Hope Henry's Clearing to Graduate Entry Medicine Story

Hope Henry joined Swansea University as a Clearing student after missing the grades she needed to study Undergraduate Medicine. She shares her experiences with us of studying Applied Medical Sciences and going on to secure her place for Graduate Entry Medicine.

I had a big shock on A Level results day when it turned out that my exams had not gone quite as well as I had hoped. I was thrown into complete chaos as every place I had applied for at every university was called into question, until I received a phone call from the clearing team at Swansea University Medical School. They talked me through my options in depth and I accepted an unconditional offer to start on the Foundation Year of Applied Medical Sciences (AMS), a degree offering me a pathway to medicine, with medicine being my ultimate end goal.

I can wholeheartedly say that this was the best decision I have ever made. Right from the initial phone call, Swansea University believed in me as a person and as a student, refusing to cast me aside because I had missed out on my grades and welcoming me into such a friendly university community. If anything, my foundation year in AMS prepared me for the rest of my degree, giving me a better grounding and a larger wealth of knowledge to be built on throughout my whole course. Without my time as an AMS student I truly would not be the person I am today.

I am very proud to say that following the completion of my studies in AMS, and after a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I have now been offered a place to study Graduate Entry Medicine in Swansea, a place I now consider to be my home away from home. I would urge anyone who may be split between choices of university places or those in a tricky situation on results day to speak to the clearing team at Swansea University. The years that have followed these initial clearing conversations truly have been the best of my life. I look forward to continuing my time at Swansea University with the challenge of Graduate Entry Medicine that lies ahead. Anything is possible if you are willing to work hard enough and take that initial leap of faith.

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Applied Medical Sciences
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Applied Medical Sciences gives an in-depth and applied understanding of how the human body works, what happens when it goes wrong, how we currently treat disorders, and the potential for novel therapeutics. Our Applied Medical Sciences Pathway degrees will give you a grounding in the sciences that underpins medicine.

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Medical Biochemistry
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Medical Biochemistry is at the core of modern Medicine, and our two Pathways degrees in Medical Biochemistry will give you the scientific understanding vital to the study of Medicine. 

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Medical Genetics
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Medical Genetics is an exciting and fast-moving field that is making an enormous impact on Medicine. Medical Genetics will help prepare you by understanding the science that is revolutionising Medicine. 

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Medical Pharmacology
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Medical Pharmacology is the science behind drugs and medicines, their effects on living systems, and their role in treating disease. In the study of Medicine it is important to understand the impact of drugs and medicines on human systems, our Medical Pharmacology degrees will give you that understanding.

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Population Health and Medical Sciences
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Population Health and Medical Sciences examines growing pressures on healthcare systems globally are well documented, with chronic diseases, ageing populations and increased incidents of mental health. These Pathway degrees will prepare you for Medicine by giving you a holistic understanding of the many determinants of health from cell to population. 

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We are proud of opportunities our Pathway degrees give our students, we also offer a number of non-Pathways to Medicine degrees which will put you at the centre of offering patients the support they need and support the clinical decision making to get patients on the road back to health. Improving the Health and Wellbeing of communites is a one team approach, and we offer a variety of Clinical opportunities. 

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