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    I am a student in Year 12, studying four A-levels, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Religious Studies. I wish to apply for Medicine and have a 7 A*s, a 9, 8 and a 7 at GCSE.

    I know I definitely want to take a gap year, mostly because I want the chance to experience the world a little and mature before I start at medical school, especially if I do an integrated course. I also feel that it would be good opportunity to get a full-time job, preferably medically-orientated (care home or hospital, etc.), and for me to get more medical work experience. It will also allow me some time to explore my other interests, in particular in philosophy/ethics and opera. Furthermore, if I do not apply this year, I will be able to concentrate solely on my A-levels without the pressure of UKCAT, BMAT, Personal Statement, etc..

    However, I am dead set on doing medicine. Should I ask to defer in my application (I know for medicine many universities do not allow deferral, but looking at Imperial they say in your application you should state what you are going to do in your gap year) or should I apply next year and focus solely on my A-levels?
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    (Original post by XxSaruman82xX)
    I am a student in Year 12, studying four A-levels, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Religious Studies. I wish to apply for Medicine and have a 7 A*s, a 9, 8 and a 7 at GCSE.

    I know I definitely want to take a gap year, mostly because I want the chance to experience the world a little and mature before I start at medical school, especially if I do an integrated course. I also feel that it would be good opportunity to get a full-time job, preferably medically-orientated (care home or hospital, etc.), and for me to get more medical work experience. It will also allow me some time to explore my other interests, in particular in philosophy/ethics and opera. Furthermore, if I do not apply this year, I will be able to concentrate solely on my A-levels without the pressure of UKCAT, BMAT, Personal Statement, etc..

    However, I am dead set on doing medicine. Should I ask to defer in my application (I know for medicine many universities do not allow deferral, but looking at Imperial they say in your application you should state what you are going to do in your gap year) or should I apply next year and focus solely on my A-levels?

    I cant see there is an obvious answer, just a choice as to what you feel is in your best interests.

    The correct A level grades is the most important target as everything else can be resat or taken later.

    If you want a gap and you feel you will perform better in A levels, then weigh that against foregoing applying next year? You have enough time to talk to teachers, parents and other medical students to get advice from all sides.
 
 
 
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