Courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Midwifery can be extremely competitive, they command high grades and there are a set number of places, so there can be a greater chance of disappointment at results time.

If you find that you are without a place this year and you don’t know what to do, first of all DON’T PANIC!

Yes, you have had your heart set on a course such as Medicine, but now might be the time to stop and have a think about alternative careers in the Healthcare profession.

One of the main employers in the Healthcare service is the NHS and they are not just looking for Doctors. For example, one of the newest careers out there is a Physician Associate, they are graduates who have taken 2 years of clinical training, and time spent focussed on mental health, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics.  Physician Associates are directly supervised by a doctor and can perform many of the day to day tasks that doctors undertake.

Physician Associates at UEA need a Life Science or Health related degree, three A-levels at grade C or above to include one science and so studying a degree such as Biomedicine could lead to this career. Call 01603 591515, if you want to find out more about eligibility.

Below is a choice of UEA courses for you to consider. With all of these options you might want to go on and be a Physician Associate or it might take you into another Health related career you hadn’t already thought of. 


Pharmacists are experts in medicines and are highly trained health professionals. You require a Chemistry A Level and will be interviewed to assess your communication skills. A future career might find you based in a hospital pharmacy, working in the NHS or at a private hospital, or working as a community pharmacist.

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Nursing students are interviewed, but can enter the course with a wide range of qualifications.


This course is designed to allow you to develop skills in the medically-related biological sciences. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach, blending the complementary aspects of the biological and chemical sciences relevant to modern medicine.  It has proved to be an extremely popular programme for students who are keen to apply cellular and molecular research techniques to the understanding and treatment of human diseases.

Alongside benefitting from the expertise of medical professionals and academics, you will also have access to the incredible facilities across our affiliated institutions, including the Biomedical Research Centre and the Norwich Medical School which is based on campus. For this course you do require A Level Biology, and another Science i.e. Chemistry.

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You will be taught the fundamental chemical principles that underlie biochemistry alongside aspects of cellular and molecular biology. This provides your foundation to study more specialist topics that address contemporary developments in the field, from medicinal chemistry and genetics to protein engineering and microbial biotechnology. For this course you require A Level Chemistry.

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Pharmacology and Drug Discovery

This course combines fundamental chemistry, pharmacology and drug design to give you the expertise and scientific creativity to develop new, life-changing pharmaceuticals. You will need a Chemistry A Level.

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