Does anyone have any experience of this?
I know that whatever I do it would be very expensive, but are there any ways of getting funding? Are there any special requirements? Is it any more than a vague possibility?
Obviously I'm in the process of researching this myself, but anything extra you can give me will be enormously appreciated, even if it's "what the hell do you think that will achieve?".
I have a decent academic background pre-university, but not at university.
Further maths A*
English Lit A*
Classical Greek A
Biology AS - A
English AEA - Dist.
Chemistry Olympiad - Silver
Maths Challenges - good record, mentoring, summer school etc.
Salters Chemistry camp
Maths at Oxford
Y1 - 2:1
Y2 - 2:2 (this will be a major problem)
Y3 - expecting a 1st (genuinely)
Y4 - expecting a 1st.
Overall: 2:1, plus masters (integrated)
I will not get a good reference from Oxford.
Basically, I'm not sure I did the right subject, or that I want a career with it. If I get a first or a 2:1 in this degree, and I can get some relevant experience, would I have any chance applying for medicine? And at what types of universities? Also, will not having the full biology A-level hold me back?
As a final point, would I be eligible to apply for armed forces funding? I'm 20 currently, and have been very active in my university's URNU. I don't mind a medical armed forces career.
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Last edited by Octohedral; 19-04-2013 at 13:47.
- 19-04-2013 13:09
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- 19-04-2013 13:44
You have a very good chance with GEM courses.
You have extremely good GCSE's and A-level grades, as well as a great predicted classification on your degree.
As you have taken Chemistry at A2, it does help. However, you haven't studied any biological topics at either A-level/degree. This may limit your choices of universities.
Although some universities state that they do not take GCSE/A-level into account.
Where you can apply can be found on the GEM course wiki on TSR
You should also call/email universities to make sure you meet their requirements.
The most important thing you should be looking for, before even applying to a GEM course, is work experience/volunteering.
This can be anything from a few days/week shadowing a doctor, volunteering for a few months/year in a hospital or care home. As you rightfully said, you don't know whether you made the right choice for your degree and career - undertaking some form of work experience would help to affirm that Medicine is the right career for you.
Funding, UKCAT, and many other things can be found the GEM wiki
Take a look at the GEM applicants thread as well, it should help to discuss applications with other students that are taking the same route: GEM Applicants Society
(they're a happy folk and should help to answer any questions you have, and not as condescending as the word 'society' may have you believe them to be)
- 19-04-2013 16:20
Holy **** that is a good academic background. I don't think you'll have too many worries in that department As above, check the course requirements on the GEM Wiki and you'll note you easily match the requirements for most schools. The only further point to make is that you need some good experience of what medicine is really like through shadowing, and if you have any voluntary or care roles that you can undertake, that'll boost your chance significantly.
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- 20-04-2013 14:14
Thank you both very much for your help - I'll keep on researching
Particularly useful to know they put so much emphasis on experience - I'll try to organise it, possibly through my current university. Also, useful to know about the GEM society.