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    hi guys im doing my gcses nd i hav 2 choose my 4 a level subjects... i want 2 do medicine, so im choosing biology, chemistry, maths and i need a 4th subject which has less work load .... plz dont say general studies or critical thinking....... i was thinking geography or further maths.... apparently these 2 r really hard ..... guys what do u think? thanks
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    Hi, I'm not sure if this applies to medicine too but a lot of the top universities like to see a 4th subject that's a bit different from the others to show breadth. Geography should be fine for this - from what my friends have said, it seems to get a lot harder for A2 but AS is manageable so it depends on whether you would want to drop it after Y12. Further maths would be a lot of work but it's a subject that's probably very useful for medicine so it depends on how willing you are to work hard during Y12 and how well you think you can cope with a lot of work!
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    Everything has a similar work load, technically, it just depends which areas your skills are.

    Check this for information about Further Maths at different places.

    Few friends do Geography and quite enjoy it. Just go for something you have an interest in.

    Doing 4 subjects is normal at AS so don't think doing 4 is going to strain you / that you have to find an 'easy' subject.
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    I know further maths is supposed to be quite difficult, but that's if you're taking it as a 5th AS, so in terms of workload, it might suit you well. However, don't choose it because you think it's going to be easy- you have to love maths to do well.
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    I took both further maths & geography for AS. Personally I'd recommend further maths. It would probably be more desirable for universities for studying medicine (although in truth, it wouldn't matter really either way if you did well in either).

    I really enjoyed maths, so I would also recommend further maths, and I definitely found geography had the biggest workload out of all my subjects (physics was the other subject, with maths), but really it all depends on the person. I never regretted taking further maths (unlike geography at times!), but that's just me.

    You'll know yourself where your strengths lies, just go with your gut instinct I say, and whatever you choose, good luck
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    I'm a maths student, and if you find maths easy. Do further maths.

    Geography is filled with essays and bucketloads of case studies you need to learn. Further maths is just more maths problems.
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    People at my school who do science subjects seem to get a lot less work then essay subject students. So if you're good at maths, go for Further Maths or Physics?
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    Whatever you do don't do politics! Everyone told me it was an easy A level and it's the only one I'm pretty much failing atm, I'm on AA (French/Spanish) B (Geography) and U in politics atm, fml
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    Photography is always an easy A no matter what photography students try to tell you.
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    I did 2 Sciences and Maths and wish I'd done further Maths, not Geography at AS. About half of Geography is just learning about a load of pointless crap IMO, ie. the sewage plans for a specific shanty town in detail, whereas all Maths is all useful. I'd strongly advise doing further Maths out of the two.
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    (Original post by hayheyley)
    Hi, I'm not sure if this applies to medicine too but a lot of the top universities like to see a 4th subject that's a bit different from the others to show breadth. Geography should be fine for this - from what my friends have said, it seems to get a lot harder for A2 but AS is manageable so it depends on whether you would want to drop it after Y12. Further maths would be a lot of work but it's a subject that's probably very useful for medicine so it depends on how willing you are to work hard during Y12 and how well you think you can cope with a lot of work!
    This. My friends that do History or English as well as Chemistry and Biology have a better chance than the ones doing the generic Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology. Choose a subject that is different and one that you would enjoy. Look at your GCSE results when you get them.
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    thanks 4 the advice guys
 
 
 
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