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I am a 25 year old psychology graduate and I've recently decided that I want to become a psychiatrist. I do not have A-Levels in the natural sciences, and my Bachelor's is in a social science. Other than attaining work experience in healthcare and doing at least two additional A-Levels through distance learning, what else can I do to maximise my chances of getting into med school (UK)?
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Some med schools will accept non-science degrees, some do not. Some med schools will also look at your A-Levels. University of Surrey is opening for graduates only. As long as you have a 2:1, you should be good, as all med schools ask for 2:1, regardless of them accepting non-science or science courses. Psychology may be classed as a science degree, so you should inquire. Psychiatry is an unpopular specialty, so you are filling a necessary void.

Do your research? Look up the admissions tests, I will likely be GAMSAT or UCAT for the postgraduate medical school courses. Or you could look into undergraduate courses. An access to medicine course could be a way for you to demonstrate recent achievement in a science course. An access to medicine course is a year long level 3 course, covering human biology, chemistry and medical physics, study skills and maybe a project report. The best access course around is at the College of West Anglia, it is longest running and widely accepted. Though not all medical schools accept access to medicine courses.

https://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/course/certificate-higher-education-pre-medical-studies. This is another course opened up, though it is only accepted by Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge.

P.s, I am 28 years old and entering my 2nd gap year.

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