Considering medicine without biologyWatch
I'm doing medicine and did not do biology. Just apply to med schools that don't ask for it - with the exception of Oxbridge they don't seem to ask science-related questions at interview. If you want to apply to Oxbridge, grab a few biology textbooks (I recommend the thin Alberts book and the thick IB Biology one) and start reading.
But you still have a good chance if your current grades and applicant profile is good!
To be honest, medicine is a build on biology and in the course u will have to learn the concept of biological systems.
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i'm taking maths, further maths, chemistry and physics and thought i would like to do engineering, but recently for a while i've been thinking i would like to study medicine. I'm in year 12. Can anyone please give any advice as to what i should do?
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I mean I'm not really sure what to do, I would like to aim to go to a university like Imperial or UCL but then I understand I don't really have much of a chance without doing biology and also no required work experience
Either way, theres no real advantage to going to a 'prestige' university (e.g. Oxbridge etc) to study medicine. An MBChB/MBBS degree is what is recognised if you do medicine, not really where you got it from, as all registered medical schools in the UK offer the award of one of those degrees.
On the work experience front, its pretty important to have good, relevant work experience. A lot of people go a bit OTT on this forum, I managed to get an offer without having quite as much work experience as everyone else. I think its more what you learnt from it and how you can relate it to why you want to do medicine in your personal statement, which is more important.
Of course the UKCAT & BMAT are pretty important too.
I was in your position this time last year. I ended up dropping maths and did Biology AS in year 13 alongside Chemistry, Physics and English language A2. The only work experience I could organise was for November of year 13 - which would have been after I applied. I did so anyway, expecting to be rejected by all 4 and I have been.
But now I have another year to improve my application and affirm that medicine really is what I want to do.
My advice to you would be to have a think about whether it would be right for you, get some work experience and then decide. Although many schools do not require Biology at all, there are a fair few that want it at least at AS so by taking it up next year you'll only be doing yourself a few favours. But only if that's what you really want.
Best of luck!
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Its not too late, but you do need to rush to get some work experience now.
The people who come across as most passionate and competent at interview should get in.
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Having said that, i do like the idea of graduate medicine as opposed to undergrad. I just want to point out a masters student isn't necessarily better than an a-level student.
Having said that, i do like the idea of graduate medicine as opposed to undergrad.
yes and most of those BSc graduates were originally turned down from medical schools. So after 3-4 years of waiting they dont deserve a second chance, but those who apply first time do.. lol?
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