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    Hi Guys, I would really appreciate some help on this topic.
    1. I have done a Biomedical Sciences degree that is accredited and have achieved a 1st.
    2. I have done retakes and finished my a levels in 3 YEARS. (first attempt i got BDD)- No reason why i didn't do well.

    This is the situation. I have researched but I am still struggling to obtain information, does anyone know which medical schools would allow resitters and people that have taken 3 years to complete a levels? However, i do have a first in the degree i have done; althought i dont know how much this matters.

    also, would grad-entry be wiser?
    Should I apply to grad-entry or should i apply to the normal A100 courses even though I have a degree and resat?

    Please can someone help. I want to do medicine and nothing else so please i would not like comments saying theres no way.
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    Hi, a few things to say:-

    1. You are determined to do medicine - where there's a will, there's a way!

    2. If you got a 1st in your UG degree, it shows that you have the ability.

    3. Biomedical Sciences is a degree a number of students do as a stepping stone into medicine, so it will be an easier "climb" as a GEM aplicant than if you had done a different subject - I have had students who have done medicine after pharmacy (which has very little clinical training, contrary to public opinion!) and other courses.

    4. You say you got BDD the first time you did A levels (which subjects?), and what grades did you get eventually? Although for GEM applicants, less emphasis is placed on A level grades, the fact remains that BDD would have hardly got you into pharmacy (let alone medicine) several years ago, when it was considered the last resort for failed medics, so that won't make it any easier I am sure your grades on resit were much better, so place more weight on those.

    5. If you are bent on medicine, think about Eastern Europe or Russia as an option. Of course, finances are to be considered, too, and another option is India, where the clinial training and exposure to florid disease is far superior to UK, and living expenses are much much lower. In fact, my view is that the way medicine is practiced in India, with even now great reliance on raw clinical features (which some doctors in UK miss in spite of the diagnosis blaring them in the eyes, due to over-dependence on special investigations and technology!), might prepare you better as a clinician (I am not saying this because I am Indian, btw; I trained in London!).

    Hope this helps.

    M (ex-medic and specialist biology tutor)
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    (Original post by macpatelgh)
    Hi, a few things to say:-

    1. You are determined to do medicine - where there's a will, there's a way!

    2. If you got a 1st in your UG degree, it shows that you have the ability.

    3. Biomedical Sciences is a degree a number of students do as a stepping stone into medicine, so it will be an easier "climb" as a GEM aplicant than if you had done a different subject - I have had students who have done medicine after pharmacy (which has very little clinical training, contrary to public opinion!) and other courses.

    4. You say you got BDD the first time you did A levels (which subjects?), and what grades did you get eventually? Although for GEM applicants, less emphasis is placed on A level grades, the fact remains that BDD would have hardly got you into pharmacy (let alone medicine) several years ago, when it was considered the last resort for failed medics, so that won't make it any easier I am sure your grades on resit were much better, so place more weight on those.

    5. If you are bent on medicine, think about Eastern Europe or Russia as an option. Of course, finances are to be considered, too, and another option is India, where the clinial training and exposure to florid disease is far superior to UK, and living expenses are much much lower. In fact, my view is that the way medicine is practiced in India, with even now great reliance on raw clinical features (which some doctors in UK miss in spite of the diagnosis blaring them in the eyes, due to over-dependence on special investigations and technology!), might prepare you better as a clinician (I am not saying this because I am Indian, btw; I trained in London!).

    Hope this helps.

    M (ex-medic and specialist biology tutor)
    Hello, THANK YOU SO MUCH; for your response!!

    I am really determined, it is all I have wanted however, I realised quite late about how competitive it was and what I needed.

    My A-Level subjects were Psychology, Biology and Chemistry. I did an EPQ that I got an A on; on neurodegenerative diseases.

    My resits (during my first year of university) I achieved AAB, B in chemistry. I thought this would be better but now looking at resit policies, MOST of the universities do not want resit applicants without extenuating conditions or students that have sit their A-levels in 3 years. This worries me so much. I have emailed universities and quite a few of them do not consider a-level's during the application however; it still makes me wonder whether it would disadvantage me that I have done it in 3 years.

    GEM is more competitive that i also found out and it has also worried me more. I don't think I can apply to any normal (not GEM) ones either because of the resits etc, or i dont mind how long it takes. I think GEM with universities that don't consider a-levels are my only option but that worries me about whether I stand a chance.

    Your last point sounds interesting and useful too, I'm not sure how my parents would feel about myself being so far from home (London) but as this is my dream, I would do anything to do it.
 
 
 
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