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Repeating year 12 different subjects medicine/dentistry

I wanted to ask whether I should repeat year 12 or not. I started year 12 doing an extended diploma BTEC in Engineering as originally my mind was fixed on becoming an engineer. But after a few months of the BTEC I really have started to hate engineering and feel like it isn't the correct career choice for me. Now I have the option to switch to A-levels next academic year so I would be 17 when I start the A levels and I am thinking of doing A-level Biology,Chemistry and Maths.

Please Help is this a stupid choice, should I just stick to Engineering. And will repeating the year with different subjects affect or discourage me getting into University. I spoke with Newcastle Uni on the phone, which is local and they said if you repeat year 12 with different subjects then it won't discourage you for any of the courses. Is this the same for all Universities?

Also, if i switch to the A-levels Maths,Chemistry and Biology what are my career options with them. I was thinking Dentistry or Medicine but they are extremely competitive and hard to get into so I am worried that I won't get the space. I know salary shoudn't be what I look at but whatever job I do I hope to earn a decent comfortable salary.

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Original post by zak.sa1
I wanted to ask whether I should repeat year 12 or not. I started year 12 doing an extended diploma BTEC in Engineering as originally my mind was fixed on becoming an engineer. But after a few months of the BTEC I really have started to hate engineering and feel like it isn't the correct career choice for me. Now I have the option to switch to A-levels next academic year so I would be 17 when I start the A levels and I am thinking of doing A-level Biology,Chemistry and Maths.
Please Help is this a stupid choice, should I just stick to Engineering. And will repeating the year with different subjects affect or discourage me getting into University. I spoke with Newcastle Uni on the phone, which is local and they said if you repeat year 12 with different subjects then it won't discourage you for any of the courses. Is this the same for all Universities?
Also, if i switch to the A-levels Maths,Chemistry and Biology what are my career options with them. I was thinking Dentistry or Medicine but they are extremely competitive and hard to get into so I am worried that I won't get the space. I know salary shoudn't be what I look at but whatever job I do I hope to earn a decent comfortable salary.
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i think its the same for all unis, because you just changed cource, its fine. Some might ask why, but it shows you can deal with stuff even when you really hated it
How come you have poste the same message three times?
Original post by zak.sa1
I wanted to ask whether I should repeat year 12 or not. I started year 12 doing an extended diploma BTEC in Engineering as originally my mind was fixed on becoming an engineer. But after a few months of the BTEC I really have started to hate engineering and feel like it isn't the correct career choice for me. Now I have the option to switch to A-levels next academic year so I would be 17 when I start the A levels and I am thinking of doing A-level Biology,Chemistry and Maths.
Please Help is this a stupid choice, should I just stick to Engineering. And will repeating the year with different subjects affect or discourage me getting into University. I spoke with Newcastle Uni on the phone, which is local and they said if you repeat year 12 with different subjects then it won't discourage you for any of the courses. Is this the same for all Universities?
Also, if i switch to the A-levels Maths,Chemistry and Biology what are my career options with them. I was thinking Dentistry or Medicine but they are extremely competitive and hard to get into so I am worried that I won't get the space. I know salary shoudn't be what I look at but whatever job I do I hope to earn a decent comfortable salary.
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hey i think it’s worth switching if you hate engineering that much. and there’s loads of options with bio chem maths aside from dentistry & med eg chemical engineering, biotech, biomed etc.

but if you want something high paying then yeah dentistry is a good way to go and yes it’s rly competitive but that’s mainly if you’re applying to the two london unis (kings and queen mary’s). the grade requirements for other unis outside london are lower (generally AAA compared to A*AA - not a huge difference but still).

even though something is competitive though doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it out of fear ! just make sure if you do med/dent you get work experience, volunteering and some extracurriculars in tow. i believe in you ,, goodluck :-)
Have a look at these NHS roles - there are hundreds of other jobs apart from just 'doctor' and 'dentist' - Explore roles | Health Careers or for a different career angle - Royal Navy | Medical (mod.uk)
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Original post by wanga_wanga
How come you have poste the same message three times?

I don't know I didn't post it 3 times for some reason it did that itself
Original post by zak.sa1
I don't know I didn't post it 3 times for some reason it did that itself

strange, but hope you get the help you need
Original post by zak.sa1
I wanted to ask whether I should repeat year 12 or not. I started year 12 doing an extended diploma BTEC in Engineering as originally my mind was fixed on becoming an engineer. But after a few months of the BTEC I really have started to hate engineering and feel like it isn't the correct career choice for me. Now I have the option to switch to A-levels next academic year so I would be 17 when I start the A levels and I am thinking of doing A-level Biology,Chemistry and Maths.
Please Help is this a stupid choice, should I just stick to Engineering. And will repeating the year with different subjects affect or discourage me getting into University. I spoke with Newcastle Uni on the phone, which is local and they said if you repeat year 12 with different subjects then it won't discourage you for any of the courses. Is this the same for all Universities?
Also, if i switch to the A-levels Maths,Chemistry and Biology what are my career options with them. I was thinking Dentistry or Medicine but they are extremely competitive and hard to get into so I am worried that I won't get the space. I know salary shoudn't be what I look at but whatever job I do I hope to earn a decent comfortable salary.
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will you get something/credits or otherwise for finishing this year?
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Original post by wanga_wanga
will you get something/credits or otherwise for finishing this year?

