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    Hey all,

    So, I'm about to start an Access to HE course, my 2nd one in fact..

    Basically, I completed an Access course back in 2012 and went on to university to study Nursing. However, after my first placement I made the decision to withdrew from my studies and persue a career in Radiography instead. My plan was apply for an internal transfer at the uni I was at, but unfortunately they no longer accept the Access Diploma that I already had as it didn't contain a Physics module that's required to study Radiography.

    So, here I am back to square one, about to do another Access course. It sucks but I'll do whatever needs to be done. This time round I decided to do it via DLC (Distance Learning Centre). I didn't want to go back to college, and this way I can get it done in my own time. My aim is to have it complete be the end of May '15 ready for June moderation. I'll also be reapplying to uni in a couple of months.

    Anyone else starting an Access course this year?

    All the best
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    Hey

    I have just finished my access course in applied science, mine included physics.

    You sound very determined and hats off to you for going back again to get to where you want to go!

    I am sure you are already aware but I would brush up on your maths if you haven't done maths for a while. A lot of people on my course really struggled because they hadn't done any hardcore maths since their GCSEs, and some people, their O-levels!!

    Two people on my course applied to do radiography at two different uni's and both got out right declined - one was after applying and the other was after having an interview - make yourself stand out, but you probably already know that because you have been there before!

    Good luck with it all!
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    Hey,

    Thanks. Fortunately, i'm not too bad with maths. I did maths on my last Access course which was only a couple of years ago, along with the maths I did at uni, and I've still got all my old work and notes so I'm sure I'll be fine with that.

    I'll do my best to try and stand out. I'm hoping my previous nursing experience and my determination (doing this all over again) will show them I'm suitable for the course and how much I want this.

    Fingers crossed!
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    (Original post by MrJay)
    Hey,

    Thanks. Fortunately, i'm not too bad with maths. I did maths on my last Access course which was only a couple of years ago, along with the maths I did at uni, and I've still got all my old work and notes so I'm sure I'll be fine with that.

    I'll do my best to try and stand out. I'm hoping my previous nursing experience and my determination (doing this all over again) will show them I'm suitable for the course and how much I want this.

    Fingers crossed!
    Just wanted to say good luck, I am a radiography (therapy) student at BCU I did a module in medical physics on my access course. There's not really too much maths needed but there is a fair amount of physics but they did teach us from the basics, so any physics will give you a good grounding x

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    (Original post by lindsay2910)
    Just wanted to say good luck, I am a radiography (therapy) student at BCU I did a module in medical physics on my access course. There's not really too much maths needed but there is a fair amount of physics but they did teach us from the basics, so any physics will give you a good grounding x

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    Thanks! BCU is where I started studying Nursing. Now I want to go back there to do Radiography. I loved it there.
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    (Original post by MrJay)
    Thanks! BCU is where I started studying Nursing. Now I want to go back there to do Radiography. I loved it there.
    Yeah I think it is a Brill uni, will you be doing diagnostic or therapy radiography?

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    (Original post by lindsay2910)
    Yeah I think it is a Brill uni, will you be doing diagnostic or therapy radiography?
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    Diagnostic. I had a bit of experience in radiology whilst on placement and loved it.


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    (Original post by MrJay)
    Diagnostic. I had a bit of experience in radiology whilst on placement and loved it.


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    That's great, the only thing I will say is that after speaking to diagnostic students that it is really only xrays with the exception of the odd week observing another modality.
    Good luck though, therapy and diagnostic have some lectures together so if you have any questions feel free to message me x

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    (Original post by lindsay2910)
    That's great, the only thing I will say is that after speaking to diagnostic students that it is really only xrays with the exception of the odd week observing another modality.
    Good luck though, therapy and diagnostic have some lectures together so if you have any questions feel free to message me x
    Yeah I know it's pretty much all xrays, which is cool with me. I know that once I graduate and have a couple years experience I could potentially go on to do a masters a specialise in MRI, CT or Ultrasound, etc.

    Thanks for the offer. I may be taking you up on that
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    (Original post by MrJay)
    Yeah I know it's pretty much all xrays, which is cool with me. I know that once I graduate and have a couple years experience I could potentially go on to do a masters a specialise in MRI, CT or Ultrasound, etc.

