For medicine it's definitely recommended, the competition for places is so high that you really do need the perfect A-levels and perfect grades. I'm not saying russian is a poor A-level but lets face it it isn't related to medicine at all.
It's up to you though really, if you don't like biology then it would be quite a struggle to do 2 years of it. If you enjoy russian then perhaps it would be better if you carry that on. Not doing biology won't completely destroy your chances in doing medicine but I don't think it'll help.
edit: have you considered doing 5 a-levels?
Last edited by Morgan141; 30-06-2006 at 15:14.
It would be very difficult doing both in the same year, I'd say. I'm only doing AS - on a maximum of one lesson a week, although it was occasionally 1.5 last year, so I did two modules in Yr. 12 and will be finishing off the speaking this year - and that's not too bad; standards do seem to be lower than, say, German, presumably in attempt to encourage people to take it, and to account for the fact that Russian at an advanced level is just plain hard. But A2 is another step up again, and you'd definitely need to have a very good teacher to be able to get through it successfully. As everyone else has said, it just depends on how much time you're willing to commit; e.g. my school won't give me frees, and I know I couldn't have coped with another A2.
Last edited by Donnchadh; 16-11-2008 at 00:06.