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    Basically, it's time for me to choose my GCSE options. I'd like to be a doctor once I've done school and university etc, but there is very strong competition for places on my school's Triple Science GCSE course and I'm very worried that my current level might not just be enough to secure a place. If I didn't have a Triple Science GCSE, would that seriously hinder my chances of a career in medicine?

    What's the alternative, double science or a btec? I was there once too, I did triple with around 40 other students whilst the rest of the year undertook BTEC science. None of them were able to go on to take a science at A level. Even the double sciencers, they have less knowledge than those who took triple. To put it short, it's two years of study (unless you're doing it early or whatever), and taking triple science will be the best use of your time. If you're worried about not getting a place, put up a fight for it. Tell them you'll study hard and then show them. Because you have to do science anyway, might as well do the better course if you want to go into science later on.

    But in answer to your last question, it wouldn't seriously hinder your chances. Many people have taken GCSE's later on in life (as well as a levels), and that could be an option though obviously quite bothersome.
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