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    I've already got 3 A levels, just finished first year of uni but decided that the course wasn't for me. I know what I definitely want to study now, but to do that a need another science A level (I currently have 1). So my plan for 2017-18 is to do Biology A level in 1 year. However, I feel like it's all going to be a bit rushed as I'll have to do my personal statement, relevant experience and acquire a significant understanding of biology before the interview (if I get any). It seems like it would make more sense to do the a level over two years (and of course work and do other things during this time) and then apply for 2019 entry so that by the time I apply, I will have a year of Biology knowledge, time to get work experience, more accurate predicted grades and so on. However, since I've already been out of school for a year, it would be another 2 years before I can start and I really want to start university as soon as possible. Should I take one or two years?
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    (Original post by erin0731)
    I've already got 3 A levels, just finished first year of uni but decided that the course wasn't for me. I know what I definitely want to study now, but to do that a need another science A level (I currently have 1). So my plan for 2017-18 is to do Biology A level in 1 year. However, I feel like it's all going to be a bit rushed as I'll have to do my personal statement, relevant experience and acquire a significant understanding of biology before the interview (if I get any). It seems like it would make more sense to do the a level over two years (and of course work and do other things during this time) and then apply for 2019 entry so that by the time I apply, I will have a year of Biology knowledge, time to get work experience, more accurate predicted grades and so on. However, since I've already been out of school for a year, it would be another 2 years before I can start and I really want to start university as soon as possible. Should I take one or two years?
    By any chance are you wanting to apply for medicine? If so, many med schools will only accept sitting of A levels in 2 years with preferably no resits. If not, which course are you wanting to apply for?
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    By any chance are you wanting to apply for medicine? If so, many med schools will only accept sitting of A levels in 2 years with preferably no resits. If not, which course are you wanting to apply for?
    No, it's dietetics I'm applying for. Thanks for the reply
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    (Original post by erin0731)
    I've already got 3 A levels, just finished first year of uni but decided that the course wasn't for me. I know what I definitely want to study now, but to do that a need another science A level (I currently have 1). So my plan for 2017-18 is to do Biology A level in 1 year. However, I feel like it's all going to be a bit rushed as I'll have to do my personal statement, relevant experience and acquire a significant understanding of biology before the interview (if I get any). It seems like it would make more sense to do the a level over two years (and of course work and do other things during this time) and then apply for 2019 entry so that by the time I apply, I will have a year of Biology knowledge, time to get work experience, more accurate predicted grades and so on. However, since I've already been out of school for a year, it would be another 2 years before I can start and I really want to start university as soon as possible. Should I take one or two years?
    If you want to start university straight away, you could look into doing a foundation degree in biology (or ask universities if they would accept you for the course if you did a foundation degree and ask them which is preferable).

    I think you'll be able to do the biology exam in one year since it's all your focusing on, especially if you're motivated to get to uni sooner. If you know the reasons why you want to undertake a dietetics degree and why you felt your first year at university wasn't for you, you'll be able to explain this in interviews and in a personal statement - it won't all just depend on what you know about biology. Make sure your transferable skills, experience and motivations are clear in your personal statement and express these as well as you can in an interview, as these will be really important for offers especially when you won't have the results for biology by then.

    In the end, it's your choice, but think about whether you really want to have time off and get experience, or whether you want to get back to uni as soon as possible, and whatever you'd rather do you will certainly be able to achieve that!

    Hope this helped
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    (Original post by erin0731)
    I've already got 3 A levels, just finished first year of uni but decided that the course wasn't for me. I know what I definitely want to study now, but to do that a need another science A level (I currently have 1). So my plan for 2017-18 is to do Biology A level in 1 year. However, I feel like it's all going to be a bit rushed as I'll have to do my personal statement, relevant experience and acquire a significant understanding of biology before the interview (if I get any). It seems like it would make more sense to do the a level over two years (and of course work and do other things during this time) and then apply for 2019 entry so that by the time I apply, I will have a year of Biology knowledge, time to get work experience, more accurate predicted grades and so on. However, since I've already been out of school for a year, it would be another 2 years before I can start and I really want to start university as soon as possible. Should I take one or two years?
    Hey,

    The decision is yours, but as the above poster mentioned, if you want to start University as soon as possible I'd consider only taking one year out. Although it would be challenging at times to complete an A-Level whilst gaining relevant experience and understanding of the subject, it would be worth it! If you're passionate about studying Dietetics, use this as your motivation for the next year so that you land a place at University quicker than you expected.

    Hope this helps and Good luck
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    Thanks for the replies everyone I think I will do it just in one year. Will probably be very stressful and a lot of hard work but I think I can do it.
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    (Original post by erin0731)
    Thanks for the replies everyone I think I will do it just in one year. Will probably be very stressful and a lot of hard work but I think I can do it.
    Good luck! You can definitely do it.
 
 
 
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