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Any way to get into Medicine (A100) as 'mature' student without A-level's? watch

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    As the title suggests. I was diagnosed with skin cancer just before my A-level's in 2007 so didn't take the exams.

    I know it's a far fetched dream, but I love the way doctors work and what their role entails. I KNOW I can do it academically.

    Is there ANY way I could get into Medicine next year? I mean, I know I can retake A-level's etc, but I don't want to do that. I already feel like I'm wasting my life.

    Can I explain my situation and reasoning on my personal statement with a suitable reference (or two?). Would work experience within a hospital help? Any Open Uni modules that would help?? I'm desperate for a 'big break' in life, it's been so bad so far, nothing's going right..

    Any help appreciated. xoxo

    You could explain this and do A levels because I'm not sure unless you went to uni in the first place. If you think about it it's one year and well while you're waiting for your offers you might as well do them.

    Ah sorry to hear that, hope everything's ok in regards to the skin cancer?

    Kinda puts in to perspective me being worried about having bad teachers at school. Time to realise that there's always others who have it worse.

    My advice would be too take the a level exams this year seeing as you've studied them and apply after they're done. It's only a year and you can't really apply for entry this year unless you go for a foundation course or something similar. I know it is another year, but without a levels you'll just get rejected. Maybe do volunteering to use the year or do a foundation type course? Or if your exam boards are compatable, do the exams this January if able to do so.

    Sorry about the rubbish advice, though I presume you studied A levels at the normal age and so remember that loads of people fail and stuff like entry courses and eventually end up doing medicine, some in theirs 30s. I too wish I could skip a few years of life and become who I want to be and get the job I want and be able to help out others around me that need it, but to my annoyance I have to go through the smaller stuff first.

    sorry to hear about your problem, really sorry :'( what I would do (me in your situation) is finish off A levels and get high grades. Then apply to med school and explain why you got your results a year late (doesn't really matter when you get results). They would most likely sympathise and understand what you went through and say that it drove you to study medicine after being victimized my cancer. It would look banging on that personal statement.

    Best Wishes, ilyking.
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