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Para James
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Hey guys,
So I've been on this site searching for a thorough insight and answer to my question for going on 4 years now. There are some similar questions being asked already, but none specific to mine.
So here goes.
I'm currently studying Paramedic Science at a very good university. After I qualify and pass my NQP stage, I was seriously aiming to study medicine at postgraduate level.

I know that on paper, it's a straight forward answer; get a 2:1 and go for postgrad?

However, i've got a Btec in Applied science and 2 A-levels : not exactly Med school material.
So, feeling a little deflated and out of ideas, i'de like to pose the question to you good people.

Do I go back to college, redo my chemistry A-level's and apply to med school even later?
Or will my current degree and life experience count to something and allow me some academic lee-way?
Do i apply to a university like Kings, who don't look at A levels ; however do i stand a chance?

I'm a highly motivated person both physically and mentally, i'm currently serving as a reservist Paratrooper in the British Army. So all the naysayers who think it will be too much work to even bother, I know how to work hard. ( Annoyingly i didn't in college)
Any responses would be greatly appreciated as this is something I've been dwelling on for years & is something i'm very passionate in pursuing.
Thank you guys in advance!
James
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There are a few GEM courses that don't look at A-levels. I'll let you do the dog work in finding those who don't. I would say this is the most straight forward option.

Absolutely, your life experience is something that could be reflected upon in your application. No doubt it will have developed very positive traits that would be useful in a medical profession.

Also I feel the need to clarify that it's not postgraduate medicine, it's graduate entry medicine. Postgraduate medicine is what you do having already qualified as a doctor.
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Hello & thankyou for your reply,

Yes, apologies you're absolutely right about graduate entry opposed to postgraduate.

My only concern is that i wouldn't stand very much of a chance. Im guessing that you're somehow involved in this field, hence the advice.
What route do you think would would make it more likely for me to get on a course, regardless of the time requirements?

Regards
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(Original post by Para James)
Hello & thankyou for your reply,

Yes, apologies you're absolutely right about graduate entry opposed to postgraduate.

My only concern is that i wouldn't stand very much of a chance. Im guessing that you're somehow involved in this field, hence the advice.
What route do you think would would make it more likely for me to get on a course, regardless of the time requirements?

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Again probably graduate entry. If you graduate with a 2:1 you meet the minimum academic requirements and the rest is about character, values, experience etc.

In terms of competition ratios, yes GEM is more competitive, but your strengths are what these courses look for. Just focus on your course and get some medical work experience under your belt.
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Yeah you're right & thank you for the advice!!
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Quick question it’s been 2 years and I am practically in the same boat as you so I would love to know if you have found an answer to your question or if you got in?¿
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