I'm a first year Physics student at the University of Bristol, and have really been considering medicine as a possible career path for me. However, I haven't done A-level Chemistry (got AAA in Bio, Maths and Physics).
D'you think the lack of A-level Chem will limit me much? I've done some research but would like some responses from people who've done GEM from a non-traditional background (i.e. a non life sciences degree).
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- Thread Starter
- 04-11-2017 22:13
- 05-11-2017 03:25
Despite getting into medicine from a Life Sciences degree, I know of many others who have got into GEM with even Arts degrees! Sure, your choice is more limited, but there are definitely 4+ choices! Have a look at the GEM programmes at Nottingham, Swansea, KCL and Warwick (just off the top of my head).
Scour the websites of the different GEM courses and see if they specify any pre-requisite degree types, or any specific A-levels.
If in doubt, email them! But yes, you'll be plenty fine!
- 05-11-2017 10:14
It's definitely possible.
Another thing to consider is that you can actually take A-Level Chemistry privately as an independent student. It's not going to be horribly expensive if you only pay for taking exams at a private centre and study the course on your own (i.e. don't pay for teaching). Not saying it's easy but entirely possible.
- 05-11-2017 10:42
Doesn't matter - as someone else said, you can get onto GEM with an arts degree. As far as I'm aware, most places won't care about the lack of a Chemistry A-level if you have a Physics degree. Weirdly, Oxford did used to expect A-level Chemistry in addition to the science undergrad for GEM, but not sure if they still do.
Just have a look at the GEM entry requirements on individual universities' websites; if it doesn't specify that A-level Chemistry is needed, then it isn't needed.
- 05-11-2017 17:07
Yup, possible! My friend got in with a Geography degree + non science A Levels!