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I just did my year 12 mocks and did very well - I decided prior to my mocks that I didn’t want to do medicine as I wasn’t interested/passionate about it, i was looking into therapeutic radiography as that seems interesting and the course is half the time medicine is and I prefer the working hours, but I’m scared I’ll regret not doing medicine as I have the grades to apply.. any advice?
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My advice is do more research as medicine is hard. Ask advice from people who work in that particular field. Try to find some work experience that works closely to medicine. Then make your final decision. Also you have to have a passion for it or else you won’t enjoy medicine. Lastly you’re in year 12 so you don’t know you might change your mind.
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My advice is do more research as medicine is hard. Ask advice from people who work in that particular field. Try to find some work experience that works closely to medicine. Then make your final decision. Also you have to have a passion for it or else you won’t enjoy medicine. Lastly you’re in year 12 so you don’t know you might change your mind.
that’s true but I’m trying to make up my mind as to determine whether or not I should pay for the UCAT/begin revising for it? I’m just so scared I’ll regret either decision and wish I had done the other
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If you're not interested in medicine, that shouldn't change because you have good grades! What didn't you like about medicine previously - has any of that changed?

If you're worried you'll regret not taking a more academic course, you could also look at other life science or physics degrees as well?
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If you're not interested in medicine, that shouldn't change because you have good grades! What didn't you like about medicine previously - has any of that changed?

If you're worried you'll regret not taking a more academic course, you could also look at other life science or physics degrees as well?
the course is just so long especially if you plan to specialise and it seems to be such a gloomy sad job - I’ve read so much about the poor mental health surrounding it and I’m already struggling as it is. I also worry I’m not smart enough to do it and my low self esteem is holding me back, so if my self esteem was to improve I would regret not taking it.

I will look into other courses too though
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the course is just so long especially if you plan to specialise and it seems to be such a gloomy sad job - I’ve read so much about the poor mental health surrounding it and I’m already struggling as it is. I also worry I’m not smart enough to do it and my low self esteem is holding me back, so if my self esteem was to improve I would regret not taking it.

I will look into other courses too though
Becausethenight asked what you liked about medicine, and you've listed more disadvantages. If you can't identify anything at all about it that appeals to you, then it probably isn't for you.

Students with good grades can often get distracted by other people's expectations (real or perceived), and worry that they'll regret not choosing a prestigious course with very high entry requirements. Try not to let that get to you, and avoid dwelling on what you might or might not feel in the future. Instead think about what you enjoy here and now. Imagine yourself going on UCAS Track or opening a university acceptance letter. What course would you most want to see inside? What's the first one that jumps into your head?
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Becausethenight asked what you liked about medicine, and you've listed more disadvantages. If you can't identify anything at all about it that appeals to you, then it probably isn't for you.

Students with good grades can often get distracted by other people's expectations (real or perceived), and worry that they'll regret not choosing a prestigious course with very high entry requirements. Try not to let that get to you, and avoid dwelling on what you might or might not feel in the future. Instead think about what you enjoy here and now. Imagine yourself going on UCAS Track or opening a university acceptance letter. What course would you most want to see inside? What's the first one that jumps into your head?
yes that’s very true I feel like because I get good grades then I should go into something like medicine I would love to get triple A but the requirements for therapeutic radiography is BBB so I feel like it would be a waste, or I would regret not choosing medicine because I could do it due to grades idk if that makes sense
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yes that’s very true I feel like because I get good grades then I should go into something like medicine I would love to get triple A but the requirements for therapeutic radiography is BBB so I feel like it would be a waste, or I would regret not choosing medicine because I could do it due to grades idk if that makes sense
You don't go into medicine just because you can. It's not like upgrading your flight to first class just because you can afford to do so
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yes that’s very true I feel like because I get good grades then I should go into something like medicine I would love to get triple A but the requirements for therapeutic radiography is BBB so I feel like it would be a waste, or I would regret not choosing medicine because I could do it due to grades idk if that makes sense
There are lots of degrees other than medicine that would be open to you with triple A. Would you regret not pursuing those too? This regret still doesn't say much about why medicine specifically is playing on your mind.

