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I applied for a university to do paramedic science, they rejected me because i lacked the work experience and as it is such a popular choice they couldn't offer an interview. But they added two options that they suggested i could apply too. They have given me a week to reply and email a personal statement for the option i have chosen. Is this a good sign? Should i take the opportunity or is this something that universities do with most applications.
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It's a sign that these courses are heavily undersubscribed and they are desperate for students. I'd investigate why this might be the case for example looking at graduate outcome surveys
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Where would i find these for the specific courses. I was offered adult nursing and operating department practitioner. Im quite surprised at that response as i thought adult nursing was one of the more populated subjects.
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Check their website
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(Original post by Pascoajuli)
I applied for a university to do paramedic science, they rejected me because i lacked the work experience and as it is such a popular choice they couldn't offer an interview. But they added two options that they suggested i could apply too. They have given me a week to reply and email a personal statement for the option i have chosen. Is this a good sign? Should i take the opportunity or is this something that universities do with most applications.
The big issue is. Do you want to/would you be happy taking the subjects they have offered you. if you feel yes take it otherwise reject it. Universities do sometimes offer alternatives to fill their courses. Paramedic Science has small intakes and perhaps they feel thy can easily fill their spaces.
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Its VERY common to be offered an alternative course when rejected from your original course.
Even Russell Group Unis do it. Its kinder than just saying No, and they might be able to accept you for another subject instead.

Go for it. You dont have to pick this as your F or I if you get 'better' offers but it may be a lifeline if you don't.
Look at the course descriptions, and decide if they interest you.
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The uni clearly liked your personal statement enough to consider you for another course. You should look at the other courses and see if they interest you at all. If the course aren't for you then don't then don't accept the offer but if you could see yourself doing one of them they why not swap it?

Good luck either way
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(Original post by McGinger)
Its VERY common to be offered an alternative course when rejected from your original course.
Even Russell Group Unis do it. Its kinder than just saying No, and they might be able to accept you for another subject instead.

Go for it. You dont have to pick this as your F or I if you get 'better' offers but it may be a lifeline if you don't.
Look at the course descriptions, and decide if they interest you.
Thank you, I think thats everything i really wanted to know
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You won't get funding for a paramedic degree if you already have a degree in a different subject. So don't just take a random degree because you're offered it - make sure you want it. Otherwise it may mess up your future.
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(Original post by Pascoajuli)
I applied for a university to do paramedic science, they rejected me because i lacked the work experience and as it is such a popular choice they couldn't offer an interview. But they added two options that they suggested i could apply too. They have given me a week to reply and email a personal statement for the option i have chosen. Is this a good sign? Should i take the opportunity or is this something that universities do with most applications.
If you want to be a paramedic rather than a nurse and don't get any offers for that this year it would be better to take a gap year, gain some relevant work experience and reapply next year.
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(Original post by Pascoajuli)
I applied for a university to do paramedic science, they rejected me because i lacked the work experience and as it is such a popular choice they couldn't offer an interview. But they added two options that they suggested i could apply too. They have given me a week to reply and email a personal statement for the option i have chosen. Is this a good sign? Should i take the opportunity or is this something that universities do with most applications.
This is a normal process for many uni's, but not all. It shows that whilst you may not be well-suited to the initial course you had applied to, they did like your application enough to offer you alternative and similar courses. It is completely your decision, and you shouldn't feel pressured to take it, if it isn't what you're interested in then you can politely decline.
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Especially for healthcare courses, it’s rarely the case that they’re offering an alternative course because it’s undersubscribed or has lower graduate prospects. It’s likely you’ve been offered them because the uni’s like ‘okay so maybe you don’t have the skillset/qualifications at the moment for this course, but you do for this course if you would consider it.’
Don’t take a course if you know you don’t want to work in that area, especially because of the funding implications for paramedic science that someone has already previously informed you of.
If you can’t access a paramedic course this year, either take a year out and volunteer/work in healthcare somewhere (either as a HCA, or St John volunteer etc etc). Or take an extra college course such as the Access course to fill your time and give more knowledge/experience.
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Hi there! If you choose nursing you can actually do a postgraduate course to enter the ambulance service, so the doors aren't closing on you. Nursing may be a good opportunity and you might like it. If not you can always reapply next year for paramedic science.
I strongly recommend you join the Facebook group 'So you want to become a paramedic'. They will give you some great advice for your situation and there are people also in the same situation at the minute as you.
Best of luck 😀
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