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    hey guys..
    I really do not know whether i should take a gap year or not. I received four rejections for Medicine weeks ago and still undecided on what to do with my future.
    i've asked for feedback from my unis and its a problem with the UKCAT score, my ps didnt have enough extra curricular and the only interview i had i messed up at one of the stations which pulled down my average.

    my parents are really against me doing a gap year, they really want me to apply for another course through UCAS extra/clearing e.g biomed or optometry. But i really dont know if i want to spend the rest of my life having a career in any of the other courses.

    here are my grades if it helps
    9A* 1A at GCSE
    AS grades = AAAA
    A-level prediction = A*AA

    The thing is, what if i dont get the second time round either? i feel if i didnt get in second time round its like ive wasted a year.
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    Its not like you have to just sit around on a gap year. Properly planned, its a fantastic opportunity that affords opportunities way beyond just another stab at medicine. I wish i'd taken one.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Its not like you have to just sit around on a gap year. Properly planned, its a fantastic opportunity that affords opportunities way beyond just another stab at medicine. I wish i'd taken one.
    Good advice - most parents (especially Indians, including mine) somehow have it in their heads that a gap year is "damaging" because you "lose the ability to study well and work ethic flies out the window, because you spend a year on beaches doing nothing".

    But these gap years give you a chance to do things to make yourself stand out in your application - things like volunteering in hospitals, working with NGO's to improve healthcare in developing countries - there's a lot more you can do.

    Just out of interest, does your school have a careers advisor? If so, then I think they're the best person to consult at this point in time.

    [EDIT] Medicine is a horribly competitive course, so I'd also advise you to aim for higher grades than you're currently predicted - universities don't mention this too often, but your predicted grades also have an influence over the quality of your application. Meeting the requirement is never enough for Medicine.
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    Take the gap year! As someone on a gap year, it's a no brainer. The start of the gap year for me wasn't very nice, it was hard work, I was having to revise for UKCAT all the time, I volunteered in a charity shop, did work experience in a hospital and was preparing for interviews. Now I'm on the second half of my gap year (and with a med school offer!), I can chill out. I've got a job, can focus on my hobbies (karate, history reading and videogames!) and am going to go travelling around the States in a few weeks. I am very pleased to have taken one, despite the first months being stressful.
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    If you really want to be a doctor take the gap year. All the problems with your application can be fixed - most people improve their UKCAT second time around, and there are the non-UKCAT unis to consider (Bristol and Birmingham). You have a chance to add to your EC's over the summer and improve your PS. I would recommend using the PS helper service here - it did wonders for my application. If you really put the time into the research and apply wisely there's no reason you can't get an offer next time round.
 
 
 
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