    Thanks for the offer. I may be taking you up on that
    Sounds like you know what the course entails which is good because some students dont realise that it is majority of xrays and expect to be doing everything else and are disappointed that the course doesn't meet their expectations.

    Good luck, let me know how you get on x

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    (Original post by lindsay2910)
    Sounds like you know what the course entails which is good because some students dont realise that it is majority of xrays and expect to be doing everything else and are disappointed that the course doesn't meet their expectations.

    Good luck, let me know how you get on x
    Thanks. I will do. x
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    Hey. I completed my Access to Social Science with the DLC in March. I am going to university in September this year Good luck with your studies!
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    (Original post by Butterfly92)
    Hey. I completed my Access to Social Science with the DLC in March. I am going to university in September this year Good luck with your studies!
    Congrats. How long did it take you to finish your course with DLC?
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    (Original post by MrJay)
    Congrats. How long did it take you to finish your course with DLC?
    It took me 13 months to complete, so not bad going considering I was working full time as well! Also back then, you had no deadlines on your assignments - you purely do it in your own time but now you've two weeks to do it, or ask for an extension if you need more time.
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    (Original post by Butterfly92)
    It took me 13 months to complete, so not bad going considering I was working full time as well! Also back then, you had no deadlines on your assignments - you purely do it in your own time but now you've two weeks to do it, or ask for an extension if you need more time.
    Sounds good. My aim is to complete it in just over 9 months. I completed my last Access course at college in 9 months so hopefully I can do it again. Need it fiished by June moderation.
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    (Original post by MrJay)
    Hey,


    I'll do my best to try and stand out. I'm hoping my previous nursing experience and my determination (doing this all over again) will show them I'm suitable for the course and how much I want this.

    Fingers crossed!
    Hi Mr Jay,

    I just read over your post and wanted to give a different perspective on your previous nursing experience. My advice is to be careful when your using this as a selling point.

    I'm guessing most will see it in the aspect you hope, 'knew he wasn't happy so did something about it, didnt go into a profession he wasn't committed too, Previous healthcare experience' ect

    However, they might also see it as 'you're a drop out, unsettled, going into a highly competitive degree without researching it' etc. So it'll be massively important to get your reasons across clearly (which I think are valid) for withdrawing.

    Please don't think these are my views, far from it i think you're very brave giving up on a funded degree because you weren't happy, and I'm sure you're uni will see it from a positive angle but just wanting to help you see things from the other side encase you get asked about it at interview.

    I wish you all the luck in the world.
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    (Original post by kathyowen04)
    Hi Mr Jay,

    I just read over your post and wanted to give a different perspective on your previous nursing experience. My advice is to be careful when your using this as a selling point.

    I'm guessing most will see it in the aspect you hope, 'knew he wasn't happy so did something about it, didnt go into a profession he wasn't committed too, Previous healthcare experience' ect

    However, they might also see it as 'you're a drop out, unsettled, going into a highly competitive degree without researching it' etc. So it'll be massively important to get your reasons across clearly (which I think are valid) for withdrawing.

    Please don't think these are my views, far from it i think you're very brave giving up on a funded degree because you weren't happy, and I'm sure you're uni will see it from a positive angle but just wanting to help you see things from the other side encase you get asked about it at interview.

    I wish you all the luck in the world.
    Thank you for this. I totally get where you're coming from, this had already crossed my mind and all I can do is be 100% honest as to why I dropped out of nursing. The last thing I want is for them to feel as though I didn't like it, so I dropped out, and now I'm trying something new on whim. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I was settled at university, I enjoyed the challenge, I enjoyed the lifestyle, and overall I never had any complaints. When people heard that I dropped out, they immediately assumed it was because I didn't like it. In fact, I really enjoyed nursing, I just didn't love it. I wasn't as passionate as others in my cohort and it just wasn't something I saw myself doing for the rest of my working life.

    I was never able to answer the question 'where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?' when it came to nursing, but with radiography it's different. After all the research I've done and the work experience I did in a radiology dept, I know exactly where I see myself. Radiographers have the opportunity to do a postgraduate Dip/Msc after at least 2 years’ experience and go onto interpret medical images and write reports on what they find. Human anatomy and pathology are by far my greatest interests and so I clearly see myself going on to do that and having a happy and fulfilled career doing so.

