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Hello there, I ve got a deferred entry place for Medicine.
I however did not take Biology in A level.

Is there any advice from current med students on certain biology topics to learn to become better suited for Medicine?
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Original post by sp146
Hello there, I ve got a deferred entry place for Medicine.
I however did not take Biology in A level.

Is there any advice from current med students on certain biology topics to learn to become better suited for Medicine?

If A-level Biology wasn't required by your uni (which since you have a deferred offer it presumably wasn't - and congratulations!) then the course should cover everything you need to know from A-level Biology from scratch.

I think probably don't worry about it that much then and just enjoy the time before you start :smile:
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Original post by artful_lounger
If A-level Biology wasn't required by your uni (which since you have a deferred offer it presumably wasn't - and congratulations!) then the course should cover everything you need to know from A-level Biology from scratch.

I think probably don't worry about it that much then and just enjoy the time before you start :smile:

Thanks for the reassurance.
I have heard many people saying they struggle with cell pathology and another human biology-related topic, the foundation of which is learned at A-level biology.

If you don't mind, are you currently a med student?
Original post by sp146
Thanks for the reassurance.
I have heard many people saying they struggle with cell pathology and another human biology-related topic, the foundation of which is learned at A-level biology.

If you don't mind, are you currently a med student?

No I am not, but the principle of "if they don't require you to have studied that topic at A-level for the degree they won't assume that knowledge" applies to all degrees. If they didn't think students would be able to learn the material without A-level Biology, they wouldn't accept students without A-level Biology.

Also my impression is at degree level (across various degrees) in biological topics a lot of A-level topics are revisited and you are basically retaught them because basically you just learn a simplified version in A-level and learn the more accurate and detailed version at degree level. I suspect also a lot of the medical degree content will be quite different from the material in A-level Biology anyway, at least past the first couple years when you do more clinical things.

I understand medical students by nature are overachievers constantly trying to prove they are good enough to themselves and everyone else, but you do need to at a certain level accept that you've overcome more or less the biggest barrier to entry for medicine already (actually getting a place on the degree). Medical degrees themselves have extremely low fail out/drop out rates for students - much lower than most other degrees. Not having the background of A-level Biology for a course that doesn't require it is not realistically going to be the single factor to make you be one of those couple of % of students who don't complete the degree!
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Original post by artful_lounger
No I am not, but the principle of "if they don't require you to have studied that topic at A-level for the degree they won't assume that knowledge" applies to all degrees. If they didn't think students would be able to learn the material without A-level Biology, they wouldn't accept students without A-level Biology.

Also my impression is at degree level (across various degrees) in biological topics a lot of A-level topics are revisited and you are basically retaught them because basically you just learn a simplified version in A-level and learn the more accurate and detailed version at degree level. I suspect also a lot of the medical degree content will be quite different from the material in A-level Biology anyway, at least past the first couple years when you do more clinical things.

I understand medical students by nature are overachievers constantly trying to prove they are good enough to themselves and everyone else, but you do need to at a certain level accept that you've overcome more or less the biggest barrier to entry for medicine already (actually getting a place on the degree). Medical degrees themselves have extremely low fail out/drop out rates for students - much lower than most other degrees. Not having the background of A-level Biology for a course that doesn't require it is not realistically going to be the single factor to make you be one of those couple of % of students who don't complete the degree!

No worries, I truly appreciate your time.

Wishing you a prosperous future ahead.
Original post by sp146
No worries, I truly appreciate your time.

Wishing you a prosperous future ahead.

And you!

Remember, you've done the hard bit - just enjoy your gap year (and focus on doing well in the subjects you are taking in the meantime) and take advantage of the free time! It's quite likely to be one of the few chances you'll have for a while where you can really take advantage of having a good chunk of time to pursue personal projects for an extended period so make the most of it doing that and not trying to pre-study for the degree :smile:

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