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    i reallly wanted to do medicine, but didnt get the grades - this is my last yr of biomed and don't know where to go from here. I never really wanted to do biomed, but after it i thought i would do medicine, but have been rejected from all my unis

    I have looked at biomed science jobs and they are hard work and very little pay. also opportunities are very difficult to find without a masters or PHD.

    I am really confused as to what to do. is there anyway i can still get into medicine? what are my best options now?

    any help is greatly appreciated - thanks!
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    if you don't mind me asking, how did you do in each year and what do you reckon you'll get at the end of your degree?
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    why dont you try applying for post graduate medicine?
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    Do you really want to waste three years of study ? For medicine you should have made up your mind before starting the course.Each year goes by yet the competition stays constant.
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    (Original post by hannahsl)
    if you don't mind me asking, how did you do in each year and what do you reckon you'll get at the end of your degree?
    av 60%, predicted 2:1
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    (Original post by Jessica_94)
    why dont you try applying for post graduate medicine?
    i have but have been rejected from all of my unis. AGAIN.
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    (Original post by ibysaiyan)
    Do you really want to waste three years of study ? For medicine you should have made up your mind before starting the course.Each year goes by yet the competition stays constant.
    i didn't achieve very good a-level grades. i thought that after a biomed degree, it would be easier to get into medicine.
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    (Original post by amir shah)
    i didn't achieve very good a-level grades. i thought that after a biomed degree, it would be easier to get into medicine.
    Oh I see.Sorry but any additional post of mine won't be of any use to you .
    Let someone who might have done the way you wish to do post.
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    (Original post by ibysaiyan)
    Oh I see.Sorry but any additional post of mine won't be of any use to you .
    Let someone who might have done the way you wish to do post.
    ok thanks
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    (Original post by amir shah)
    i reallly wanted to do medicine, but didnt get the grades - this is my last yr of biomed and don't know where to go from here. I never really wanted to do biomed, but after it i thought i would do medicine, but have been rejected from all my unis

    I have looked at biomed science jobs and they are hard work and very little pay. also opportunities are very difficult to find without a masters or PHD.

    I am really confused as to what to do. is there anyway i can still get into medicine? what are my best options now?

    any help is greatly appreciated - thanks!
    Ah dont say that...Im starting my first year of biomedical sciences in September and I really want to do a post grad degree in Medicine..Even though it's evidently very competitive
    Have you considered a law conversion degree...I think that is an option. Don't know much about it though...sorry.
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    (Original post by Nash24)
    Ah dont say that...Im starting my first year of biomedical sciences in September and I really want to do a post grad degree in Medicine..Even though it's evidently very competitive
    Have you considered a law conversion degree...I think that is an option. Don't know much about it though...sorry.
    i hate to say this but, post grad medicine is even more competitive than undergrad

    i would not advise you to do biomed, tbh. if you want to do medicine, then take a gap yr and reapply undergrad (because there is a lot less competition!)

    do some work experience etc. and reapply (making sure your grades are good - mine werent)

    EDIT: the law conversion course is very expensive.
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    (Original post by amir shah)
    i hate to say this but, post grad medicine is even more competitive than undergrad

    i would not advise you to do biomed, tbh. if you want to do medicine, then take a gap yr and reapply undergrad (because there is a lot less competition!)

    do some work experience etc. and reapply (making sure your grades are good - mine werent)

    EDIT: the law conversion course is very expensive.
    Aah painful to hear that
    I have an offer from St Georges and they have a transfer program into Medicine but that again is very very competitive..
    By the way where are you studying at the moment..If you dont mind me asking?
    I was tempted to take a gap year but what with the increase in fees I've been put off slightly
    Aah I hope everything works out for you iA..maybe doing more work experience...even some abroad might strengthen your application for grad medicine?
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    (Original post by amir shah)
    i hate to say this but, post grad medicine is even more competitive than undergrad

    i would not advise you to do biomed, tbh. if you want to do medicine, then take a gap yr and reapply undergrad (because there is a lot less competition!)

    do some work experience etc. and reapply (making sure your grades are good - mine werent)

    EDIT: the law conversion course is very expensive.
    Accounting/Finance/Management/Business post graduate perhaps?
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    If you really want to do medicine, then go for it! The last thing you want to do is go down another career avenue, only to know each day that’s its "second best", with the though of Medicine lingering in the background.

