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    Okay. I'm complicated and I need help haha!

    I'm a mature student (25 at the moment) and I was home-educated, and have very few standard qualifications (5 GCSEs ABBBC [no science!] and AS CCC) and the rest of what I've done has been Open University modules, which I've done mostly for fun, because I never had a spcific career goal. Until now.

    I would LOVE to go to medical school, but due to my qualifications I can't get in to any, and getting the qualifications I need to be able to qualify will take a few years, at which point sadly I will be considered too old to start medicine. I also have a home and life here in the West Mids, and my nearest Medical School is Birmingham, which has some of the higher standards and I doubt I'd get into that one even with doing necessary qualifications, because its so competitive.

    Moving away to be near a different school would be more than I can afford, and I can't live in halls because I have cats that frankly I am definitely not prepared to give up (I am a mad cat lady, they are like my children) lol. So commuting to uni from where I currently live is my only realistic choice. Sadly this really does knock medical school out of reach, because I just can't see how it would work.

    So... what else can I do? I have looked extensively at Biomedical Science, and the course content looks very interesting, but the job itself is not patient-based, and I want to work with people. I'm not interested in a nursing degree, as its not scientific enough for me.

    Any thoughts on medical-based degrees that are challenging, scientific, but still involve working with the patients?
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    Okay. I'm complicated and I need help haha!

    I'm a mature student (25 at the moment) and I was home-educated, and have very few standard qualifications (5 GCSEs ABBBC [no science!] and AS CCC) and the rest of what I've done has been Open University modules, which I've done mostly for fun, because I never had a spcific career goal. Until now.

    I would LOVE to go to medical school, but due to my qualifications I can't get in to any, and getting the qualifications I need to be able to qualify will take a few years, at which point sadly I will be considered too old to start medicine. I also have a home and life here in the West Mids, and my nearest Medical School is Birmingham, which has some of the higher standards and I doubt I'd get into that one even with doing necessary qualifications, because its so competitive.

    Moving away to be near a different school would be more than I can afford, and I can't live in halls because I have cats that frankly I am definitely not prepared to give up (I am a mad cat lady, they are like my children) lol. So commuting to uni from where I currently live is my only realistic choice. Sadly this really does knock medical school out of reach, because I just can't see how it would work.

    So... what else can I do? I have looked extensively at Biomedical Science, and the course content looks very interesting, but the job itself is not patient-based, and I want to work with people. I'm not interested in a nursing degree, as its not scientific enough for me.

    Any thoughts on medical-based degrees that are challenging, scientific, but still involve working with the patients?
    Physiotherapy?

    Midwifery?

    Within Nursing you can specialise and run your own clinics depending on the speciality so don't dismiss it! Some of the specialist nurses at my trusts are more involved with leading research than most of the doctors!
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    (Original post by esmej)
    Okay. I'm complicated and I need help haha!

    I'm a mature student (25 at the moment) and I was home-educated, and have very few standard qualifications (5 GCSEs ABBBC [no science!] and AS CCC) and the rest of what I've done has been Open University modules, which I've done mostly for fun, because I never had a spcific career goal. Until now.

    I would LOVE to go to medical school, but due to my qualifications I can't get in to any, and getting the qualifications I need to be able to qualify will take a few years, at which point sadly I will be considered too old to start medicine. I also have a home and life here in the West Mids, and my nearest Medical School is Birmingham, which has some of the higher standards and I doubt I'd get into that one even with doing necessary qualifications, because its so competitive.

    Moving away to be near a different school would be more than I can afford, and I can't live in halls because I have cats that frankly I am definitely not prepared to give up (I am a mad cat lady, they are like my children) lol. So commuting to uni from where I currently live is my only realistic choice. Sadly this really does knock medical school out of reach, because I just can't see how it would work.

    So... what else can I do? I have looked extensively at Biomedical Science, and the course content looks very interesting, but the job itself is not patient-based, and I want to work with people. I'm not interested in a nursing degree, as its not scientific enough for me.

    Any thoughts on medical-based degrees that are challenging, scientific, but still involve working with the patients?
    If you're truly serious about getting into medicine, it's doable. I first applied in my mid 30s and I got in. There are several other 30-something's on my course. I suspect you'd either need to take new A levels (at least 3 subjects to A2 in 2 years) or complete an UG degree first (getting at least a 2.1). The latter is preferable, as most med school have issues with redoing A levels. You'd still be <30 when you applied, which is no problem for many medical schools (although choose carefully).


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    Have you considered access/foundation courses? Many medical unis offer them for people with unique circumstances.
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    Thanks for the replies, guys. My biology tutor at my new college has been super useful with her advice and encouragement! I do want to do medicine, and I'm going to make it work
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    Good luck!!!
 
 
 
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