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Hi everyone, I'm in Year 13 and I applied for 4 Medicine uni courses and 1 Biomed course. Unfortunately I got rejected from the Med Courses after interview, but I got an offer for Biomed which I have since firmed. However, a lot of people do Biomed so I was thinking that I should try to find a more specialist course to do in clearing in order to get a job more easily afterwards. The problem is that even though I like Science and Maths, and would like to work in a field which directly benefits people, I have no real aspirations for any one field - I just want to make the best use of my abilities (I am quite academically-able and a pretty good problem-solver, with a decent work ethic). I can't seem to make up my mind. For reference, I am predicted 4 A* grades at A-level, and already have 1 A* from completing my Maths A-level in one year (I did Further maths the next year). What shall I do? Shall I stick with Biomed because its a pretty wide course so I can specialise from there or shall I just pick a specialty course so I can get a job more easily? If I pick another course, it would be via adjustment (though I'm still not 100% on how it works. I'll get my grades on 10th August so I'm hoping to have made a decision by then.
Thanks for reading, and please give me some advice.
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(Original post by Arbiter_Mule)
Hi everyone, I'm in Year 13 and I applied for 4 Medicine uni courses and 1 Biomed course. Unfortunately I got rejected from the Med Courses after interview, but I got an offer for Biomed which I have since firmed. However, a lot of people do Biomed so I was thinking that I should try to find a more specialist course to do in clearing in order to get a job more easily afterwards. The problem is that even though I like Science and Maths, and would like to work in a field which directly benefits people, I have no real aspirations for any one field - I just want to make the best use of my abilities (I am quite academically-able and a pretty good problem-solver, with a decent work ethic). I can't seem to make up my mind. For reference, I am predicted 4 A* grades at A-level, and already have 1 A* from completing my Maths A-level in one year (I did Further maths the next year). What shall I do? Shall I stick with Biomed because its a pretty wide course so I can specialise from there or shall I just pick a specialty course so I can get a job more easily? If I pick another course, it would be via adjustment (though I'm still not 100% on how it works. I'll get my grades on 10th August so I'm hoping to have made a decision by then.
Thanks for reading, and please give me some advice.
If you get into your Biomed course and want to change to a different course at the same university, you shouldn't need to go through adjustment - instead get in touch with the university and they should let you change providing they have places available.

Personally I think it's better to start more broad and specialise later on, but at the end of the day it's your choice.
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Hi everyone, I'm in Year 13 and I applied for 4 Medicine uni courses and 1 Biomed course. Unfortunately I got rejected from the Med Courses after interview, but I got an offer for Biomed which I have since firmed. However, a lot of people do Biomed so I was thinking that I should try to find a more specialist course to do in clearing in order to get a job more easily afterwards. The problem is that even though I like Science and Maths, and would like to work in a field which directly benefits people, I have no real aspirations for any one field - I just want to make the best use of my abilities (I am quite academically-able and a pretty good problem-solver, with a decent work ethic). I can't seem to make up my mind. For reference, I am predicted 4 A* grades at A-level, and already have 1 A* from completing my Maths A-level in one year (I did Further maths the next year). What shall I do? Shall I stick with Biomed because its a pretty wide course so I can specialise from there or shall I just pick a specialty course so I can get a job more easily? If I pick another course, it would be via adjustment (though I'm still not 100% on how it works. I'll get my grades on 10th August so I'm hoping to have made a decision by then.
Thanks for reading, and please give me some advice.
Hi Arbiter_Mule,
Should you get your predicted grades you will have the advantage of being able to receive a clearing offer in most course provided there is space- however if you aren't grabbed by a particular course or area at this stage or after doing a little more research, I would stick with a more general undergraduate degree and you can specialize through experience, placements or postgraduate degrees at a later date. This would put you at less risk of closing yourself off to an area that you later become really interested in, but it is of course what feels right to you.
Congratulations on your amazing predictions and hope this helps you choose!
Lizzy, Student ambassador
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I'd advise anyone to do an undergrad with as wide a scope as possible - this exposes you to subject areas you may not be familiar with or may not even realise exist. You can usually specialise in your final year by choosing more focussed research-based units, and you can follow this up with a specialist postgrad later.

There is a program at Bristol which whilst it focuses on a more narrow area than just 'Biomed' still allows you to develop your interests as you progress through the 3 years of the degree program - this sort of 'choose later' program is very useful if you are still feeling a bit clueless about eventual career or even just unsure about where you subject interests lie - http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cellmolmed/...undergraduate/ - a common first year and specialisation to a named program at the end of that.
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Thank you all very much for the advice. I shall do Biomed then.
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Thank you all very much for the advice. I shall do Biomed then.
Have you considered reapplying to medicine?
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