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    Hi TSR! This is my first time posting here so apologies if I do anything wrong.

    I have just completed my GCSE exams and am waiting on my results which I will get in just over a month. In the mean time, I need to figure out which A-Levels I want to take. I understand that I should choose the subjects that I enjoy the most and that I'm good at, however some of the subjects I have not taken yet (at GCSE level) or I may enjoy them equally.

    The subjects I currently have down to take are:
    Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and Ethics & Psychology
    However, I am strongly considering swapping Chemistry for Business Studies or possibly Sociology, as I'm not great at the mathematical side of Chemistry. I also enjoy Business Studies over Chemistry.

    Would I be shooting my self in the foot for all medical-related careers by not taking Chemistry for A-Level? And what sort of jobs/degress could I expect to have open to me with Biology, Business Studies, Philosophy & Ethics and Psychology. Thank you very much
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    Hi TSR! This is my first time posting here so apologies if I do anything wrong.

    I have just completed my GCSE exams and am waiting on my results which I will get in just over a month. In the mean time, I need to figure out which A-Levels I want to take. I understand that I should choose the subjects that I enjoy the most and that I'm good at, however some of the subjects I have not taken yet (at GCSE level) or I may enjoy them equally.

    The subjects I currently have down to take are:
    Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and Ethics & Psychology
    However, I am strongly considering swapping Chemistry for Business Studies or possibly Sociology, as I'm not great at the mathematical side of Chemistry. I also enjoy Business Studies over Chemistry.

    Would I be shooting my self in the foot for all medical-related careers by not taking Chemistry for A-Level? And what sort of jobs/degress could I expect to have open to me with Biology, Business Studies, Philosophy & Ethics and Psychology. Thank you very much
    Some universities say both Biology and Chemistry for Medicine I'm afraid. However others (Sheffield) say Chemistry plus one other science (which includes Psychology). I honestly don't think you could just take Biology and get into Medicine though it might be worth looking around. Biomedical science is slightly different - this only applies to a few universities (Southampton and Warwick for example) but some only ask for Bio or Chem plus one other science (eg. Psychology).Although if I'm completely honest if you are weak at Maths or don't like Chemistry then those courses probably aren't for you.

    I do, however, highly recommend Sociology A-Level as I've just finished my A2 and loved it - I'm even going to be studying it as a joint honours next year hopefully!

    Best of luck
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    Having taken both Bio and Chem at AS, I also agree that Chemistry requires more maths than Biology. Chemistry A Level will be tough if you can't do some multi-step calculations.
    Going into medicine will take longer without Chemistry, although achievable. My friend chose to drop Chemistry, apply for Biomedical Sciences and will later transfer to Medicine.
    I think Biology, Business Studies, Philosophy & Ethics and Psychology seems to be a good combination. There are strong subjects both scientific and essay-based. You can probably choose whatever, aside from courses such as medicine or mathematical sciences
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    The four current options you have are probably best for medicine as it is a very competitive course and you will be better viewed than if you were to do business studies/sociology as they would be considered softer subjects. Having done A Level chemistry I can say that I found the maths quite logical (got A at GCSE and B at AS in maths).
 
 
 
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