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Basically I am a year 12 student and I was thinking of going into medicine after doing radiography, will this be hard? Will it still be competitive? I’m saying this as medicine is a lot competitive and hardly anyone gets in from my school so I don’t think I really stand a chance. I was thinking of specialising as a radiology after anyway so what are your opinions on going from radiography to medicine as a post graduate student? Thanks for any advice
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Basically I am a year 12 student and I was thinking of going into medicine after doing radiography, will this be hard? Will it still be competitive? I’m saying this as medicine is a lot competitive and hardly anyone gets in from my school so I don’t think I really stand a chance. I was thinking of specialising as a radiology after anyway so what are your opinions on going from radiography to medicine as a post graduate student? Thanks for any advice
Yes, it will be hard and yes, it will be competitive. There is no easy way to get into medicine, and it unfortunately isn't for everyone. Is there a reason why you aren't applying for it now? It doesn't make sense to spend several years training and working in an area that isn't what you ultimately want to do.
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Yes, it will be hard and yes, it will be competitive. There is no easy way to get into medicine, and it unfortunately isn't for everyone. Is there a reason why you aren't applying for it now? It doesn't make sense to spend several years training and working in an area that isn't what you ultimately want to do.
I do want to but I have a fear of getting rejected due to not so good gcse grades. I was thinking of doing a councils science foundation year, do you think it wills be really hard to get In from there, if i have do well in that?
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I do want to but I have a fear of getting rejected due to not so good gcse grades. I was thinking of doing a councils science foundation year, do you think it wills be really hard to get In from there, if i have do well in that?
In order to get into medicine via any route it will be difficult and competitive. As I said, there really is no easy way. You would need to do well in any qualification in order to meet the entry requirements. Medicine isn't for everyone so if you are worried it's a good idea to consider another career that would suit you if it doesn't work out so that you have a solid backup plan.
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In order to get into medicine via any route it will be difficult and competitive. As I said, there really is no easy way. You would need to do well in any qualification in order to meet the entry requirements. Medicine isn't for everyone so if you are worried it's a good idea to consider another career that would suit you if it doesn't work out so that you have a solid backup plan.
I do have back up plans, but my strong point at the moment is medicine. I was thinking of applying and if I get rejections prior to this, I was thinking of taking a foundation year and then applying and I don’t still get in then il consider another career path as it’s not the end of the world.
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I do have back up plans, but my strong point at the moment is medicine. I was thinking of applying and if I get rejections prior to this, I was thinking of taking a foundation year and then applying and I don’t still get in then il consider another career path as it’s not the end of the world.
As long as you have other options (and are prepared to be a year or so behind others if need be) then it's not an issue. You don't know until you apply but obviously you need to ensure your grades will be somewhere near the requirements listed.
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you should take the plunge and apply the first time around. apply to places that dont look at your gcses (leeds edinburgh cardiff oxford are the main ones) and try rlly hard to get a good score in the admissions tests. if you are rejected (which you might not be!!) then you can reassess your route into med. you can do it!!
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As long as you have other options (and are prepared to be a year or so behind others if need be) then it's not an issue. You don't know until you apply but obviously you need to ensure your grades will be somewhere near the requirements listed.
True I can’t change the gcse grades but hopefully I could change the a level grades. And I was considering choosing universities less heavy on GCSE’s and more heavy in the U.K. cat so I have a better chance of even getting an interview.
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Apply first time round with radiography as a back up
It is harder to apply as a graduate as there are less places for graduate medicine
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Apply first time round with radiography as a back up
It is harder to apply as a graduate as there are less places for graduate medicine
Oh I mean I have had a change of mind and I was considering applying to med and obviously have a backup. I was also thinking of apply to the foundation year so I can transfer if I do good in that.
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True I can’t change the gcse grades but hopefully I could change the a level grades. And I was considering choosing universities less heavy on GCSE’s and more heavy in the U.K. cat so I have a better chance of even getting an interview.
As long as you're making sensible and informed choices there's no reason why you shouldn't apply directly for medicine. It's worth discussing with your teachers in terms of predictions too.
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As long as you're making sensible and informed choices there's no reason why you shouldn't apply directly for medicine. It's worth discussing with your teachers in terms of predictions too.
Yes true thank you
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Coming from someone starting graduate medicine after doing a degree. I would HIGHLY recommend you apply now. Graduate medicine is soooo much harder. The competition is more and people who apply hold Phds, Masters degrees and alot of experience. You have people that have been pharmacist that decide to do medicine .In addition, graduate medicine requires a 6 hour exam called the GAMSAT that the univeristies require. It involved an essay section (1 hr), verbal reasoning section containing poem, sections from novel etc (2.5 hours) and finally biology, physics and chemistry section (2.5 hours) . It is very hard ! Ive done the UKCAT and its much easier.
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True I can’t change the gcse grades but hopefully I could change the a level grades. And I was considering choosing universities less heavy on GCSE’s and more heavy in the U.K. cat so I have a better chance of even getting an interview.
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Basically I am a year 12 student and I was thinking of going into medicine after doing radiography, will this be hard? Will it still be competitive? I’m saying this as medicine is a lot competitive and hardly anyone gets in from my school so I don’t think I really stand a chance. I was thinking of specialising as a radiology after anyway so what are your opinions on going from radiography to medicine as a post graduate student? Thanks for any advice
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Coming from someone starting graduate medicine after doing a degree. I would HIGHLY recommend you apply now. Graduate medicine is soooo much harder. The competition is more and people who apply hold Phds, Masters degrees and alot of experience. You have people that have been pharmacist that decide to do medicine .In addition, graduate medicine requires a 6 hour exam called the GAMSAT that the univeristies require. It involved an essay section (1 hr), verbal reasoning section containing poem, sections from novel etc (2.5 hours) and finally biology, physics and chemistry section (2.5 hours) . It is very hard ! Ive done the UKCAT and its much easier.
Thank you so much, I was thinking of applying this year, if I get rejected I will try to apply though clearing and even then if I don’t get a place then I can do a foundation year. But thanks for the advice it seems very complicated through the graduate way.
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Oh I didn’t realise they did clearing for medicine. Good luck though , all you need is confidence (which your lacking) , believe in yourself. Smash ur a levels . Applying for medicine is tedious and stressful
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Oh I didn’t realise they did clearing for medicine. Good luck though , all you need is confidence (which your lacking) , believe in yourself. Smash ur a levels . Applying for medicine is tedious and stressful
Yes thank you, I do lack quite a lot of confidence when it comes to medicine, but hope to do what I can. I think they do clearing not sure but I wouldn’t rely on it 100%. And good luck with med, hard work always pays off.
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