Help With Writing A Personal Statement for Pharmacy/Pharmacology/science courses

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I'm just looking for some help with writing my personal statement. Now, I have one ready, however, the personal statement I wrote was for medicine. I was planning on applying for medicine however due to my grades I wasn't able to, hence the change of courses.

But to the point, I was wondering what I could include to my medicine personal statement that would make it a little less specific to medicine and more 'general' for pharmacology/pharmacy and any other science courses I choose to apply to. My medicine statement talks about how my own medical issues and family member's issues first inspired me, then through more research into medicine and seeing other medical issues arise, it has amplified my interest into medicine. I then go into some online work experience I maintained for medicine, is there anything I could say from the medical work experience that would be relevant for pharmacy/pharmacology and science courses in general?

I appreciate any help given
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Can you clarify whether you're still applying to any Medicine courses at all or only Pharmacy/Pharmacology/Bioscience courses? Also a little side note- make sure you're 100% sure of the differences between Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
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Can you clarify whether you're still applying to any Medicine courses at all ...
OP can't apply to Medicine courses this year as it is after the UCAS deadline. Plus reading through their post it's quite clear they're not applying to Medicine.

(Original post by studentinneed17)
...I was planning on applying for medicine however due to my grades I wasn't able to, hence the change of courses....
OP here's TSR's bank of Pharmacy personal statement examples. See if they can help you: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...nal_Statements
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OP can't apply to Medicine courses this year as it is after the UCAS deadline.
Yeah actually I hadn't considered that, good point
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Can you clarify whether you're still applying to any Medicine courses at all or only Pharmacy/Pharmacology/Bioscience courses? Also a little side note- make sure you're 100% sure of the differences between Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
Hi! So basically me applying this year is almost a Plan B. My ultimate goal is to hopefully get the grades needed for medicine on results day, then take a gap year, do the entrance exams and anything else etc, then apply for medicine the following cycle. So no I'm not applying this year (medicine deadline has gone anyway) but it is a possibility I will if I get the grades on results day.

And i will make sure to!
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(Original post by ecolier)
OP can't apply to Medicine courses this year as it is after the UCAS deadline. Plus reading through their post it's quite clear they're not applying to Medicine.



OP here's TSR's bank of Pharmacy personal statement examples. See if they can help you: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...nal_Statements
Thank you very much!
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Hi! So basically me applying this year is almost a Plan B. My ultimate goal is to hopefully get the grades needed for medicine on results day, then take a gap year, do the entrance exams and anything else etc, then apply for medicine the following cycle. So no I'm not applying this year (medicine deadline has gone anyway) but it is a possibility I will if I get the grades on results day.

And i will make sure to!
Excellent choice.

Even if you didn't get the grades, I would advise you not to do any degree with the sole aim for graduate entry medicine. Aiming for GEM after a degree take longer, cost more and will be much more competitive than retaking your A-Levels and than reapplying to standard undergrad medicine.
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Excellent choice.

Even if you didn't get the grades, I would advise you not to do any degree with the sole aim for graduate entry medicine. Aiming for GEM after a degree take longer, cost more and will be much more competitive than retaking your A-Levels and than reapplying to standard undergrad medicine.
Yep, that's exactly why I'm going about this the way I am. I'm confident I'm able to attain the grades needed, I just messed up last year and already starting Year 13 I and my teachers have seen drastic improvement proving that I could very well attain the grades either as CAGs if exams were to be cancelled or if I were to take the exams.
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Yep, that's exactly why I'm going about this the way I am. I'm confident I'm able to attain the grades needed, I just messed up last year and already starting Year 13 I and my teachers have seen drastic improvement proving that I could very well attain the grades either as CAGs if exams were to be cancelled or if I were to take the exams.
I take it you have taken the UCAT this year right?

Seeing as Clearing for Medicine now expects students to have a UCAT score from last year (just like the standard applications).

