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    (Original post by SmileAway)
    My definite subjects are: Chemistry, Biology and RS...which out of Maths or Physics, should I pick as my fourth subject?
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    Whichever you are more likely to get a higher grade in.
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    (Original post by SmileAway)
    My definite subjects are: Chemistry, Biology and RS...which out of Maths or Physics, should I pick as my fourth subject?
    Thanks
    I would recommend Maths as it's easier to do as a standalone subject, whereas many people doing Physics will also have Maths, as Maths greatly eases the difficulty of Physics. That said, if you're liable to do better in Physics than Maths then by all means choose Physics; both are very respectable subjects and when applying for Medicine you want to get as high grades as possible.
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    I am very, very bad at maths and did fine in physics A2 (without maths at all at A-Level), so it can be done if you prefer the content of physics.
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    (Original post by myyrh)
    Whichever you are more likely to get a higher grade in.
    Well, I am equally good in both; (predicted a* for gcse) I just enjoy physics more. I thought that universities may like maths as its a more generalised subject?
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    (Original post by SmileAway)
    Well, I am equally good in both; (predicted a* for gcse) I just enjoy physics more. I thought that universities may like maths as its a more generalised subject?
    Nope both treated equally Just go with Physics if you're good at it and enjoy it more.
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    im doing maths further maths chem and bio, those are good choices right? :3
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    Thanks for your help ^_^ I feel a bit more encouraged to just go with physics now.
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    (Original post by oyyoyy)
    im doing maths further maths chem and bio, those are good choices right? :3
    The thing with further maths is medical schools won't take it as a separate subject at A2 level, not too sure about AS though but just knowing their bias at A2 would discourage me from picking it. Best thing is to check with the unis on that one.

    (Original post by SmileAway)
    Thanks for your help ^_^ I feel a bit more encouraged to just go with physics now.
    No worries :cool:
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    kk i dunno what to do now i like maths so thats why i wanted to take further maths, but it seems that imperial accepts further maths as separate, but not sure about oxbridge, anyone wanna enlighten me?
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    (Original post by oyyoyy)
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    Ask the university.
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    (Original post by oyyoyy)
    kk i dunno what to do now i like maths so thats why i wanted to take further maths, but it seems that imperial accepts further maths as separate, but not sure about oxbridge, anyone wanna enlighten me?
    I only know that Cambridge like 3 science/maths subjects, and one of them must be chemistry.
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    (Original post by oyyoyy)
    kk i dunno what to do now i like maths so thats why i wanted to take further maths, but it seems that imperial accepts further maths as separate, but not sure about oxbridge, anyone wanna enlighten me?
    I can't find a statement from Cambridge as a whole about further maths, but some of the colleges (St. Catherine's and Churchill) put it in their "preferred" list.

    As a whole, Cambridge say that "we require chemistry to A2 as well as 2 of (physics, biology, maths (sometimes further maths)) to A2 level."

    If you are going to take further maths, make sure you're also taking maths + chemistry + Biology, otherwise that could limit your choices for other medical schools.
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    Im doing biology, chemistry, maths
    But not sure whether to do physics or psychology!!
    Will drop it at AS and I'm expecting an A in physics but its my weakest science- I like it but I'm not especially good at it, psychology seems interesting but it might be too much workload...
    also, theres not much variety with three sciences and maths- psychology will add some variety..
    Any advice?...
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    (Original post by Didierr)
    Im doing biology, chemistry, maths
    But not sure whether to do physics or psychology!!
    Will drop it at AS and I'm expecting an A in physics but its my weakest science- I like it but I'm not especially good at it, psychology seems interesting but it might be too much workload...
    also, theres not much variety with three sciences and maths- psychology will add some variety..
    Any advice?...

    Take which ever you are more likely to get a higher grade in. Psychology is still a science so it's not really going to add that much variety.
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    yea so i emailed their admissions office, and they said that maths, f maths, bio and chem would be looked at as 4 separate a levels- all is good!
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    Right, so I'm in year eleven and I need to pick my A Level options. I know that I want to do medicine at university and I think then go on to be a GP. I am definitely going to do Biology and Chemistry to the full A Level, they're my favourite subjects and I'm predicted A* at GCSE so that's all fine and lovely.

    The problem is I don't know what to do for the other two options. I keep changing my mind but the options are French, Psychology and Maths. I've already got my Maths GCSE at A* and have finished my French and almost certain to get an A* in that too. I have also been studying for OCRs FSMQ but don't think I'm gonna do as well as I would have hoped. I like French and I liked GCSE Maths, I've never done Psychology before but I've sat in on a couple of lessons and it looks really interesting and I think I would enjoy it.

    So the question is, what should I take? Are some options better than others? Am I missing something? Please help!


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    1. Do what subjects you enjoy not what will lead you to a career you think you might enjoy.
    2. Use the search function and google.
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    Hi, some of my friends have a place for medicine and I know maths is usually popular as an option, but saying that my friend does English as one of her 3 a levels and another did Spanish to AS level. The most important is bio and chem. Maths does help slightly but dont take it unless you enjoy it
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    1. don't presume that you'll be fine just because you got A* at GCSE or are predicted it. Many students end up gettings Ds and lower at AS as they just can't grasp the subject any more and find it a big step up- depends on you and your ability really. If you're good at learning stuff Bio should be ok if you put the hours in. Therefore, don't presume you'll do Bio and Chem to full A-level, what if you got a U in Chem (just saying worse case scenerio but im sure you wont if you work)
    2. Do what you'll enjoy. As long as you have Bio and Chem you'll be fine. Ask current students about the subject, have a look at textbooks, past papers etc
    3. Don't be to sure of becoming a GP, many people change their mind at med school. I'm in sixth form and was set on Dermatology, but work experience made me realise how many other interesting fields there are
    4. Best of luck


    any idea where you might apply? < i know its early days, and you're likely to change your mind many times.

    UCL like a language at A-level ( but they only encourage it , if you enjoy and can do well in it) Peninsula like a humanity ( if you know you can do well)
    Cambridge (like Maths or physics)

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