Yeah I'll get UCAS points
Original post by zak.sa1
Yeah I'll get UCAS points

so you're immediate goal is to finish up this year with your best effort despite losing some desire not discarding your effort so far, your medium goal is to find out about a levels and starting with them in September, actually you need to get on with this if you want to start this year.
Original post by zak.sa1
I wanted to ask whether I should repeat year 12 or not. I started year 12 doing an extended diploma BTEC in Engineering as originally my mind was fixed on becoming an engineer. But after a few months of the BTEC I really have started to hate engineering and feel like it isn't the correct career choice for me. Now I have the option to switch to A-levels next academic year so I would be 17 when I start the A levels and I am thinking of doing A-level Biology,Chemistry and Maths.
Please Help is this a stupid choice, should I just stick to Engineering. And will repeating the year with different subjects affect or discourage me getting into University. I spoke with Newcastle Uni on the phone, which is local and they said if you repeat year 12 with different subjects then it won't discourage you for any of the courses. Is this the same for all Universities?
Also, if i switch to the A-levels Maths,Chemistry and Biology what are my career options with them. I was thinking Dentistry or Medicine but they are extremely competitive and hard to get into so I am worried that I won't get the space. I know salary shoudn't be what I look at but whatever job I do I hope to earn a decent comfortable salary.
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Hii,I was originally set on optometry, I recently got a health diagnosis and it means that the training and course wouldn’t really work with optometry, I don’t really like physics and I was only doing it for optometry so I wanted to drop it to AS rather than full A-Level so I’m repeating year 12 physics due to it being too late to enter for this year’s AS exams, I’ve done biology and sociology this year and continuing both next year and picking up an AS in art which I’m starting soon, if you have any questions about biology specifically I can help if you have the same exam board (I’m OCR) I also have someone repeating year 12 in my biology too so I could ask her if you have a question about that
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Original post by Toby.img
Hii,I was originally set on optometry, I recently got a health diagnosis and it means that the training and course wouldn’t really work with optometry, I don’t really like physics and I was only doing it for optometry so I wanted to drop it to AS rather than full A-Level so I’m repeating year 12 physics due to it being too late to enter for this year’s AS exams, I’ve done biology and sociology this year and continuing both next year and picking up an AS in art which I’m starting soon, if you have any questions about biology specifically I can help if you have the same exam board (I’m OCR) I also have someone repeating year 12 in my biology too so I could ask her if you have a question about that

Thank you for that if I have any questions I will ask
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Maths, chemistry and biology are good choices as mcginger said even if you can’t get into dentistry or medicine there are lots of other medical alternatives such as dental hygiene, nursing or radiography.

I have done A level Biology myself so feel that going straight into year 13 will be difficult as you don’t have the basic knowledge learnt from year 12 which provides a foundation for year 13 and is linked. If it was me I would do year 12 & 13 to achieve the best grades possible! I would do some shadowing aswell just to make sure you are making the right decision for the medical field. Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Original post by MrsOWEN
Maths, chemistry and biology are good choices as mcginger said even if you can’t get into dentistry or medicine there are lots of other medical alternatives such as dental hygiene, nursing or radiography.
I have done A level Biology myself so feel that going straight into year 13 will be difficult as you don’t have the basic knowledge learnt from year 12 which provides a foundation for year 13 and is linked. If it was me I would do year 12 & 13 to achieve the best grades possible! I would do some shadowing aswell just to make sure you are making the right decision for the medical field. Good luck with whatever you decide!

Thank you I think i've made my choice and im going to do maths,bio,chem but yr 12 and yr13 so i would be finishing 6'th form when i'm 19 not 18. And I have got some work experience booked in the summer in a GP. Even though I will be one year older I hope it will be worth it as I still get some qualification for this year and then if I try my best and do well hopefully I will get a space into uni for the course I want. Thank you for your guys help
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You are still young so I wouldn’t worry about feeling like you are behind. We are all on our own timeline. I did my Biology at 35 and am now waiting to hear if I got into dental hygiene school so never to old to study or follow your dreams!
Original post by MrsOWEN
Maths, chemistry and biology are good choices as mcginger said even if you can’t get into dentistry or medicine there are lots of other medical alternatives such as dental hygiene, nursing or radiography.
I have done A level Biology myself so feel that going straight into year 13 will be difficult as you don’t have the basic knowledge learnt from year 12 which provides a foundation for year 13 and is linked. If it was me I would do year 12 & 13 to achieve the best grades possible! I would do some shadowing aswell just to make sure you are making the right decision for the medical field. Good luck with whatever you decide!

Yeah, they're pretty solid A level choices for most things
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Original post by MrsOWEN
You are still young so I wouldn’t worry about feeling like you are behind. We are all on our own timeline. I did my Biology at 35 and am now waiting to hear if I got into dental hygiene school so never to old to study or follow your dreams!

