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Should I swap to Chemistry A-Level?

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    I'm currently doing A-Level Biology, Maths, Art & Design and Psychology. I've been considering degree subjects and I'm interested in healthcare and medicine and generally helping people. I'm undecided about whether or not i want to be a doctor however I'm leaning towards 'something' more specialized.

    The question is if i want to do A-Level Chemistry because every degree I've looked at has seemed to want it. I got a A at GCSE in Chem and i understand the subject even if i find it a bit boring.

    So do I just tough it out for the next two years to keep doors open in my future or should I carry on with my current options and just hope I can find a degree I want to do which doesn't need it?

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    If you want to do medicine, not having taken Chemistry would be a disadvantage. However, many medical schools do offer so-called 'foundation' degrees in which they go through all of the relevant concepts which you would have studied at A-Level in a year before you start the actual medical course. It's an extra year of university, with the attached extra costs, but that's an option if you really want to stick with your current A-Levels.
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    I'm just worried that if i want to go for a more specific course like 'ophthalmology' they may not offer a foundation course in something like that.
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    If you're even thinking about being a doctor, you should definitely take chemistry. Chemistry is quite a flexible a-level, so it's not just for medicine and can be used for other science and healthcare based degrees.
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    (Original post by ellezana)
    I'm currently doing A-Level Biology, Maths, Art & Design and Psychology. I've been considering degree subjects and I'm interested in healthcare and medicine and generally helping people. I'm undecided about whether or not i want to be a doctor however I'm leaning towards 'something' more specialized.

    The question is if i want to do A-Level Chemistry because every degree I've looked at has seemed to want it. I got a A at GCSE in Chem and i understand the subject even if i find it a bit boring.

    So do I just tough it out for the next two years to keep doors open in my future or should I carry on with my current options and just hope I can find a degree I want to do which doesn't need it?

    Thanks
    Elle x
    I think you should take Chemistry. It is necessary for medicine... For those foundation programs, competition is very high so I wouldn't rely on getting into one of them. It is a fantastic subject to have and will open up loads of career paths, not just medicine.

    Good luck!

    edit:just so you know, ophthalmology is a specialty within medicine and you must do a medical degree to become an ophthalmologist. The same applies to all the other medical and surgical specialties

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