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    Hi there!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    I attended A-Level for one year, during that time I had a lot of bad stuff happen. I managed to get special considerations and came away with a BCC in Maths, Accounting and Sociology. I've always wanted to do medicine, and chose the subject choices I did due to pressure. Is there any chance I can pursue my dream? What can I do? I'm currently 19 and the manager of a bar, and management in retail.

    Help appreciated.
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    (Original post by DropoutTom)
    Hi there!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    I attended A-Level for one year, during that time I had a lot of bad stuff happen. I managed to get special considerations and came away with a BCC in Maths, Accounting and Sociology. I've always wanted to do medicine, and chose the subject choices I did due to pressure. Is there any chance I can pursue my dream? What can I do? I'm currently 19 and the manager of a bar, and management in retail.

    Help appreciated.
    You are going to have to redo A levels in Chemistry and Biology ( or do an access to medicine course) but your best bet is to go back to college and get three good A levels
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    Another way to go around it is to go back to college and study a BTEC in applied science (usually 2 years although some places run a 1 year entry into higher education course), study biomedical science at university (3 years) and covert onto a fast track medicine course (3 years).
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    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    You are going to have to redo A levels in Chemistry and Biology ( or do an access to medicine course) but your best bet is to go back to college and get three good A levels
    Under the impression that due to my age this would be impossible?
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    (Original post by l.g.b)
    Another way to go around it is to go back to college and study a BTEC in applied science (usually 2 years although some places run a 1 year entry into higher education course), study biomedical science at university (3 years) and covert onto a fast track medicine course (3 years).
    I did look at this, local provider only offers it to 16-18 year olds:/?
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    (Original post by DropoutTom)
    I did look at this, local provider only offers it to 16-18 year olds:/?
    Ah I didn't think about this. Usually the local council will only fund under 18's at the beginning of the course.

    I don't think college fees are too obscene though, it might mean you funding that initial part and then the government will loan you finance for the remainder.
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    (Original post by DropoutTom)
    Is there any chance I can pursue my dream? What can I do?
    Do you really want to do this, or do you just want to do it if it is easy? Common sense will tell you that you are going to have to do something extra-ordinary to turn this around. Are you prepared to do that?
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    Do you really want to do this, or do you just want to do it if it is easy? Common sense will tell you that you are going to have to do something extra-ordinary to turn this around. Are you prepared to do that?
    I appreciate a comment like this.
    It is going to take true dedication and commitment to get to where I want to be, I understand that and I will be willing to be 100% committed. However hard it may be. I know I can do it and I owe it to myself.
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    (Original post by l.g.b)
    Ah I didn't think about this. Usually the local council will only fund under 18's at the beginning of the course.

    I don't think college fees are too obscene though, it might mean you funding that initial part and then the government will loan you finance for the remainder.
    I suppose this is something I could look at. Would rather have it funded, not to be scrounge, I just don't want to have work hinder my results. Depending on prices, I guess it must be achievable somewhat or the option wouldn't be there
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    A guy who used to be at my school did Psychology, Biology and Business at A-Level, then got into a pre-med course at the University of Bristol, and now he has finished his degree at the same university and is preparing for a specialisation in general surgery, so I would suggest you have a look at those, I am sure many unis will offer similar courses.
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    (Original post by PLM98)
    A guy who used to be at my school did Psychology, Biology and Business at A-Level, then got into a pre-med course at the University of Bristol, and now he has finished his degree at the same university and is preparing for a specialisation in general surgery, so I would suggest you have a look at those, I am sure many unis will offer similar courses.
    Appreciate your help, but it is the lack of Alevels and inability to now access them which is preventing me
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    (Original post by DropoutTom)
    Appreciate your help, but it is the lack of Alevels and inability to now access them which is preventing me
    You should contact unis offering these kind of foundation/pre-med courses and tell them about your situation, maybe you are lucky and they are comprehensive and decide to offer you a place, who knows?
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    You could do a foundation year course as they will take into consideration your exentuating circumstances and it will only mean you have to do an extra year
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    (Original post by DropoutTom)
    I appreciate a comment like this.
    It is going to take true dedication and commitment to get to where I want to be, I understand that and I will be willing to be 100% committed. However hard it may be. I know I can do it and I owe it to myself.
    Keep in mind it's not as easy as studying constantly. Apparently 60% of applicants for medicine get 4 rejections. If you're doing this, do it with the intention of getting an A in every exam you're taking. And I'd advise you to take the a levels at your old school as they're more likely to fund it for you. We have a 20 year old in our sixth form so I'm sure you'd be allowed in yours without paying too.


    And don't forget about work experience. No medical school will currently offer you a place as it stands regardless of circumstances but I think you know that. Anyway good luck
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    Look at the one year Access to Medicine courses, designed for applicants without the strictly correct academic background. Research which unis accept them for entry into their Medicine degrees - I know that Southampton do.
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    (Original post by l.g.b)
    Another way to go around it is to go back to college and study a BTEC in applied science (usually 2 years although some places run a 1 year entry into higher education course), study biomedical science at university (3 years) and covert onto a fast track medicine course (3 years).
    This is a very long and drawn out way of doing it (grad entry med is 4 years and highly competitive) and probably not the best way for thr OP to go. Like many others have suggested, an access course if probably the way to go.

    (Original post by DropoutTom)
    Hi there!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    I attended A-Level for one year, during that time I had a lot of bad stuff happen. I managed to get special considerations and came away with a BCC in Maths, Accounting and Sociology. I've always wanted to do medicine, and chose the subject choices I did due to pressure. Is there any chance I can pursue my dream? What can I do? I'm currently 19 and the manager of a bar, and management in retail.

    Help appreciated.
    Have a look for access to medicine courses near you and then see how many universities accept them. Medicine tends to be very particular about what access courses are accepted, so you'll need to do your homework.
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    (Original post by DropoutTom)
    Hi there!

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    I attended A-Level for one year, during that time I had a lot of bad stuff happen. I managed to get special considerations and came away with a BCC in Maths, Accounting and Sociology. I've always wanted to do medicine, and chose the subject choices I did due to pressure. Is there any chance I can pursue my dream? What can I do? I'm currently 19 and the manager of a bar, and management in retail.

    Help appreciated.
    The other way to get there is to get on any 3 year sort of related science degree and score at least a 2:1, then you have a fair chance of getting into medicine. And I mean any, even at an appalling university, should give you a shot
 
 
 
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