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    So I know maths a-level isn't a prerequisite at all but one college at Cambridge/Oxford but is there a preference for it?

    Also if I want to go into the research side of medicine, will maths be needed? My current A-levels are Bio, chem, Latin and maths but I want to swap math for Mandarin so is that acceptable?
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    (Original post by PlinyTheElder)
    So I know maths a-level isn't a prerequisite at all but one college at Cambridge/Oxford but is there a preference for it?

    Also if I want to go into the research side of medicine, will maths be needed? My current A-levels are Bio, chem, Latin and maths but I want to swap math for Mandarin so is that acceptable?
    For Oxford, 86% of applicants had A Level Maths and this figure rose to 93% amongst applicants who were given an offer (source). I can't offer any insight as to whether this is simply correlative or a genuinely causative relationship though.
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    If they say its not required then its not required. I always thought most just took maths as it's relatively easy to get an A*/A
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    (Original post by HopelessMedic)
    If they say its not required then its not required. I always thought most just took maths as it's relatively easy to get an A*/A
    I know but if I wanted to go into the research side of medicine would a stats module in maths not be needed?
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    For Oxford, 86% of applicants had A Level Maths and this figure rose to 93% amongst applicants who were given an offer (source). I can't offer any insight as to whether this is simply correlative or a genuinely causative relationship though.
    Hmm. Thanks. Does where you do your medicine degree actually make a difference?
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    (Original post by PlinyTheElder)
    Hmm. Thanks. Does where you do your medicine degree actually make a difference?
    I'm not a medic so I really can't answer this but I've been led to believe that you've got very good career prospects regardless of where you graduate from.
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    Only Magdalene College at Cambridge specifically requires Maths. However, Cambridge as a whole requires three sciences to at least AS level, and those with only two to full A-level have a lower acceptance rate compared with those offering three. Oxford only want two sciences, so might be a better option if you really want to drop Maths, but bear in mind their extremely demanding GCSE requirements.

    In answer to your other question, no, it doesn't really matter where you study Medicine in terms of "prestige." Foundation job applications are blinded to your medical school, and after that nobody in this country is really interested anyway. If you wanted to work overseas then a bigger name might be helpful, but within the UK it doesn't make much of a difference. Obviously finding a course style you like and a city you will be happy in will facilitate you doing well at med school though!
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Only Magdalene College at Cambridge specifically requires Maths. However, Cambridge as a whole requires three sciences to at least AS level, and those with only two to full A-level have a lower acceptance rate compared with those offering three. Oxford only want two sciences, so might be a better option if you really want to drop Maths, but bear in mind their extremely demanding GCSE requirements.

    In answer to your other question, no, it doesn't really matter where you study Medicine in terms of "prestige." Foundation job applications are blinded to your medical school, and after that nobody in this country is really interested anyway. If you wanted to work overseas then a bigger name might be helpful, but within the UK it doesn't make much of a difference. Obviously finding a course style you like and a city you will be happy in will facilitate you doing well at med school though!
    Thanks. I got 11 a*s at GCSE so hopefully that won't be an issue. Do Oxford prefer maths at all? I'm just concerned two languages and no maths at a-level could hinder my prospects. Also if I wanted to go into medical research would maths be needed then?
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    (Original post by PlinyTheElder)
    Thanks. I got 11 a*s at GCSE so hopefully that won't be an issue. Do Oxford prefer maths at all? I'm just concerned two languages and no maths at a-level could hinder my prospects. Also if I wanted to go into medical research would maths be needed then?
    As far as I'm aware Oxford have no preference for Maths, though a high number of their applicants will have taken it. Postgrad jobs do not ask for your A-levels, so it wouldn't hinder you there (must admit I don't know about PhD programmes though), they'll enable you to learn whatever mathematical techniques are necessary for whatever you end up doing.

    Is Mandarin a native language for you? If so, be aware that it may not "count" for some places, though I don't have confirmation of that at the moment.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    As far as I'm aware Oxford have no preference for Maths, though a high number of their applicants will have taken it. Postgrad jobs do not ask for your A-levels, so it wouldn't hinder you there (must admit I don't know about PhD programmes though), they'll enable you to learn whatever mathematical techniques are necessary for whatever you end up doing.

    Is Mandarin a native language for you? If so, be aware that it may not "count" for some places, though I don't have confirmation of that at the moment.
    Nope, Mandarin isn't a native language for me. Thanks for all the help. One last question, I also have a B grade in Additional Maths so will that help me at all in getting a place?
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    (Original post by PlinyTheElder)
    Nope, Mandarin isn't a native language for me. Thanks for all the help. One last question, I also have a B grade in Additional Maths so will that help me at all in getting a place?
    Doubt it, tbh - for Oxford it's all about the number and percentage of A*s, combined with the BMAT in some secret way, rather than necessarily the particular subjects.
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    (Original post by PlinyTheElder)
    So I know maths a-level isn't a prerequisite at all but one college at Cambridge/Oxford but is there a preference for it?

    Also if I want to go into the research side of medicine, will maths be needed? My current A-levels are Bio, chem, Latin and maths but I want to swap math for Mandarin so is that acceptable?
    Apparently, Cambridge prefer it but I don't think it's compulsory.

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