Graduate Entry Medicine with Cambridge Engineering degree?Watch
It'll be fine as long as you satisfy the other application criteria (entrance exams, degree classification, work experience, etc). I'm a 3rd year GEM student at Warwick who did Graphic Design, my GCSEs were all C's, no A-levels (did a BTEC) and no formal science education since high school. There are many others similar to me too, so don't worry and focus on entrance exams
Thanks for the reply mate. Are there a lot of people that you know of who were admitted onto GEM from a similar position as you? I can understand why universities would take people from a life sciences degree onto a 4-year Medicine course, because the students would've covered a lot of the content already. However, I'm struggling to understand why they would accept me onto a condensed course if I have no biology/medicine background. Is it because they think graduates have better time management and more efficient revision strategies so they would be able to learn a typically 5-year course in 4 years?
Lots of places understand that people come from all walks of life to GEM. In my year we had someone who had done Russian at Oxford, another who had done Arabic. You don’t hugely need a science background, they teach you all the stuff you need. Just need to be able to knuckle down.
Pretty much what FC said. The entrance exams are tough in themselves and show that you have the necessary science knowledge (GAMSAT/BMAT). Students from a non-science background offer more variety and different approaches to problem solving (and from my experience are stronger in some areas such as ethics and communication skills) - we're all together to help each other become better doctors from our own past experiences.
Thanks for the advice guys. Just got a few more queries if you don't mind. What's the workload like on the GEM course because I've heard that the standard 5 year course is already a lot of work, so I'd imagine the 4 year one to be even more intense? Like do you still have time for a decent social life? Also, what steps did you take to get onto such a competitive course? I'm just trying to find out how to maximise my chances and I'm asking here because I don't personally know any GEM students
You don't need to go above and beyond in your application (as long as you meet the entrance requirements you should get an interview), if your work experience is limited make notes/diary so you can reflect on it when interviews come round.