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Biochemistry with a language...or not

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    Hi guys,
    I'm just finishing year 12 (Biology, Chemistry, Maths and French, all of which I will hopefully be able to keep) and struggling to choose a degree course.
    Essentially, I know I want to study Biochemistry, but I'm really passionate about French, and want to try to get on a course where I'll be able to pursue it, and preferably do a placement/some study in France.
    There are two courses in the UK which allow study of Biochemistry with a minor in French, one of which is at Imperial, which concerns me a little because I've heard a lot of negatives about the cost of living and workload for it. The other is at Manchester (which I loved based on the open day).
    However, I also noticed that many other universities (with biochem course content that better suit my interests) offer Sandwich Years which can be spent on placement abroad, and a chance to maintain language skills through programmes like Languages for All. The problem is that there's no guarantee about the former, and I've heard that the latter option tends to be unpopular due to the heavy workload of science students and the high number of compulsory modules in biochem courses making language credits expensive extras.

    So I guess what I'm saying is is it worth freeing up one of my five choices for Imperial, where French would be guaranteed, or do you think I should leave room for another uni, with slightly more modest entry requirements and living costs and different course content, where I'd be able to wangle some French in anyway?

    Depends on how much you want to do the French and whether the cost of living in London outweighs that. Your interests may change and workload will be heavy no matter where you go.
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