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    Two things:

    Would I suit medicine? I'm strong in biology and chemistry (not so much in physics) and I really want a job where I can help less able people (especially children). I thought of psychology for a while but although the subject interested me, being a psychologist didn't so much.

    Secondly - does anybody attend or like the look of Cardiff University? Their medicine course looks a lot more hands on than others, despite it not being the top uni in the country (cough oxbridge).

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    (Original post by biiostudy)
    Two things:

    Would I suit medicine? I'm strong in biology and chemistry (not so much in physics) and I really want a job where I can help less able people (especially children). I thought of psychology for a while but although the subject interested me, being a psychologist didn't so much.
    Lots of jobs involve helping less able people, so why medicine in particular?

    There is no such thing as a "top" medical school (i.e. no such thing as a "bottom" one either). I didn't go to Cardiff, but all medical schools teach their students the same core clinical skills and procedures. Some will start teaching these skills earlier on in the course compared to others, but that doesn't mean the course itself is more hands on, it's just variations in teaching styles and course structures.
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    (Original post by biiostudy)
    Two things:

    Would I suit medicine? I'm strong in biology and chemistry (not so much in physics) and I really want a job where I can help less able people (especially children). I thought of psychology for a while but although the subject interested me, being a psychologist didn't so much.

    Secondly - does anybody attend or like the look of Cardiff University? Their medicine course looks a lot more hands on than others, despite it not being the top uni in the country (cough oxbridge).

    Thanks
    Hey there :-) Your particular academic strengths and main motivation are definitely good signs that you'd be suited for medicine but I would say that the best way to find out if it's for you is to do work experience. Work experience will be required for your application anyway (if you do apply) and it is by far the best way to get a realistic grasp of what being a doctor is like so you can ask yourself "Is this something I want to spend my life doing?" I would also recommend trying to get experience with different types of doctors (e.g. primary vs secondary care, medicine vs surgery etc) because medicine is such varied field with so many different opportunities.

    Whilst I don't know too much about Cardiff specifically, I would definitely suggest applying to a uni that you actually like the sound of as opposed to one that just has a top reputation. You'll be spending 5-6 years of life in that place and plus once you're a doctor nobody really cares where you went to uni.

    For what it's worth, I think medicine is amazing and would definitely encourage you to really look into and consider it! Let us know if you have any more questions :-)

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    Are you in year 11? If you're interested in applying to Cardiff you need at least 9 A*s (it's a super GCSE heavy uni) and if you're in year 11, I would suggest you start applying for work experience ASAP. It's incredibly difficult to find work experience and shadowing placements without contacts.

    In terms of Cardiff uni, I applied there for medicine this year, and last year it was 3rd in the country after Oxford and Cambridge so I'd say it's near the top imo. It is "hands on" in the sense that it has early patient contact, it's CBL etc as opposed to it being mainly lectures.

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    (Original post by biiostudy)
    Two things:

    Would I suit medicine? I'm strong in biology and chemistry (not so much in physics) and I really want a job where I can help less able people (especially children). I thought of psychology for a while but although the subject interested me, being a psychologist didn't so much.

    Secondly - does anybody attend or like the look of Cardiff University? Their medicine course looks a lot more hands on than others, despite it not being the top uni in the country (cough oxbridge).

    Thanks
    Big decisions being made here - remember medicine is a career, not just a degree like everyone else is applying to. Correspondingly, you need to ensure you have as much info as you need to make the right decision. There's much more to deciding on medicine than "helping people" - something essentially every job ultimately does.

    The medicine wiki is a good place to start for background info. Work experience or voluntary work is essentially compulsory, as well as being useful to your decision making process.

    If you've found a course that appeals to you that's great, but you've got lots of decisions to be made before thinking about this stuff. Specific uni websites are vague descriptions about what it will be like for 5 years. Medicine is lifelong. Lets get the priorities the right way around...
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    (Original post by nomophobia)
    Are you in year 11? If you're interested in applying to Cardiff you need at least 9 A*s (it's a super GCSE heavy uni) and if you're in year 11, I would suggest you start applying for work experience ASAP. It's incredibly difficult to find work experience and shadowing placements without contacts.

    In terms of Cardiff uni, I applied there for medicine this year, and last year it was 3rd in the country after Oxford and Cambridge so I'd say it's near the top imo. It is "hands on" in the sense that it has early patient contact, it's CBL etc as opposed to it being mainly lectures.

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    What you said is true, it is super GCSE heavy but I wouldn't say you need a minimum of 9A*s, especially now as I think they've started to look at personal statement more this year. I'd say probably about 6A*+. I also applied to Cardiff this year and I managed to get an interview with a score of 24/27 (which I was very surprised by tbh).
 
 
 
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