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    (Original post by Hits'27)
    HCA? Health Care Assistant?
    I'm trying to apply to those, but would they really take an A-Level student with no NVQ's in Care or anything?
    Yeah, plenty of people do it on gap years; myself included.

    No NVQ's here. :emo:
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    (Original post by Onychophagia)
    Yeah, plenty of people do it on gap years; myself included.

    No NVQ's here. :emo:
    wow well done for your offers! what one are you choosing, UCL or Imperial?
    and also did doing the HCA really help towards your application or would any job do? and how did you do in ur UKCAT and BMAT?
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    (Original post by Hits'27)
    wow well done for your offers! what one are you choosing, UCL or Imperial?
    and also did doing the HCA really help towards your application or would any job do? and how did you do in ur UKCAT and BMAT?
    UCL

    Yep, working as a HCA looks really good and allows you to learn alot about working in the NHS etc. I would say it's one of the best jobs to do on a gap year if you want to do Medicine.

    My profile is in the applicants thread if you're interested.
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    (Original post by Onychophagia)
    UCL

    Yep, working as a HCA looks really good and allows you to learn alot about working in the NHS etc. I would say it's one of the best jobs to do on a gap year if you want to do Medicine.

    My profile is in the applicants thread if you're interested.
    wow ur profile was amazing!
    well done again and thanks for your help
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    Become a bourgeoisie pig during your gap year like me, then have to take a second one to get in?
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    Hey guys,
    Ive recieved 4 rejections for medicine this year, gutted but rli excited to improve my application for 2011 entry, im not gonna give up that easily

    Im thinking of going to Tanzania, Ghana, or Nepal for medical work experiance for either 2 weeks or a month. The two companies im looking into is Gap Medics and Projects abroad, i dont really want to be the only volunteer there at the time and i was wondering if anyone had any knowledge of these companies and which one to go for?
    Would be greatly appreciated as im a little lost,
    Thanks
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    Is it really worth paying a lot of money to go somewhere for 2weeks?
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    I went to Germany for work experience (twice) and then to London for s'more... I've done some travelling and learnt to drive. Just try to enjoy your year off, I honestly think it was a blessing in disguise for me - I'd even say that getting rejected was the best thing that ever happened to me. Now I'm so much more confident and ready for university, and I got into a medical school that I absolutely love :lovie:

    Like other people have said, spend a lot of time on a completely new personal statement. The first time I applied I didn't spend all that long making several drafts, but this time around I actually had the time to spend several months writing up loads of drafts. It really made a difference, in fact I'm having mine published in the next isc medical book about medical school personal statements :yep:.

    Also, I took advantage of my free time by really getting into shape - seems like a small thing to do, but losing some weight is a really great thing to do before uni.
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    (Original post by vanilla camel)
    Also, I took advantage of my free time by really getting into shape - seems like a small thing to do, but losing some weight is a really great thing to do before uni.
    Agreed, without exams etc there is no excuse not to cook and eat healthily and get a decent amount of exercise. Look at it this way, it could be the last chance you get to do it as after being busy at uni you will be even busier being a houseman and from there on it just continues.
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    Watch an absolute ton of porn, supplemented with copious amounts of masterbation.
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    To be honest in my opinion theres no point looking for medical experience abroad, you may as well just find more placements here.
    To be quite frank as applicants our proper medical knowledge is pretty much none, so you wont really be able to contribute or get anything out of the experience that you couldnt get at home.

    If your REALLY keen on going abroad I'd look for something not too medicine related like teaching or community work, i think that would be more impressive than going into interview with a pure medicine head.

    Plus it is really pricey so gotta think if its worth it.....
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    The thing is what other experience, skills etc. can be built up which can make a reapplicant a stronger candidate and stand out from all the rest if not by travelling abroad? Any suggestions?
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    (Original post by rainorshine)
    Hey guys,
    Ive recieved 4 rejections for medicine this year, gutted but rli excited to improve my application for 2011 entry, im not gonna give up that easily

    Im thinking of going to Tanzania, Ghana, or Nepal for medical work experiance for either 2 weeks or a month. The two companies im looking into is Gap Medics and Projects abroad, i dont really want to be the only volunteer there at the time and i was wondering if anyone had any knowledge of these companies and which one to go for?
    Would be greatly appreciated as im a little lost,
    Thanks

    Dont bother!

