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    So I got:

    Biology - B (thanks to my damn D in my ISA)
    Psychology - B (1% off an A)
    Chemistry C - (3% off a B)

    I know these dont look promising and my DREAM JOB is to be a Forensic Psychiatrist (its literally - seriously it is - the perfect career for me)

    I have always wanted to do medicine but for some reason I never knew how competitive medicine is - i am like one of those oblivious private school girls who rely on their teachers too much and thinks the sea will split just for me

    I was seriously disappointed with my chem since it was my best subject at GCSE

    I was thinking to take Psychology then to become a Forensic Psychologist but its just not what I want to do

    So my questions are:

    Should i still try and do medicine?
    Can i apply to 3 medical uni's and 2 psychology uni's?
    Should i forget medicine and do psychology instead?
    Is it harder to do medicine through psychology?
    Can i bring my grades up?
    Any advice?


    Also can anyone shed some light on to how the application process works? I dont get how i can be predicted 3A's after these grades by october (or whenever early applications are) so IDEK how i can been considered?

    And to add i havent done UKCAT yet - I only know of Leeds and Liverpool who dont put much emphasis on it

    Also i cba to write a psychOlogy P.S after spending all that time writing my medical one

    Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this and help me out
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    Hmm, well the problem is, many if not all medical schools require a 4th AS level and by the appearance of things you are only taking 3?
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    You should still go for medicine if it's what you want to do! Have you considered getting your psychology and chemistry remarked as you're so close to the next grade which would make it easier for your teachers to predict you As
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    (Original post by Robocop656)
    Hmm, well the problem is, many if not all medical schools require a 4th AS level and by the appearance of things you are only taking 3?
    I didnt mention my fourth AS because its not a problem!
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    Oh ok my bad! sorry haha - just confirming you knew this!
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    (Original post by amytay04)
    You should still go for medicine if it's what you want to do! Have you considered getting your psychology and chemistry remarked as you're so close to the next grade which would make it easier for your teachers to predict you As
    Yeah I will get my scripts back and then remarked if it looks like I can gain more marks! but I did get my biology unit 1 (Jan) remarked and it went down
    so i resat and improved from a D to a very high B
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    (Original post by Robocop656)
    Oh ok my bad! sorry haha - just confirming you knew this!
    Haha its totally fine no need to appologise xD
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    (Original post by iLoveMyCatsx)
    So I got:

    Biology - B (thanks to my damn D in my ISA)
    Psychology - B (1% off an A)
    Chemistry C - (3% off a B)

    I know these dont look promising and my DREAM JOB is to be a Forensic Psychiatrist (its literally - seriously it is - the perfect career for me)

    I have always wanted to do medicine but for some reason I never knew how competitive medicine is - i am like one of those oblivious private school girls who rely on their teachers too much and thinks the sea will split just for me

    I was seriously disappointed with my chem since it was my best subject at GCSE

    I was thinking to take Psychology then to become a Forensic Psychologist but its just not what I want to do

    So my questions are:

    Should i still try and do medicine?
    Can i apply to 3 medical uni's and 2 psychology uni's?
    Should i forget medicine and do psychology instead?
    Is it harder to do medicine through psychology?
    Can i bring my grades up?
    Any advice?


    Also can anyone shed some light on to how the application process works? I dont get how i can be predicted 3A's after these grades by october (or whenever early applications are) so IDEK how i can been considered?

    And to add i havent done UKCAT yet - I only know of Leeds and Liverpool who dont put much emphasis on it

    Also i cba to write a psychOlogy P.S after spending all that time writing my medical one

    Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this and help me out
    I'll be brutal here but with those AS grades medicine is not going to be an immediate option. Sorry

    HOWEVER

    If you can pick those grades up there is always the graduate entry route, though this is actually more competitive than undergraduate entry. To do well here you need a relevant degree - you said Psychology is an option, that might work - and to get at least a 2:1 then sit the entrance exams, loads of work experience and nail any interviews.

    I must ask though, are you sure medicine is for you? I know you said about being a forensic psychiatrist but what is it about that specialty? Maybe being a psychologist is better suited to you? I do not know but it is certainly something to consider.

