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    (Original post by usycool1)
    UCL actually say that they prefer a contrasting subject. AFAIK, it's only Cambridge that prefer sciences.
    What are you not reading? I SAID 3 OR 2 and Maths.
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    (Original post by JayJay-C19)
    What are you not reading? I SAID 3 OR 2 and Maths.
    Maths is counted as a science in that sense. He/she means exactly what he/she said - that UCL prefer a contrasting subject. Maths is certainly not considered to be contrasting.
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    (Original post by JayJay-C19)
    What are you not reading? I SAID 3 OR 2 and Maths.
    Which is incorrect...

    EDIT: Oh, and what Ronove said above.
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    Do you have a careers advisor at school/college? Most people here will be guessing.
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    (Original post by filthynines)
    Do you have a careers advisor at school/college? Most people here will be guessing.
    Most people here are using university websites and prospectuses, which is actually a lot better than most careers advisors anecdotally.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Most people here are using university websites and prospectuses, which is actually a lot better than most careers advisors anecdotally.
    Then my next question is: why is the candidate not doing this him/herself?
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    (Original post by filthynines)
    Then my next question is: why is the candidate not doing this him/herself?
    They should be!

    I guess sometimes people just need reassurance that the stuff they've researched is not incorrect or somehow trumped by something else. Other times is that they've just trusted what they've been told by friends/teachers/careers advisers and haven't grasped the importance of going directly to the source. Or they're lazy. Various reasons.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    They should be!

    I guess sometimes people just need reassurance that the stuff they've researched is not incorrect or somehow trumped by something else. Other times is that they've just trusted what they've been told by friends/teachers/careers advisers and haven't grasped the importance of going directly to the source. Or they're lazy. Various reasons.
    I think you've hit the nail on the head.

    My advice to OP is to rely on the University-printed literature and make your decision based on that. All you can do is trust that they won't mislead you. I guess you could also phone the admissions office and ask for advice; but make sure you're asking specific questions and not something general like "what A-Levels should I take?".
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    So i am wondering whether my A-Level choice is going to reduce my chances of getting into medical school. My A-Level combination is: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and physics. However i found AS physics a real challenge and i am seriously contemplating whether to drop it at A2 because i doubt i will be able to get the required A grade in A2. So i will be left with Biology, Chemistry and Psychology; Will this A-Level choice reduce my chances of getting into medical school providing i get the required grades?

    If this does hinder me in applying to medical school i was considering picking up a Cambridge pre-u during A2 and completing it within one year, This is more practical than another A-Level as some pre-u subjects only have 3 units and put more emphasis on self study. But this is a route i really don't want to go down!

    What is Cambridge Pre-U?
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    They should be!

    I guess sometimes people just need reassurance that the stuff they've researched is not incorrect or somehow trumped by something else. Other times is that they've just trusted what they've been told by friends/teachers/careers advisers and haven't grasped the importance of going directly to the source. Or they're lazy. Various reasons.
    (Original post by filthynines)
    Then my next question is: why is the candidate not doing this him/herself?
    Thanks for all the replies, I am doing a ton of research at the minute into university prospectuses and i am aware they ask for Biology and chemistry and not maths, apart from cambridge, but the confusion arises from the fact that a few teachers at school say that you NEED Maths, I personally think they are wrong but it got me thinking that maybe admission tutors do prefer Maths and a 4th A2 but they don't make candidates aware of it on prospectuses? Yes this is now paranoia

    So i am just here to get confirmation on what i thought was right from the start, and the majority agree that it is, but then again a minority say maths is preferred on here, why i wonder?
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    (Original post by slg60)
    What is Cambridge Pre-U?
    It is an additional qualification that is equivalent to A-Levels and is accepted by all Medical schools, however unlike A-Levels the Pre-U has an emphasis on self study and in some subjects there are only 3 units so it is more convenient to complete a Pre-U rather than a full on A-Level in one year.
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    (Original post by filthynines)
    Do you have a careers advisor at school/college? Most people here will be guessing.
    Careers advisor said you need Maths, Its only my head of 6th form anyway and nobody from my 6th form has got into medicine ever! so i am guessing he is not doing a very good job at advising and i discounted him as being wrong, but it still baffles me about this belief about maths.
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Thanks for all the replies, I am doing a ton of research at the minute into university prospectuses and i am aware they ask for Biology and chemistry and not maths, apart from cambridge, but the confusion arises from the fact that a few teachers at school say that you NEED Maths, I personally think they are wrong but it got me thinking that maybe admission tutors do prefer Maths and a 4th A2 but they don't make candidates aware of it on prospectuses? Yes this is now paranoia

    So i am just here to get confirmation on what i thought was right from the start, and the majority agree that it is, but then again a minority say maths is preferred on here, why i wonder?
    Its a very common myth that maths is needed for medicine. I do not know where it arose from - maybe its historical.

