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I am curious whether I should take A level Maths or not. At the moment, my current subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Geography and English Literature. For background, I achieved a grade B in my GCSE Maths. And my goal is to become a successful dental surgeon, therefore I need to achieve a minimum of three As including Biology and Chemistry. If possible, I would like the opinions of members who either took A level Biology and Chemistry without A level Maths or with A level Maths.

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(Original post by JustaThinker)
I am curious whether I should take A level Maths or not. At the moment, my current subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Geography and English Literature. For background, I achieved a grade B in my GCSE Maths. And my goal is to become a successful dental surgeon, therefore I need to achieve a minimum of three As including Biology and Chemistry. If possible, I would like the opinions of members who either took A level Biology and Chemistry without A level Maths or with A level Maths.

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I took AS Biology with Maths, and really Maths did not help at all. Theres hardly any complicated Maths in Biology. I suggest if you dont necessary like maths dont take it!

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I took AS Biology with Maths, and really Maths did not help at all. Theres hardly any complicated Maths in Biology. I suggest if you dont necessary like maths dont take it!

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I have heard that there is very little Maths involved with A level Biology. However, I am worried about A level Chemistry - there are many calculations involved...

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I have heard that there is very little Maths involved with A level Biology. However, I am worried about A level Chemistry - there are many calculations involved...

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AS Chemistry doesn't have many calculations, however, A2 Chemistry does - but it's nothing too ghastly, someone with an A/B at GCSE could do it.
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AS Chemistry doesn't have many calculations, however, A2 Chemistry does - but it's nothing too ghastly, someone with an A/B at GCSE could do it.
Are you sure? Cause I want to achieve at least an A in A level Biology and Chemistry.
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My teacher said the maths in A level chemistry requires a C grade at GCSE. You have a B so...

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I do A Level Chemistry but maths isn't essential. The maths is basically gcse material so its easy to grasp.
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I do A Level Chemistry but maths isn't essential. The maths is basically gcse material so its easy to grasp.
Do you also do A level Maths alongside A level Chemistry?
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Do you also do A level Maths alongside A level Chemistry?
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I am curious whether I should take A level Maths or not. At the moment, my current subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Geography and English Literature. For background, I achieved a grade B in my GCSE Maths. And my goal is to become a successful dental surgeon, therefore I need to achieve a minimum of three As including Biology and Chemistry. If possible, I would like the opinions of members who either took A level Biology and Chemistry without A level Maths or with A level Maths.

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Take Maths if you think it'll be useful for your university degree or for your own pleasure but it really won't help much with your science A Levels. There's no particularly difficult Maths in A Level sciences, the overlap with A Level Maths is absolutely minimal.
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Are you sure? Cause I want to achieve at least an A in A level Biology and Chemistry.
Yes, I am sure. The only bit of maths you need to know is changing the subject and plugging numbers into your calculator. What's more important than the calculations is your concepts.
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(Original post by JustaThinker)
I am curious whether I should take A level Maths or not. At the moment, my current subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Geography and English Literature. For background, I achieved a grade B in my GCSE Maths. And my goal is to become a successful dental surgeon, therefore I need to achieve a minimum of three As including Biology and Chemistry. If possible, I would like the opinions of members who either took A level Biology and Chemistry without A level Maths or with A level Maths.

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Doesn't dentistry have similar subject requirements as medicine? I've applied for medicine and most of them want maths in addition to biology and chemistry. If you're certain they don't require you to do maths then I guess you don't have to.
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I'm doing A-level Maths, Physics, Chem and Bio. Honestly, not worth taking up A-level maths for Bio and chem. It's just punching a few numbers into the calculator and pressing 'equal to.' That's all it is.

Bio has a bit of stats, in the sense standard deviation, but that's about it.
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Doesn't dentistry have similar subject requirements as medicine? I've applied for medicine and most of them want maths in addition to biology and chemistry. If you're certain they don't require you to do maths then I guess you don't have to.
Dental universities specify that taking A level Biology and Chemistry is important. And the third A level is any of your choice. Essentially, I need to get 3As in my A levels, including Biology and Chemistry and another A level of my choice, except Critical Thinking.
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Dental universities specify that taking A level Biology and Chemistry is important. And the third A level is any of your choice. Essentially, I need to get 3As in my A levels, including Biology and Chemistry and another A level of my choice, except Critical Thinking.
if it isnt required then maybe you should go with a subject you're confident with. seeing that you got a B in gcse maths, you might find a levels maths difficult, especially at A2
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For AS I took bio and chem without maths. People who take maths are generally better at mental maths calculations which aren't really necessary in bio or chem as you have to show your working out.
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For AS I took bio and chem without maths. People who take maths are generally better at mental maths calculations which aren't really necessary in bio or chem as you have to show your working out.
Are you planning on taking A level Biology and Chemistry to A2 without A level Maths?
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Are you planning on taking A level Biology and Chemistry to A2 without A level Maths?
Yes. Not doing AS maths didn't hold me back at all (A in both)
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Yes. Not doing AS maths didn't hold me back at all (A in both)
Oh. So you finished AS Biology and Chemistry without A level Maths. When did you take the exams? And may I ask what is your aspiration in life? If that's not too intrusive.

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