27-01-2011, 11:02 PM #1
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- Lower Saxony, Germany
Med Schools for non-graduate Mature applicants and Open University qualifications
I've spent some time going around these forums (and others) looking for info on which universities seem to be open to mature non-graduate candidates. The information available is generally patchy at best so i got in touch with quite a few of the medical schools asking outright if they accepted mature students on the basis of A-Levels or Open University courses. I've broken the universities down into categories with links to the relevent entry requirement pages or, if these aren't specific enough, responses i received from each:
(A) Friendly/mildly receptive to Open Uni courses instead of A-Levels:
St. George's Medical School
Oxford - depends on courses and preferably in combination with A-Levels
Dundee - considered on an individual basis
Barts and the London - Open Uni degree only and no A-Level resits
(B) Receptive to A-Levels (distance learning and/or resits):
(C) Not at all receptive - response was basically "bugger off":
Category A responses:
Originally Posted by OxfordOriginally Posted by DundeeOriginally Posted by Barts and The London
Originally Posted by UCLOriginally Posted by Glasgow
Originally Posted by Aberdeen
Originally Posted by BirminghamOriginally Posted by EdinburghOriginally Posted by Sheffield
Open Uni science courses:
The S104 Exploring Science and SK277 Human Biology are the two Open University courses which are most commonly listed as required by those universities receptive to the Open uni.
General Listing - Science Courses - Open University
Exploring Science - S104 - Exploring science - Open University Course
Human Biology - SK277 - Human biology - Open University Course
28-01-2011, 08:18 PM #2
Hello Costello, welcome to the forum.
Thanks for a well researched and informative post.
I went through a similar process 2 years ago when I first got a real bee in my bonnet about being a doctor. I already had a BA degree, but was a 2.2, good A-levels, but all the wrong subjects. I was also 18 months into an OU science degree, but was quite dissapointed that very few Unis acknowledged the courses completed thus far or the qualifications gained (Certificates, Diplomas).
It's worth pointing out that some of your Category A Universities also require the GAMSAT exam (Notts, Pen, SGUL). Also some Unis aren't particularly receptive to finished OU degrees for their GEPs. Warrick and Oxford seem to like OU graduates, Kings will accept them but also specify a requirement of 100+ lab hours - which is difficult to get through distance learning. I've never had a Uni say they actively discriminate against OU degrees, but there are always rumours.
Despite being comfortably into my 30's I decided to finish my OU degree and haven't regretted it. Applying to med school has given me the motivation to get a 1st, when I would probably have gotten a 2.1. It also means I have other career options if the whole medicine thing doesn't work out. The last two years have also given me the opportunity to get some brilliant work experience and do some pretty amazing things that I would have never even considered doing in my previous life. Even if I never get into med school I would consider the last few years well spent.
Either way, good luck with your application.
30-01-2011, 05:04 PM #3
Thank you for the information. I am currently an OU student with big medicine dreams.
14-02-2011, 02:07 AM #4
I am quite intrigued... I'm not sure I have read this correctly but are you saying that certain Universities would accept the SK277 and S104 from the OU instead of A-levels?“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” - Voltaire.
Current favourites: Manchester, Leeds, UEA and King's...
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