The only person holding you back from applying to medicine with a BTEC qualification is you. Yes, a Btec qualification is considered to be on a lower level than a A Level qualification but it's not impossible.
On a another thread- https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...rimary_content, there are about five people who have talked about friends who they've known who have gotten into Uni's studying MEDICINE WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR*. Of course I thought this was a case of he said she said so I researched... lo and behold:
Bristol- http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/under...y-to-medicine/ (A RUSSELL GROUP UNIVERSITY)
(Welp, another RUSSELL group University)
(Not a Russell group but NINTH in the medical table league this year)
University of East Anglia- https://www2.uea.ac.uk/study/undergr...oundation-year (Good university which is ahead of Warwick, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Cardiff and Sheffield in Med League table.)
That's four options you have if you're able to attain D*DD/ DDD or even DDM for Bristol if you're eligible for a contextual offer. If not? There's even a foundation year course in Clinical Science at Bradford university. This collaborative course provides an opportunity for widening participation students to enter the MBChB programme at Leeds Medical School and all you need is a DMM.
There's also another few I can't remember off the top of my head.
So if you are an ambitious, which you have to be if you're thinking of studying medicine, hard working (able to attain AT LEAST a DDD, which, the UCAS tariff calculator ITSELF will tell you is worth THREE grade "A" A levels), have some extensive extra-curricular activities OR volunteer/volunteered at a beneficial healthcare service for an extensive amount of time e.g. Hospital, pharmacy or GP (AND NOT A 2 WEEKS PLACEMENT SHADOWING A DOCTOR, LOL, WHICH SOME OF YOU STUCK UP A LEVEL SCIENCE/MATHS STUDENTS HAVE AND SEEM TO THINK IS THE MESSIAH TO MEDICINE), and lastly have a kickass personal statement, which, is an amazing opportunity to brag about how awesome of a person you are and not your grades, then really, what's to stop you?
Let's not even talk about the opportunities available for you abroad once you get a three year biology, chemistry, nursing, midwifery or bio-med degree.
Stop listening to the opinions of unambitious, robotic and repetitive people (who I, personally think are either unseasoned A level students who only have "good grades" and the D of E award to show for themselves or divorced A level teachers sitting in bed with a glass of wine in hand, strolling and answering the threads of ambitious students who dare to speak the unspoken thoughts of actually wanting to be able to have fun whilst being in a respectable and admiral career, simultaneously earning more than 27k a year) and do your course work, work hard and smash the UKCAT(which is a test that teams academic success with the ability to think quickly and have an imagination).
Also, remember to research and keep an update on university entry requirements instead of relying on the opinions of other people lol.
*Medicine with a foundation year is basically a year, considered year 0 in medicine, where you learn all the things people in A level did, only without the useless stuff. - Year 2 Medical student at Durham university.
Btec A level Science Watch
- 01-02-2017 14:02