    Best of luck
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    Good idea, good luck! Hope you get them moved up! Ah that's annoying but at least you did well on the resit!
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    You could try and improve your grades to AAA at A2 and if you manage to do that take a gap year, without applying to Medicine during the next cycle. Apply for a entry to medicine type course that you can apply for graduate entry courses just in case you don't get AAA

    Chemistry is especially important in getting an A since that's the one subject all medical schools require.
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    (Original post by Muppet Science)
    I'll be brutal here but with those AS grades medicine is not going to be an immediate option. Sorry

    HOWEVER

    If you can pick those grades up there is always the graduate entry route, though this is actually more competitive than undergraduate entry. To do well here you need a relevant degree - you said Psychology is an option, that might work - and to get at least a 2:1 then sit the entrance exams, loads of work experience and nail any interviews.

    I must ask though, are you sure medicine is for you? I know you said about being a forensic psychiatrist but what is it about that specialty? Maybe being a psychologist is better suited to you? I do not know but it is certainly something to consider.

    Best of luck
    Thanks for the advice and tbh the 5 years training sounds terrible to me but I have always wanted to be a doctor and specialising into being a psychiatrist (a forensic one) sounds very appealing and exciting to me and it is what I want to do
    i guess psychology is my back up and second choice but a forensic psychologist doesnt have as much "power" or influence as a psychiatrist
    plus i dont think there are many jobs out there for psychologists?
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    (Original post by iLoveMyCatsx)
    Thanks for the advice and tbh the 5 years training sounds terrible to me but I have always wanted to be a doctor and specialising into being a psychiatrist (a forensic one) sounds very appealing and exciting to me and it is what I want to do
    i guess psychology is my back up and second choice but a forensic psychologist doesnt have as much "power" or influence as a psychiatrist
    plus i dont think there are many jobs out there for psychologists?
    May I ask why you have always wanted to be a doctor, and especially a psychiatrist? I certainly would not choose a career path on the grounds of its 'power' - doctors can get held by loads of bureaucracy. If 5 years training does not sound attractive to you then medicine might not be for you at all. You have to (as an undergraduate) spend a minimum of 5 years at university, then 2 years foundation training before training in your specialty before then FINALLY becoming a consultant; for neurosurgeons the entire process takes 15 years from the start of medical school.

    Have you had any medical work experience? If so, what is it you liked about the profession? Because to me, with all due respect, it sounds like you do not know the profession particularly well - I may be completely wrong here, I normally am but just something to think about before committing to medicine.
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    (Original post by Muppet Science)
    May I ask why you have always wanted to be a doctor, and especially a psychiatrist? I certainly would not choose a career path on the grounds of its 'power' - doctors can get held by loads of bureaucracy. If 5 years training does not sound attractive to you then medicine might not be for you at all. You have to (as an undergraduate) spend a minimum of 5 years at university, then 2 years foundation training before training in your specialty before then FINALLY becoming a consultant; for neurosurgeons the entire process takes 15 years from the start of medical school.

    Have you had any medical work experience? If so, what is it you liked about the profession? Because to me, with all due respect, it sounds like you do not know the profession particularly well - I may be completely wrong here, I normally am but just something to think about before committing to medicine.
    I have had lots ofmedical work experience and I an aware of the length of the process
    I liked the fact that all the doctors i had the opportunity to shadow were able to successfully help/heal or maintain the conditions of their patients which isnt something that anyone can do
    i would love to be able to call myself a doctor too - but i do want to move into psychiatry so i am more about helping people with their mental conditions/status and less about helping people physically

    Idk recently i have been thinking that i have just been holding onto a career path because i have always said thats what i am going to do (seriously since i was very very young) i am having a crisis - all i know is that i want to be a forensic psychiatrist, if i dont apply for medicine i will never know if i could and will regret it, psychology has hardly any jobs, medicine is a very secure career and i always thought about being a pilot but i am not good at maths or physics (B's in my GCSE's) so that dream was taken away from me
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    (Original post by iLoveMyCatsx)
    I have had lots ofmedical work experience and I an aware of the length of the process
    I liked the fact that all the doctors i had the opportunity to shadow were able to successfully help/heal or maintain the conditions of their patients which isnt something that anyone can do
    i would love to be able to call myself a doctor too - but i do want to move into psychiatry so i am more about helping people with their mental conditions/status and less about helping people physically

