Asking about careers in Medicine and is Physics necessary?

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Hello, I'm currently a year 11 student almost done with my GCSEs and about to choose my A levels. I have been interested in doing a career in Medicine and came to ask about the need for Physics. I don't take GCSE Physics, I do take GCSE Biology and Chemistry though and am considering taking Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Further Maths at A level. Will these A level options keep most Medical courses at university open for me? Do most of them require any Physics background? Thanks.
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Everything you said is completely fine:yy:

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Everything you said is completely fine:yy:

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Really, you don't need any Physics at GCSE level?
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Thanks for your help. I'm surprised that you wouldn't need GCSE Physics though.
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You need Core+Additional Science at GCSE for many medicine courses if you didn't take them as separate sciences. Did you do any physics at all for GCSE? Even P1?
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No, you don't Physics GCSE.
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No, you don't Physics GCSE.
I'd expect they'd want at least Double Science, which includes some Physics. I honestly don't know how they would react to two sciences only at GCSE, though perhaps some medical schools would be fine with it.

I think it would be safest to actually email some medical schools about this, OP.
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You need Core+Additional Science at GCSE for many medicine courses if you didn't take them as separate sciences. Did you do any physics at all for GCSE? Even P1?
No I didn't take any Physics at GCSE at all. In hindsight I should have though its too late to change that now.
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I'd expect they'd want at least Double Science, which includes some Physics.
Some physics yes, but you don't need a seperate GCSE Physics. There's a big jump from general GCSE science to A-level Biology and Chemistry, so long as the OP focuses on making sure his/her AS Biology and Chemistry grades are good, s/he shouldn't have a problem/
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Hello, I'm currently a year 11 student almost done with my GCSEs and about to choose my A levels. I have been interested in doing a career in Medicine and came to ask about the need for Physics. I don't take GCSE Physics, I do take GCSE Biology and Chemistry though and am considering taking Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Further Maths at A level. Will these A level options keep most Medical courses at university open for me? Do most of them require any Physics background? Thanks.
They're fine but be careful with Further Maths A-Level. A few Medical Schools don't count it as a separate subject so you could be limiting your options a little.
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Some physics yes, but you don't need a seperate GCSE Physics. There's a big jump from general GCSE science to A-level Biology and Chemistry, so long as the OP focuses on making sure his/her AS Biology and Chemistry grades are good, s/he shouldn't have a problem/
Agreed, but OP does not do any Physics at GCSE, that's the point. She's doing only Biology and Chemistry, not Double Science.
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They're fine but be careful with Further Maths A-Level. A few Medical Schools don't count it as a separate subject so you could be limiting your options a little.
I see, I'll email some medical schools to ask about this. Thanks.
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http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/files...e_2011_1.1.pdf

This is for A-Level requirements, but some specify their GCSE requirements quite clearly as well. (Some mention Physics or Double Science at GCSE, some do not.)
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No I didn't take any Physics at GCSE at all. In hindsight I should have though its too late to change that now.
I would probably consider contacting medical schools and seeing what they say. Obviously, medicine has a very low physics content and the physics in it are covered by biology/chemistry lessons at a higher level. However, they will probably say that to improve your application, you should take a physics GCSE. You could either take this while you're at college, as some have the facilities to teach GCSEs alongside A levels, or take it as a private candidate and teach yourself the content/get a tutor if wanted. You could also take it via distance learning, however those courses often cost a LOT of money and at GCSE level, if you are bright then it is very possible to teach yourself.

I personally taught myself Additional Science in the last couple of months before the exam (started seriously in March-ish) and got a B grade overall, which was not helped by a D grade in the ISA, haha. I used BBC bitesize a hell of a lot, this textbook/workbook Image

to learn the content and then past paper'd myself to a decent grade.
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