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Need advice for AS enrichment courses

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Basically, nowadays you don't just have general studies that you have to take. You can choose from a whole range of courses. I'm stuck with what to choose. I can either take:

-Open University courses (basically like a prokect on a certain topic) requires work throughout year. Good on UCAS application

-Food safety and hygiene. Only a 3 week course and i get the extra frees after that. Junk on UCAS app.

-Stress and western meditation. 6 week course and it may go good on application as i can say that i can keep myself controlled in times of stress or something.

There are others, for example, recreation PE, general studies, helping old people, etc. But i don't really want them
Im looking to do medecine :)
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago

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It depends on what you want to do at university or what career you want to go into.....

I did AS GS, but dropped it for this year. It's a pretty pointless subject if you ask me lol.
General studies counts as an actual AS level doesn't it? And a whole A level if you continue it in your second year.
We had to do it but it is quite helpful as you some universities accept it as an equal A level qualification to your other A levels. Unfortunately other uni's don't recognise it in the same way.
So I came out with 4 A levels in the end.
Most good unis don't accept it, but can be used as a back up if you got bad results in the end.
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Most good unis don't accept it, but can be used as a back up if you got bad results in the end.

General studies sucks. Im definately not taking that....

There is a much better range of things you can do which will look better on CV's and that
General studies does suck though. We didn't have any lessons for it thank god. They just recommended we read a decent newspaper regularly and gave us the exam at the end of the year.
I did Young Enterprise too which wasn't bad. Get the chance to make some money!
Young Enterprise was a bit **** tbh, I was Finance Director and most of the team didn't care about what we were doing so it was basically a doss.

But yeah pick something you enjoy that benefits your career or course choice. I'm picking mine at the moment too.
It was a bit of a doss but we made some money and came 3rd in the county I think so that made it better. Our other options were elderly home and primary school assistant and other thing's I preferred not to do.
Im looking to do medecine :)

If your handwriting's as bad as your spelling and grammar then you'll be right at home.
Fat Bird
If your handwriting's as bad as your spelling and grammar then you'll be right at home.

:giggle: That's true. But seriously, if your main aim is to get a place for medicine then maybe you should also consider some kinda voluntary experience within a GP practice. A friend of mine did this to get his place at Durham, interviewers were keen to talk about his experiences. In anainterview, when you're asked "Why medicine?, what do you like about a GP's role?" it s always impressive to have that experience to draw from and illustrate your answer. Personally, i had voluntary experience of 3 hours a week for 3 months at a pharmacy, helped me get into a pharmacy course. Looks great on your ucas form "3 months of voluntary experience"

Another thing my friend did was to do some voluntary fundraising for cancer research, marie curie. They're always looking for volunteers to help raise funds. Shows a passion for healthcare in general, shows motivation. Cancer is a major challenge in the UK and its growing, along with diabetes and coronary heart disease

I would also advise you to keep up to date with current issues via BMJ online. Really helps you understand the role of the GP and current issues they face, its always helped my friends in medicine interviews.

Good luck

Oh - and make sure you never mention that you dont really wana care for the elderly on you UCAS form lol Quote "helping old people, etc. But i don't really want them"
Lol, I agree with the above....medicine is highly competitive so make sure you definitely want to do it. I mean helping "old people" would be the most beneficial to your course.

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