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Hi,

I am a newly qualified staff nurse. I have always had a secret dream to become a doctor. My dad is a retired GP and some other family members are also doctors. The thing is, I had a troubled upbringing and struggled to study at school, resulting in me leaving with only a C in English GCSE. I had my daughter when I was 19 and when she was old enough I went on to study Functional Skills level 2 Maths which at the time was equivalent to a C GCSE. I then gained a teaching assistant level 2 qualification and worked in a school for a few months. Not feeling challenged enough I enrolled on to a Foundation Science Degree. I received a 60% overall grade for this which I believe is around a 2:1. I then decided to pursue a Nursing Degree. I graduated with a 1st around April and I'm currently working part-time as a staff nurse on MAU.


I still have dreams of studying medicine. But there are many things I am considering in regards to this:


1. Are the qualifications I have sufficient to apply for medical school?
2.Is it feasible, considering the fact I have my daughter to bring up on my own?
3. Is it feasible financially and how do people go about funding themselves?
4. How do I apply?

Any input from anyone would be appreciated. Thank you
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(Original post by NewlyQualifiedRN)
Hi,

I am a newly qualified staff nurse. I have always had a secret dream to become a doctor. My dad is a retired GP and some other family members are also doctors. The thing is, I had a troubled upbringing and struggled to study at school, resulting in me leaving with only a C in English GCSE. I had my daughter when I was 19 and when she was old enough I went on to study Functional Skills level 2 Maths which at the time was equivalent to a C GCSE. I then gained a teaching assistant level 2 qualification and worked in a school for a few months. Not feeling challenged enough I enrolled on to a Foundation Science Degree. I received a 60% overall grade for this which I believe is around a 2:1. I then decided to pursue a Nursing Degree. I graduated with a 1st around April and I'm currently working part-time as a staff nurse on MAU.


I still have dreams of studying medicine. But there are many things I am considering in regards to this:


1. Are the qualifications I have sufficient to apply for medical school?
2.Is it feasible, considering the fact I have my daughter to bring up on my own?
3. Is it feasible financially and how do people go about funding themselves?
4. How do I apply?

Any input from anyone would be appreciated. Thank you
What research have you done so far?
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1. Are the qualifications I have sufficient to apply for medical school?
2.Is it feasible, considering the fact I have my daughter to bring up on my own?
3. Is it feasible financially and how do people go about funding themselves?
4. How do I apply?
1. Yes, there’s a number of graduate medical courses which just require a degree for entry. Alongside appropriate entrance exam and work experience.

2. This will be the most challenging aspect imo. At Warwick our first year was incredibly intense. There is a single mother in the year above me with a young child but I don’t know what kind of support she receives.

3. There’s is help from SFE and the NHS (to get max amount you need to have proved 3 years of independent living), however I believe there is additional help for parents, especially single parents.

4. Via UCAS, you will need to have completed the necessary exams first though.
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Wait what? This is an actual thing?
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What? Applying to medicine as a graduate?
As a graduate nurse.
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As a graduate nurse.
Why is this a problem?
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Why is this a problem?
Please don’t assume I think it’s a problem. I’m shocked by this as I didn’t think this was possible. This is great it must be highly competitive though.
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Please don’t assume I think it’s a problem. I’m shocked by this as I didn’t think this was possible. This is great it must be highly competitive though.
Why would it be more competitive for a nurse than another graduate?
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Why would it be more competitive
High volume of applicants.
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Hi,

I am a newly qualified staff nurse. I have always had a secret dream to become a doctor. My dad is a retired GP and some other family members are also doctors. The thing is, I had a troubled upbringing and struggled to study at school, resulting in me leaving with only a C in English GCSE. I had my daughter when I was 19 and when she was old enough I went on to study Functional Skills level 2 Maths which at the time was equivalent to a C GCSE. I then gained a teaching assistant level 2 qualification and worked in a school for a few months. Not feeling challenged enough I enrolled on to a Foundation Science Degree. I received a 60% overall grade for this which I believe is around a 2:1. I then decided to pursue a Nursing Degree. I graduated with a 1st around April and I'm currently working part-time as a staff nurse on MAU.


I still have dreams of studying medicine. But there are many things I am considering in regards to this:


1. Are the qualifications I have sufficient to apply for medical school?
2.Is it feasible, considering the fact I have my daughter to bring up on my own?
3. Is it feasible financially and how do people go about funding themselves?
4. How do I apply?

Any input from anyone would be appreciated. Thank you
1. You got a 1st in nursing which should be enough for you to apply to most graduate entry medicine schools in the UK, provided you also meet the GCSE, A-level and admissions tests scores and requirements

2. This will be the most challenging aspect; it's not something I can advise on personally but I know you get extra money from SFE if you have a dependent.

3. You'll need about £3600 (can't remember the exact figure) for a four year GEM course which you pay yourself in the first year, the rest if paid for by SFE. In subsequent years the NHS picks up the tab. You may be entitled to Maintenance Loan and part time work in the first two years may be an option. In subsequent years it may be very difficult to work though

4. You will need to apply through UCAS as you would any other course before the 15th October cut off date (which is for medicine and Oxbridge applications)
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High volume of applicants.
Competion is the same regardless of what degree you studied.
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Thank you to those of you who replied, you have been very helpful
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Competion is the same regardless of what degree you studied.
https://www.themedicportal.com/appli...ntry-medicine/
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What am I supposed to be looking at? It doesn't say anywhere that applying as a graduate nurse means you're up against more competition.
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Why are a few of you trying to bait an argument where there isn’t one? Nobody is claiming GEM is more or less competitive for a nurse.
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Why are a few of you trying to bait an argument where there isn’t one? Nobody is claiming GEM is more or less competitive for a nurse.
Thank you
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Wait what? This is an actual thing?
Very much so. Not nearly as common as biomed etc but it does happen
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Very much so. Not nearly as common as biomed etc but it does happen
Okay thank you
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