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Is it too late to start again??

I'm about to start the 2nd year of my psychology degree. I only did this degree bc I never actually planned on being alive for this long (grim sorry) but now that I'm here I genuinely would like to study psychiatry. BUT to do that I need to study medicine and to do that I need to have studied Chemistry Alevel (I did bio, sociology and psychology Alevs). I'm 20 now and I don't know if it's worth dropping out and starting again from a levels. My friend recommended I complete my 4 year course and do a postgraduate in medicine but then I'd just be in debt and still without a chem a level so idk what to do?
I need serious advice please!!! 🤕
Original post by angelzbug
I'm about to start the 2nd year of my psychology degree. I only did this degree bc I never actually planned on being alive for this long (grim sorry) but now that I'm here I genuinely would like to study psychiatry. BUT to do that I need to study medicine and to do that I need to have studied Chemistry Alevel (I did bio, sociology and psychology Alevs). I'm 20 now and I don't know if it's worth dropping out and starting again from a levels. My friend recommended I complete my 4 year course and do a postgraduate in medicine but then I'd just be in debt and still without a chem a level so idk what to do?
I need serious advice please!!! 🤕

At the young, lovely age of 20 it's never too late.

I'm gonna tag the medic mages @GANFYD and @MedMama as their advice is unmatched

Graduate entry med is very competitive, but there is no doubt if you finish ur psychology degree with flying colours and have a succesfull interview, you have a very strong shot at GEM.

I'm very happy to see your still alive and hope you become a wonderful psychiatrist one day💙💙💙
Original post by halfharry
At the young, lovely age of 20 it's never too late.
I'm gonna tag the medic mages @GANFYD and @MedMama as their advice is unmatched
Graduate entry med is very competitive, but there is no doubt if you finish ur psychology degree with flying colours and have a succesfull interview, you have a very strong shot at GEM.
I'm very happy to see your still alive and hope you become a wonderful psychiatrist one day💙💙💙

that’s so generous, though I’m no expert on GEM so will have to pass on this chance to chip in
all best to both of you 🕊
Original post by angelzbug
I'm about to start the 2nd year of my psychology degree. I only did this degree bc I never actually planned on being alive for this long (grim sorry) but now that I'm here I genuinely would like to study psychiatry. BUT to do that I need to study medicine and to do that I need to have studied Chemistry Alevel (I did bio, sociology and psychology Alevs). I'm 20 now and I don't know if it's worth dropping out and starting again from a levels. My friend recommended I complete my 4 year course and do a postgraduate in medicine but then I'd just be in debt and still without a chem a level so idk what to do?
I need serious advice please!!! 🤕

Hi there,

It is definitely not too late to do medicine! I think that some universities now do not mind which A levels you have so I would recommend that you look on each university website and go to some open days and see what the requirements are for each medical school.

I hope this helps,

Ellen
Y4 Medical Student
Uni of Sunderland
Digital Ambassador
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Original post by angelzbug
I'm about to start the 2nd year of my psychology degree. I only did this degree bc I never actually planned on being alive for this long (grim sorry) but now that I'm here I genuinely would like to study psychiatry. BUT to do that I need to study medicine and to do that I need to have studied Chemistry Alevel (I did bio, sociology and psychology Alevs). I'm 20 now and I don't know if it's worth dropping out and starting again from a levels. My friend recommended I complete my 4 year course and do a postgraduate in medicine but then I'd just be in debt and still without a chem a level so idk what to do?
I need serious advice please!!! 🤕

OK, so you definitely have options here. Chemistry is not an absolute requirement for all med schools. Dependent on a minimum AAA and for some A*AA in the subjects you have, you are eligible for the following med schools based on subjects and grades.

Manchester, Sheffield, Kent and Medway, Leicester, Keele, Lancaster, Newcastle, Southampton, Plymouth.

How competitive an application you could make depends on GCSEs and UCAT.

Things are further complicated by you having commenced another course
Newcastle, Southampton, Plymouth, Leicester seem to be OK with it. Lancaster say they will consider those in Yr 1, but do not mention Yr 2.
Manchester, Keele, Sheffield would not accept.

You would need to contact them to see whether this would change if you dropped out after your first year and applied on a gap year (assuming you apply this October). If you continue on into 2nd year and beyond, you would have to fund some years of medicine yourself, as SFE only fund your course length plus 1 year, unless there are ExCircs.

Alternatively, you could finish your current degree. You could then either apply for GEM, where your A levels would not matter if sitting a biosciences degree, but some do not consider Psychology contains enough raw science, so you would have to check with them. GEM is much more competitive than standard entry adn generally requires higher UCAT scores, but they are opening more GEM courses, which should act to lower cut off requirements.
You could also apply as a grad to A100 courses, but then A levels become a factor again, as most require these, and you are pretty well limited to the courses above and also would have to fund your own tuition fees, as there are no loans available for grads for A100 courses.

If it were me, I would sit UCAT this year and see how you do. If you get a good score, have good GCSEs and A*AA in your A levels, you will have >4 options. But come back with all your stats and I can take a look.

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