    I just hope the university see it this way.
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    (Original post by MrJay)
    Thank you for this. I totally get where you're coming from, this had already crossed my mind and all I can do is be 100% honest as to why I dropped out of nursing. The last thing I want is for them to feel as though I didn't like it, so I dropped out, and now I'm trying something new on whim. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I was settled at university, I enjoyed the challenge, I enjoyed the lifestyle, and overall I never had any complaints. When people heard that I dropped out, they immediately assumed it was because I didn't like it. In fact, I really enjoyed nursing, I just didn't love it. I wasn't as passionate as others in my cohort and it just wasn't something I saw myself doing for the rest of my working life.

    I was never able to answer the question 'where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?' when it came to nursing, but with radiography it's different. After all the research I've done and the work experience I did in a radiology dept, I know exactly where I see myself. Radiographers have the opportunity to do a postgraduate Dip/Msc after at least 2 years’ experience and go onto interpret medical images and write reports on what they find. Human anatomy and pathology are by far my greatest interests and so I clearly see myself going on to do that and having a happy and fulfilled career doing so.

    I just hope the university see it this way.
    I know exactly where you're coming from over nursing. If I was 20 years younger with no children, I would be aiming for medicine. Like you I feel passionate about the anatomy, diagnosis and the medical side of things and worry if I'm cut out for the rest of it.

    However, I am 37, with 2 children, only 2 GCSE's above C and currently doing an access course (not A Levels). Meaning, I think medicine is a stretch too far!! Although I am proud to say I'm in the top 5% of my access course, of which there are 132 students currently, so I think the old grey matter is capable of hard academic work, I just didn't try in school lol!

    My plan is to either:
    1. Go into nursing and get a A&E, ICU or high dependency post (these would keep me challenged)
    2. Carry on and do my Masters and specialise as well as becoming a nursing practitioner
    3. Continuing on and doing the PHD and go into research/teaching
    4. Use my nursing degree to get into medicine.


    I guess we'll find out!
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    (Original post by kathyowen04)
    I know exactly where you're coming from over nursing. If I was 20 years younger with no children, I would be aiming for medicine. Like you I feel passionate about the anatomy, diagnosis and the medical side of things and worry if I'm cut out for the rest of it.

    However, I am 37, with 2 children, only 2 GCSE's above C and currently doing an access course (not A Levels). Meaning, I think medicine is a stretch too far!! Although I am proud to say I'm in the top 5% of my access course, of which there are 132 students currently, so I think the old grey matter is capable of hard academic work, I just didn't try in school lol!

    My plan is to either:
    1. Go into nursing and get a A&E, ICU or high dependency post (these would keep me challenged)
    2. Carry on and do my Masters and specialise as well as becoming a nursing practitioner
    3. Continuing on and doing the PHD and go into research/teaching
    4. Use my nursing degree to get into medicine.


    I guess we'll find out!
    I'm 26 and have 2 children also, I think medicine is way out of my reach even if I wanted to do it lol,

    Your plans sound very familiar to what mine were, because I'm so interested in anatomy and the medical side of things aswell, I wanted to go on to become a nurse practitioner in A&E or AAU. However, the more I learnt about radiography, the more it appealed to me... more so than nursing. Using nursing to get into medicine is possible though, I know someone who has done that.

    All I will say is keep your options open and go into your nursing degree with an open mind. If you become too fixated on what you want to do in the future, you could potentially become disillusioned with the course because you can be on a placement which involves an area of nursing you have no interest in.

    Best of luck to you going forward. Let me know how you things go, I'd be interested in following your journey.
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    (Original post by MrJay)
    I'm 26 and have 2 children also, I think medicine is way out of my reach even if I wanted to do it lol,

    Your plans sound very familiar to what mine were, because I'm so interested in anatomy and the medical side of things aswell, I wanted to go on to become a nurse practitioner in A&E or AAU. However, the more I learnt about radiography, the more it appealed to me... more so than nursing. Using nursing to get into medicine is possible though, I know someone who has done that.

    All I will say is keep your options open and go into your nursing degree with an open mind. If you become too fixated on what you want to do in the future, you could potentially become disillusioned with the course because you can be on a placement which involves an area of nursing you have no interest in.

    Best of luck to you going forward. Let me know how you things go, I'd be interested in following your journey.
    I most certainly will.

    I know I can research this put what is the role of the radiographer? Its not something I have ever considered because physics was my least strongest science.
 
 
 
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