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    I was young and foolish in my degree decision, I am in the final leg of my English undergraduate degree, I've enjoyed it and it has been challenging and rewarding, but I have realised recently, that it was medicine I really wanted to do, just in my childishness of wanting to break the stereotype of the Asian kid who was good at sciences that I chose to do English at Nottingham. Now I'm looking at doing a Medicine degree once I graduate, but due to the timings I will just be missing out on the last year of normal tuition fees. I'll only be able to apply for 2012 and with a possible 9 g a year tuition fee AND no government funding for me as its my second degree, its a somewhat daunting prospect. My parents are willing to support me but it will certainly be tough. Does anyone know if there will be any funding available at all for someone in my position? I heard somewhere that studying for a vocational course as a seconds degree can result in a maintenance loan perhaps? And does anyone have any idea when all the universities will start announcing their planned fees?

    Arrogant though this may sound my main concern isn't the actual course itself. I've always done well in sciences and I have many medic friends so I have a good understanding that will be required of me. However, I am concerned about my of Chemistry A2 or AS level. Many universities offer a foundation year but what with the massive tuition fees and no govt funding, I'm reluctant to increase my debt any more than I have to; bearing in mind I've already got about 20 gs owed to the govt from my English degree. I know a few doctors etc so I'm not too worried about finding work experience, and I've done a fair amount of volunteer work so again that's not much of a daunting prospect. Please if you notice any stupidity on my part, do realise this decision is one that has only been considered seriously very recently, so I'm still something of a novice in my understanding of applying to Med School.
    Any general advice you guys could offer me on my situation would be greatly appreciated, this is an issue with many pros and cons and I want to ensure I'm making the right decision and taking everything into account.

    Thanks in advance

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    Your best bet is to apply for the 4 year graduate programmes. You currently recieve an NHS bursary for years 2-4 and so only pay fees for year 1. I know several of these medical schools allow you to spread the payments for that year across the 4 years - so you don't have such a large initial outlay. Whether the NHS arrangements will change with the increase in fees is still unknown - but I would assume not considering as nothing has been announced.

    Some 4 year courses require a science background, some don't. Some require you to take the GAMSAT, while some don't. This is something you're going to have to research for yourself - read the medical school websites and email the ones you're interested in, and see what your situation is.

    Generally most 5 year courses will require a science background. Foundation courses are also an option. Obviously you'll have to pay fees, ~9k, for the first 4 years of these courses - the NHS pay the remaining 1 or 2 years. Again, read the websites and email the ones you like the look of.

    You do get a maintenance loan for second degrees such as medicine, dentistry etc. You won't however be considered independent from your parents until your 25 (for loan purposes) so you'll still be means tested until then.

    Hope that helped.
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    Hi theatrical,

    thanks very much for the help, I've been doing some more research and finding universities that offer 4 year courses for non-sciencers like me. Nottingham, where I'm at right now, offers one but you only get a BMBS not a BMBS and BMedSci like the 5 year course (I understand this is the only 5 year course to offer both qualifications unlike the others which require 6 years). How exactly would it affect me if I did the 4 year and came out with a BMBS but no BMedSci do you know?
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    Hope that helped.
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    (Original post by Ljey89)
    Hi theatrical,

    thanks very much for the help, I've been doing some more research and finding universities that offer 4 year courses for non-sciencers like me. Nottingham, where I'm at right now, offers one but you only get a BMBS not a BMBS and BMedSci like the 5 year course (I understand this is the only 5 year course to offer both qualifications unlike the others which require 6 years). How exactly would it affect me if I did the 4 year and came out with a BMBS but no BMedSci do you know?
    It'll make very little difference to you. When applying for foundation jobs in final year, the application system is all points based. You do get extra points for having an additional degree, but you only get those points once. What I mean is, if you have a 2.1 degree for example (in addition to the standard medical degree) you get 3 extra points. If you have two 2.1 degrees you still only get 3 points. The subject is irrelevant at this stage, english lit is fine, so I'd forget about the BMedSci and go for the 4 year courses.

    Later on in your career, additional qualifications in relevant subjects will come in useful when specialising or applying for a consultant post - but these tend to masters, MDs or even PhDs, and most doctors do them while working.
 
 
 
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