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    When you were studying for Chemistry - were you a self-taught candidate? or did you apply through a college? I am just thinking that it would probably be beneficial to do Chemistry because I haven't really done much of it for my degree. But I am still thinking about it. I also need an AS in chemistry to get in to Barts :dry: So it may be worth doing!

    So are you in a GEM course now?
    Kind of, I was an independent candidate, but I had some help from a friend from uni who's doing a DPhil in Chemistry. I went back to Oxford for 2 hour lessons with him pretty much every weekend for about 9 months and learned it fairly easy in that time without much extra study. Once you've done a degree A Levels are not too difficult to be honest.

    Don't do it just because you think it would be beneficial for doing medicine; if unis don't ask for it then it won't confer any advantage! I would only do it if the unis specifically require it, like Barts or Southampton, yes Apart from anything else, it can cost quite a lot of money....

    I'm starting GEM at Southampton this September, really exciting!!
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    Kind of, I was an independent candidate, but I had some help from a friend from uni who's doing a DPhil in Chemistry. I went back to Oxford for 2 hour lessons with him pretty much every weekend for about 9 months and learned it fairly easy in that time without much extra study. Once you've done a degree A Levels are not too difficult to be honest.

    Don't do it just because you think it would be beneficial for doing medicine; if unis don't ask for it then it won't confer any advantage! I would only do it if the unis specifically require it, like Barts or Southampton, yes Apart from anything else, it can cost quite a lot of money....

    I'm starting GEM at Southampton this September, really exciting!!
    Oh that's amazing! Can I ask what kind of volunteering and work experience you did prior to applying?

    Also, where did you do your controlled assessments for Chemistry? Im finding it really hard to find a place lol.
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    Oh that's amazing! Can I ask what kind of volunteering and work experience you did prior to applying?

    Also, where did you do your controlled assessments for Chemistry? Im finding it really hard to find a place lol.
    I had a week of shadowing anaesthetists and I did St. John Ambulance for about 6 months. Plus volunteer tutoring for kids in London.

    It kind of depends where you live. Basically you'll need to google colleges/schools that will take external candidates and then work out which ones will do the right exam board (they don't all offer all of them) and also where you can do the practicals, because most colleges don't do it. I ended up doing mine in a private college in South Kensington, because I needed somewhere not too far from me that would do the practicals. They did the Chemistry practicals over a weekend and it was very handy, but it cost an absolute bomb. I had to ask my parents to pay for it because I simply couldn't afford it....
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    Vause is the sex. Can't wait until S3!

    Are you at Kings? I'm planing to finish my application for there tonight (the online application is ball ache long!) I'm keen to go there as they apparently have the best reputation for treating liver disorders in the UK.



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    yes.
    Im on my liver rotation in a few weeks too. joy of clinics!
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    (Original post by JenniB22)
    I had a week of shadowing anaesthetists and I did St. John Ambulance for about 6 months. Plus volunteer tutoring for kids in London.

    It kind of depends where you live. Basically you'll need to google colleges/schools that will take external candidates and then work out which ones will do the right exam board (they don't all offer all of them) and also where you can do the practicals, because most colleges don't do it. I ended up doing mine in a private college in South Kensington, because I needed somewhere not too far from me that would do the practicals. They did the Chemistry practicals over a weekend and it was very handy, but it cost an absolute bomb. I had to ask my parents to pay for it because I simply couldn't afford it....
    Oh dear! Is it okay if I pm you? I have so many questions lol!
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    Oh dear! Is it okay if I pm you? I have so many questions lol!
    Sure
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    (Original post by sjla94)
    When you were studying for Chemistry - were you a self-taught candidate? or did you apply through a college? I am just thinking that it would probably be beneficial to do Chemistry because I haven't really done much of it for my degree. But I am still thinking about it. I also need an AS in chemistry to get in to Barts :dry: So it may be worth doing!

    So are you in a GEM course now?
    Both this units are still reliant on a high UKCAT. You are better off putting the time and money into the GAMSAT and opening up 3 other uni's. as well as doing the UKCAT which Newcastle and Warwick still accept.
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    Due to kings new criteria, I can only apply to Newcastle and Warwick without doing the GAMSAT, and I'm thinking of sitting chemistry to open Bart's etc up (I only want to do GAMSAT if I don't get in first round), but the more I think about I really don't think it's feasible for me to study in London anyway due to finances - I don't think I'll be able to afford it!!! Which means I'll only be applying to two places this year, if I don't apply to London unis.... Is anyone else considering just applying to two places?? I'm not in a place to be able to study for the GAMSAT this year...




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    Due to kings new criteria, I can only apply to Newcastle and Warwick without doing the GAMSAT, and I'm thinking of sitting chemistry to open Bart's etc up (I only want to do GAMSAT if I don't get in first round), but the more I think about I really don't think it's feasible for me to study in London anyway due to finances - I don't think I'll be able to afford it!!! Which means I'll only be applying to two places this year, if I don't apply to London unis.... Is anyone else considering just applying to two places?? I'm not in a place to be able to study for the GAMSAT this year...