That's really helpful thank you I was so stressed thinking that all my peers will be ahead of me in life and that I have failed my education because of the one year out. From your message I understand that it makes no big difference and I spoke with lots of medical schools and all of them don't care about being one year older.

But once again thank you for this help it has really pushed me and make me feel better.
Original post by zak.sa1
I wanted to ask whether I should repeat year 12 or not. I started year 12 doing an extended diploma BTEC in Engineering as originally my mind was fixed on becoming an engineer. But after a few months of the BTEC I really have started to hate engineering and feel like it isn't the correct career choice for me. Now I have the option to switch to A-levels next academic year so I would be 17 when I start the A levels and I am thinking of doing A-level Biology,Chemistry and Maths.
Please Help is this a stupid choice, should I just stick to Engineering. And will repeating the year with different subjects affect or discourage me getting into University. I spoke with Newcastle Uni on the phone, which is local and they said if you repeat year 12 with different subjects then it won't discourage you for any of the courses. Is this the same for all Universities?
Also, if i switch to the A-levels Maths,Chemistry and Biology what are my career options with them. I was thinking Dentistry or Medicine but they are extremely competitive and hard to get into so I am worried that I won't get the space. I know salary shoudn't be what I look at but whatever job I do I hope to earn a decent comfortable salary.
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If u want to take a health related course like medicine and dentistry most skls require u 2 sit ur alvls in 2 yrs or sum so as long as you doing ur a lvls counts as 2 yrs instead of 3 its fine.

Idk if tht makes sense lol
Original post by zak.sa1
I wanted to ask whether I should repeat year 12 or not. I started year 12 doing an extended diploma BTEC in Engineering as originally my mind was fixed on becoming an engineer. But after a few months of the BTEC I really have started to hate engineering and feel like it isn't the correct career choice for me. Now I have the option to switch to A-levels next academic year so I would be 17 when I start the A levels and I am thinking of doing A-level Biology,Chemistry and Maths.
Please Help is this a stupid choice, should I just stick to Engineering. And will repeating the year with different subjects affect or discourage me getting into University. I spoke with Newcastle Uni on the phone, which is local and they said if you repeat year 12 with different subjects then it won't discourage you for any of the courses. Is this the same for all Universities?
Also, if i switch to the A-levels Maths,Chemistry and Biology what are my career options with them. I was thinking Dentistry or Medicine but they are extremely competitive and hard to get into so I am worried that I won't get the space. I know salary shoudn't be what I look at but whatever job I do I hope to earn a decent comfortable salary.
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I know I am a little late to your post, but just wanted to share some insight that might help you! I repeated my year 13, however I had 2 friends in college who repeated their year 12, for them I know it was the best decision! One of them switched A-levels as she decided to for a career switch into healthcare.

If you are aiming for medicine, I know some unis prefer students taking their A-levels within the 2 years of the course, so this might be something to consider, especially if you have your heart set on a uni that only caters for students who have sat the 2 years. I also aimed for dentistry, however after a difficult year in college, I decided to stay on and repeat year 13, and have chosen a different career choice, while still wanting to work in healthcare - so optometry. There are so many options with those A-levels you mentioned you have an interest in, Biology, Chemistry and Maths have a vast amount of courses that can be explored, Biomedicine, Biochemistry (even the clinical option), biotechnology, forensics, and so many more.

With regards to salary, I know forensic pathologists and optometrists earn a decent amount, even the other careers I mentioned previously, so don't be discouraged, there's a lot of options to consider!

Last but not least, identifying what subject or career is right for you at an early stage is the BEST option. It is so much better to start afresh and not have to go through the trouble of switching courses at uni, don't let it phase you if you are a year behind, the more mature you go into your field, the better you will be.
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Original post by Lauralee13
I know I am a little late to your post, but just wanted to share some insight that might help you! I repeated my year 13, however I had 2 friends in college who repeated their year 12, for them I know it was the best decision! One of them switched A-levels as she decided to for a career switch into healthcare.
If you are aiming for medicine, I know some unis prefer students taking their A-levels within the 2 years of the course, so this might be something to consider, especially if you have your heart set on a uni that only caters for students who have sat the 2 years. I also aimed for dentistry, however after a difficult year in college, I decided to stay on and repeat year 13, and have chosen a different career choice, while still wanting to work in healthcare - so optometry. There are so many options with those A-levels you mentioned you have an interest in, Biology, Chemistry and Maths have a vast amount of courses that can be explored, Biomedicine, Biochemistry (even the clinical option), biotechnology, forensics, and so many more.
With regards to salary, I know forensic pathologists and optometrists earn a decent amount, even the other careers I mentioned previously, so don't be discouraged, there's a lot of options to consider!
Last but not least, identifying what subject or career is right for you at an early stage is the BEST option. It is so much better to start afresh and not have to go through the trouble of switching courses at uni, don't let it phase you if you are a year behind, the more mature you go into your field, the better you will be.

Thank you so much I feel way more confident and I really appreciate the help

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