    To re-iterate: you should trust the source - the universities themselves. If they wanted you to do maths they would tell you. It makes absolutely no sense for them to have some secret admissions plan that they don't tell you about.

    Go ahead and ask your teachers why they think what they do. I guarantee they'll either say that its in the prospectuses (and you know it isn't) or they'll give some vague 'everyone knows that' type answer i.e. they're just subscribing to the myth. Some may give some weak anecdotal evidence, but take that as anecdotal evidence should be taken: not worth much.

    Your choices are fine i assure you.

    (Original post by filthynines)
    Do you have a careers advisor at school/college? Most people here will be guessing.
    See above - what did I say re teachers/careers advisors again?

    To be fair to them, we here on TSR can be very specialised in what sources we cite and what knowledge we have, whereas they are expected to somehow know about every university, every course, let alone every other career option out there. Tough gig.
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Thanks for all the replies, I am doing a ton of research at the minute into university prospectuses and i am aware they ask for Biology and chemistry and not maths, apart from cambridge, but the confusion arises from the fact that a few teachers at school say that you NEED Maths, I personally think they are wrong but it got me thinking that maybe admission tutors do prefer Maths and a 4th A2 but they don't make candidates aware of it on prospectuses? Yes this is now paranoia

    So i am just here to get confirmation on what i thought was right from the start, and the majority agree that it is, but then again a minority say maths is preferred on here, why i wonder?
    What medical schools are you considering applying too?
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    (Original post by 06shawm)
    What medical schools are you considering applying too?
    To be honest, I am waiting for my AS-Level results and UKCAT, If they are good i will be applying to universities that rely heavily on them and if they are not optimum then i will apply to a university that relies more on GCSE's and/or predicted grades. I might also try my luck at KCL if everything goes according to plan, but i definitely won't be applying to any other 'top' university.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Its a very common myth that maths is needed for medicine. I do not know where it arose from - maybe its historical.

    To re-iterate: you should trust the source - the universities themselves. If they wanted you to do maths they would tell you. It makes absolutely no sense for them to have some secret admissions plan that they don't tell you about.

    Go ahead and ask your teachers why they think what they do. I guarantee they'll either say that its in the prospectuses (and you know it isn't) or they'll give some vague 'everyone knows that' type answer i.e. they're just subscribing to the myth. Some may give some weak anecdotal evidence, but take that as anecdotal evidence should be taken: not worth much.

    Your choices are fine i assure you.



    See above - what did I say re teachers/careers advisors again?

    To be fair to them, we here on TSR can be very specialised in what sources we cite and what knowledge we have, whereas they are expected to somehow know about every university, every course, let alone every other career option out there. Tough gig.
    Thank you so much for this information, this is brilliant and very reassuring! If only i could pos rep you again!
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    To be honest, I am waiting for my AS-Level results and UKCAT, If they are good i will be applying to universities that rely heavily on them and if they are not optimum then i will apply to a university that relies more on GCSE's and/or predicted grades. I might also try my luck at KCL if everything goes according to plan, but i definitely won't be applying to any other 'top' university.
    Wise idea that, your in limbo at the moment because you ultimatley don't have all the information in hand to be able to make a decision. You sound like you will be fine academically, I hope the UKCAT goes well for you, when is it?
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    (Original post by 06shawm)
    Wise idea that, your in limbo at the moment because you ultimatley don't have all the information in hand to be able to make a decision. You sound like you will be fine academically, I hope the UKCAT goes well for you, when is it?
    Thank you so much, that is very nice to hear. My UKCAT is booked for the 3rd of september so just before 6th form starts! When is yours booked for?
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Thank you so much, that is very nice to hear. My UKCAT is booked for the 3rd of september so just before 6th form starts! When is yours booked for?
    Not a problem. You've got a decent amount of time to revise then. You will feel so good once its over and done with. I actually did mine a few years a go. I'm going into my second year this september. Cant believe how fast its going though!
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    Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology to A2 is absolutely fine.

    (Original post by Ronove)
    Nowhere requires, or even prefers, Maths.

    As other(s) have said, Cambridge prefers you to have three of Bio, Chem, Physics and Maths. Nowhere else.
    Cambridge requires it, rather than preferring it.
 
 
 
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