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    I'm in a similar boat however I've decided that although financially the feasibility of doing a full 5 year undergrad entry course is bleak I will fill my remaining options with such courses just in case I happen to pull a bank vault of money from behind my ear in the next year or so.
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    Due to kings new criteria, I can only apply to Newcastle and Warwick without doing the GAMSAT, and I'm thinking of sitting chemistry to open Bart's etc up (I only want to do GAMSAT if I don't get in first round), but the more I think about I really don't think it's feasible for me to study in London anyway due to finances - I don't think I'll be able to afford it!!! Which means I'll only be applying to two places this year, if I don't apply to London unis.... Is anyone else considering just applying to two places?? I'm not in a place to be able to study for the GAMSAT this year...




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    If you do chemistry A Level you can also apply to Southampton, which gives you a good non-London option!

    I would say that applying to 2 places is a very risky strategy. It's hard enough getting 1 offer from 4 applications! You're likely to be putting yourself at an extreme disadvantage.

    If I were you I would do everything I could to have 4 options.
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    Wow I pity those who are struggling to find voluntary work. My local hospital practically bit my hand off when I asked to volunteer and I get asked nearly every week if I have some other friends who would like to help out too!

    Good luck to those finding work experience and voluntary work. Work experience is a challenge to get but really worth it, especially to make sure the career is right for you.

    I am about to start work as a HCA and leaving the world of design and marketing behind me. If anyone has any questions about that process feel free
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    (Original post by JenniB22)
    If you do chemistry A Level you can also apply to Southampton, which gives you a good non-London option!

    I would say that applying to 2 places is a very risky strategy. It's hard enough getting 1 offer from 4 applications! You're likely to be putting yourself at an extreme disadvantage.

    If I were you I would do everything I could to have 4 options.
    Oh god yes I forgot about Southampton! Looks like I'm doing chemistry then!!


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    (Original post by JenniB22)
    If you do chemistry A Level you can also apply to Southampton, which gives you a good non-London option!

    I would say that applying to 2 places is a very risky strategy. It's hard enough getting 1 offer from 4 applications! You're likely to be putting yourself at an extreme disadvantage.

    If I were you I would do everything I could to have 4 options.
    Oh yes forgot about Southampton! Looks like I'm doing chemistry then!


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    (Original post by sjla94)
    Hi everyone! I am also new to this thread! Is anyone here re-doing any A-Levels to get into a specific University? I really want to go to Southampton but they want an A Level in Chemistry or Biology. Unfortunately, (I won't bore you with the details) I got a D for Biology and did not even do Chemistry. However, I am predicted a 1st for my degree in Psychology
    I study psychology too
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    I study psychology too
    Me too 👏 where are you guys studying?


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    Hiya,

    I'm new to this thread and have been reading for a while on behalf of my husband Who's applying for Grad Medicine 2016.

    His Profile:
    -Mature student (probably older than quite a few of you at 33?)
    -Bachelors Degree in BioMedSci with a 2:2
    -Post Grad Diploma in Audiology
    -Has worked in the NHS as an Audiologist for 10 years.
    -Has worked in the NHS as a Senior Audiologist for the past 7 years.

    In terms of experience he's hoping that his job as a Senior Clinician will help him quite a bit.
    - he also does a clinic three times a week alongside Dr's in ENT
    - He does hearing tests in theatre during surgeries one Thursday per month
    - Every Thursday evening he works as a Locum in GP surgery with a Dr testing their hearing patients.

    He doesnt have any volounterring so I'm hoping he has done enough In terms of what they want as he is applying to:

    SGUL
    Nottingham
    Exeter
    Plymouth

    As a lot of you already know, there isn't much choice with a 2:2.

    He's also sitting the Gamsat in Sept.

    So I will be following this thread on his behalf.
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    Wow I pity those who are struggling to find voluntary work. My local hospital practically bit my hand off when I asked to volunteer and I get asked nearly every week if I have some other friends who would like to help out too!

    Good luck to those finding work experience and voluntary work. Work experience is a challenge to get but really worth it, especially to make sure the career is right for you.

    I am about to start work as a HCA and leaving the world of design and marketing behind me. If anyone has any questions about that process feel free
    Yes, I have a question. How easy was it to get a job as a HCA? Most of the vacancies I see on the NHS jobs portal require prior experience as HCA or at least a qualification. I could probably only work part-time as a HCA too, are you PT or FT?
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    Me too ������ where are you guys studying?


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    I'm studying in Roehampton - how about you?
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    (Original post by DelphiDeWitt)
    Yes, I have a question. How easy was it to get a job as a HCA? Most of the vacancies I see on the NHS jobs portal require prior experience as HCA or at least a qualification. I could probably only work part-time as a HCA too, are you PT or FT?
    I found it really easy but I did have some previous experience when I applied. However this was stated as preferred, not necessary.

    I had a years worth of volunteering at the hospital as well as a years worth of part time support work (all this alongside my full time job!). Also one of my sisters is disabled so I included about learning to care for her whilst growing up.

    The interview was probably the easiest I have ever had, it consisted of some straight forward group exercises, then a short panel interview. Not to brag but the three ward managers who interviewed me were practically fighting over me :/!

    Edit - I will be starting full time and relinquishing my current volunteering role.
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    Me too 👏 where are you guys studying?


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    In Yorkshire
 
 
 
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