    BUT, not everyone thinks like that, so here’s some things people I know who done biomed went into (you'd be surprised).

    Biomedical scientist (obv). These jobs are very lab intensive, so if you don’t like labs you might want to avoid this. Also the money wise it can take a few years for you to build up to the higher pay bands in the NHS.

    Clinical scientist : This isn’t totally lab focused, and may even have some element of patient contact depending on which speciality you go into. Also I think these scientists start on a higher NHS pay band?

    Perfusionist: Work in operating theatres, for example, in heart by pass surgery, keeping an organ/ limb perfused to stop it dying etc. Its something one of my friends who didn’t get into medicine has gone into, as its more clinically related, and you get to work in an operating theatre.

    Research: PhD's MSc's etc. Some people I know have stayed on at their biomed uni working in the research labs where they done their final year projects. I assume they're intending to go into research and academic medicine.

    Teaching: I know someone who's doing some government scheme where you work a while as a teacher, not sure what its called. One friend has gone directly into doing a PGCE (I think that’s what its called), which allows you to become a secondary school teacher.

    Pharmacist: Once again, one of my friends that dindn’t get into medicine is going on to become a pharmacist. The reason why he decided on this was so he could become a clinical pharmacist, I think where you specialise in a area like cardiology etc. Here they do work in hospital wards/dispensaries/making medications and get a degree of patient contact. And also apparently pharmacists get a certain degree of prescribing powers too, but its supposed to be quite hard to get to this stage.

    Banking: And if you want a complete career change, you could do something like banking! My best friend is doing it after biomed and absolutely loves it.

    In summary, you can do pretty much anything!
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    I'd also sit down and talk to your careers advisor. If you are not sure about what you want to do, the worse thing you could do is make a hasty decision and rush into something. Good luck anyway, hope you find some useuful info!
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    (Original post by Nash24)
    Aah painful to hear that
    I have an offer from St Georges and they have a transfer program into Medicine but that again is very very competitive..
    By the way where are you studying at the moment..If you dont mind me asking?
    I was tempted to take a gap year but what with the increase in fees I've been put off slightly
    Aah I hope everything works out for you iA..maybe doing more work experience...even some abroad might strengthen your application for grad medicine?
    queen mary. i have heard about george's. it is quite competitive. i have heard that you need REALLY good grades in the 1st 2 years to be considered for interview - if you work VERY hard in the first 2 years, you should have a good chance there, of at least an interview.

    depends what is more important for you - being stuck with a biomed degree or getting into medicine and paying more tuition fees. if your grades are up to it, i would DEFIINITELY recommend a gap year, someone i know, reapplied 3 times and got in at the 3rd attempt ( after taking gap years) !

    grad medicine - the stats are hard - about 40 applicants per place, whereas undergrad it is around 10 per place.

    yh me too. Ameen.
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    Most unis will look at your UKCAT scores first, if it's anything below 680 your chances are slim as they pick the top 100 (for example) UKCAT scores and then go on to looking at their personal statements.
    You can take a gap year, get a job within the NHS and practice the UKCAT!
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    (Original post by GuepGuep69)
    Most unis will look at your UKCAT scores first, if it's anything below 680 your chances are slim as they pick the top 100 (for example) UKCAT scores and then go on to looking at their personal statements.
    You can take a gap year, get a job within the NHS and practice the UKCAT!
    thanks for your advice.
    does it matter about my a-levels - what do they look at a-levels or my degree?

    also, what kind of work would i do in the NHS? thanks!
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    (Original post by amir shah)
    thanks for your advice.
    does it matter about my a-levels - what do they look at a-levels or my degree?

    also, what kind of work would i do in the NHS? thanks!
    It depends on the uni, but most unis don't ask for your A levels, only your degree with at least a 2.1

    Go on the this site http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/ and search for jobs that you can do in you area. Look mainly at the under 20k category.

    This would definelty boost your personal statement! and also you'll be making enough money to pay for your degree too

    Good Luck!
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    (Original post by GuepGuep69)
    It depends on the uni, but most unis don't ask for your A levels, only your degree with at least a 2.1

    Go on the this site http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/ and search for jobs that you can do in you area. Look mainly at the under 20k category.

    This would definelty boost your personal statement! and also you'll be making enough money to pay for your degree too

    Good Luck!
    thanks a lot for your help! i think i will definitely have a look

    thanks again!

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