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I'm taking alevel Biology, math and psychology but regret not taking chemistry (it's too late to change) as I really want to go into medicine, I've looked and there's a couple unis that allow you to do medicine with just biology but was wondering if it's likely to be accepted with only biology? or if biology only students would be at a disadvantage?
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It isn’t impossible.
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(Original post by 01beth)
I'm taking alevel Biology, math and psychology but regret not taking chemistry (it's too late to change) as I really want to go into medicine, I've looked and there's a couple unis that allow you to do medicine with just biology but was wondering if it's likely to be accepted with only biology? or if biology only students would be at a disadvantage?
Thread created for questions like yours: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5611422

Just read the first post of the thread, then you would have realised that you needn't even need to have posted if you looked harder!

Bottom line: research using the link in that thread, there are some med schools not requiring Chemistry and you just need to apply strategically. You have limited choices but it's not fatal.
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(Original post by 01beth)
I'm taking alevel Biology, math and psychology but regret not taking chemistry (it's too late to change) as I really want to go into medicine, I've looked and there's a couple unis that allow you to do medicine with just biology but was wondering if it's likely to be accepted with only biology? or if biology only students would be at a disadvantage?
You're at a huge disadvantage in not having Chemistry and have reduced your chances of admission because you've got so few places to apply for.

Did your school not advise you to take Chemistry if you were planning on reading medicine at Uni?!
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You're at a huge disadvantage in not having Chemistry and have reduced your chances of admission because you've got so few places to apply for.

Did your school not advise you to take Chemistry if you were planning on reading medicine at Uni?!
I applied late so had really little choice in subjects as most of them were full, although now chem isn't full as people have dropped out it's now too late too change
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You could do a science degree and build up your chemistry knowledge in college, and then apply for graduate medicine
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You could do a science degree and build up your chemistry knowledge in college, and then apply for graduate medicine
That is not usually recommended on TSR because

(1) it's longer (hence more expensive) = 3 year undergrad + 4 year graduate entry medicine (GEM)

(2) it's harder - GEM is harder (usually several times more competitive) to get in, compared to undergraduate medicine

(3) students may not enjoy the course, if they see it as a means to an end (i.e. doing biomedical sciences with the sole aim to be entering GEM).

It's probably better for OP to apply strategically to the med schools which do not need Chemistry.

However I appreciate your post reminding the OP that this pathway exists, if they wanted to do it that way!
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https://le.ac.uk/medicine/study/foun.../academic-2020
This would suit your profile^
Although this would be highly competitive, and you need to be realistic about the probabilities etc. So I would say to go into medicine as a graduate (as already recommended).
Other than that, some foundation years don’t strictly require chemistry, but you need to do your research on this.
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I applied late so had really little choice in subjects as most of them were full, although now chem isn't full as people have dropped out it's now too late too change
Oh dear. And you're sure you can't start now? As ecolier says, you do still have some options so it's not game over. It's just a bit harder than it needed to be.
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OP needs to be reminded that while Medicine with a Foundation Year / Gateway Year seems to have lower offers, they are (1) much more competitive as you stated and more importantly, (2) not everyone can apply to them. There are strict criteria about who can and who cannot apply to them.

In your example for Leicester A199, applicants must meet this set of criteria before they are even considered: https://le.ac.uk/medicine/study/foun...-participation

And as I have said, I wouldn't recommend people aiming for GEM while they are still at school! It's much harder to get in (but not impossible) and takes longer.
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OP needs to be reminded that while Medicine with a Foundation Year / Gateway Year seems to have lower offers, they are (1) much more competitive as you stated and more importantly, (2) not everyone can apply to them. There are strict criteria about who can and who cannot apply to them.

In your example for Leicester A199, applicants must meet this set of criteria before they are even considered: https://le.ac.uk/medicine/study/foun...-participation

And as I have said, I wouldn't recommend people aiming for GEM while they are still at school! It's much harder to get in (but not impossible) and takes longer.
That is true, should have been more explicit on my part!
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