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HE access to medicine courses in London

if i wanted to study medicine in 2021 but have mediocre gcse grades or alevels.
im hoping to do an access course for medicine along with November Gcse resits to compensate for my bad grades.
the thing is that the deadline to apply for Medicine is in October, like two week before i even resit my gcses.
so ill be submitting my grades and whatnot and theyll see the bad gcses instead of the retook gcse grades.
what should i do in this situation? I have read on tsr that access courses are accepted and some unis may take you. But is it worth doing an access to medicine course?
Reply 1
does anyone know which college are best for sitting the HE access to medicine course in London. the prices vary in the 000s but did you get find that the more expensive ones were worth it?
Reply 2
Original post by qqewrty1
does anyone know which college are best for sitting the HE access to medicine course in London. the prices vary in the 000s but did you get find that the more expensive ones were worth it?


also did you guys go in or did you opt for distant learning
Reply 3
Is anyone doing access to medicine?
i watned to apply does anyone know if they take people doing distant learning?
As far as I know, Lambeth and City and Islington are the only ones in London that are (somewhat) widely accepted by med schools. Your med school choices will be a lot more limited than if you did A-Levels but that will be the case for any Access to Medicine course.
Reply 5
Original post by stuntmanhy
As far as I know, Lambeth and City and Islington are the only ones in London that are (somewhat) widely accepted by med schools. Your med school choices will be a lot more limited than if you did A-Levels but that will be the case for any Access to Medicine course.

Theyre all booked up already- did your uni allow distant learning?
Original post by qqewrty1
Theyre all booked up already- did your uni allow distant learning?

I don't think they did when I applied, but med schools change their entry criteria all the time so maybe there are some now that accept that, I'm not sure I'm afraid.
I’d recommended you did a face to face course. It’s more widely accepted. I’m currently on an access course at City and Islington. Applied to dentistry. Got interviews too. Waiting to hear back from Glasgow, Kings and Bristol, all post interview :smile:
Hello, I sat an Access to Medicine course this year and have two offers for Medicine. I will be studying at Manchester in September 2021 and have already met all of my conditions, so if anyone has any questions, just ask!
Original post by Kierajade123
Hello, I sat an Access to Medicine course this year and have two offers for Medicine. I will be studying at Manchester in September 2021 and have already met all of my conditions, so if anyone has any questions, just ask!

Where did you study your access course?
Original post by dentaldiva
Where did you study your access course?


I studied at The Manchester College! Have you had any offers back for dentistry yet? Congrats on the interviews! 🙏🏻
Reply 11
Original post by username5388178
I’d recommended you did a face to face course. It’s more widely accepted. I’m currently on an access course at City and Islington. Applied to dentistry. Got interviews too. Waiting to hear back from Glasgow, Kings and Bristol, all post interview :smile:

Hi I know this is an old post but do you mind me asking where you did your access course? Currently trying to choose b/w Lambeth and City and Islington College
Hey Hajra, same I am caught between Lambeth and Islington; I am leaning more towards Lambeth simply because Islington is 2 days online and only one day in person, and I prefer in person teaching mostly.
Original post by username5388178
I’d recommended you did a face to face course. It’s more widely accepted. I’m currently on an access course at City and Islington. Applied to dentistry. Got interviews too. Waiting to hear back from Glasgow, Kings and Bristol, all post interview :smile:


Hey I want to say CONGRATULATIONS :smile: for your offers, however want to mention did you already have your B or more in English and Maths before applying or did you resit to gain a higher grade?
Original post by username5388178
I’d recommended you did a face to face course. It’s more widely accepted. I’m currently on an access course at City and Islington. Applied to dentistry. Got interviews too. Waiting to hear back from Glasgow, Kings and Bristol, all post interview :smile:

Hi! I know this is an old thread but im about to start the course at candi. can i ask if your application was successful and do you recommend it? Thanks!
Original post by zi_zou02
Hey Hajra, same I am caught between Lambeth and Islington; I am leaning more towards Lambeth simply because Islington is 2 days online and only one day in person, and I prefer in person teaching mostly.

Was on the course last year, I defo recommend CANDI.
Hi can i contact you anywhere else? Im about to start my course at candi too and wanted to talk to you
Original post by username5388178
I’d recommended you did a face to face course. It’s more widely accepted. I’m currently on an access course at City and Islington. Applied to dentistry. Got interviews too. Waiting to hear back from Glasgow, Kings and Bristol, all post interview :smile:

Is city and islington good for the access to medicine? Did you get into uni? If yes which one??
Original post by Kierajade123
Hello, I sat an Access to Medicine course this year and have two offers for Medicine. I will be studying at Manchester in September 2021 and have already met all of my conditions, so if anyone has any questions, just ask!

Yes pleas

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