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hello all,

So I am currently going into year 13, studying History, Psychology nd English literature. I have wanted to do medicine for the longest time now but thought it was not possible because of the subjects I study, however I found out that I could still do it if I did a preclinical/foundation year of med at uni.

the problem is yesterday I had my UKCAT, and entirely flopped it. my average comes to 480. Its horrible I know.

here are my stats;
GCSEs: 5 As, 3 Bs, 3 Cs
A levels: currently A in history, B in english lit, C in psychology
UKCAT: 480 avg.
some voluntary work here and there but nothing exponential.

is there any Unis that do a foundation year that would accept me with such low ukcat scores?
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You will struggle tbh but it may not be impossible. This really is the sort of thing you should be able to research yourself. TSR has a lot of resources for applying to med school.
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You will struggle tbh but it may not be impossible. This really is the sort of thing you should be able to research yourself. TSR has a lot of resources for applying to med school.
thanks for the reply, I've been looking around online and emailed some unis but haven't got any replies (probs busy with uni applications). I'm a bit lost as to what I should do.
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Err wait for replies. There's not much to do at the moment. You've picked your subjects and can't exactly undo that now. Grad entry medicine is also an option if you can't get into med school at this stage.
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Take a look at foundation degrees, they're usually for A level students who had picked the wrong/non-sciency subjects. It's very competitive though, like any regular medicine course. I'm not sure about the UKCAT; you're gonna have to do your own research.
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no do something like nursing becaus that is not high enough
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It's still possible but will be very difficult. Be prepared to take a gap year

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no do something like nursing becaus that is not high enough
Ignore this.
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It's still possible but will be very difficult. Be prepared to take a gap year



Ignore this.
thank you

why do you suggest a gap year?
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thank you

why do you suggest a gap year?
Because even strong applicants have to take a gap year if they didn't get in first time.
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Because even strong applicants have to take a gap year if they didn't get in first time.
i see, thank ya
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(Original post by Mrs House)
It's still possible but will be very difficult. Be prepared to take a gap year



Ignore this.
no, medicine is very competitive and that is not good enough to keep up with competition and you know it
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no, medicine is very competitive and that is not good enough to keep up with competition and you know it
Competitive does not mean 'impossible' the last time I checked, or does it now?

Let the person decide what they wanna do with their life and if they want to pursue medicine, let them. The work they put in whilst chasing after their goal will determine if they can make it, not you.
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Competitive does not mean 'impossible' the last time I checked, or does it now?

Let the person decide what they wanna do with their life and if they want to pursue medicine, let them. The work they put in whilst chasing after their goal will determine if they can make it, not you.
lol....
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The ukcat score is low, a gap year is probably needed
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no, medicine is very competitive and that is not good enough to keep up with competition and you know it
She can apply for the foundation medicine courses and get a better UKCAT average next time.

It's still possible and I know it.
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She can apply for the foundation medicine courses and get a better UKCAT average next time.

It's still possible and I know it.
Thank you
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(Original post by AnnaRainbows)
Competitive does not mean 'impossible' the last time I checked, or does it now?

Let the person decide what they wanna do with their life and if they want to pursue medicine, let them. The work they put in whilst chasing after their goal will determine if they can make it, not you.
Thank you so much
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There are always more options. If you're that keen and you don't get into foundation medicine or fancy the graduate routs you can always get some practical experience for a few years and do an access to medicine course. I've just completed one and start medicine in a couple of weeks. It's not ideal from your perspective as someone still very young, but it's definitely an option down the line.
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There are always more options. If you're that keen and you don't get into foundation medicine or fancy the graduate routs you can always get some practical experience for a few years and do an access to medicine course. I've just completed one and start medicine in a couple of weeks. It's not ideal from your perspective as someone still very young, but it's definitely an option down the line.
Thank you so much for your response! Can I ask, what did you do in terms of practical experience? It's nice to see that there are definitely a lot more alternative routes to get into medicine than the conventional way.
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Thank you so much for your response! Can I ask, what did you do in terms of practical experience? It's nice to see that there are definitely a lot more alternative routes to get into medicine than the conventional way.
I was a firefighter for 15 years. I will clarify that I didn't always want to be a doctor. I didn't join the fire service to get experience to apply for medicine later in life. However the development of access courses recently has allowed people with similar backgrounds to me to get in, and allows longer term planning for those still keen to apply later in life.
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