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    Hi all. I'm 25, never been to uni & missed my offer from Liverpool to study Medicine this week.

    I did an Access to Medicine course last year 2015-16, my offer was to get distinctions in all of the modules (15 modules in total). I got distinctions across the board except for 2 modules of Chemistry that I got merits in. I was working full-time throughout the Access course and wrote to explain this as extenuating circumstances with letters from my tutor and employer as evidence. Obviously not enough! The structure of the Access course means you can only sit each module once and you can't re-sit to change your grade. So the results I have is what I'm stuck with.

    I'm only interested in Liverpool as I live here with my fiancé who is a run-through trainee at one of the city hospitals. We'll be here for the next 6 years at least. Thankfully for me Liverpool is one of the few medical schools that accept re-applications. Have booked my UKCAT for mid-Sept, aiming for the top decile, and I'm going to work as much as I can as a HCA (I'm on the bank). I'm also waiting to enrol on an evening A-Level in Chemistry, obviously the goal there is to get an A*.

    My personal statement was strong last year ... I had done so much volunteering, switched from a 6-yr job in HR to healthcare, had the angle of mature student career change, referenced tonnes of medical reading ... but this year, I'm already anxious. The reason I fell short on my grades is because I took on way too much, I refuse to do that this year, I NEED that A*. Or else that's it. There won't be a third try. So no volunteering. My question is ... how do I pitch my statement, in order to reflect on my need to 'resit' ? I don't want to make excuses. Doctors have to be resilient, resourceful, have excellent time-management and organisation. It's evident I need to improve these things. I think I will be able to prove that I can if I carry out my plan this year as I hope to. Would be very grateful for advice from anybody who can relate to any of this.
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