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    I was wondering whether my A Levels are good for Medicine.

    I have currently chosen Biology, Chemistry, History and Maths. Would it be beneficial to also do Physics? Also, would it be worth taking 4 to A2 rather than 3?

    Also, are my GCSE grades good enough?

    My GCSE's are:

    English Lang. A (already taken)
    - the rest are expected grades -
    English Lit. A
    Maths A*
    Biology A*
    Chemistry A*
    Physics A*
    ICT A*
    History A/A*
    Geography A/A*
    Food Technology anywhere from a C to A* (my school is a technology college, some tech GCSE is compulsory)
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    I would say that it would be more beneficial to take Physics than History.
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    I'd advice Physics instead of History. All three sciences and Maths is fast becoming the choice for Medicine students.
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    Chemistry and Biology are the only essential ones. The rest should be subjects that you enjoy so that you can get the highest grade on them.
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    I thought of taking all three sciences and maths but thought it might be better if I balanced it a bit with history. I might start with all 3 sciences, history and physics and see how I go.
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    (Original post by george..)
    I thought of taking all three sciences and maths but thought it might be better if I balanced it a bit with history. I might start with all 3 sciences, history and physics and see how I go.
    I did Biology, Chemistry, Physics and History at A level.

    I regret not taking Maths, but I really enjoyed History a lot, and I've got a heck of a lot more experience for writing essays (which is very relevant at Med school and for the BMAT) than others who took maths instead.

    Personally though, I would advise taking maths. That is unless you don't think you can get an A/A* in it, then I would take History if you're better at that.

    Your GCSEs are great. Aim for at least 6 A*s if you can, it'll set you in amazing stead when you come to apply, but don't worry if you don't get that. I got 3 A*s at GCSE and I'm heading to Barts and the London in September (albeit as a re-applicant).
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    (Original post by Wilzman)
    I did Biology, Chemistry, Physics and History at A level.

    I regret not taking Maths, but I really enjoyed History a lot, and I've got a heck of a lot more experience for writing essays (which is very relevant at Med school and for the BMAT) than others who took maths instead.

    Personally though, I would advise taking maths. That is unless you don't think you can get an A/A* in it, then I would take History if you're better at that.

    Your GCSEs are great. Aim for at least 6 A*s if you can, it'll set you in amazing stead when you come to apply, but don't worry if you don't get that. I got 3 A*s at GCSE and I'm heading to Barts and the London in September (albeit as a re-applicant).
    I am sure I will get 4A*s. My aim is at least 6.

    I think I will do very well in Maths A Level but I also really enjoy History which I am doing well at now (A*s mostly).

    I also enjoy Biology and Chemistry and do well in them but I don't like Physics as much. I have the potential to do well in it, it's just that the current GCSE syllabus is boring for me.

    I am just worried that not taking Physics might hold me back somehow. Would it be beneficial if I did it at AS Level instead?
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    (Original post by george..)
    I am sure I will get 4A*s. My aim is at least 6.

    I think I will do very well in Maths A Level but I also really enjoy History which I am doing well at now (A*s mostly).

    I also enjoy Biology and Chemistry and do well in them but I don't like Physics as much. I have the potential to do well in it, it's just that the current GCSE syllabus is boring for me.

    I am just worried that not taking Physics might hold me back somehow. Would it be beneficial if I did it at AS Level instead?
    History is a great subject, especially if you have a good teacher. We studied the Reformation in Europe and England, which was actually interesting, although not massively relevant for medicine.

    I did find physics pretty boring at GCSE and even up to AS, but for A level I loved it. Physics is also becoming more relevant for medicine too, with understanding of the Doppler effect, particle physics and light being pretty useful, especially with the advent of new diagnostic tools and treatments that use these.

    That said physics is not vital for medicine. As said previously, Biology and Chemistry are the essential ones. Other than that choose subjects that you enjoy the most, that you can do well in, and that you can still relate to medicine in some way.
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    I take Maths, Biology, Chemistry and History, and two other people in my years does the same combination, and they both want to do Medicine Other people who want to do medicine all do Maths, Biology and Chemistry, and the fourth choice ranges from Physics, French, History or Economics (:
 
 
 
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