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    No. Don't do it.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    No, it would not be a good idea.

    I cannot recommend you a different option, as I do not know your own strengths. However, were I to do A Levels again I would choose History as my fourth AS.
    Hehe, history loses it's appeal around exam time
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    Erm I wouldn't think so, it's not an academic subject, and is a bit soft, I do it so I know!
    I doubt it matters hugely, but something that shows you can push yourself academically is what you should go for, so I dunno maybe History or something? I dunno, but no not health and social care, I wouldn't think anyway, you could ring up a university and ask maybe?
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    (Original post by Moe Lester)
    Hehe, history loses it's appeal around exam time
    Really? I never studied it past Year 9 (I don't even have a GCSE in it) but recently I've been getting really into it, to the point where I've decided I'd quite like to do a history degree when I'm older just out of interest.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    Really? I never studied it past Year 9 (I don't even have a GCSE in it) but recently I've been getting really into it, to the point where I've decided I'd quite like to do a history degree when I'm older just out of interest.
    Yeah I agree, I find it fascinating, along with the sciences. My main gripe is that it tends to reward exam technique and hoop jumping more than really knowing & loving the subject matter - it could even be a disadvantage to know too much about a particular subject. An intelligent and knowledgable essay could score worse than a reasonably knowledgable essay that has perfect exam technique. To get a decent grade you need to know the bare-bones, plus a bit more of the syllabus and have a good exam technique. Despire probably being my best subject along with biology, it is by far my least favourite exam.

    A degree would obviously be different, more focus on subject content.
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    Okay. So, Health and Social is a no go. What about Philosophy & Ethics or Psychology?
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    I did philosophy and ethics, and really really enjoyed it, I did psychology too

    Both have come in handy firstly RE was good when reading medical/health ethics journals, I also got 100% in my ethics exam last year as the whole module was pretty much my as-level year lol Psychology has come in handy with the basics of research methods etc and as a grounded view for my EBP module etc, and means I dont have to learn a whole new language etc like some of my peers, I have something to go off on- However I still used research methods in my science a-levels.

    As for health and social care- well coming from a nursing student, I wouldn't even reccomend it for nursing. It doesn't really cover much, is largely focused on models and care theories that are only slightly touched on in the degree, and is only really good for students who prefer coursework over exams. Most of my friends who did it actually went onto allied health professional courses such as OTs, physios, social workers, child development etc than actually nursing/midwifery/medicine!

    However pick a topic you'd enjoy aswell, thats the most important thing!
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    (Original post by Keiron-J)
    Okay. So, Health and Social is a no go. What about Philosophy & Ethics or Psychology?
    I'm doing Phil/Ethics. It's a subject that I really enjoy, but it is possible for it to be taught very badly. I sometimes get the feeling my phil teacher doesn't understand bits of the syllabus, which makes I very hard for them to teach it.

    As a subject, it is very useful indeed. If you do OCR Religious Ethics, there's a whole module on medical ethics (genetic engineering, abortion, IVF, euthanasia), and being able to talk and write inteligently about these things was a great help in interviews. I think I may have quoted Peter Singer in my PMS interview (though I've blanked most of that terrible mornin out(!))
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    (Original post by Fission_Mailed)
    I'm doing Phil/Ethics. It's a subject that I really enjoy, but it is possible for it to be taught very badly. I sometimes get the feeling my phil teacher doesn't understand bits of the syllabus, which makes I very hard for them to teach it.

    As a subject, it is very useful indeed. If you do OCR Religious Ethics, there's a whole module on medical ethics (genetic engineering, abortion, IVF, euthanasia), and being able to talk and write inteligently about these things was a great help in interviews. I think I may have quoted Peter Singer in my PMS interview (though I've blanked most of that terrible mornin out(!))
    Wasn't it singer thats involved in animal ethics rather than medical? The AQA syllabus has a whole module on medical ethics too, well it did in 2007/8 lol
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    Wasn't it singer thats involved in animal ethics rather than medical? The AQA syllabus has a whole module on medical ethics too, well it did in 2007/8 lol
    Singer is deeply involved in both, I guess different exam boards just emphasise different areas. His book Practical Ethics has a lot in it.
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    Hi,

    Im applying for Medicine and I am doing Further Maths and Maths at AS, in my second year I am planning to drop Further Maths. I will have one module in which I have to decide which I would like to do.

    I would like to do Decision Maths (D1) instead of Mechanics 2 (M2). Im not doing Maths at Uni, and would like to get a flavour for Decision. Before I decide to choose it, I would just like to make sure that it makes no difference to my Med Application.

    Thanks for you time

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    Any ideas?
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    (Original post by Tally_16)
    Hi,

    Im applying for Medicine and I am doing Further Maths and Maths at AS, in my second year I am planning to drop Further Maths. I will have one module in which I have to decide which I would like to do.

    I would like to do Decision Maths (D1) instead of Mechanics 2 (M2). Im not doing Maths at Uni, and would like to get a flavour for Decision. Before I decide to choose it, I would just like to make sure that it makes no difference to my Med Application.

    Thanks for you time

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    You're fretting too much. Your application is going to be completely fine
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    I hope what modules you do wouldn't make a difference to uni applications because at my college you don't get to decide everyone does the same!
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    It won't, most won't even look at the modules. I did D1 and I go...

    Oh

    Ignore me.

    :no:
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    I did D1 AND D2 for my A level and I've got 2 offers.
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    Thanks alot guys. My teachers wasnt sure, and didnt want to say without being sure, so I thought I would makee sure Cheerss guyys :P x
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    They won't care. Mechanics is the module most unrelated to med. Stats I'd say is probably the most related. With decision in the middle.
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    Mechanics is essentially physics, so if you do physics as well, why not do m2, as it will be easier.

    Also, if someone could clarify whether mechanics would help with the science bit of the BMAT?
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    :confused: I have finished my GCSEs with good grades(A*-Bs) and for my AS/A2 Levels I have chosen Biology, Chemistry, Physics but I dont know if should pick Psychology or Business Studies for my forth subject. I want to know which subject choice would my application to Medical school stronger?

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