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Gap year

I decided that I want to do medicine but I am doing BTEC Biomedical Science not Alevels. I was originally going to apply to medicine after doing my Diagnostic Radiography course that I applied to. I don’t want to be in so much debt. Do you think I should do a gap year so I can focus on getting more valuable work experience and placements, revising for my UCAT and just generally focusing on myself so I can apply for a foundation year in medicine.
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Original post by ilikefoodxox
I decided that I want to do medicine but I am doing BTEC Biomedical Science not Alevels. I was originally going to apply to medicine after doing my Diagnostic Radiography course that I applied to. I don’t want to be in so much debt. Do you think I should do a gap year so I can focus on getting more valuable work experience and placements, revising for my UCAT and just generally focusing on myself so I can apply for a foundation year in medicine.

Hi , its all dependent on the individual and their motivation to do the course. It will take a lot of motivation and determination to go through the application process, especially revision for the UCAT. Foundation yr sounds like a good idea but in reality they are just as competitive as medicine is in general. I would suggest checking if you qualify for foundation yr in medicine as a lot of them tend to be based on income and where you live ect 🙂 Good Luck
Original post by ilikefoodxox
I decided that I want to do medicine but I am doing BTEC Biomedical Science not Alevels. I was originally going to apply to medicine after doing my Diagnostic Radiography course that I applied to. I don’t want to be in so much debt. Do you think I should do a gap year so I can focus on getting more valuable work experience and placements, revising for my UCAT and just generally focusing on myself so I can apply for a foundation year in medicine.

Hi there,

I think for students looking at going into the world of medicine should really consider a gap year to get a bit ahead of the curve compared to other applicants. Often times 18 year olds who have just finished their A-levels/BTECs don't have that raw real-world experience to write about in their personal statement, as a lot of their experiences come straight from School and College.

We have people apply to us for this very reason, as they want to do something impactful and meaningful with their time that will stand them in good stead when they do look at applying to medicine courses and a large majority are successful. Because it's a caring role you'll be looking to do if you work/volunteer in a job where you work with vulnerable people, young people, old people, etc, then this really stands out on personal statements.

What I would say is that it's a sensible option and something you should consider.

I hope this helps!

Ethan
Original post by Yipiyap_EthanP
Hi there,
I think for students looking at going into the world of medicine should really consider a gap year to get a bit ahead of the curve compared to other applicants. Often times 18 year olds who have just finished their A-levels/BTECs don't have that raw real-world experience to write about in their personal statement, as a lot of their experiences come straight from School and College.
We have people apply to us for this very reason, as they want to do something impactful and meaningful with their time that will stand them in good stead when they do look at applying to medicine courses and a large majority are successful. Because it's a caring role you'll be looking to do if you work/volunteer in a job where you work with vulnerable people, young people, old people, etc, then this really stands out on personal statements.
What I would say is that it's a sensible option and something you should consider.
I hope this helps!
Ethan

Thank you. I volunteered in the A&E, Radiography department and a care home. I feel like I need more experience in other areas.

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