Can/should I apply for 5 very different courses through UCAS?

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I can't decide on a specific subject to apply for so I've been thinking about applying for 5 different subjects at 5 different universities, specifically Biomedical Science, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Teaching and Therapeutic Radiography. I'm currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science and I'm predicted DDD overall. Has anyone ever gone through similar and can offer some advice?
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At least narrow it down to 2 lol. No point applying for 5 different courses cos you’ll still have to make the decision which course you wanna do in the end
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(Original post by tiktoksensation)
I can't decide on a specific subject to apply for so I've been thinking about applying for 5 different subjects at 5 different universities, specifically Biomedical Science, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Teaching and Therapeutic Radiography. I'm currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science and I'm predicted DDD overall. Has anyone ever gone through similar and can offer some advice?
One thing you should take into consideration is that you only write one personal statement for all of your options. So it will be hard to cater for all 5 subjects in the statement.
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One thing you should take into consideration is that you only write one personal statement for all of your options. So it will be hard to cater for all 5 subjects in the statement.
Yeah precisely you can only submit one personal statement on your UCAS. Like, for everywhere you apply to.
I would suggest taking a year out so you have more time to think about this, decide what you really want to do and then explore which uni is best for what you want. Otherwise you would have to firm what you want and have your insurance as a totally different career path?
I know this is only one of your options but you can go into teaching after any undergrad degree, most teacher training just wants a BA/BSc in something, so you could easily do psychology and that would qualify you to move on to teaching if that helps at all.
Overall, take some time to think about this. A career as a biomedical researcher or schoolteacher would be totally different in virtually all ways and require different personal strengths, work out which excites you the most and head there. Good luck!
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Yes. No.
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I've had an experience with this when it came to writing my personal statement for two different types of courses: science based and technology based. What I did is cater for both types of subjects. Show your interest in topics surrounding both areas. Although it's not ideal nor suggested to do that, you can definitely try to write a personal statement that caters to all your subjects!
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You still have like 4 months to decide. Rather than just apply for 5 different courses I really recommend spending more time narrowing your choices down. There's clearly a common thread through all the subjects you're interested in; a focus on helping people and something medicinal.

Some points of consideration
1. For teaching you'll need a PGCE regardless which you can do after your undergrad degree anyway
2. Psychology and mental health nursing - with the latter you basically have a guaranteed job with the NHS after which is great BUT you may be more limited in future career, where psychology is broader. Similar story for Therapeutic radiography - kind of got yourself a guaranteed job for life with the NHS
3. Biomedical science is really broad and gives a lot of great options for your career. Psychology similarly - you could do a lot with that

I know it's really really difficult to decide the right thing but spend the time working it out. Write lots of pros and cons lists. Try to boil it down to what you think you're going to enjoy most about these courses and then see which ones fits the best.

Do you know which uni / unis you're going to apply to?
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(Original post by tiktoksensation)
I can't decide on a specific subject to apply for so I've been thinking about applying for 5 different subjects at 5 different universities, specifically Biomedical Science, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Teaching and Therapeutic Radiography. I'm currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science and I'm predicted DDD overall. Has anyone ever gone through similar and can offer some advice?
You d get rejected for at least nursing and therapeutic radiography by not having a statement fully committed to them if not the other 3 as well. You ve still got some time left to decide but otherwise a gap year could be a good idea.
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(Original post by tiktoksensation)
I can't decide on a specific subject to apply for so I've been thinking about applying for 5 different subjects at 5 different universities, specifically Biomedical Science, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Teaching and Therapeutic Radiography. I'm currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science and I'm predicted DDD overall. Has anyone ever gone through similar and can offer some advice?
As others have said you need to decide what course and the deadline for equal consideration isnt until January. Look into open days and see the talks on the various courses to help you to come to a decision. Swansea university are running an open day on 17 October. It has yet to be decided whether it will be a virtual or normal open day, They offer courses in Mental Health Nursing, Biomedical science and Psychology to help you decide. You could take a PGCE for teaching after your degree so I would rule that out for now. DDD is an acceptable grade for most of these subjects.

https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergradu...ience-contents
https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergradu...ifery-contents
https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergradu...ology-contents
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(Original post by tiktoksensation)
I can't decide on a specific subject to apply for so I've been thinking about applying for 5 different subjects at 5 different universities, specifically Biomedical Science, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Teaching and Therapeutic Radiography. I'm currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science and I'm predicted DDD overall. Has anyone ever gone through similar and can offer some advice?
You can do it, but you'd have to exceptionally artful at writing (within 47 lines) about your intentions to study 5 different subjects, whilst not 'giving the game away' that this is what you're doing. You'd stand a big risk of either looking 1) too vague in direction for the course and/or 2) not dedicated enough to any idea. The fact you're going for traditionally competitive subjects doesn't help either

