I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I'm considering taking a gap year from uni to get into Dentistry next year.
So I went through year 12 not really having a clue what I wanted to do. I did random subjects that I enjoyed (English, 4U Maths, Economics, Society and Culture) and ended up getting an ATAR of 99.00. I never sat the UCAT as I never envisioned a health career - or any careers to be frank. I'm currently enrolled in Actuarial Studies at Macquarie Uni because I liked maths and econ, but I'm not really vibing with the content of the degree (lots of finance and stats rather than social science) or the nature of the profession (working in the financial sector - the risk management side of actuarial is to boost corporation profits).
I was considering a career in dentistry or oral health as I enjoyed having braces and coming up with all sorts of weird ways to keep my teeth clean, and I think I'd like the fine motor skills aspect, as well as being able to serve a community rather than a corporate. Is this even a good enough reason to want to do dentistry? I know changing from actuarial to dentistry looks like a money hungry move, but I just really don't know what's right for me.
Through a gap year, I should be able to cover La Trobe's chem and bio prerequisite through TAFE, and hopefully enrol there next year (if the cut-off doesn't skyrocket), or maybe sit the UCAT and go somewhere else. Is this something that I should consider doing?
I'm clueless about pretty much everything, so all advice is greatly appreciated!
I'd just like to note that a 99.00 is right on the border with the cutoff for LaTrobe. I reckon there might be some risk involved if you took a gap year, considering that you are really on a knife's edge in terms of where you sit on their cutoff. I'm not sure if you can do this in the state you are in, but perhaps look into retaking a highschool subject while also spending the rest of your spare time doing the TAFE courses. This might help to boost your ATAR. Another way is to study for the UCAT and then get into another course somewhere else. Why limit yourself to LaTrobe?
Latrobe made an error on their website. I think 99.20 is the cut-off for metro applicants based on vtac stastitics.If they don't want to risk potentially doing poorly in courses they don't believe they have much interest in then maybe it might make sense to take a gap year and study for the UCAT because a 99.00 ATAR is eligble for UQ, JCU, LaTrobe (as it stands), and a good position for UAdel, im not sure how UWA treats NSL. If OP feels like he can maintain an equivalent GPA in his current studies then I would suggest that he keeps studying (maybe try harder to get Griffith) but if he cant do that then he might be better off using his ATAR and taking a gap.
Metro: lowest 99.20 Highest 99.85
Rural: lowest 99.00 Highest 99.75
If they only published 99.00, it could be the cut-off for second/third round offers. Since they used 99.75 as the maxmimum atar, it is likely they made a mistake. Their website is maintained by the future students centre which has little contact with the admissions team. However, they did release a few top-up offers to people below the threshold.
Are you eligible for seas? If so, you should be able to get an offer next year once you fulfil the prerequestes. If you are not eligible, taking a gap year can be risky.
If you decide to take a gap year, don't take latrobe's offer for granted, sit the UCAT and apply to as many dental schools as you can.