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I'm about to start an illustration degree, but I don't feel anything for it and I'm not sure I want to continue with it. I would like to study medicine, and I want to do my GCSEs again as I was taken out of school and didn't try at all at them. I'm 19, is it too late to become a doctor?
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You’d need to get the required GCSE’s and A-Levels which are usually in Biology and Chemistry at grade A or above at A2. Then get lots of work experience.
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it's never too late, but it's gonna take a few years realistically if that. idk how medicine works when applicants have redone exams though
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(Original post by Roro1999)
I'm about to start an illustration degree, but I don't feel anything for it and I'm not sure I want to continue with it. I would like to study medicine, and I want to do my GCSEs again as I was taken out of school and didn't try at all at them. I'm 19, is it too late to become a doctor?
Hi,

Medical student here so hopefully can help.

It could be possible but you would need to consider what pathway you will enter it. You could do grad entry medicine with your illustration degree but there are some universities that want a science based degree. For example...

I might ask you a couple questions as well as impart some advice.

1. Have you started your degree yet or is this in September?

2. Do you have the appropriate A levels? Overall for medicine it’s A levels in Chemistry and Biology. Third one take your pick (again usually!)

3. Do you come from a widening participation background? Without the appropriate GCSEs or slightly lower ones there are foundation courses for students who meet the criteria due to circumstances beyond their control.
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...I would like to study medicine, and I want to do my GCSEs again as I was taken out of school and didn't try at all at them.
Why a sudden change of heart? Illustration and Medicine are very different careers.

I'm 19, is it too late to become a doctor?
Even 30 years old isn't too old to decide wanting to become a doctor.
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it starts in September
no, I would have to achieve them first, which I am willing to do
I have 5 GCSEs at c grade

thanks for your help!
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it starts in September
no, I would have to achieve them first, which I am willing to do
I have 5 GCSEs at c grade

thanks for your help!
It’s a big decision to change courses but if your heart isn’t in it, you shouldn’t do a degree you don’t want. But definitely look at the pros and cons of going down both routesi.

You didn’t ask my question about being WP. Here is a link showing what schools have courses for students coming from a non traditional entry standpoint.

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/career...ation-students

And honestly 19 is not old at all!
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ure only 19...if u take 2 years out to do gcses alongside AS level in bio+chem+3rd subject, and then apply for medicine on the 3rd year whilst u are doing Year 13, u could get in 3 years from now you could be a 22 year old starting a medical degree that's cool you'll be the same age as a typical graduate medicine student

i support this some people take 2 gap years for medicine !!
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thank you!!
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ure only 19...if u take 2 years out to do gcses alongside AS level in bio+chem+3rd subject, and then apply for medicine on the 3rd year whilst u are doing Year 13, u could get in 3 years from now you could be a 22 year old starting a medical degree that's cool you'll be the same age as a typical graduate medicine student

i support this some people take 2 gap years for medicine !!
Yay! Thanks 😊
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