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Matt H Said,
May 18th, 2011 @3:04 pm  

Man that’s complicated!

If you really want to do medicine then obviously you’re going to need to take a year out. That’s not a problem. People start studying medicine when they’re 26 and have been an electrician for 8 years (trust me, I know one!)

The biggest skill is knowing which universities to apply to. Some will let you re-sit A levels, some wont. Hospital experience is essential however. Your DofE and sports coaching is great but you need hospital work too. I did nursing. I know someone else who was a phlebotomist. These were both as paid jobs and to be fair that’s the easiest way to get into a hospital, if you work there. If you work on bank shifts you only need to do 1 shift every 6 months so it’s incredibly flexible. Otherwise you can get work experience by contacting individual hospitals and NHS trusts.

I dont know what grades are required these days but the number of people applying is up and the number with A’s are also up so you really need to sell yourself on your personal statement. A lot of university’s rely heavily on this. In fact some (Aberdeen, Dundee) rely on this more than grades.

I’m not sure that helps at all but being from Scotland I dont really understand A levels and have never even heard of UKCAT and BMAT’s. I think they were introduced the year after I started studying.

Good luck mate.

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