It's important to choose a course that you will be intellectually stimulated by, otherwise you might be bored, but bear in mind medicine's entry requirements are not solely due to its difficulty. They're also due to its competitiveness. Most unis don't ask for triple A for, say, chemistry or Chinese, but this isn't because those courses aren't challenging. It's because unlike medicine they aren't oversubscribed. Universities wouldn't get enough applicants to fill the places if they raised the bar too high.

Try looking at the components of each course rather than just the entry requirements. Therapeutic radiography would involve a lot more physics than medicine. If that's a subject you enjoy and feel stretched by, it would make sense to take it.
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There are lots of degrees other than medicine that would be open to you with triple A. Would you regret not pursuing those too? This regret still doesn't say much about why medicine specifically is playing on your mind.

It's important to choose a course that you will be intellectually stimulated by, otherwise you might be bored, but bear in mind medicine's entry requirements are not solely due to its difficulty. They're also due to its competitiveness. Most unis don't ask for triple A for, say, chemistry or Chinese, but this isn't because those courses aren't challenging. It's because unlike medicine they aren't oversubscribed. Universities wouldn't get enough applicants to fill the places if they raised the bar too high.

Try looking at the components of each course rather than just the entry requirements. Therapeutic radiography would involve a lot more physics than medicine. If that's a subject you enjoy and feel stretched by, it would make sense to take it.
That’s also very true and therapeutic radiography is quite unpopular, which probably does explain the low entry requirements despite it seeming like quite a hard course to do. My friend asked me the same question and I think it’s because I initially planned to do medicine and I already expressed interest in it to a lot of my friends and family, I don’t want to let them down (although my mom and sister are supportive of me not doing it) or make it seem like I’m trying to take the easy way out if that makes sense..

I also don’t do physics now but enjoyed parts of it at GCSE, so I feel like I would be stretched by it; I find the course so interesting and I honestly don’t know why I feel like I HAVE to do medicine maybe I just have some internal bondage that I need to figure out, thanks so much for your help though
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You don't go into medicine just because you can. It's not like upgrading your flight to first class just because you can afford to do so
yeah i get what you mean, it sounds dumb when I read it but idk I guess it just made sense in my head - I just felt like because I could apply for it, and I do the subjects and have done volunteering/WEX that can tie into then why shouldn’t I do it? If that makes sense..
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yes that’s very true I feel like because I get good grades then I should go into something like medicine I would love to get triple A but the requirements for therapeutic radiography is BBB so I feel like it would be a waste, or I would regret not choosing medicine because I could do it due to grades idk if that makes sense
If it’s the grading issue that worries you, let me put it this way. I aimed for 3A*s despite no course in the U.K. requiring that. I got 3A*s in the end, despite the degree I’m doing only asking for AAA at the time.
Medicine and radiology are vocational courses which will set you up for life and will require a significant amount of effort and devotion on your part. Are you willing to commit yourself to something you’re not even interested in, simply because you felt applying to something with lower requirements would be a “waste”?
Do a degree which interests you, because that will also increase your likelihood of success and happiness in the long term.
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If it’s the grading issue that worries you, let me put it this way. I aimed for 3A*s despite no course in the U.K. requiring that. I got 3A*s in the end, despite the degree I’m doing only asking for AAA at the time.
Medicine and radiology are vocational courses which will set you up for life and will require a significant amount of effort and devotion on your part. Are you willing to commit yourself to something you’re not even interested in, simply because you felt applying to something with lower requirements would be a “waste”?
Do a degree which interests you, because that will also increase your likelihood of success and happiness in the long term.
so true thanks so much !! btw if you’re ok with it what degree do you do?
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so true thanks so much !! btw if you’re ok with it what degree do you do?
I’m doing dentistry. If it helps you, the idea of medicine also used to toy with my mind when I was in my later secondary school years because it’s obviously a highly regarded career and in my family it’s considered the “top” career to go in to so to speak. I had the grades needed as well as medical work experience and extra-cirriculars, but I knew that I didn’t want to do medicine (for me, it was the junior doctor aspect and all the years before you become a consultant that was a major turn off, as well as having to know everything - I’d much rather focus on a specific area). So I stuck with what actually interested me and I don’t regret it (despite how much of a disaster this pandemic has been for dentistry).
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I’m doing dentistry. If it helps you, the idea of medicine also used to toy with my mind when I was in my later secondary school years because it’s obviously a highly regarded career and in my family it’s considered the “top” career to go in to so to speak. I had the grades needed as well as medical work experience and extra-cirriculars, but I knew that I didn’t want to do medicine (for me, it was the junior doctor aspect and all the years before you become a consultant that was a major turn off, as well as having to know everything - I’d much rather focus on a specific area). So I stuck with what actually interested me and I don’t regret it (despite how much of a disaster this pandemic has been for dentistry).
this has been really helpful thanks so much I think I will also just do what actually interest me
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If it’s the grading issue that worries you, let me put it this way. I aimed for 3A*s despite no course in the U.K. requiring that. I got 3A*s in the end, despite the degree I’m doing only asking for AAA at the time.
Medicine and radiology are vocational courses which will set you up for life and will require a significant amount of effort and devotion on your part. Are you willing to commit yourself to something you’re not even interested in, simply because you felt applying to something with lower requirements would be a “waste”?
Do a degree which interests you, because that will also increase your likelihood of success and happiness in the long term.
How did you revise for 3 a*s?
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the course is just so long especially if you plan to specialise and it seems to be such a gloomy sad job - I’ve read so much about the poor mental health surrounding it and I’m already struggling as it is. I also worry I’m not smart enough to do it and my low self esteem is holding me back, so if my self esteem was to improve I would regret not taking it.

