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I want to do a degree something in health. I do not do any science a levels (I do sociology, geography and photography, predicted A*AA). I'm not interested in anything psychology-related or adult/child nursing (obviously not medicine either lol). What are my options? I don't mind what uni I go to!
Original post by perenia
I want to do a degree something in health. I do not do any science a levels (I do sociology, geography and photography, predicted A*AA). I'm not interested in anything psychology-related or adult/child nursing (obviously not medicine either lol). What are my options? I don't mind what uni I go to!


paramedic science? dietics and nutrition?

It's very difficult to recommend a health related course without A Levels in chemistry and biology.

Without knowing what the specifics of the health related careers that you want to go into, it's also very difficult to recommend anything.

If you don't know what sort of health careers there are, see the following for ideas:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/healthcare
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/medical/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/science/job-profiles
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/explore-roles

Ideally, if you would have at least one type of life science related course. Access to HE (in something related to life science) tends to be good for this provided that the uni you apply to accepts it. However, some would require you to supplement it with chemistry or biology, depending on the degree.

If you can be significantly more specific about what you want to get into (at least some vague idea of some sort of category or type of role), then I would be able to help narrow things down a lot more.
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Original post by perenia
I want to do a degree something in health. I do not do any science a levels (I do sociology, geography and photography, predicted A*AA). I'm not interested in anything psychology-related or adult/child nursing (obviously not medicine either lol). What are my options? I don't mind what uni I go to!


Most probably like the previous person said , without correct science A levels your chances may go down , especially if doing something like nursing , medicine , dentistry etc.
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Original post by MindMax2000
paramedic science? dietics and nutrition?

It's very difficult to recommend a health related course without A Levels in chemistry and biology.

Without knowing what the specifics of the health related careers that you want to go into, it's also very difficult to recommend anything.

If you don't know what sort of health careers there are, see the following for ideas:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/healthcare
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/medical/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/science/job-profiles
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/explore-roles

Ideally, if you would have at least one type of life science related course. Access to HE (in something related to life science) tends to be good for this provided that the uni you apply to accepts it. However, some would require you to supplement it with chemistry or biology, depending on the degree.

If you can be significantly more specific about what you want to get into (at least some vague idea of some sort of category or type of role), then I would be able to help narrow things down a lot more.

Thank you for these links. To be honest, I'm most interested in physiotherapy, dietetics/nutrition, dental hygiene and speech therapy.
(edited 6 months ago)
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Original post by Alm_xo
Most probably like the previous person said , without correct science A levels your chances may go down , especially if doing something like nursing , medicine , dentistry etc.

Thank you
How about courses with a foundation year?
Original post by perenia
Thank you for these links. To be honest, I'm most interested in physiotherapy, dietetics/nutrition, dental hygiene and speech therapy.


Then I would generally recommend either doing Access to HE with at least life science 12 credits in biology and 12 in chemistry, otherwise do biology A Level to supplement your application.

Physiotherapy, dietics/nutrition, dental hygiene, and speech therapy are all regulated professions, and the qualifications/degrees you would need would need to be approved by their respective professional bodies. See the following links as reference:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/speech-and-language-therapist (https://www.rcslt.org/speech-and-language-therapy/become-a-speech-and-language-therapist/university-degrees/#section-2)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/dental-hygienist (https://www.gdc-uk.org/)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/physiotherapist (https://www.csp.org.uk/careers-jobs/career-physiotherapy/physiotherapy-degrees)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/nutritionist (http://www.associationfornutrition.org/Default.aspx?tabid=134)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/dietitian (https://www.bda.uk.com/training/career/where_study_dietetics_courses)

A large number of dietics/nutrition degrees won't require specific A Levels; they just won't be from top end unis.
Speech therapy won't require specific A Level subjects, except for one uni where they ask for one science
Dental hygiene degrees/qualifications would require at least one science, with Biology being a requirement for a number of unis
Physiotherapy generally require A Level Biology/PE

It would be significantly easier if you did A Level Biology or Access to HE in a life science subject during a gap year before applying as this would allow you significantly more options. If not, then I can only see you doing nutrition/dietics or speech therapy.
Should you wish, you can alternatively do an accredited degree where there is a foundation year available e.g. for physiotherapy vai Wolverhampton. However, doing a foundation degree at one uni can somewhat limit you to doing the bachelor's at that uni only i.e. not flexible; transferring to different unis is usually not an easy process. So, if you decide to do a foundation year for a specific degree, then make sure you want to do the degree at that uni only.

Do also note, a number of accredited degrees for the roles above generally don't require you to attned a top end uni, so you're fine to go to a less competitive uni should you desire.

Let me know if you want pointers on doing Access courses or A Level Biology privately.
(edited 6 months ago)
Reply 7
Original post by MindMax2000
Then I would generally recommend either doing Access to HE with at least life science 12 credits in biology and 12 in chemistry, otherwise do biology A Level to supplement your application.

Physiotherapy, dietics/nutrition, dental hygiene, and speech therapy are all regulated professions, and the qualifications/degrees you would need would need to be approved by their respective professional bodies. See the following links as reference:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/speech-and-language-therapist (https://www.rcslt.org/speech-and-language-therapy/become-a-speech-and-language-therapist/university-degrees/#section-2)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/dental-hygienist (https://www.gdc-uk.org/)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/physiotherapist (https://www.csp.org.uk/careers-jobs/career-physiotherapy/physiotherapy-degrees)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/nutritionist (http://www.associationfornutrition.org/Default.aspx?tabid=134)
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/dietitian (https://www.bda.uk.com/training/career/where_study_dietetics_courses)

A large number of dietics/nutrition degrees won't require specific A Levels; they just won't be from top end unis.
Speech therapy won't require specific A Level subjects, except for one uni where they ask for one science
Dental hygiene degrees/qualifications would require at least one science, with Biology being a requirement for a number of unis
Physiotherapy generally require A Level Biology/PE

It would be significantly easier if you did A Level Biology or Access to HE in a life science subject during a gap year before applying as this would allow you significantly more options. If not, then I can only see you doing nutrition/dietics or speech therapy.
Should you wish, you can alternatively do an accredited degree where there is a foundation year available e.g. for physiotherapy vai Wolverhampton. However, doing a foundation degree at one uni can somewhat limit you to doing the bachelor's at that uni only i.e. not flexible; transferring to different unis is usually not an easy process. So, if you decide to do a foundation year for a specific degree, then make sure you want to do the degree at that uni only.

Do also note, a number of accredited degrees for the roles above generally don't require you to attned a top end uni, so you're fine to go to a less competitive uni should you desire.

Let me know if you want pointers on doing Access courses or A Level Biology privately.

Thank you SO MUCH for such an in-depth answer! I really appreciate it and I will do some extra research on access courses and also what exactly I want to do and will let you know if I need any pointers! Thank you again.

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