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Mature Student Needing Advice on how to Study Medicine at University Watch

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    I'm a 26 year old who wants to study medicine. After years working in hospitality management I have decided to refocus my career. I'm currently really struggling to find the appropriate path to a career in medicine. I'm aiming to go into surgery, and I am aware this is going to take a very long time, as well as dedication and sacrifice. What I'm struggling with is the route need to take. I got 3 C's at A level (Psychology, Geography, Photography) when I was 18 but this is a highly inaccurate representation of me as a person, at that age I was, frankly, a mess. Even at GCSE level I was achieving A*'s and A's but my late teenage years and early twenties were, for want of a better phrase; an absolute cluster****.

    I have a house to maintain and all of the other boring responsibilities of someone living independently, this means that I can't just quit my job and study full time before I got to University. I have been accepted onto a LearnDirect Access to Higher Education Diploma for medicine but the more I look into it the less universities seem to be accepting of distance learning. Equally, many universities are not attracted to students who have redone their A levels which was also something I was considering, as I am utterly confident that I can achieve the AAA grades that they require if I was to study the subjects they require. In a nutshell I am currently quite disheartened and would welcome any and all advice from people who have perhaps been in the same position as me and managed to come out the other side. I'm not being naive, I am completely aware of how much of my life this will consume and I welcome the challenge. any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
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    - Don't worry about what you want to specialise in now. It will probably change plus isn't important right now.

    - This may be a useful start in terms of access courses.
 
 
 
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