Hello! I've been hankering around this 'site for a while now and I have finally registered (go me!). Here's a little story about me... I was in retail management straight out of sixth form. The company I worked for sent me to University in London to study Business and Human Resource Management. I hated it, to say the least, and found myself returning home before finishing first year. I found myself in another retail management role, but knew that it was healthcare I wanted to have a career in. I worked for 18 months as a domicilary carer and that gave me the experience to get me to where I am now - a second year student nurse at The University of the West of England. I still have 18months left and have been achieving 80+ in my assignments and exams thus far. My A-Levels (from 2009), and I see others have felt this way, weren't the best; - Biology (E) - Film Studies (B) - Psychology (D) as well as Extended Project Qualification (C) focussed on Psychology. And 7 Bs, 3 Cs and a D at GCSE. I don't think I was mature enough to really give education my all 'back in the day' but I feel I have really turned things around and I have been approached to consider GEM by a junior Doctor and a Consultant on practical placement. I guess that has what has led me here.... I absolutely have my heart set on Newcastle. But before I go any further, I need a better understanding of UKCAT - are guide books recommended? I have done the practice tests, but I don't think I put any particular 'skill' into it and it's more of a guess on some of the questions! I also fear throwbacks in funding - particularly because I am on an NHS funded course currently. The most sensible option for me, I think, is to aim for 2016 entry. As I could work as a registered nurse for two years before starting the course and save up the funds - and also to have the experience to work as a bank nurse while training. There is a bit inside of me, however, that just wants to go for it - with a 'no looking back' type attitude and go for 2015 entry. I'd still have a years experience afterall. I guess what I want to know is; - Are there any Nurses/Student Nurses turned Student Doctors on the forum that can share their experience with me? - Do I sound like a realist or a fantasist in what I want to do? Another issue for me is being asked, "Why do you want to be a Doctor now and not a Nurse?". I can't think of a sensible answer to this, apart from that I just know that that is what I want.... Thanks for reading my post/essay. I look forward to sharing experiences and views! P.s. I have a problem with writing too much in informal places (essays are fine!), so someone please virtually kick me if I have bored you with my waffle.