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I'm in year 11 at the moment and wanting to study medicine at university. I have pretty much decided my As options which are : Biology , Chemistry , History. However for my fourth option I am undecided between French , Maths or Politics. Teachers have told me that maths will help me get into medicine but I haven't seen it listed on any university entry requirments , so which would be the best option? I's prefer not to do maths however i'm not bad at it and so would do maths if I had to. I also intend to try and get some work experience with doctors. Thanks for replies.
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Not ****ing maths!
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Maths isn't needed but is a safe one, however a language would look very good, it all depends on how well you can argue it in your personal statement because if you want to do a year in another country (which you can do on some courses) french would support that. Also, the extra work needed at a level is intense and a subject you don't like will be even harder to put that extra effort into. You wanna be getting an A in this subject, so choose one you are good at and can work on. Work experience is crucial, the earlier you try to get in the better, good luck with your GCSEs and choices
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You've got biology and chemistry, so just pick the one out of Maths/French/Politics that you believe you will get the best grade in and enjoy. I don't think any universities explicitly ask for maths, except some Cambridge colleges - I think Magdalene requires maths but that may be it.
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Maths is fine but never mandatory and will not be preferred over any other pure subject (ie. French).

Do what you will enjoy and do well in, as a pure subject. You will probably get away with Politics as a fourth subject but I suspect most applicants will have 4 subjects from 'band A' - the pure subjects (Sciences, languages, History etc.) where as Politics can occasionally be a bit in-between. Should be fine for the most part though. Lots of work exp and good UKCAT/BMAT will be much more crucial than whether you took Politics or not.
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Since you have three solid subjects, I don't think the fourth will have too much bearing on whether they accept you or not, particularly out of those three. It's probably best you take one which you enjoy and are sure you can do well in. Maths is always a well respected subject, languages are increasingly in demand and politics, although maybe not considered quite as 'academic' as the other two (but still a good option in my opinion) will give you some good skills in analysing etc. which I'm sure are required as a doctor.
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Not ****ing maths!

lol , how come not maths ?
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lol , how come not maths ?
Because you're not the first person to have been lied to.
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Oh my God, people still actually ask this?
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This part of the forum should be called 'Medicine (WHICH YOU DON'T NEED A LEVEL MATHS FOR)'.
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