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    I have already picked biology, chemistry and maths as i want to study medicine but I am unsure if i should choose physics, history or spanish as my 4th subject.
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    (Original post by crosbycasey56)
    I have already picked biology, chemistry and maths as i want to study medicine but I am unsure if i should choose physics, history or spanish as my 4th subject.
    Just do whichever one you like best, i have friends with medicine offers who had psychology/history/physics/english lit/philosophy as their 4th so i would just pick the one you enjoy most
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    (Original post by samb1234)
    Just do whichever one you like best, i have friends with medicine offers who had psychology/history/physics/english lit/philosophy as their 4th so i would just pick the one you enjoy most
    Thank you very much
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    Hi, I'm in Year 12 and I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History and want to do Medicine like you. Your fourth subject can be literally pretty much anything and all three of those options are good, respected subjects that would be fine as a 4th option. All the advice I can give is to choose something that you a) enjoy and b) think you'll get a good grade in.
    Obviously I can tell you a bit about History, though obviously it will depend a bit on the topics you're doing. History is challenging, but rewarding, I think especially because of the new specification - my teachers tell me it is much more difficult and detailed than the old spec. There is just SO MUCH CONTENT, but I would recommend it still.
    I know someone doing Spanish and they enjoy it because they love languages and the class sizes are usually tiny, but like History you'll need to put a lot of effort into it in your own time, and that might be more difficult to commit to if you know you're going to be dropping it (I find that with History.)
    Physics is great if you're really science-y and know you'll do well, but just know that it doesn't put you at any advantage in terms of a Medicine application - you only really need Chemistry and usually Biology for pretty much every medical school (Cambridge is the notable exception) but since you have Maths you'll be able to apply to Cambridge too if you want. Anyway, what I'm saying is don't do Physics just because you think you "should" or that it'll "look good" or whatever, because doing a complete contrasting subject such as the ones you've mentioned will be just as respected. A lot of my year is really struggling in Physics - I think the most common grade in the mock was a U... but I'd ask someone who is actually doing it because obviously I'm not.
    Hope this helped, feel free to ask anything else.
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    (Original post by Zedna)
    Hi, I'm in Year 12 and I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History and want to do Medicine like you. Your fourth subject can be literally pretty much anything and all three of those options are good, respected subjects that would be fine as a 4th option. All the advice I can give is to choose something that you a) enjoy and b) think you'll get a good grade in.
    Obviously I can tell you a bit about History, though obviously it will depend a bit on the topics you're doing. History is challenging, but rewarding, I think especially because of the new specification - my teachers tell me it is much more difficult and detailed than the old spec. There is just SO MUCH CONTENT, but I would recommend it still.
    I know someone doing Spanish and they enjoy it because they love languages and the class sizes are usually tiny, but like History you'll need to put a lot of effort into it in your own time, and that might be more difficult to commit to if you know you're going to be dropping it (I find that with History.)
    Physics is great if you're really science-y and know you'll do well, but just know that it doesn't put you at any advantage in terms of a Medicine application - you only really need Chemistry and usually Biology for pretty much every medical school (Cambridge is the notable exception) but since you have Maths you'll be able to apply to Cambridge too if you want. Anyway, what I'm saying is don't do Physics just because you think you "should" or that it'll "look good" or whatever, because doing a complete contrasting subject such as the ones you've mentioned will be just as respected. A lot of my year is really struggling in Physics - I think the most common grade in the mock was a U... but I'd ask someone who is actually doing it because obviously I'm not.
    Hope this helped, feel free to ask anything else.
    yeh you are so right. im in year 11 now and i just picked my alevel options and im doing the exact same ones as you. i chose history because i find it so interesting and ive never got less than an A* in it so far. i considered picking physics or even further maths but my teachers advised me not to since my grades werent that great in physics and because doing further maths is a waste of time if you dont want to do maths for university. i was wondering about the new changes in history alevel- do they still have controlled assesments?
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    yeh you are so right. im in year 11 now and i just picked my alevel options and im doing the exact same ones as you. i chose history because i find it so interesting and ive never got less than an A* in it so far. i considered picking physics or even further maths but my teachers advised me not to since my grades werent that great in physics and because doing further maths is a waste of time if you dont want to do maths for university. i was wondering about the new changes in history alevel- do they still have controlled assesments?