    Idk recently i have been thinking that i have just been holding onto a career path because i have always said thats what i am going to do (seriously since i was very very young) i am having a crisis - all i know is that i want to be a forensic psychiatrist, if i dont apply for medicine i will never know if i could and will regret it, psychology has hardly any jobs, medicine is a very secure career and i always thought about being a pilot but i am not good at maths or physics (B's in my GCSE's) so that dream was taken away from me
    May I ask what your GCSE grades were? If they are good then there are a few medical schools that will look at you, the one that comes to mind is Cardiff as they do not look at AS grades so assuming your GCSEs are good then you may be called for interview and then it is all up to you really

    East Anglia also seems an option, as does Exeter, Glasgow, and a few others.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...your_Strengths (good idea to look here)
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    (Original post by Muppet Science)
    May I ask what your GCSE grades were? If they are good then there are a few medical schools that will look at you, the one that comes to mind is Cardiff as they do not look at AS grades so assuming your GCSEs are good then you may be called for interview and then it is all up to you really

    East Anglia also seems an option, as does Exeter, Glasgow, and a few others.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...your_Strengths (good idea to look here)
    My GCSE's are average i got A's in Bio and Chem and Classics the rest B's
    ugh idk what to do withmyself this is so stressful
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    (Original post by iLoveMyCatsx)
    My GCSE's are average i got A's in Bio and Chem and Classics the rest B's
    ugh idk what to do withmyself this is so stressful
    With those GCSE grades medicine is very unlikely as an undergraduate, so much so that I would advise not applying for undergraduate. Instead apply for a related degree, e.g. biochemistry, biomedical science etc. and getting a first or 2:1, and then applying for graduate entry. It has been done but it will just take a bit longer than the undergraduate route

    I would also suggest reposting this thread in the medicine sub-forum, there are people there far better than I am to advise you as I am a little rusty on the whole UCAS process since I applied earlier this year.

    BEST OF LUCK
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    I'm in the same position as you, getting B's and C's. What I'm planning to do is resit a module in each subject and work extremely hard this coming A2 year to get myself hopefully A*AAb or better. I'm not planning to apply this year as I see it as a waste of time as I don't think I'll be predicted AAA. I'm planning to apply in the 2015 cycle (next September) and get a lot of work experience, more volunteering and a job.
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    (Original post by SteelCookie)
    I'm in the same position as you, getting B's and C's. What I'm planning to do is resit a module in each subject and work extremely hard this coming A2 year to get myself hopefully A*AAb or better. I'm not planning to apply this year as I see it as a waste of time as I don't think I'll be predicted AAA. I'm planning to apply in the 2015 cycle (next September) and get a lot of work experience, more volunteering and a job.
    Exactly the same here! School has advised me to apply for Biomed just in case I manage to score an offer, as they said it'll still be a useful experience if I come out with 5 rejections, as I can always apply for 2015 med entry anyway.
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    what was your 4th subject/grade as you might be better advised to keep it going to A2 instead of Psychology? If you got a good grade in it you might have more chance of the critical 3 As for medicine and Psychology isn't even necessary to study Psychology. Some universities would prefer you to have maths.

    Psychology is not a great choice of first degree if you want to do medicine as many prefer something they see as more scientific. Biomedical or Chemistry (but not with that AS) are a better choices if sure you want to be a doctor. Your other option if your AS was non-scientific is to do Psychology, one science and the As subject and apply for 5 year courses.
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    (Original post by Muppet Science)
    With those GCSE grades medicine is very unlikely as an undergraduate, so much so that I would advise not applying for undergraduate. Instead apply for a related degree, e.g. biochemistry, biomedical science etc. and getting a first or 2:1, and then applying for graduate entry. It has been done but it will just take a bit longer than the undergraduate route

    I would also suggest reposting this thread in the medicine sub-forum, there are people there far better than I am to advise you as I am a little rusty on the whole UCAS process since I applied earlier this year.

    BEST OF LUCK
    Really? I thought A's in Bio and Chem and B's in English and Maths (minimum B's) were the requirements? (OCR Art and Edexcel ICT were really hard to do well in)
    Im really not interested in Biochem or Biomed I cba to keep that up for a few years to then do medicine :/ i thought psychology was fine?

    Meh I wish i could apply to 3 medical uni's and 2 psychology uni's
 
 
 
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