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    Next year I am taking Biology, Chemistry and Psychology for A-Level and I would like to go to medical school to enable me to become a Psychiatrist. But i am worried that they think psychology is too much of a soft option, and as now next year we won't be doing AS levels, my school are not recommending us to do 4 a-levels, so taking maths doesn't seem to be able to happen... Will it affect my chances?
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    (Original post by molly.butcherx)
    Next year I am taking Biology, Chemistry and Psychology for A-Level and I would like to go to medical school to enable me to become a Psychiatrist. But i am worried that they think psychology is too much of a soft option, and as now next year we won't be doing AS levels, my school are not recommending us to do 4 a-levels, so taking maths doesn't seem to be able to happen... Will it affect my chances?
    Not at all. You don't need maths. Psychology is absolutely fine and won't affect your chances unless you wish to apply to Cambridge.
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    Not at all. You don't need maths. Psychology is absolutely fine and won't affect your chances unless you wish to apply to Cambridge.
    Thank you! I started getting a bit scared as so many people were taking maths, but I felt as Psychology would give me an insight to what I want to do!
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    Psychology A-level is no longer considered as soft as it used to be. Almost all universities consider it as a science now. It may not be a traditional science but it is a growing science.
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    Do what you enjoy - Chemistry Biology and Psychology is perfectly fine. It may also be classed as a contrasting subject by UCL (I'd check, it might be considered a science now like the poster above said) which will improve your chances of getting into that medical school.

    You don't need to do 3 sciences and you don't need to do maths. The only reason most people tend to do 3 or 4 sciences is that medics are generally sciencey people so it's self-selecting - it's not because you actually need to do them. I did Chemistry Biology Physics A2 and Psychology AS (also did Philosophy AS but didn't sit the exam, doh) and I probably enjoyed the Psychology more than any of the ones I took to A2.
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    Psychology is a good subject to take, especially for a budding psychiatrist. Psychology is also taught in medical school, so it might give you a head start there.
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    Thank you everyone, I feel a lot better about my choices now!
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    (Original post by molly.butcherx)
    Next year I am taking Biology, Chemistry and Psychology for A-Level and I would like to go to medical school to enable me to become a Psychiatrist. But i am worried that they think psychology is too much of a soft option, and as now next year we won't be doing AS levels, my school are not recommending us to do 4 a-levels, so taking maths doesn't seem to be able to happen... Will it affect my chances?
    I am in the same situation as you! This thread made me feel loads better aswell I also want to become a psychiatrist. I was glad that psychology didn't take so much of my time allowing me to get 3As at AS while all the students doing 3 or 4 sciences didn't. Psychology is also my favourite subject.
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    I'm going to start Med school in September and my third a level was psychology! Hope that helps


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