    Yeah, sounds like a good decision. There is still coursework for the full History A-Level, but not at AS, so if you're dropping it after a year then no; you sit two exams, one worth 60% of the AS, one worth 40%. If you decide to carry on with it, there's a coursework element in Year 13 worth 20% of the full A-Level, which is basically an independently researched essay.
    (This, by the way, is for Edexcel History, but I assume other specifications are similar?)
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    (Original post by Zedna)
    Yeah, sounds like a good decision. There is still coursework for the full History A-Level, but not at AS, so if you're dropping it after a year then no; you sit two exams, one worth 60% of the AS, one worth 40%. If you decide to carry on with it, there's a coursework element in Year 13 worth 20% of the full A-Level, which is basically an independently researched essay.
    (This, by the way, is for Edexcel History, but I assume other specifications are similar?)
    right ok that makes sense. im not planning on dropping history , but i thought because of the new specification introduced there is no AS and Alevel divisions. so all the exams will be at the end of the second year?
    what % of the full 2 years is coursework?
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    (Original post by loshaw20)
    right ok that makes sense. im not planning on dropping history , but i thought because of the new specification introduced there is no AS and Alevel divisions. so all the exams will be at the end of the second year?
    what % of the full 2 years is coursework?
    Yeah, my school is still making us sit AS exams even though they don't count, and then also we can drop one. The coursework is 20% of the full A-Level.
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    (Original post by Zedna)
    Hi, I'm in Year 12 and I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History and want to do Medicine like you. Your fourth subject can be literally pretty much anything and all three of those options are good, respected subjects that would be fine as a 4th option. All the advice I can give is to choose something that you a) enjoy and b) think you'll get a good grade in.
    Obviously I can tell you a bit about History, though obviously it will depend a bit on the topics you're doing. History is challenging, but rewarding, I think especially because of the new specification - my teachers tell me it is much more difficult and detailed than the old spec. There is just SO MUCH CONTENT, but I would recommend it still.
    I know someone doing Spanish and they enjoy it because they love languages and the class sizes are usually tiny, but like History you'll need to put a lot of effort into it in your own time, and that might be more difficult to commit to if you know you're going to be dropping it (I find that with History.)
    Physics is great if you're really science-y and know you'll do well, but just know that it doesn't put you at any advantage in terms of a Medicine application - you only really need Chemistry and usually Biology for pretty much every medical school (Cambridge is the notable exception) but since you have Maths you'll be able to apply to Cambridge too if you want. Anyway, what I'm saying is don't do Physics just because you think you "should" or that it'll "look good" or whatever, because doing a complete contrasting subject such as the ones you've mentioned will be just as respected. A lot of my year is really struggling in Physics - I think the most common grade in the mock was a U... but I'd ask someone who is actually doing it because obviously I'm not.
    Hope this helped, feel free to ask anything else.
    Thank You ever so much
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    (Original post by Zedna)
    Hi, I'm in Year 12 and I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History and want to do Medicine like you. Your fourth subject can be literally pretty much anything and all three of those options are good, respected subjects that would be fine as a 4th option. All the advice I can give is to choose something that you a) enjoy and b) think you'll get a good grade in.
    Obviously I can tell you a bit about History, though obviously it will depend a bit on the topics you're doing. History is challenging, but rewarding, I think especially because of the new specification - my teachers tell me it is much more difficult and detailed than the old spec. There is just SO MUCH CONTENT, but I would recommend it still.
    I know someone doing Spanish and they enjoy it because they love languages and the class sizes are usually tiny, but like History you'll need to put a lot of effort into it in your own time, and that might be more difficult to commit to if you know you're going to be dropping it (I find that with History.)
    Physics is great if you're really science-y and know you'll do well, but just know that it doesn't put you at any advantage in terms of a Medicine application - you only really need Chemistry and usually Biology for pretty much every medical school (Cambridge is the notable exception) but since you have Maths you'll be able to apply to Cambridge too if you want. Anyway, what I'm saying is don't do Physics just because you think you "should" or that it'll "look good" or whatever, because doing a complete contrasting subject such as the ones you've mentioned will be just as respected. A lot of my year is really struggling in Physics - I think the most common grade in the mock was a U... but I'd ask someone who is actually doing it because obviously I'm not.
    Hope this helped, feel free to ask anything else.
    Do you have any tips of how to get an A or A* in english?
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    (Original post by Zedna)
    Yeah, my school is still making us sit AS exams even though they don't count, and then also we can drop one. The coursework is 20% of the full A-Level.
    oh ok thanks so much
 
 
 
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