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Is it possible for me to do an undergraduate course in neuroscience and then a post graduate medicine degree in order to become a neurologist? I didnt get enough to As at GCSE in order for me to do medicine in University
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Is it possible for me to do an undergraduate course in neuroscience and then a post graduate medicine degree in order to become a neurologist? I didnt get enough to As at GCSE in order for me to do medicine in University
Several things (I'm a neurologist) :

- It is possible, but not recommended. If your heart is SET ON medicine, do not do any old degree with the SOLE AIM to do graduate entry Medicine. It will take longer, cost more and be much more competitive. You're better off taking a gap year or even two if needed, and reapply to standard undergrad medicine.

- It's not "post-grad medicine", it's graduate entry Medicine. Post-grad medicine for for doctors who wanted to persue a masters, PhD or an MD.

- You don't need to do a neuroscience degree to specialise as a neurologist. It doesn't matter what your primary degree prior to Medicine was, it's ok to change your mind during medical school re: specialty.

Finally just to reiterate, you don't need perfect GCSEs to do Medicine, you'll just need to apply strategically. Even if your GCSEs are very poor with all Cs or Ds, see if you can retake to improve them because whatever you do, graduate entry Medicine will always be much more competitive.
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Several things (I'm a neurologist) :

- It is possible, but not recommended. If your heart is SET ON medicine, do not do any old degree with the SOLE AIM to do graduate entry Medicine. It will take longer, cost more and be much more competitive. You're better off taking a gap year or even two if needed, and reapply to standard undergrad medicine.

- It's not "post-grad medicine", it's graduate entry Medicine. Post-grad medicine for for doctors who wanted to persue a masters, PhD or an MD.

- You don't need to do a neuroscience degree to specialise as a neurologist. It doesn't matter what your primary degree prior to Medicine was, it's ok to change your mind during medical school re: specialty.

Finally just to reiterate, you don't need perfect GCSEs to do Medicine, you'll just need to apply strategically. Even if your GCSEs are very poor with all Cs or Ds, see if you can retake to improve them because whatever you do, graduate entry Medicine will always be much more competitive.
What can i do during my gap year? Do i gain work experience? Get some better GCSES? I got 1A* 3As and 4Bs along with a Distinction in Btec music.

I was told graduate entry medicine is much more competitive too. I’m honestly kind of confused about my pathway after sixth form but i know my heart is set on the idea of helping others from being a doctor/nurse to helping kids with special needs. I just know i want to help others in my life and becoming a neurologist stood out to me. At the same time I’m also debating wether or not to study Congenitive Neuroscience and Psychology at uni cuz that stood out to me too. I’m just so confused :/
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What can i do during my gap year? Do i gain work experience? Get some better GCSES? I got 1A* 3As and 4Bs along with a Distinction in Btec music.
Your GCSEs will be OK for many med schools. There's a thread called "Am I good enough for Medicine megathread" which has a Word document on the first post containing the GCSE requirements of all med schools.

Your gap year can be used for anything, and all med schools welcome a productive gap year. Use it to travel, volunteer, work, improve your UCAT or BMAT scores, practise interviews, gain more work experience or retake your GCSEs or A-Levels if necessary (note, doing the last thing will limit your choices to about 20 med schools which is still not too bad).

I was told graduate entry medicine is much more competitive too. I’m honestly kind of confused about my pathway after sixth form but i know my heart is set on the idea of helping others from being a doctor/nurse to helping kids with special needs. I just know i want to help others in my life and becoming a neurologist stood out to me. At the same time I’m also debating wether or not to study Congenitive Neuroscience and Psychology at uni cuz that stood out to me too. I’m just so confused :/
Work experience is your best bet for now. There's online work experience if you wanted to do them, read the "Work experience megathread" in the Medicine forum.

