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    Hey everyone

    I have to choose my a-level subjects REALLY soon
    But I am having huge problems deciding
    And I would really appreciate any help

    Firstly I keep on getting different answers
    But would only physics and chemistry be enough
    If I were to take medicine for a university in the UK?
    Some people say biology is required??

    Secondly would two sciences, maths and economics be enough to study PPE?
    I know how competitive it is as a course
    And I would have thought that I might need history or eng lit,
    To have a good chance?

    Also between history and economics
    Which would be a better subject to take?
    And I do have an equal interest in each of them
    But I haven't taken economics before
    And I'm not that great at history

    Finally is economics a soft subject?

    I would be so grateful if someone could help give me some answers
    Thank you
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    yer you do need biology for medicine, without a shadow of a doubt you definately need that. Well if you i think you should either decide between one or the other, and take another relevant essay subject instead of a science, OR i know im gonna get negged for this, and im not saying you have to take five A/S to get onto a medicine or PPE course, im just saying that generelly the quality of student able to take those courses does five A/S, or at least at my sixth form, so why not just take five to begin with, then if the workload is too much drop one after the start of term, if you find it okay just decide next year after A/S results..
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    Subjects you should take:

    1. Mathematics
    2. Chemistry
    3. Biology/Economics
    4. Physics/History
    5. Further Maths/History

    Either you do Maths+CHem+Bio+Phy+FM if you want for a medicine course or a Maths+FM+Econs+History+Physics for the PPE. In each of these options you could drop the last subject out
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    (Original post by Elina.10)
    Hey everyone

    I have to choose my a-level subjects REALLY soon
    But I am having huge problems deciding
    And I would really appreciate any help

    Firstly I keep on getting different answers
    But would only physics and chemistry be enough
    If I were to take medicine for a university in the UK?
    Some people say biology is required??

    There are very few universities that do not need you to study Biology. Have a look here.

    However, to maximise your chances I would take Biology anyway, at least to AS-level; it seems to be the most relevant subject to medicine, doesn't it? It's also fascinating, imo.

    Note: Chemistry is compulsory, but Physics isn't. Additionally, if you were to study Physics, it would be advisable (although by no means is this mandatory) to study A-level Mathematics alongside and take the Mechanics modules.


    Secondly would two sciences, maths and economics be enough to study PPE?
    I know how competitive it is as a course
    And I would have thought that I might need history or eng lit,
    To have a good chance?

    Particularly helpful A-levels for PPE include Mathematics and History, according to here. You do not necessarily need to have studied Politics, Philosophy or Economics at A-level. You do not need English Literature.

    So really, you may want to take a number of A-levels including History, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language, English Literature, Economics, Philosophy, Politics, etc. as they all seem relevant.


    Also between history and economics
    Which would be a better subject to take?
    And I do have an equal interest in each of them
    But I haven't taken economics before
    And I'm not that great at history

    The fact that you haven't taken Economics before is not an issue, since loads of people haven't. It is still possible to get a high grade provided you put the effort in.

    Why do you think you're not that good at History? You could always improve, and you may perform much better at A-level. Perhaps you should research what you would be studying for A-level History so you know whether or not you would enjoy studying the topics given.

    According to the Oxford website above, History is listed as 'helpful' whereas Economics isn't. However, neither are 'required' and if you're not aiming for Oxford in particular, it shouldn't matter which one you take. If you want to study medicine, again, there is no preference as the emphasis is placed on Chemistry and Biology. You may want to study Economics if you feel you have a passion for that subject and/or if you find A-level History would be too difficult for you.


    Finally is economics a soft subject?

    No it isn't.

    I would be so grateful if someone could help give me some answers
    Thank you
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    Some med schools will accept Biology AS only (so you don't need the full A-Level) if you have Chemistry and Physics A-Level. Some don't require it, but most do.

    If I were you I would take:

    1. Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, (+ Economics OR Biology if you can cope with five)
    Then if you decide on Medicine, in year 13 drop Further Maths (and Economics) and pick up (or continue) Biology AS (or A2).

    You don't need Economics to study Economics or PPE. Maths & Further Maths will be a better preparation. An essay subject would be good to have for PPE though, so you could also do

    2. Maths, Physics, Chemistry, History (OR Economics), (+ Further Maths, Economics OR Biology if you can cope with five)
    then (for Medicine) drop either Further Maths, Economics and History OR Maths OR Physics and pick up or continue Biology in year 13
    OR (for PPE) just continue as is or pick up Further Maths in year 13



    Or just do

    3. Maths, Chemistry, History, Biology
    and pick up Further Maths/drop Biology if you want in year 13

    keeps your options open for both degrees. Shame about Physics though, is a cool subject. :yep:
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    Wow this is actually my first thread
    And everyone has replied so fast
    I am extremely grateful and i really appreciate this

    I absolutely love physics as a subject
    but i am not interested in engineering later on (weirdly enough)
    I am more inclined towards either PPE or medicine
    The main issue really is that i can't decide which one to choose
    So i really want to keep both options open

    If i am not intending to pursue engineering
    Wouldn't physics and further maths become unnecessary??

