Hey, so I've just finished by gcses and I'm deciding what to take for my A-levels. I've decided to take biology, chemistry and physiology but I'm not sure about my 4th choice. I want to study dentistry possibly at Bristol. I would really like to do History but I didn't take it for gcse...will I be at a big disadvantage? Is an A grade a reasonable target grade if I put the effort in and do a lot of research before hand? Do you find it interesting and a worthwhile subject? It would really help for some feedback. Thankyou!!
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Hmmm... if you want to go into the Healthcare Sector... I would suggest sticking to the science subjects Yasmin. I can't really see how History relates to Dentistry, remember your gonna be up against stiff competition and I don't know how well non-science subjects will fair for you...
Some medical schools/dental courses don't mind if you have a 4th subject that is essay based, and some even prefer it as it presents you as a 'well rounded' candidate. Unless they say explicitly that you should do all maths/sciences, I'd go for it if you think you can do well in a History AS/A Level. You can drop it after AS, to focus on sciences anyway. Be prepared to justify in your personal statement, why you chose History (personal interest, enjoyed it etc) alongside your other subjects.
History at A Level is much different to GCSE and requires adaptation from one level to the next. I don't think it'd be much of an issue for you not having done History at GCSE, unless your school requires you to have done it to go onto the A Level course. It was certainly required at my school, to have done it at GCSE. However, I don't think it would have been necessary because of the difference between.
You have chemistry, and that is all Dentistry specifically asks for, I guess. I didn't do History at GCSE and but did it at A-level, and actually found it to be more of a help than a hindrance; many people who had done GCSE found it difficult to get out of habits taught at GCSE level that were actually detrimental at A-level. Ended up getting an A in history and enjoyed it enough to be starting History and Politics degree this September. It's gooooood.