To cut a long story short, I'm not 100% sure whether to apply this year for uni or not. Do you think it's a good idea to apply just in case, and then if I decide to take a gap year instead, just defer entry?
I'd say 100% apply. If you apply for deferred entry then you have no stress on your gap year by applying. Even if you decline all your offers/ have a tough UCAS year then at the very least it will be good practise for the next time you apply. xxx
lol just apply for cambridge. it only cost a fiver.
seriously apply anyway because if you do not get a place, you can always try next year and if you get a place, then defer
Just apply anyway. If you get offers and then decide you want to take a gap year, you'll more than likely be able to defer entry, but you've still got the option of going next year if you want to. If you don't get any offers you like, you change your mind about unis/courses or for some reason your unis won't let you defer, you can reapply in your gap year. It's win win really. Plus it'll be much easier applying with the full support of your school/college.
So are you going to apply for the vet med course this year or the other subject you were interested in?
Does it have to be 6 full weeks of work experience?
There is still 3 weeks of summer left and then theres always weekends and evenings.
Have you thought about taking Chemistry this year as an AS, then you could do A2 in your gap year (which wouldn't take up too much of your time as you would only have one subject) and then you could apply to 4 universities.
As far as I know chemistry & biology are the only subjects you need for most of the vet schools. As long as you have good passes in maths & physics at GCSE your sorted.
I'm going to wait until I get some work experience at a vets (I have none, as rediculous (sp?) as it sounds) and from there I can decide to either apply to a different course this year or wait a year and apply to vet med.
I was going to take Chem for AS as well...but then changed my mind.
Yeah, doing work experience will def. help you decide if it's for you or not. I enjoyed mine so much that I don't even know why I changed career ideas for a while.
Do you think that I have a chance at Notts even without 6 weeks w/e? I know that it's a requirement, but I have really strong GCSE grades and will hopefully get good AS grades. And from my little amount of w/e I could exagerrate and say as much as I can about what I saw etc and why they should consider me. Is it even worth a shot..?
If you didn't apply to Vet Med, what would you apply for?
Probably something like chemistry or biochem. I prefer biology to chemistry but I got a D in bio and an A in chem for jan modules so obviously something has gone wrong lol.
You've got nothing to lose by applying for the course this time around. You've still got time to get another few weeks before school starts, as kirstinx said, to get more work experience. I honestly don't know how competitive the course is for the foundation year so I don't really know if you have a chance of getting in.
I'm not expecting to do too well in Bio lol...but I'm praying for a B all the same.
Apparently the gateway is as competitive as the normal course, maybe even more so. I hope I can get a few extra weeks worth in before applying to enhance my chances. I may as well try I guess...and hopefully I'll come across really well in the interview too (if they even offer me one that is).
But say I did quite a lot of w/e at one vets, how would the uni know if the vets exagerrated a bit and said I did like 4 weeks altogether with them instead of two or something? How do they really know?
Well think you have to fill in a form about the details of your work experience so they may actually ring up the vets and ask. =S
o0o0 you could give them the wrong number and then get someone to pretend to be the vet and tell them you did 4 weeks lol. (kidding obviously)
You have good grades right? Aiming for AAAA at AS level. Then you have a really good chance of being accepted if you get the work experience sorted.