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    I've posted a similar question in a different thread but I am yet to find an answer to stop me worrying. I have just started year 12 and am currently doing biology, chemistry and maths stats which I am enjoying. I wanted to do Religious Studies (religion, philosophy and ethics) for one year to gain an AS, but my sixth form could not accommodate this for me. My other options would be physics (which I dislike and don't want to have an over-work load) and other subjects which I just can't consider, I know that I would hate them.

    I am also doing an EPQ, general studies, and got 11A* and 1A at GCSE. I want to go into medicine. Without looking into it too much, I'm liking the unis: Oxford, York, Durham and not looked at many others. Also Oxford has stated clearly that only having 3 AS subjects is definitely okay, York and some other unis such as Manchester leave an uncertainty. On York's website it says:

    'For 2018 entry, we are considering reintroducing the requirement for a 4th distinct subject post-16. If so, it is likely that we would accept an AS-Level, an EPQ or a Core Maths qualification.'

    For this specifically I would be okay as I am doing an EPQ, but I am scared than many unis may require a 4th AS for the 2018 entry (even since the reformed exams). Of course, I want my application to be as competitive as possible, but I also don't want to sacrifice my biol, chem and maths because I'm trying so hard on a subject like history, for example, that I really struggle with. So how important is a 4th AS level for the 2018 entry, and is anything likely to change?

    I will also have work experience and volunteering and hopefully the English Baccalaureate

    Sorry for so much extra info, I really need to make a final decision on my subjects by tomorrow.. Thank you

    You'll be fine with 3. Its more important to have a good PS and score well in the UKCAT/BMAT. Most uni's wont require a 4th subject, because its unfair to those whose schools did not offer one
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