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Is my Medical school goal realistic?

Okay so, my dream is to become a psychiatrist. When I was in high school, and even college I didn’t put as much effort in as I know I can because I was exposed to a lot of mental trauma throughout those years. I achieved good grades (not excellent) but good grades in my GCSEs and am not proud to say my A-Level result were horrible. I received a U, a C and a pass in my A-Level results. Is it realistic for me to continue pursuing a place in medical school?
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Reply 2
It’s not going to happen without effort. Right now, if you did nothing and applied without changing anything, you know exactly what the outcome would be. There’s no shortcut.

You need work experience, you need to meet the academic entry requirements, and you need the UCAT.

Get a job related to medicine and care, volunteer, resit A levels or do an access course. Prepare for the UCAT. Prepare for interviews. Same as everybody else.
Reply 3
Original post by mark_flicky
Okay so, my dream is to become a psychiatrist. When I was in high school, and even college I didn’t put as much effort in as I know I can because I was exposed to a lot of mental trauma throughout those years. I achieved good grades (not excellent) but good grades in my GCSEs and am not proud to say my A-Level result were horrible. I received a U, a C and a pass in my A-Level results. Is it realistic for me to continue pursuing a place in medical school?

im ngl to you bro the chances are looking slim and a very steep uphill battle nevertheless depends on your mental fortitude and how hard you want it . If you're resitting now id suggest taking another year out so if your alevel grades go well id take a gap year after that too so you can smash the UCAT . Seems long but I think it may be the way for u
Hello,
It is very much possible. Access to medicine offers an unconventional route to medicine, for those who do not have sufficient Alevels required to get into medicine. You would need at least B/6-9/A* in GCSE Maths and English. So i’d advise retaking those first. Self studying is hard, but possible, YouTube and online resources are available. You would need to contact colleges which offer an Access to medicine course and ask about their entry requirements, make sure they are approved centres, do not attempt a distant learning Access course as they are, from my knowledge not accepted by medical schools. Once that’s done, you will need to take your UCAT.

The hardest part of the journey is the daunting Access to Medicine course, a 12months intense Course of 2 years Alevel Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry jam-packed into 12months. The Access course is your route to Medicine.

So, yes, it is possible. One step at a time. You just have to be determined, hardworking and resilient. You can do it.
I'm pretty sure most unis don't take alevel resists for medicine
Original post by mark_flicky
Okay so, my dream is to become a psychiatrist. When I was in high school, and even college I didn’t put as much effort in as I know I can because I was exposed to a lot of mental trauma throughout those years. I achieved good grades (not excellent) but good grades in my GCSEs and am not proud to say my A-Level result were horrible. I received a U, a C and a pass in my A-Level results. Is it realistic for me to continue pursuing a place in medical school?


Hi i hope you’re good. Med school are tough and the amount of content you get is very hard to manage, although there’s more memorisation you still have to show your understanding of the lectures and content in hospital and placements. This is the reason why majority of med schools want AAA as getting these grades at Alevels showcase abilities to manage time effectively and do well with heavy amount of content. So overall i’d say it’s up to you, given that you’re getting low Cs med schools might not be for you so please do think and be clear and honest to yourself. I don’t want to discourage you but it is what it is. Take care :smile:))
Reply 7
Original post by raspberryrat
I'm pretty sure most unis don't take alevel resists for medicine

There are 18 med schools that accept resits, though some have first sit minimum requirements and QUB will only consider you if you applied there previously
Original post by GANFYD
There are 18 med schools that accept resits, though some have first sit minimum requirements and QUB will only consider you if you applied there previously

oh ok sorry! the ones I applied to don't accept resist
Reply 9
Original post by raspberryrat
oh ok sorry! the ones I applied to don't accept resist


Yep, some don’t, but nearly half do, so there are options!

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