    And hence shouldn't i limit my choices between
    maths, biology , chemistry, history and economics?
    Or is further maths useful for either PPE or medicine?

    What do you think?
    And once again, thank you so much ^^
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    The E in PPE stands for Economics. Economics has a very high level of mathematical content (usually) so I dont know. FM is advisable for PPE. I guess the only one that doesnt fit in is Physics really. Then again, its a solid A Level subject, and considered well for Medicine also. How about you do Maths+Chemistry+Bio+Economics/History+ either Physics/FM at AS
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    Your opening post is structured like a poem. :sexface: Shame there is a lack of rhyming couplets though.
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    Your opening post is structured like a poem
    Very true, haha
    I just looked back and realised it.
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    In that case :confused:
    If i took maths, chemistry, biology and economics
    (Unfortunately i can't fit in further maths with my school's timetable)
    It would definitely fit in with medicine


    But (as mentioned by CookieGhoul )
    Economics is very mathematical
    Would it be a strong choice for PPE???
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    Your opening post is structured like a poem. :sexface: Shame there is a lack of rhyming couplets though.
    this made me smile
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    (Original post by tom29whu)
    this made me smile
    I do try
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    Economics is absolutely NOT a soft subject, economics in combination with two sciences in maths is good however I would say further maths instead of one science (or in addition) to study straight economics and history instead of one science for PPE

    For medicine: Biology, Chemistry, the last two don't matter
    For economics: Maths, Further Maths, Economics, A Science (they like chemistry apparently)
    For PPE: Maths, Economics, History, Anything else

    The subjects I chose were perfect for medicine (which at the time I wanted to do) but now I want to do economics they are still good but not as competitive as if I had further maths instead of biology - you may as well benefit from my hindsight

    IMO you should go for PPE, medicine is something you have to REALLY want to do, and doing the six year degree with a very narrow career path at the end may be intimidating, however with PPE your options will be EXTREMELY broad
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    I've decided to take maths/ further maths, chemistry biology and history
    What do you guys think?
    Good for medicine and PPE?
    Or should I take economics instead of further maths?

    Thank you very much
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    Sounds good Does that mean you're doing either Maths or Further Maths ?
    Its good for Medicine. But yea, I think for PPE, it should be fine. Rather than for straight Econs, whereby it would not be fine
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    (Original post by CookieGhoul)
    Sounds good Does that mean you're doing either Maths or Further Maths ?
    Its good for Medicine. But yea, I think for PPE, it should be fine. Rather than for straight Econs, whereby it would not be fine

    Maths and further maths ( probably up to AS level)
    I don't think you can actually do further maths without maths?

    By "fine" for PPE, you mean good too right??
    Starting to worry me

    Btw why won't it be fine for a straight econs?
    I thought all they really want to see was maths and further maths
    And economics at A level isn't necessary
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    (Original post by Elina.10)
    Hey everyone

    I have to choose my a-level subjects REALLY soon
    But I am having huge problems deciding
    And I would really appreciate any help

    Firstly I keep on getting different answers
    But would only physics and chemistry be enough
    If I were to take medicine for a university in the UK?
    Some people say biology is required??

    Secondly would two sciences, maths and economics be enough to study PPE?
    I know how competitive it is as a course
    And I would have thought that I might need history or eng lit,
    To have a good chance?

    Also between history and economics
    Which would be a better subject to take?
    And I do have an equal interest in each of them
    But I haven't taken economics before
    And I'm not that great at history

    Finally is economics a soft subject?

    I would be so grateful if someone could help give me some answers
    Thank you

    For Medicine: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further MAthematics... (Medicine is the most competitive course on earth, so you must show proof of hard work.. )

    For PPE: Maths, Further Maths (Upto AS atleast) , Economics, History, A language (English Lit aybe?)

    For keeping options open: Math, Further Maths, Bilogy, Chemistry, History...

    (Original post by Elina.10)
    I've decided to take maths/ further maths, chemistry biology and history
    What do you guys think?
    Good for medicine and PPE?
    Or should I take economics instead of further maths?

    Thank you very much

    And you can't do Further Maths without Maths....
    YOu have to do 5 a-levels I am afraid, you can drop Further Maths after AS...
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    (Original post by Elina.10)
    Maths and further maths ( probably up to AS level)
    I don't think you can actually do further maths without maths?

    By "fine" for PPE, you mean good too right??
    Starting to worry me

    Btw why won't it be fine for a straight econs?
    I thought all they really want to see was maths and further maths
    And economics at A level isn't necessary
    True, but I guess for straight Econs it would require a good knowledge of economic principles ? not too sure really. But yea its good. Dontcha worry about it
 
 
 
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