I will look into other courses too though
I think it sounds like you don't actually want to do medicine, is the thing As you say, it sounds like another allied health profession would suit you better.

I would also really second the idea that could is not the same as should. Every medic could have done plenty of other prestigious things, but medicine was what they actively chose to do. I had the grades to apply to Oxford or Cambridge for medicine, but knew I wouldn't like the course - naturally there were plenty of people saying "oh but won't you regret not trying", but you know if you don't want to do something!
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How did you revise for 3 a*s?
I took a very past-paper heavy approach. Maths is essentially just practice practice practice. Chemistry is the same and biology was learning mark schemes to perfect my exam technique.
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I think it sounds like you don't actually want to do medicine, is the thing As you say, it sounds like another allied health profession would suit you better.

I would also really second the idea that could is not the same as should. Every medic could have done plenty of other prestigious things, but medicine was what they actively chose to do. I had the grades to apply to Oxford or Cambridge for medicine, but knew I wouldn't like the course - naturally there were plenty of people saying "oh but won't you regret not trying", but you know if you don't want to do something!
True I think because it’s a course held in high regard and literally half of my school wants to do it I just decided to join in maybe, but thanks so much that’s very true !
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I think anyone who initially thinks of medicine but ends up looking at an AHP degree instead has made quite a wise and rational thought process. It’s possible to work and have a fulfilling career in healthcare beyond the binary of doctors and nurses which is the general public face of the NHS. You’ve clearly found something you’re interested in and that you think you could be happy doing. You’re also not ruling out a future medical career by doing it, although it would be more expensive. You can enter a specialist field from the get go without having to go through a lot of other specialities and you can can reach the top of your field a lot faster than a medic. You have discretion and agency within your particular domain.
Equally, there’s nothing wrong with changing your mind. You’re only human. Medicine is better paid, medics generally have more agency and decision making power in the NHS at large, and the specialisations are almost endless. All good reasons for wanting to do medicine as opposed to another health career. But do you want to become a doctor? Do you want that role of diagnosing and making decisions about treatment and holding another person’s life in your hands? That’s what drew me back to medicine because it’s the part of my own job that I like the most and I wanted to understand and use the medical model more than my current job allowed.
There are so many reasons to do and not to do medicine and it’s such a big decision. If you’re undecided and you think that it would be unwise to commit to it now, that’s a sensible decision. But there is potentially a cost to it and you should know that going in.
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