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I wanna be a physician associate, some advice would help

I intend to become a physician associate in the future, my initial plan being getting a Bsc in Science studying biomedical science at university. After this I would work for a year maybe and then do my post graduation in physician associate studies. I am currently answering my A-levels, my first exam being on the 17th of May.

I was wondering if on results day I could go through clearing and try to get into university of reading's MPAS undergraduate course and just wanted to know how difficult it is to get in without clearing itself and what would my chances be getting in with clearing?
I also wanted to know if I able to go through clearing for a whole different course, as I do know that the admissions process do require interviews and a distinct personal statement.
Original post by elainethea
I intend to become a physician associate in the future, my initial plan being getting a Bsc in Science studying biomedical science at university. After this I would work for a year maybe and then do my post graduation in physician associate studies. I am currently answering my A-levels, my first exam being on the 17th of May.

I was wondering if on results day I could go through clearing and try to get into university of reading's MPAS undergraduate course and just wanted to know how difficult it is to get in without clearing itself and what would my chances be getting in with clearing?
I also wanted to know if I able to go through clearing for a whole different course, as I do know that the admissions process do require interviews and a distinct personal statement.


If the course is in clearing, you could try but to do this you would have to reject your confirmed place on results day. There is no guarantee that the course will be in clearing. Have you gained any shadowing experience relevant to the course and do you have any public facing work/volunteering experience? Your other option is to take a gap year after A levels and apply to undergraduate PA courses for 2025 entry with achieved grades.
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Original post by elainethea
I intend to become a physician associate in the future, my initial plan being getting a Bsc in Science studying biomedical science at university. After this I would work for a year maybe and then do my post graduation in physician associate studies. I am currently answering my A-levels, my first exam being on the 17th of May.
I was wondering if on results day I could go through clearing and try to get into university of reading's MPAS undergraduate course and just wanted to know how difficult it is to get in without clearing itself and what would my chances be getting in with clearing?
I also wanted to know if I able to go through clearing for a whole different course, as I do know that the admissions process do require interviews and a distinct personal statement.

For sept 2023 PA for postgraduate was in clearing and yes it’s much easier to get in through clearing .
Original post by elainethea
I intend to become a physician associate in the future, my initial plan being getting a Bsc in Science studying biomedical science at university. After this I would work for a year maybe and then do my post graduation in physician associate studies. I am currently answering my A-levels, my first exam being on the 17th of May.
I was wondering if on results day I could go through clearing and try to get into university of reading's MPAS undergraduate course and just wanted to know how difficult it is to get in without clearing itself and what would my chances be getting in with clearing?
I also wanted to know if I able to go through clearing for a whole different course, as I do know that the admissions process do require interviews and a distinct personal statement.

Have you ever thought about doing medicine
Have you checked the jobs market for PA too? I know someone who has just qualified and she can’t find a job..
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Original post by Petiteroseary
Have you checked the jobs market for PA too? I know someone who has just qualified and she can’t find a job..

Yes - agree with this.
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Original post by Petiteroseary
Have you checked the jobs market for PA too? I know someone who has just qualified and she can’t find a job..

At this point where it’s very hard to find jobs I do know so many PA that were offers job while being on the placement so I would say overall the job market is still pretty good compare to other fields as the government caps on how many people actually become a PA to not over saturate the market.

But at the same time I am pretty sure there are going to be some cases where some people regardless of the profession are going to struggle finding a job.
E.g Even some doctors after finishing medical school don’t get the job straight way but get put on the waitlist to get a job but overall if you look at majority of them they do get jobs.
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Original post by safina09
For sept 2023 PA for postgraduate was in clearing and yes it’s much easier to get in through clearing .

Which unis offered the PA course through clearing ?
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Chester
Edge hill
Uclan
Newcastle
University of Manchester
Greenwich university
But that could be due to because last year the entry requirements changed from 2:2 to 2:1 so if some people missed their grades so that would go into clearing anyway but let’s see what happens this year.

Every year it’s just getting more and more competitiveeeee.
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Original post by safina09
Chester
Edge hill
Uclan
Newcastle
University of Manchester
Greenwich university
But that could be due to because last year the entry requirements changed from 2:2 to 2:1 so if some people missed their grades so that would go into clearing anyway but let’s see what happens this year.
Every year it’s just getting more and more competitiveeeee.

Just overthinking as I am on reserve for Sheffield and DMU so annoying
Original post by Bradi98
Which unis offered the PA course through clearing ?


No one can predict this - clearing vacancies change every year.
Original post by Bradi98
Just overthinking as I am on reserve for Sheffield and DMU so annoying

I really hope you get a place but unfortunately it’s just depends on so many things and changes every year :frown:
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Original post by safina09
I really hope you get a place but unfortunately it’s just depends on so many things and changes every year :frown:
Thanks for the positive vibes fingers are crossed for all
Original post by elainethea
I intend to become a physician associate in the future, my initial plan being getting a Bsc in Science studying biomedical science at university. After this I would work for a year maybe and then do my post graduation in physician associate studies. I am currently answering my A-levels, my first exam being on the 17th of May.
I was wondering if on results day I could go through clearing and try to get into university of reading's MPAS undergraduate course and just wanted to know how difficult it is to get in without clearing itself and what would my chances be getting in with clearing?
I also wanted to know if I able to go through clearing for a whole different course, as I do know that the admissions process do require interviews and a distinct personal statement.

Hi @elainethea,

So sorry that this thread has slipped under our radar until now - as you can imagine, with a name like 'Reading' we get a lot of alerts!

To reiterate what many on this thread have already said, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that any course will be in Clearing until it begins, due to a variety of factors. It sounds like you have a very clear plan of what you would like to d which is great, but have you considered taking a gap year to gain experience/ money and applying for general entry in 2025? This way you will have a lot more time to prepare and plan for a successful application. I did this before applying and despite my initial reservations about taking a year out it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made! Nevertheless, you may want to visit this page to put your details in and get more information about the priority clearing hotline nearer to the time :smile:

I hope this has been helpful! If you have any questions or would like any more info/advice, please let us know and we'll do our best to help!
Kat 🙂
MA Diplomacy Student

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