So for example, SGUL Clearing for Medicine this year (2020/21 entry) required a UCAT score from tests taken in Summer 2019. Previously they were accepting scores from that year (SGUL 2019/20 entry accepted a UCAT score from tests taken in 2019).
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I take it you have taken the UCAT this year right?

Seeing as Clearing for Medicine now expects students to have a UCAT score from last year (just like the standard applications).

So for example, SGUL Clearing for Medicine this year (2020/21 entry) required a UCAT score from tests taken in Summer 2019. Previously they were accepting scores from that year (SGUL 2019/20 entry accepted a UCAT score from tests taken in 2019).
Actually I haven't, and the only reason I didn't was due to the fact that I got my predicted grades before the testing season. I just realised that if I don't have the AAA/A*AA grades I needed, there was no point realistically of doing the UCAT and then applying, since more than likely I would be rejected based off the fact that I in no way met the grade requirements, therefore my UCAT wouldn't really matter since I would have been rejected from not meeting the grade requirements alone.
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Actually I haven't, and the only reason I didn't was due to the fact that I got my predicted grades before the testing season. I just realised that if I don't have the AAA/A*AA grades I needed, there was no point realistically of doing the UCAT and then applying, since more than likely I would be rejected based off the fact that I in no way met the grade requirements, therefore my UCAT wouldn't really matter since I would have been rejected from not meeting the grade requirements alone.
You could have just done the UCAT (as a practice run) this year, and not apply.

The only thing you'd lose is that £75 (which is no small amount, I understand) but if you got the grades on Results Day you could save a year by going through Clearing.

Anyway, good luck and I hope you get the grades you need come Results Day 2021.
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You could have just done the UCAT (as a practice run) this year, and not apply.

The only thing you'd lose is that £75 (which is no small amount, I understand) but if you got the grades on Results Day you could save a year by going through Clearing.

Anyway, good luck and I hope you get the grades you need come Results Day 2021.
I was definitely considering to take it anyway, though I was never even told or even knew of that as a possibility either since I was told by my teacher that I shouldn't apply as a result of my predicted grades.

And thank you.
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I was definitely considering to take it anyway, though I was never even told or even knew of that as a possibility either since I was told by my teacher that I shouldn't apply as a result of my predicted grades.

And thank you.
One more thing (should have come on TSR sooner!) there are quite a few med schools which do not consider predicted grades. You could still have applied strategically and potentially could receive an offer to start in 2021/22.

I suppose lesson is: don't trust your teachers unconditionally. Oh well.
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One more thing (should have come on TSR sooner!) there are quite a few med schools which do not consider predicted grades. You could still have applied strategically and potentially could receive an offer to start in 2021/22.

I suppose lesson is: don't trust your teachers unconditionally. Oh well.
Yeah, I am quite disappointed now, not with NOT applying but for the lack of information my teachers gave me. I think you've helped me more than my teachers have since January, so thank you
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Yeah, I am quite disappointed now, not with NOT applying but for the lack of information my teachers gave me. I think you've helped me more than my teachers have since January, so thank you
No problem, feel free to browse through the medicine forums there are plenty of helpful people not just me.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=195

This will be the thread for you: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6545350

And if you're interested, this is the "Which medical school should I apply to" thread where we could have advised you which university you may have a chance with: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6679038

Good luck and see you in our section of the forum next year
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No problem, feel free to browse through the medicine forums there are plenty of helpful people not just me.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=195

This will be the thread for you: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6545350

And if you're interested, this is the "Which medical school should I apply to" thread where we could have advised you which university you may have a chance with: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6679038

Good luck and see you in our section of the forum next year
Thank you very much, I hope to be here next year
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A PS for pharmacy should have a similar structure to a medicine PS, but obviously focused on the role of a pharmacist. So you can apply this guidance, but focus on pharamacy: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...nal_Statements

Pharmacology is an academic degree, so see the more generic PS guidance here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6666418
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