Research into different careers and feel free to ask me more Qs about being a neurologist, but just to let you know outside of treating epilepsy and related disorders (e.g. Dystonia, neuro-genetic diseases) , most general neurologists don't see many children with special needs.
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I’ll be sure to checkout that thread now, Thank you!! But most university require at least 5 As and i only managed to get 4 because i dont think they’re counting my distinction as it is equivalent to an A. When i spoke to my careers adviser she told me that i cant do medicine due to my GCSEs so that kind of let me down and is the reason why i thought i could do undergrad neuroscience and then graduate medicine but since u said it’ll cost more it gave me an eye opener that i need to use my time and money more wisely. I’ll also give the online work experience a try too seeing as not many places are taking work experience due to COVID
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I’ll be sure to checkout that thread now, Thank you!! But most university require at least 5 As and i only managed to get 4 because i dont think they’re counting my distinction as it is equivalent to an A.
Thats not true, its too much of a generalisation.

There's "GCSE-heavy" med schools and there's "UCAT-heavy" med schools. Generally speaking most med schools will require Grade 6 or above in English Language and Maths (also potentially Sciences).

With the GCSE-heavy med schools even 5 As wouldn't save you, you'd need across-the-board A*s (e.g. Oxford, Cardiff).

With the UCAT / BMAT-heavy ones they may not even have any minimal GCSE requirements (e.g. Newcastle, Cambridge).

You'll just need to do some research and apply strategically. Obviously also aim for a good UCAT score.

When i spoke to my careers adviser she told me that i cant do medicine due to my GCSEs so that kind of let me down and is the reason why i thought i could do undergrad neuroscience and then graduate medicine but since u said it’ll cost more it gave me an eye opener that i need to use my time and money more wisely. I’ll also give the online work experience a try too seeing as not many places are taking work experience due to COVID
Yeah, I wouldn't trust school careers advisor over self-research and information straight from the horse's mouth (I'm not saying I am, just go to the med school websites to look for yourself!).
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Thats not true, its too much of a generalisation.

There's "GCSE-heavy" med schools and there's "UCAT-heavy" med schools. Generally speaking most med schools will require Grade 6 or above in English Language and Maths (also potentially Sciences).

With the GCSE-heavy med schools even 5 As wouldn't save you, you'd need across-the-board A*s (e.g. Oxford, Cardiff).

With the UCAT / BMAT-heavy ones they may not even have any minimal GCSE requirements (e.g. Newcastle, Cambridge).

You'll just need to do some research and apply strategically. Obviously also aim for a good UCAT score.



Yeah, I wouldn't trust school careers advisor over self-research and information straight from the horse's mouth (I'm not saying I am, just go to the med school websites to look for yourself!).
Okayyyy ill be sure to look and find universities that are UCAT heavy rather than GCSE. Is it too late for me apply to medical schools as i am in yr13 and i know the deadlines are around october? If I’m correct idk its so confusing because one side of me wants to do medicine and another wants to do like forensics or paramedics but i have no 100% idea of what i wanna be!!! Arghhhh but thank you so much tho
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Okayyyy ill be sure to look and find universities that are UCAT heavy rather than GCSE. Is it too late for me apply to medical schools as i am in yr13 and i know the deadlines are around october? If I’m correct idk its so confusing because one side of me wants to do medicine and another wants to do like forensics or paramedics but i have no 100% idea of what i wanna be!!! Arghhhh but thank you so much tho
If you haven't registered for the UCAT already it's too late, the registration deadline was 17th September and you must choose the time and location of your test by 30th September. The last test date will be 1st October.

I also don't think you'd have time to compile a good enough set of profile for UCAS at this relatively late stage, I'm referring to work experience and writing a good personal statement.

Take the next year to evaluate your choices, do some work experience (hopefully) and see if you can improve any of your grades. You'll need to make a solid decision by February or March because UCAT 2021 bookings will reopen in May 2021 and you'll need time to prepare and organise physical work experience (COVID-19 pending).

:goodluck: and remember we are all here to help, feel free to send me a message if you have any questions
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Thank youuuuu. You’ve honestly been such a big help to me! Way better than the careers advisers that make me regret every life choice iver ever made 😂. Do you know any goof jobs you can get with an undergraduate degree in either neuroscience or congenitive neuroscience and psychology? Thank youuu
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...Do you know any goof jobs you can get with an undergraduate degree in either neuroscience or congenitive neuroscience and psychology? Thank youuu
Sorry missed your post!

Have a look at this website: https://www.bna.org.uk/jobs/
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