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    Hi there - I am currently studying History, English and Spanish for A-level. I did Biology AS level and obtained an A. I got all A*s in my GCSE sciences, and was originally intending on applying to do medicine. However, on some bad information and due to quite a stressful and rushed discussion making process at school I didn't end up doing Chemistry A-level for 6th form, and therefore could not further pursue medicine. Now, I am predicted A*A*A for my A levels, and was wondering if there were any undergraduate courses that accept students such as myself to do medicine? I have looked around but many of the courses I found only let in students whose families earn under a certain amount, or live in a certain area. Essentially I am trying to find Uni courses which offer a 'Pre-med" year for students who haven't done science A levels! Do courses such as these exist? Or am i being ridiculous? Would it be better to take a gap year and do Chemistry A level? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Hi there - I am currently studying History, English and Spanish for A-level. I did Biology AS level and obtained an A. I got all A*s in my GCSE sciences, and was originally intending on applying to do medicine. However, on some bad information and due to quite a stressful and rushed discussion making process at school I didn't end up doing Chemistry A-level for 6th form, and therefore could not further pursue medicine. Now, I am predicted A*A*A for my A levels, and was wondering if there were any undergraduate courses that accept students such as myself to do medicine? I have looked around but many of the courses I found only let in students whose families earn under a certain amount, or live in a certain area. Essentially I am trying to find Uni courses which offer a 'Pre-med" year for students who haven't done science A levels! Do courses such as these exist? Or am i being ridiculous? Would it be better to take a gap year and do Chemistry A level? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Those are Gateway courses designed to widen access and get some people from disadvantaged backgrounds into medicine. The offers for those are generally quite a bit lower than the standard AAA and, with A*A*A predictions, you wouldn't be eligible for those anyway, I don't think.

    You should be able to apply for a medicine courses with an extra foundation year though. These are specifically for people who've taken no more than one science A Level and have changed their minds too late -- the entry requirements are the same as for the normal medicine course at any given university although entry is generally more competitive because the number of places relative to the number of applications is quite small.

    Have a look at this for some more information: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Students...nicalyear.aspx. You won't be able to apply for 2016 entry as the deadline for all medicine applications was 15 October but you could always apply as a strong post-qualification candidate next year should you meet your predicted A*A*Aa grades.

    Edit: You may ineligible for some of these as well because some universities target them specifically towards mature students or those from a non-traditional background who've had a break (usually 2 - 3 years) from formal education.
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    You've been looking at Widening Access to medicine courses. You need to look at Medicine with a Foundation Year, which is for students without a particularly 'sciency' background i.e. not doing both chem and bio for a-level

    The following link should help: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...icine_Programs

    On that link, look for the university courses where they only consider people with only one science a-level.

    Hope this helps.
 
 
 
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