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    Hello everyone,

    This is my first post on The Student Room so pardon me for the length of this post and if I've made any mistakes. Anyway, I've just started my AS and these are the subjects I am taking:
    Maths and Further Maths (A* at GCSE) - definitely my strongest subject and I don't dislike it at all
    Chemistry (A at GCSE) - probably the subject I'm most interested in
    Biology (A at GCSE) - put it one way or another, I thought it'd be okay at GCSE and now I despise it. Three of my friends have dropped it already and our head of sixth form told them that dropping Biology can reduce the appeal of your UCAS application.

    I always had the intention of dropping one of the subjects after AS having previously had an interest of going into medicine and dropping further maths at the end of AS to continue Biology, Chemistry and Maths. However, seeing the amount of time spent in university to study medicine and the high competition for places at university had put me off going into medicine. Now I'm looking more towards an (possibly chemical?) engineering or mathematics route which'd allow me to drop Biology after AS.

    The problem starts here. For A2 Biology, my school requires that you attend a field trip that is fundamental for one of the topics studied at A2 and that there'd be no point in going if you're going to drop Biology after finishing AS which at first doesn't seem like a massive problem. However, after looking at some of the requirements for medicine at university (yes medicine, not maths/engineering), some universities see maths and further maths as one A-level, which in theory, had I decided to go into medicine with maths, further maths and chemistry at A2 would mean I would have only 2 full A-levels consisting of maths/further maths and chemistry.

    So, two questions I would like to clarify:

    What careers, opportunities, options at university would I be removing myself from if I do intend on dropping Biology after AS level?

    For [chemical?] engineering/mathematics degrees, do they see maths and further maths as a single A-Level like how some universities see them in their medicine requirements?

    Sorry for the long post but some advice would be helpful thanks!

    Right short and simple if you want to do something with medicine drop further maths. Otherwise drop biology, personally I dropped out of biology it just wasn't my sort of subject. I got an A in biology at gcse but it was really easy and you could be really thick and still get an A. Now it is more boring and you have to have interest in actually doing it. I really like Maths if they had Further maths as an option in my school I would definitely do it. If I was you I would drop Biology, Chemistry is more important for medicine anyway.

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