Direct entry into second year. Is this advisable?

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I am greatly considering applying to University of Edinburgh to study Biology or Biomedical sciences. My predicted grades are A*AAA/AAAA for A Levels in biology, maths, history and chemistry. There is a route for me to enter into the course in the second year if I achieve AAB in my A-Levels however what disadvantage would I be at if I were to start the course without having done the first year of the degree?

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I am greatly considering applying to University of Edinburgh to study Biology or Biomedical sciences. My predicted grades are A*AAA/AAAA for A Levels in biology, maths, history and chemistry. There is a route for me to enter into the course in the second year if I achieve AAB in my A-Levels however what disadvantage would I be at if I were to start the course without having done the first year of the degree?

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Hi, can I ask how this went? I am currently in a similar situation and I need to make my decision about whether to enter into first or second year by next week. I am also applying for Biomedical science.
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Hi, can I ask how this went? I am currently in a similar situation and I need to make my decision about whether to enter into first or second year by next week. I am also applying for Biomedical science.
Just thought I'd let you know that first year is usually a lot of basic A Level stuff in a bit more detail, and getting people onto the same level. Biomedical sciences will share a lot of lectures with students from similar courses like Biology and Biochemistry in the first year, because they want all of you to learn the basic Biology and Chemistry A Level content again. If they're offering you direct entry into second year, it's probably because you've exceeded the usual entry requirements, and wouldn't benefit much from the first year content.

If you accept the offer for Year 2 entry, you'll have lower tuition fees and graduate a year earlier, and would probably feel like you're on the same academic level as your peers. However, you might find it difficult to socialise, as most people have already established their friendship groups in first year and already know each other. Also, you will be expected to know the A Level content like the back of your hand, as they won't be repeating any of that in Year 2 - they will be moving onto brand new topics when you start. Year 2 also counts towards your degree, so there won't be an opportunity for you to have a relaxed year (most people do badly in first year while they're socialising etc and then get serious for second year).

Think about the advantages/disadvantages and which aspects are more important to you. It sounds like a good opportunity to me but it may not be the right decision for you.
Good luck and well done
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Just thought I'd let you know that first year is usually a lot of basic A Level stuff in a bit more detail, and getting people onto the same level. Biomedical sciences will share a lot of lectures with students from similar courses like Biology and Biochemistry in the first year, because they want all of you to learn the basic Biology and Chemistry A Level content again. If they're offering you direct entry into second year, it's probably because you've exceeded the usual entry requirements, and wouldn't benefit much from the first year content.

If you accept the offer for Year 2 entry, you'll have lower tuition fees and graduate a year earlier, and would probably feel like you're on the same academic level as your peers. However, you might find it difficult to socialise, as most people have already established their friendship groups in first year and already know each other. Also, you will be expected to know the A Level content like the back of your hand, as they won't be repeating any of that in Year 2 - they will be moving onto brand new topics when you start. Year 2 also counts towards your degree, so there won't be an opportunity for you to have a relaxed year (most people do badly in first year while they're socialising etc and then get serious for second year).

Think about the advantages/disadvantages and which aspects are more important to you. It sounds like a good opportunity to me but it may not be the right decision for you.
Good luck and well done
Thank you for the advice, there's so much to weigh up! I'm not from Scotland but also im 18 so if I was to go into first year I'd be a year older than my Scottish peers, so i have no idea what to do
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Thank you for the advice, there's so much to weigh up! I'm not from Scotland but also im 18 so if I was to go into first year I'd be a year older than my Scottish peers, so i have no idea what to do
May I ask what you chose? I'm currently having the same dilemma and your advice would be greatly appreciated!
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I choose to go into first year rather than skip into second, and honestly I've always been really focused and driven to achieve stuff but am currently on my second year out while I am a student officer in my union! It was definitely the best decision I could have made for me personally as I got to actually experience student life without worrying too much about academic stuff. I still did all my work and did well during my first 2 years, it just relieved a bit of the pressure I felt academically because I knew I was already capable of doing the work from my A levels.If you choose to skip the year though thats also fine, its not as hard to socialise as you think it will be. There are lots of second and even third year entry students that come in to courses after they start and you will definitely still be able to make friends if this is the route you choose. Don't be putting loads of pressure on yourself to skip first year though, there is some overlap between 1st year and A levels, but also there is some new stuff, and there will be opportunities to socialise either way - just go with what you're most comfortable. Good luck and all the best with whatever you choose!
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I am greatly considering applying to University of Edinburgh to study Biology or Biomedical sciences. My predicted grades are A*AAA/AAAA for A Levels in biology, maths, history and chemistry. There is a route for me to enter into the course in the second year if I achieve AAB in my A-Levels however what disadvantage would I be at if I were to start the course without having done the first year of the degree?

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I wouldn’t recommend it, coming from a biomed student with almost identical grades
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