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    hey ppl, i need a bit of advice etc on applying for medicine. IF i dont get the grades i need to get into medicine what else should i apply for with the other 2 uni choices i have? i'm really confused and need some sort of back up plan but really not sure what i would want to go into just in case i dont get AAB which is defo a possibility.
    Also, lots of uni open days have gone and some are past the ucas deadline of 15th sept. which is not exactly helpful. i dont know what to do, and what type of unis shall i apply for? are some more lenient than others? i know u need AT LEAST AAB for all but come on, it must be easier to get into say leicester than imperial right? help?

    Academically yeah, Leicester will be easier to get into than Imperial.

    If you don't manage to get into Medicine your last two slots should really be science type subjects (by that I mean Biology and Chemistry) as your P.S. will be 95% aimed at medicine, and also these courses will allow you to apply for grad. entry Medicine course. For example a biomedical degree, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy etc. Another alternative would be, if you do achieve the minimum entry grades yet don't get a place, you could take a gap year and get lots of work experience then reapply next year for undergraduate entry again (which is significantly less competetive than grad. entry).

    There are really 3 main types of Medicine course:

    PBL (problem based learning). This involves few lectures, a lot of group work and self directed learning. It really depends if you can motivate yourself to work on your own, if you can't I reccomend you don't apply for PBL universities (Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, HYMS and Brighton off the top of my head, theres more i'm sure).

    Intergrated. Mainly lecture based, a little bit of PBL but no where near as much as proper PBL universities, most universities adopt this approach and personally, i'll be applying to intergrated courses.

    System based. No idea if this is mixed with intergrated or not, as far as i'm aware its a different method of teaching, where everything is learnt by the systems of the body (not sure on this one, so you should do some more research).

    There is a fourth type of course which Oxbridge and to some extent St. Andrews do. Its usually referred to as the 'traditional' approach. Its basically 3 years pre-clinical with strictly no patient contact and 2 years clinical.
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