(Original post by pingu09)
Ok please someone help me out...I've basically contacted many universities as well as my uni careers which were crapp... and the medicine door seems very likely closed for now. However, regarding the pharmacy option, that is the only choice I have left. I know uni people keep on telling me other health related stuff, but I dont want to do it... :-(
1. I don't know whether to resit A-levels or not? Upon resitting though, I would need to get much higher grades. Careers pointed out after 4 years a-levels most likely would have gotten harder/changed?
2. Appply to other 1 year foundation courses B231 via clearing (if there wil be any spacee!) and then through those universities hopefully try to get onto pharmacy? (Is this risky/does it happen etc?)- That would mean I would have to decline my medway offer to be eligible for clearing right?
3. Just accept the 2 year foundation course at Medway... does anyone know the rate of people who pass and get through?
I think the best option for you would be to resit your A-levels. If you could achieve at least AAB in your A-levels then you would stand a very very good chance of getting offers for Pharmacy from places like Manchester, Nottingham, Bath, London i.e. the most over-subscribed places, assuming you want to go to one of those places.
However, you seem keen on Medicine and I can't seem to tell where your passion really lies. If it is for Medicine then I think you should channel your time and efforts in that direction. Write to medical schools and explain your circumstances and see what they say.
They may most likely tell you that they won't consider you and that you'll have to go do another course and perhaps reapply as a graduate. If so then you should focus on Pharmacy.
I have to point out though if you are keen on either of those courses, both are very competetive to get onto and very tough demanding courses (Medicine especially more so) and if you're worried about achieving AAB at A-Level then perhaps it may not be for you.
Even if you did another health-science degree with the intention of studying Medicine as a graduate, you would still need to get at least a 2:1 be it in Pharmacy or anything else to even stand a chance of being considered for admission as a graduate student onto a Medicine course.
As for the foundation courses, I have no experience or know anybody who's been on those so I can't comment but they don't seem like very good options to me.
You need to explain your circumstances very carefully to universities you're considering and ask their opinion.
But the point I'm trying to make is that if you want to do Medicine or Pharmacy, there's no escaping the fact you need to get good grades. It can be done if you work hard and put your mind to it.