Thread: Arts Grad looking at GEP - HELP
27-02-2012, 08:43 PM #1
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Arts Grad looking at GEP - HELP
So I know some of what I'm asking has been discussed in other threads, but I think my case is a little bit more tricky, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I graduated with a 2:1 in English from Leeds University last year, and am now looking to go the GEP route into medicine (I can't afford the 5yr).
Thing is, not only don't I have any science background, but I have no GCSEs or A Levels - I was brought up in a sectarian faith school where they were not offered, and I got to uni via an access course.
So my question is, which route would be the best for entry into GEP? Access course? A Levels? Or just study for GAMSAT or UKCAT? Is work experience a must, and if so, what's best?
27-02-2012, 10:01 PM #2
try reading around, one really good website to get started is this one: Medschoolsonline - Where do I start: medicine for graduates and mature students it should really answer the majority of your questions.
as for work experience you need something to understand patient needs (e.g. nursing home work, wards, etc.) and what qualities you need to work as a doctor (through shadowing doctors). think about what makes you want to study medicine and become a doctor. thats really the gist of it, again the majority of your questions are answered on that website linked above. if in doubt about your unique circumstances you could always email admissions office to the universities you're interested in and let them decide whether you would be a suitable candidate instead of pondering over the issue. they're usually quite informative and give you good advice on where to start. hope that helps
27-02-2012, 10:03 PM #3
I think you should look at doing the GAMSAT. A lot of art students have done this in the past and have been successful in getting a place to study medicine. It is hard work but completely doable. I went to school abroad, hence my knowledge about GCSEs/A-levels is very limited. From what little I know, doing A-levels is rather expensive, besides being time consuming. And then there is always a possibility of not getting an A.
Regarding work experience, it is a must because medical schools want to see your commitment to medicine. Through work experience, you demonstrate that you have affirmed your decision and have gained valuable insight in to the workings of a hospital and the medical profession. Good luck!'With all due respect' is usually followed by none.
27-02-2012, 10:34 PM #4
Bascially with no A-levels and an arts degree, and assuming you don't already work full time in healthcare, your options are going to be...
St George (GAMSAT)
If you took AS Biology and Chemistry then you would be eligible for Soton, but it's a bit of lottery application process and probably not worth the time or effort unless you really want to go there. Kings and Newcastle require rather high UKCAT scores - Kings is very competitive.
My advice would be to go the GAMSAT route. You can still take the UKCAT as the cost and preparation is lower by comparison, but consider this a backup rather than a plan in itself. GAMSAT is tough but if you get the right score then it's usually a guaranteed interview, and your lack of A-levels or your arts degree will not affect either outcome.Warwick (GEP) 2012 entry.
"And of course you can't become
if you only say what you would have done."
28-02-2012, 06:31 PM #5
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Thanks for your help everyone - I'm getting a clearer picture of where to head now. GAMSAT seems the way to go, but as I have to stay in London for family reasons, that would limit me to St George. I guess I will just buckle down and go for it!
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