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Can i apply for medicine with a degree in biomedicine?

Hello everyone, Im currently an A-level student who will probably have to repeat my whole high school experience with btecs in applied science or health and social care due to my heart problems restricting me from going to school and thus giving me possibly bad results in my as levels. I was wondering, will i be able to do medicine if i graduate with a degree in bioscience? Thank you if you answer.
Original post by Chuuyulz
Hello everyone, Im currently an A-level student who will probably have to repeat my whole high school experience with btecs in applied science or health and social care due to my heart problems restricting me from going to school and thus giving me possibly bad results in my as levels. I was wondering, will i be able to do medicine if i graduate with a degree in bioscience? Thank you if you answer.

Yes. Possible for graduate. However, your A Level predicted grades are impacted by extenuating circumstances. If you apply using UCAS for medicine,
E.g for Nottingham
Use https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/applying/extenuating-circumstances.aspx
Let the uni know of your extenuating circumstance that has impacted your A Level predicted grades.
Are you unable to go to school for next academic year (September 2024)?
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Original post by Chuuyulz
Hello everyone, Im currently an A-level student who will probably have to repeat my whole high school experience with btecs in applied science or health and social care due to my heart problems restricting me from going to school and thus giving me possibly bad results in my as levels. I was wondering, will i be able to do medicine if i graduate with a degree in bioscience? Thank you if you answer.

Hey, Coventry University Student Ambassador here! 👋

It's unfortunate to hear about your heart problems setting you back, but I'm sure there are alternatives for your circumstances! Firstly, what A-Levels are you currently doing? If you don't pass your A-Levels, you wouldn't necessarily have to redo high school unless you plan to take different A-Levels that require specific GCSE grades or subjects. However, this might not be the best option.

Depending on your results and A-Level subjects, you can look into our Biomedical Science/Applied Biomedical Science BSc courses at Coventry University, where we recognize a breadth of qualifications and alternative routes to meet entry requirements.

The requirements are:

A-Level: BBB to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.

GCSE: Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 4 / C or above, including English Language, Mathematics, and two sciences.

BTEC: DDM in a Biological Science subject. Excludes Health and Social Care.


After this, you can pursue the Biomedical Science MSc course to develop your knowledge and skills in this expanding area. If you're struggling to meet those requirements, I highly recommend looking into Access to HE Diploma (Health and Human Sciences course. These are designed for students who may not have the conventional educational requirements to enter a higher education course. This can put you on equal footing with students starting their degree programs through entry channels like A-Levels or BTECs. In your case, I believe this is a better alternative than redoing A-Levels or GCSEs. Once you complete an Access to HE course at Coventry University, it will guarantee your progression onto a relevant degree, such as Biosciences.

Additionally, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. I recommend giving us a call or dropping an email to discuss your personal circumstances. A degree in biosciences can open doors to biomedical and healthcare science roles within the NHS and public health laboratories. On successful completion of the Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) degree, without a training placement, you can apply for Trainee Biomedical Science posts to enter NHS Health Care Scientist registration training programs. Typically, this involves one to two years of further training to obtain an IBMS certificate of competence, allowing you to apply for HCPC registration, a legal requirement for anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the HCPC.

I hope this gives some clarity and guidance! Cov Uni is equipped with industry-standard equipment in our Superlab, allowing you to learn, experiment, and discover while staying green and reducing our waste and carbon emissions. We have many facilities for our Science students. As you get closer to choosing universities, I recommend visiting us at our open days to speak to lecturers, staff, and ambassadors like us, as well as to view the facilities and buildings where you may study. Best of luck in your studies!


Dorna | Coventry University Student Ambassador

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