may not get into medicine as it is very competitive. That being said, taking chem alone would be alot cheaper than a foundation year (another year of tuition fees).
    Applying GEM should be your last option if all else fails. It's not only alot more competitive, but takes alot longer and you'll be in more debt.

    (Original post by Mileshooper)
    - Continue to Year 13, and try to apply to the foundation years such as at Cardiff or Manchester, for students without Chem
    This. Work hard. Get A's on these A-levels. Do foundation Medicine.

    It's an additional year either way whether you do Foundation or the Chem A-level, BUT if you do the chem a-level, I don't think you'd be eligible to apply to med as your a-levels weren't done in the same sitting. I know in this case the a-levels would span 3 years not because of a failure or to increase grades but you'd have to contact all the med schools to find out what their stance is on this.

    Out of all the options, the foundation year is definitely the best option.

    (Original post by Mileshooper)

    I am currently doing A-levels in Biology, Geography, Law and English Lit. (Starting year 13 in 'Sep), however, I now have decided I want to do medicine, as I was previously torn between doing Law, and doing a science degree (biomedical for example)
    My question is now that I want to try and apply for medicine after have a insightful work-experience, should I:
    - Continue to Year 13, and try to apply to the foundation years such as at Cardiff or Manchester, for students without Chem
    - Redo AS year and take chemistry, then apply to medical school (would they care I retook? It's purely because don't have chemistry, not because I did bad).
    - Apply for a Biomedical (etc.) degree and do Graduate medicine?

    Thanks a lot.
    Focus on your current alevels and apply for foundation programmes.
    - retaking as would rule you out for A100 at many med schools, and because chem would now be included it would also rule you out from the foundation programmes.,
    - grad entry is the LAST resort as it is so so super competative, try undergrad foundation entry first.
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