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I am repeating my first year of biomedical science at Kingston University because I failed two modules. This is because I couldn’t focus on my exams due to serious family problems. Should I give up on applying for postgraduate medicine after graduation?
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I am repeating my first year of biomedical science at Kingston University because I failed two modules. Should I give up on applying for postgraduate medicine after graduation?
It depends on the circumstances of your failure. Note that Medicine (especially graduate entry medicine) is likely to be very intense - because it's essentially a 5 year course compressed into 4.

If it's because you have reasons (e.g. you were ill); then it may not be a problem when you enter GEM.

If it's because of your work ethic, or you have already tried your hardest; then perhaps it's best to reflect on whether Medicine is the right vocation for you.

Remember, finishing GEM is not the end of the road; there are going to be years of hard work as a junior (and senior) doctor too.
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It depends on the circumstances of your failure. Note that Medicine (especially graduate entry medicine) is likely to be very intense - because it's essentially a 5 year course compressed into 4.

If it's because you have reasons (e.g. you were ill); then it may not be a problem when you enter GEM.

If it's because of your work ethic, or you have already tried your hardest; then perhaps it's best to reflect on whether Medicine is the right vocation for you.

Remember, finishing GEM is not the end of the road; there are going to be years of hard work as a junior (and senior) doctor too.
Thanks for the reply. Would family problems not be a good enough reason to apply for GEM?
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Thanks for the reply. Would family problems not be a good enough reason to apply for GEM?
I am not talking about applying for GEM, I thought you are asking whether you will cope with the course - I haven't read your OP properly!

Most GEM med schools only ask for 1st or 2:1 degree classification (along with other things like UCAT / GAMSAT / A-Levels etc.); I don't know if resitting any year will affect things. Here are the entry requirements (page 50 onwards): https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf
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I am not talking about applying for GEM, I thought you are asking whether you will cope with the course - I haven't read your OP properly!

Most GEM med schools only ask for 1st or 2:1 degree classification (along with other things like UCAT / GAMSAT / A-Levels etc.); I don't know if resitting any year will affect things. Here are the entry requirements (page 50 onwards): https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf
Thank you so much!
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Some GEM courses require that you completed your undergrad in a normal length of time (e.g. Queen Mary). They will usually look at mitigating circumstances, you just need to make sure you get in touch with admissions well before the application deadline to see if they will accept your application.

Other universities don't care as long as you achieve a 2.1. or above. Make sure you read all the criteria carefully when you come to deciding where to apply.
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