It would be a goer if you were applying for 5 less competitive courses, at 5 not-very-competitive unis, but probably not do-able in your case
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Yeah precisely you can only submit one personal statement on your UCAS. Like, for everywhere you apply to.
I would suggest taking a year out so you have more time to think about this, decide what you really want to do and then explore which uni is best for what you want. Otherwise you would have to firm what you want and have your insurance as a totally different career path?
I know this is only one of your options but you can go into teaching after any undergrad degree, most teacher training just wants a BA/BSc in something, so you could easily do psychology and that would qualify you to move on to teaching if that helps at all.
Overall, take some time to think about this. A career as a biomedical researcher or schoolteacher would be totally different in virtually all ways and require different personal strengths, work out which excites you the most and head there. Good luck!
Yeah I know myself it would be difficult to write a personal statement for 1 subject never mind 5! I'll be 20 when I finish my BTEC so I'd rather not take out any more time than I already have.
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You still have like 4 months to decide. Rather than just apply for 5 different courses I really recommend spending more time narrowing your choices down. There's clearly a common thread through all the subjects you're interested in; a focus on helping people and something medicinal.

Some points of consideration
1. For teaching you'll need a PGCE regardless which you can do after your undergrad degree anyway
2. Psychology and mental health nursing - with the latter you basically have a guaranteed job with the NHS after which is great BUT you may be more limited in future career, where psychology is broader. Similar story for Therapeutic radiography - kind of got yourself a guaranteed job for life with the NHS
3. Biomedical science is really broad and gives a lot of great options for your career. Psychology similarly - you could do a lot with that

I know it's really really difficult to decide the right thing but spend the time working it out. Write lots of pros and cons lists. Try to boil it down to what you think you're going to enjoy most about these courses and then see which ones fits the best.

Do you know which uni / unis you're going to apply to?
Thanks for your reply. You're right that I'm really interested in a job working with people, it's just hard to narrow it down to one. As for universities, I live in Northern Ireland but I don't really have any intentions on staying here so most of the unis I was thinking of are in Scotland and northern England.
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You d get rejected for at least nursing and therapeutic radiography by not having a statement fully committed to them if not the other 3 as well. You ve still got some time left to decide but otherwise a gap year could be a good idea.
I know someone who managed to get offers for Diagnostic Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with one application but I suppose that might've been because they were all healthcare courses. Like I said above I'll be 20 by the time I finish my BTEC so I'd rather not take more time out.
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Yeah I know myself it would be difficult to write a personal statement for 1 subject never mind 5! I'll be 20 when I finish my BTEC so I'd rather not take out any more time than I already have.

Thanks for your reply. You're right that I'm really interested in a job working with people, it's just hard to narrow it down to one. As for universities, I live in Northern Ireland but I don't really have any intentions on staying here so most of the unis I was thinking of are in Scotland and northern England.

I know someone who managed to get offers for Diagnostic Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy with one application but I suppose that might've been because they were all healthcare courses. Like I said above I'll be 20 by the time I finish my BTEC so I'd rather not take more time out.
i wouldn't try applying for nursing if you statement mentioned other subjects it's very competitive, 20 is very young for nursing courses as most people are mature students.
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i wouldn't try applying for nursing if you statement mentioned other subjects it's very competitive, 20 is very young for nursing courses as most people are mature students.
I've been thinking I might be better doing something more general first and then if I wanted to specialise in something like Nursing or Teaching afterwards then I'd have those options.
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I've been thinking I might be better doing something more general first and then if I wanted to specialise in something like Nursing or Teaching afterwards then I'd have those options.
you'd be able to get funding for nursing or teaching afterwards so it's definitely a possibility.
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I can't decide on a specific subject to apply for so I've been thinking about applying for 5 different subjects at 5 different universities, specifically Biomedical Science, Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Teaching and Therapeutic Radiography. I'm currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science and I'm predicted DDD overall. Has anyone ever gone through similar and can offer some advice?
TBH i would advise you to first think about what you are passionate about and try to see if your passion can be met by any of theses courses for example i am a passionate techy but my parents wanted me to go into the healthcare sector as it would guarantee me a stable career in my future. so i chose diagnostic radiography as i would have to learn and master how to use very important and state of the art technology.
then if that dont narrow your option ask those who did these courses and ask would they suggest it.
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