So I am a 22 year old currently in my final year of my BA Hons Social Work degree, I'm predicted a 2.2 due to person issues that have happened throughout my university course. I have C grade Maths, English, Science, Additional Science ETC and I also have C grade ALevels in Law Sociology and Health and Social Care.
I understand my options are very limited!
I have been researching non stop for what feels like a life time and I have found I have a few options.
- I go and study abroad, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic etc. (With or Without a foundation year there)
- I do a foundation year here whilst I will have to resit my GCSE grades to bring them up
- I can go through MediPathways which offer a foundation year then a 2 year BSc Biomedical Science degree with then a choice of going to do 4 year graduate medicine abroad or in the UK (If you're lucky enough to get a place - with my prior grades the chances would be low!)
I was wondering if anyone had any advice or other options?
I forgot to add - I have worked in healthcare since I was 14, I have shadowed Drs, I am Phlebotomy trained and loads more - I feel my experience side of things is extremely strong.
Put everything into smashing your dissertation, anything to try get the 2:1. Are your MCs official? Can you do resits on exams/assignments that bring you down? Getting a 2:1 will make your options much more flexible.
SGUL will accept a 2:2 but you need to take the GAMSAT in order to apply. I'm not sure if there are any UKCAT unis that take a 2:2 without a master's but it does mean just one admissions test to focus on once you've finished up at uni.
Good luck and enjoy the rest of your course.
SGUL and Notts 4yr GEM accept 2.2 with GAMSAT but it's difficult to score so highly.
Exeter and Plymouth 5yr a100 accept 2.2 with GAMSAT too, but you will have to pay all your own fees.
Warwick (UKCAT) and Swansea (GAMSAT) accept a 2.2 with a masters. Although you have to score a merit in your masters for Swansea.
All of these can be entered with a non-science undergrad degree. However, the GAMSAT exam requires an a-level knowledge of the sciences as a recommended minimum.
I am only eligible for Lambeth, Manchester and Sussex South Downs (only if I resit certain GCSEs though).. they're all college ones. I can do the medipathways foundation year but I haven't found out yet it that means I can go onto UK unis..
All the universities I listed do not consider GCSEs except Swansea (who ask for maths and English at C). The GAMSAT, work experience, existing degree classification, personal statement (arguably not), and interview are the only things they consider within your application.
Knock your socks off and do anything to get the 2.1. If you don't manage it, get your favourite tutor to write you a sincere reference explaining why you would have done better, were it not for your personal reasons (if these were illness, bereavement, etc). Starting ASAP, buy some A Level science textbooks to teach yourself the foundation you need for the GAMSAT.
I am / was in a similar place, and I wondered how your results went. I've done a fair amount of research on getting into medicine, so thought I could share if you wanted.
I flunked my final exams a little and my results dropped from a predicted 2:1 to a third this year. I applied for a lot of masters, and I managed to get on a pretty good taught MSc and I know it's possible to get into medicine through a masters.
Literally just had my results,I got a 2.2 praise the Lord! So now I hae like 3 med schools to choose from I believe. But I'd have to absolutely smash the gamsat.. so I'm not sure where to start!
How are you getting on?
Yeah same as me! No chance I'd get in next September as I'll have some serious studying to do for this GAMSAT.
The thing that worries me most is my lack of science background but then I don't know if I paid to do my a levels of that would make any difference?
If you have done no science since GCSE then surely doing A level biology and chemistry would be a better bet? Did you get high A level scores in the ones you did take?
I came out with over all Cs. I was at a place where I didn't know what I wanted to do and by the time I did in my final year and on my last lot of exams I managed to score AABB the rest of my grades meant it was still only high Cs! I studied Law, Sociology ane Health and Social Care
Have you lots of money because it sounds like it is going to be a long haul.
I would suggest getting 3 As or A*s in science A levels and a high UKCAT plus work experience and try for the undergraduate route. I would only apply with my A level grades in hand though.
I do not! I am definitely very working class and my parents are unable to financially support me!
I have lots of work experience so I know my main area would be volunteering and shadowing Dr's etc. I'm just worried I'll end up being too old! I'm 23 now etc.