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    Hi,

    I'm looking for some advice please.

    I'm a mature student looking to study medicine in a couple of years. I currently don't have the required Alevels to study these. I have the option of either an access course (means giving up work) or doing Alevels part time. I'm weighing up the options of self teaching Biology, Chemistry and psychology over the next 2-3 years or distance learning. I'm not sure if I will need the practical element of the courses to get into medicine. I could go and do evening classes but I'm thinking if I could get away with teaching myself it would save a whole load of money.

    Has anyone self taught themselves these subjects and managed to get onto a science degree? Is it better to buy the distance learning packs instead?

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by medmaturestudent)
    Hi,

    I'm looking for some advice please.

    I'm a mature student looking to study medicine in a couple of years. I currently don't have the required Alevels to study these. I have the option of either an access course (means giving up work) or doing Alevels part time. I'm weighing up the options of self teaching Biology, Chemistry and psychology over the next 2-3 years or distance learning. I'm not sure if I will need the practical element of the courses to get into medicine. I could go and do evening classes but I'm thinking if I could get away with teaching myself it would save a whole load of money.

    Has anyone self taught themselves these subjects and managed to get onto a science degree? Is it better to buy the distance learning packs instead?

    Thanks in advance
    If you're wanting to do a very competitive course like medicine, then you'll need to make sure that either way, you're going to get the best grades as possible If you haven't tried self-teaching before, then it might be a bit of a big step up to try and get those grades
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    Ok so do you think distance leaning may be better than self teaching? I've looked into part-time a levels but they are all during the day which I can't do.

    My other option is an access course which would be distance learning again as the only access course which is offered in the evening by me is for humanities not science.

    Does anyone know what additional material you get from the distance learning compared to studying text books myself.
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    An Access course will barely get you into any unis for medicine (and the ones that do accept them typically only accept it from 1-2 places, which aren't normally distance learning).

    You've got 2 options really. Either go distance learning for 3 A levels (Chem & Bio at a minimum) and apply (or at least do one of them distance, so you grasp things like writing technique, question phrasing, etc). I think the science ones require practicals though, which have to be marked by someone (other than the exam board). Not sure what your options would be on that bit, but I'd think you'd need a distance learning provider to mark that.

    Your second option is to get on a biomed Access course. You could easily make 2017 entry. More unis are willing to accept Access for biomed.

    You then work ridiculously hard, try and do the best you can possibly do, and apply for 2nd year entry to medicine.

    The latter is quicker and cheaper (but hard), whereas the former is more expensive, would be 2018/2019 entry, but is much safer.
 
 
 
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