(Original post by Jamiehou)
Hi, thank you for contacting me! I never really realised I would have a chance, as I thought all universities take chemistry students over just biology ones.
At the moment, I have applied for a 2 day shadowing with junior doctor in the old medicine department for April and also volunteering at a care home. I was also thinking of asking my local GP for experience too, would you recommended anything else to strengthen my application?
You are really welcome! Honestly, it's not the case. We even have a Medicine course with foundation entry if you didn't get the grades! I remember in Year 8 I wanted to go for medicine (which obviously changed drastically by the time I applied for University!) and I was told that I absolutely had to take Latin GCSE to stand a chance. If I didn't take it, I wouldn't get in. That is definitely not the case!
A lot of people volunteer at a local hospital - have you tried this? Dedicating a few hours a week to a hospital throughout your studies will look great! I’d also recommend doing some other unrelated extracurricular activities if you have the time – a lot of people will have the same experience, and in such a competitive field you want to be as stand out as possible Do you do anything outside of your A Levels?
I was a part of my school’s Student Leadership Executive team which looked really great
Of course, you can always contact [email protected]
for medicine specific application questions, as they deal with this every day (although we do shut today until January 2nd)
Let me know if you have any more university related questions – I’ve just graduated so I’m always happy to talk and help!
- Seren, University of Plymouth Student Rep
(FYI - I will be out of office from 21.12.18-02.01.19 but will reply as soon as I can after this period)