Taking the right steps towards medicine?Watch
During year 11 (Northern Ireland) my teachers had told me that I would benefit from doing foundation double award science instead of higher and our whole class was told this and none of us were allowed to do higher and at this point I was developing a passion for medicine and it kind of disheartened me as there wasn’t a choice in doing higher and I thought there was no chance of me ever being able to do it (kind of stupid when I think back). It did knock my confidence down which then had stopped me from giving my full potential in exam season and I came out with UDDDCC* in the first half of my GCSE modules and I was disappointed but it reflected the amount of effort I put in.
Because of this I did put work in so I wouldn’t be disappointed again and in Year 12 I sat the second half of my modules and resat all exams I did the year before and came out with BBBC*C*C*C which I am really happy with as again it reflects the amount of work I put in which could have been a greater amount but I have to accept it now. Highest grade I could have achieved in science was 2C*s and I did but I know a lot of medical schools won’t care about this. With a lot of persuasion this year (Year 13) I am now studying A level Biology, Maths and Health and Social Care, chemistry wasn’t an option and maths and biology are taught at another school where I am transported to each day. My teachers strongly advised me against the choices I made but I know what I want and I know my ability and I am still looking over all my options. I feel like I am at a disadvantage because of my school and options I was given but I’m not blaming it all on them as I could have done a lot better. This year I am also resitting my Unit 2 science modules from GCSE to achieve higher and I feel like I am putting too much pressure on myself? I know some medical courses won’t accept resits so is it worth it? Am I better to do another course at Uni and then do grad med? The only problem with this is I feel like I’d be taking someone else’s place on a course they are passionate in and I’m not? Would I be able to do a gateway medicine course? I’m unsure if my school is underachieving and have no way to check online? Foundation courses won’t accept me because of my GCSEs? Are there any more options for me?
You'd have to check the eligibility criteria yourself. Some foundation courses are designed for applicants from a certain area, others are designed for "wrong A-Level subjects". Do some research! If all else fails, email the med schools.