    Get a job as a HCA, and go on a few holidays.
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    (Original post by uer23)
    Hi!

    Decided to make this thread because those ******* medics decide to turn the other thread into a chat one.

    I have some questions, so I am currently in my A2 year and have applied to study Biomedical Sciences for this year, now I'm thinking of taking the year out to not study BSc Biomedical sciences, instead I opted for the option of going straight for med. Initially I was thinking of going to study GEP med which is a bit risky. Would I be considered a re applicant if I do this ? I heard from a few people that I would be taken as a reapplicant if I didn't apply to med straight after my A2's/Sixth form. Would this in any way put me at disadvantage ?

    How do I go about getting references and signing up for UCAS because my college did all this for me last year when applying. People who took a year out did your college teachers do it again for you ? If not where do you go ?

    Do I need to have a UCAS account before taking the UKCAT test ?

    Thank you.
    1) you wont be considered a reapplicant (the unis dont know if you have applied twice unless to the same one - even so, i dont think they have time/care about people who have applied twice in two admission cycles).

    2) you will have to apply as an independant candidate. To get the reference, the teacher will probably have to give it to you to put in the application form yourself. And the unis usually contact the referee to verify the authenticity of this anyway.

    3) not sure about this
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    It looks like I will be taking a gap year with 4 rejections.
    I want to do be earning money whilst doing some work experience so thought HCA was the best options.
    Would anyone suggest differently?
    Any advice on how to go about with the jobs?
    I have registered with the NHS but it's a little confusing what with all the different names (e.g. band4, charge nurse?)

    What did you do?

    Please help : ((((
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    (Original post by blonde-beth)
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    She is doing a similar thing to you and may well be able to lend a hand!
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    HCA is a good idea! I don't a lot about it, but I am bank staff myself. I assume if you are only doing a gap year, you would be bank staff also? It all sounds very confusing, but it isn't really. I basically had to clear occy health and then give in my bank account details and that was pretty much it, as far as signing up for the job goes...

    I work as a phlebotomist, band two? I think >.>. I assume HCA would be very similar pay wise. HCA is a good idea. Phlebotomist is a good job as a gap year. But as a HCA, you can train in phlebotomy as well, I've met several HCA's on the ward learning phlebotomy. HCA is really one of the few jobs you can do basically unqualified, and it allows you to take part in a lot on a ward. I think personally, being a HCA is one of the best things you can do on a gap year. And the money cant hurt either!!
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    (Original post by blqz)
    It looks like I will be taking a gap year with 4 rejections.
    I want to do be earning money whilst doing some work experience so thought HCA was the best options.
    Would anyone suggest differently?
    Any advice on how to go about with the jobs?
    I have registered with the NHS but it's a little confusing what with all the different names (e.g. band4, charge nurse?)

    What did you do?

    Please help : ((((
    Sorry to hear about your rejections

    If you're not a registered nurse, then you'll most likely get a Band 2 job (or if you're super lucky, a band 3). The banding represents the pay and level of expertise required for a job.

    If you're not a trained nurse, the types of jobs you could apply for are healthcare assistant, nursing assistant, theatre assistant, phebotomist, radiography helper, physiotherapy assistant, etc. Most of these are advertised on the NHS jobs website and all would be great gap-year roles. However, they get looooooads of applicants, so if you might need to apply a good few times before you hear anything back. However, the good thing about the NHS Jobs website is that it saves all your details from the last job you applied for, so you don't need to fill in your qualifications and personal details every time you apply.

    I currently work as a clinical technician in a hospital.

    Hope that helps!
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    (Original post by DexterM)

    I currently work as a clinical technician in a hospital.
    What does that entail out of interest? Is it a similar role to a pharmacy technician?
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    (Original post by Onychophagia)
    What does that entail out of interest? Is it a similar role to a pharmacy technician?
    I'm not entirely sure! In my case it's just a fancy name for nursing assistant / receptionist / ward clerk / IT technician. Pretty good though!
 
 
 
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