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    I decided chem/bio/maths/psychology so I can study medicine at uni but i dont think i can keep up with the competition :/
    im certain of doing maths but now have 3 open slots.
    and i only had medicine in my mind so i dont really know of any career oppurtunities that would interest me.
    I'm interested in maths and science for sure specifically biology.
    Is dentistry a good field to go into? is it interesting as a job and what is the pay?

    Please help me decide, stressful times
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    The best advice i'd give is to check which A Levels are required for certain uni courses, as I know medicine/ dentistry etc is very competitive....and also keep in mind chem and maths are usually seen as the hardest a levels.
    I'd personally choose 3 you need and one that you enjoy
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    Only you can answer the question as to whether you'd find it interesting. You'll have to seek some work experience in these areas.
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    What is it you liked about medicine? Maths, Biology for sure, yeah? You could probably go into doing a human biology, biomedical sciences etc. sort of degree instead. Less competitive but I suspect will focus on the areas you had/have an interest in. Have a look through on UCAS about the types of courses you can find on there. If you did want to do that, you'll probably need to do Chemistry still. Then the other, just go for anything you enjoy, Psychology would be fine. There are lots of careers out there which link into the medical field.

    Dentistry will be the same level of competition as medicine - if you're not up for medicine then I doubt you'd be up for dental applications.
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    I did the seemingly three standard choices for medicine a long with economics. I originally had the intention of doing medicine but liked economics so much I was swayed. I noticed you asked what the pay of dentistry was like, if you like money, want money and enjoy learning about things related to money/business then I recommend you take economics. If you like maths you should also take further maths as it is very respected and opens up a lot of doors to the very prestigious degrees (economics, maths, physics, engineering)
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    (Original post by Salmanftw)
    I decided chem/bio/maths/psychology so I can study medicine at uni but i dont think i can keep up with the competition :/
    im certain of doing maths but now have 3 open slots.
    and i only had medicine in my mind so i dont really know of any career oppurtunities that would interest me.
    I'm interested in maths and science for sure specifically biology.
    Is dentistry a good field to go into? is it interesting as a job and what is the pay?

    Please help me decide, stressful times
    You should definitely do Chemistry, it's a requirement for lots of courses involving healthcare/biology and is generally very useful.

    From what you're saying it looks like those 4 would be good choices for you. Maybe a language instead of Psychology though?
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    (Original post by Salmanftw)
    Is dentistry a good field to go into? is it interesting as a job and what is the pay?

    Please help me decide, stressful times
    Yes, dentistry would be awesome. You get to make children cry.
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    well i think for medicine, to stand any chance youd need chem and biology a levels with maths being a strong a level to have on top. after that, any fairly respectable 4th a level should be ok, but you could be predicted A*A*A*A* in chem, bio, maths and physics and still not get an offer. you need top grades at a level to even be considered, so make sure you put in a lot of work to make yourself outstanding. work experience, extra curricular activities and extra studies are the usual ways from the med applicants i know at my college. good luck
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    Why do you think you cannot keep up with the competition?

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    well i think for medicine, to stand any chance youd need chem and biology a levels with maths being a strong a level to have on top. after that, any fairly respectable 4th a level should be ok, but you could be predicted A*A*A*A* in chem, bio, maths and physics and still not get an offer. you need top grades at a level to even be considered, so make sure you put in a lot of work to make yourself outstanding. work experience, extra curricular activities and extra studies are the usual ways from the med applicants i know at my college. good luck
    Your post is a little misleading.

    Biology and chemistry would be compulsory, however the third is up to you as long as it's a subject whichever university you apply to accepts. It does not have to be maths, nor is maths the strongest A-level to have - unless of course you apply to certain Oxbridge colleges where they like applicants to have 3 science subjects (so biology, chemistry, and physics, or biology, chemistry, and maths).

    You do not need 'top grades' to be even considered. What you need is to make sure you at least meet the entry requirements of whichever universities you apply to - AAB/AAA/A*AA. However, doing the best you can at A-level and achieving As/A*s will help rather than just scraping the barrel so to speak.
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    Thanks for the replys, so do you reckon I should take Bio/Chem/Maths & Economics to widen my options.
    Then when I get to the uni stage I'll decide wether it's medicine or denistry or whatever else.
    What can I do with A level economics? Like what courses at uni require just economics and maths?
    And im going to do loads of work experience over the holidays etc.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Salmanftw)
    I decided chem/bio/maths/psychology so I can study medicine at uni but i dont think i can keep up with the competition :/
    im certain of doing maths but now have 3 open slots.
    and i only had medicine in my mind so i dont really know of any career oppurtunities that would interest me.
    I'm interested in maths and science for sure specifically biology.
    Is dentistry a good field to go into? is it interesting as a job and what is the pay?

    Please help me decide, stressful times
    im doing the same
    bt i wanna be a pharmacist
    just have faith in yourself and revise your notes everyday for like half an hour
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    Why do you think you cannot keep up with the competition?



    Your post is a little misleading.

    Biology and chemistry would be compulsory, however the third is up to you as long as it's a subject whichever university you apply to accepts. It does not have to be maths, nor is maths the strongest A-level to have - unless of course you apply to certain Oxbridge colleges where they like applicants to have 3 science subjects (so biology, chemistry, and physics, or biology, chemistry, and maths).

    You do not need 'top grades' to be even considered. What you need is to make sure you at least meet the entry requirements of whichever universities you apply to - AAB/AAA/A*AA. However, doing the best you can at A-level and achieving As/A*s will help rather than just scraping the barrel so to speak.
    its not really misleading. in fact, what you just said is misleading..
    none of oxbridge, imperial, birmingham and peninsula require biology from what ive read thus far.


    biology isnt compulsory everywhere (including oxbridge although some college might ask for it).

    my point was that top grades dont guarantee you a place anywhere and good-excellent grades are a bare minimum, which is true. a friend of mine is predicted A*A*A in chem, biology and physics and they got rejected from all 4 choices (none of which even wanted an A*)
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    (Original post by RK92)
    its not really misleading.

    biology isnt compulsory everywhere (including oxbridge although some college might ask for it).

    my point was that top grades dont guarantee you a place anywhere and good-excellent grades are a bare minimum, which is true. a friend of mine is predicted A*A*A in chem, biology and physics and they got rejected from all 4 choices (none of which wanted even an A*)
    Why what's wrong with excellent grades?
    What else is important besides having a good interest in medicine/work experience?
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    (Original post by Salmanftw)
    Why what's wrong with excellent grades?
    What else is important besides having a good interest in medicine/work experience?
    i didnt say anything was wrong with excellent grades at all, but that good grades are not going to get you into any medical school on their own.
 
 
 
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