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What can I do if I didn’t get into medical school?

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Studying medicine at university is extremely competitive. Demand always outweighs supply so if you didn’t get offered a place this year, you’re not on your own. No matter where you choose to study, the number of places available each year is capped by the government, meaning securing a place has become progressively more challenging.

If you haven’t managed to secure a place then don’t panic, at the University of Sunderland there are a number of options for you to choose from. You can choose to play the long game and study a bachelor’s degree and then re-apply through the graduate entry route, or you can choose an alternative career path. We have lots of science and health professional degrees available, all of which offer very rewarding careers in the health sciences.

Graduate entry

If you didn’t quite get the grades at A Level to study medicine, then you could try the graduate entry route. This is where you choose to study a bachelor’s degree for three years and then re-apply to study medicine once you graduate. You’ll need to achieve at least a 2:1 at undergraduate level to be considered for our medical course. Find out more about the graduate entry route and the full entry requirements here

Alternative careers

If you don’t want to study for an additional three years before applying through the graduate entry route then we have lots of health science degrees which may be of interest to you, some of which you may not have ever considered before.

If healthcare is where your passion lies, we have several degrees on offer including nursing, physiological sciences and biomedical science. If chemistry is your strong suit, we have degrees in pharmacy, biochemistry and medicinal chemistry. Psychology is also a great option if you’re interested in the human brain and neurology. Read on to find out more about these degrees and where they can take you in your career.

 

Nursing

A group of student nurses are practicing CPR on a simulation manikin in the mock hospital ward

A career in nursing is probably one of the most rewarding careers you can have. We offer four different nursing pathways so you can really narrow down your specialism. Choose from Adult Nursing, Children’s and Young People’s Nursing, Mental Health Nursing or Learning Disability Nursing.

Average salary: The average salary for a nurse is £34,000 a year, however, this can rise to £73,000 for senior nursing consultant roles.

Entry requirements: Typically, you will need 120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels (ideally including a health or science subject) to study one of our nursing degrees.

Find out more about our nursing courses here.

 

Physiological Science

Two Healthcare science students in cardiac physiology session preparing to carry out a practical

Healthcare science practitioners with a specialism in physiology are skilled professionals who help medical staff to assess patients’ health and manage disease and disability. Potential employers include the NHS, academic research institutions, clinical laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. At the University of Sunderland, you can opt to specialise in audiology or cardiac physiology (subject to availability of placements).

Average salary: Depending on your specialism, experience and level of responsibilities, you can expect to earn between £31,000 - £104,000 a year.

Entry requirements: Typically, you will need 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels (including Biology or Chemistry) to study physiological science at the University of Sunderland.

Find out more about Physiological Science here

 

Biomedical Science

Biomedical science students carrying out experiments in the lab

Studying Biomedical Science will develop your knowledge of scientific investigation into human health and disease, through learning how the human body functions and what happens when disease affects it. At the University of Sunderland, we have four Biomedical degree titles to choose from: Biomedical Science, Applied Biomedical Science, Biomedical Science (sandwich) and Healthcare Sciences, some of which offer placements so you can get a real feel for what life is like in industry.

Average salary: Depending on your level of experience and responsibility you can expect to earn between £24,000 - £50,000 a year.

Entry requirements: Typically, you will need 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels (including Biology or Chemistry) to study biomedical science.

Find out more about biomedical science here

 

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Three students working with test tubes in the pharmacy

From pharmacy to medicinal chemistry, we have a range of pharmaceutical science degrees to choose from. The skills you will learn while studying a pharmaceutical degree will directly benefit people’s health. You will research how diseases develop and investigate how certain medicines can enhance wellbeing. Here at the University of Sunderland, we have over 100 years’ experience of teaching pharmacy and have a reputation for excellence.

Average salary: A hospital pharmacist can expect to earn between £31,000 - £104,000 a year.

Entry requirements: Typically, you will need 120 UCAS points from three A Levels (including Chemistry and one other science subject at grade B or above).

Find out more about our range of pharmaceutical degrees here.

 

Psychology

A student is sitting at a laptop, smiling up at a lecturer who is standing next to the desk

Psychology is the study of the human mind and brain, as well as a wide range of phenomena such as behaviour, motivations, memory and other cognitive processes. At Sunderland we have a range of psychology degrees including Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Psychology with Counselling. Psychology can lead to a range of careers including a psychotherapist, psychologist, teacher and mental health practitioner.

Average salary: As a psychologist you can expect to earn between £30,000 to £86,000 a year depending on your level of experience and responsibilities.

Entry requirements: Typically, you will need 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent.

Find out more about our range of psychology degrees here.

 

Allied Health Professions and Public Health

Three physiotherapy student carrying out a practical examination of a patient

We have a range of health professional courses available at the University of Sunderland, you can choose to study, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care. Our health professional courses are ranked 25th in the UK (The Guardian University league tables, 2021).

Average salary: As an occupational therapist you can expect to earn around £25,000 to £62,000 depending on your level of experience and responsibilities.

Entry requirements: Typically, you will need 112 to 128 UCAS points depending on which course you choose to study.

Find out more about our health professional degrees here.

 

Open Day

If you would like to learn more about any one of our courses, including the ones not mentioned above, then why not come along to one of our open days? It’s a great opportunity to hear more detailed course information from lecturers and ask them any question you may have about the course or the application process. Book your place here.

Published: 10 November 2021