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    Can I still go into medicine without taking chemistry or only taking it at AS, because I got a D and a C, so my sixth-form won't let me take it. I'm so determined to go into medicine that if I have to I will pay to get a chemistry A-Level privately.
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    (Original post by ShonaSmith)
    Can I still go into medicine without taking chemistry or only taking it at AS, because I got a D and a C, so my sixth-form won't let me take it. I'm so determined to go into medicine that if I have to I will pay to get a chemistry A-Level privately.
    I could not do chemistry because I didn't get a B in maths so I did consider to do chemistry as the exams can be taken privately however the only problem is that you need to do the practical and it is very rare centres let candidates do the practical
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    I could not do chemistry because I didn't get a B in maths so I did consider to do chemistry as the exams can be taken privately however the only problem is that you need to do the practical and it is very rare centres let candidates do the practical
    Yeah, I really dont have £150 for a week of tutoring. The only other way I can go into medicine is through 1 uni. I have no idea whether it would be a good idea to contact them and talk to the university about it.
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    (Original post by ShonaSmith)
    Can I still go into medicine without taking chemistry or only taking it at AS, because I got a D and a C, so my sixth-form won't let me take it. I'm so determined to go into medicine that if I have to I will pay to get a chemistry A-Level privately.
    Hi ShonaSmith, .

    The best thing for you to do would be to research medical schools, and have a look at their subject requirements. However, Chemistry is usually a prerequisite, along with Biology.

    At Bradford we offer a taster day called 'Making an Application to Medicine' as our Clinical Sciences programme offers a route to Leeds Medical School. New dates will be available soon - keep an eye on our taster day web pages. If you can't make it to us, have a look around to see if other universities offer something similar.

    Best of Luck

    SM & AM
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    I'm in a similar predicament. I was working at an A* for year 10 and 11 for both Biology and Chemistry and somehow I came out with two B's. Imagine my confusion and annoyance as I have confidence in the knowledge I aquired throughout the two years and revised hard 😔 I am able to take Biology Chemistry, Maths and Psychology at the sixth form in my school although my head of year suggested I do 3 A-levels instead of 3 and an AS due to my overall grades and my maths teacher said it's not advisable to take Maths if I didn't achieve an A, but I am going to do it as an AS and continue with Bio, Chem and Psychology for A2. I wasn't able to go to my sixth form of choice (Brampton Manor Academy) as I didn't come out with the A's and A*'s I was predicted in these 3 subjects. Also my teachers adviced me in order to do medicine I would have to study Biochemistry at university and do a post graduate degree in medicine, which would take 7 years minimum instead of the 5 years a medical degree would take and I won't have a plethora of uni offers unless I get a remark in English to give me an A as I was 3 marks off. You can take Chemistry as an AS but you will have to get an A in it, and it would be likely you would have to do a foundation year as well as the 5 year course medicine at uni usually offers. I don't think most sixth forms will let you do Biology and Chemistry with your grades, but please continue searching and if not I would suggest tutoring and resit them next year, then possibly you would have to do an extra year at sixth form. I'm sorry to hear about this as I'm sure you worked hard as well.
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    Hi.
    I was interested in going into medicine and I was wondering if my results are good enough for most universities to study medicine because I am scared seeing as I have received a few B's.
    Anyways, here they are:

    Maths: A*
    Chemistry: A*
    Biology: A*
    French: A*
    Physics: A
    Computing: A
    History: A
    English Language: B
    English Literature: B (I'm getting it remarked so hopefully should be an A)
    Religious Studies: B
    ICT Cambridge Nationals: Merit level 2
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    Hi everyone

    Once again the best thing to do before you finalise your A Level choices is to research for yourself. Medical Schools will have specific subject requirements at A Level but they will also look for non-academic things in your personal statement as well. Things like work experience or voluntary work (preferably medicine or healthcare related) your hobbies and much more. Don't just choose or drop a subject before you've got some solid answers. Ring the universities you are interested in, attend an open day or other visiting opportunity to gain an insight into their requirements.

    It's also a good idea to have a back-up plan just in case things don't work out. For example would you consider graduate entry medicine by studying another subject first? Or would you consider another related subject like Pharmacy where you can still work in a clinical setting or Biomedical Science that will give you a good grounding in the basic sciences and the chance to apply for graduate entry medicine?

    Lots to think about!

    AM
 
 
 
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