Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter

    I've posted a similar question in a different thread but I am yet to find an answer to stop me worrying. I have just started year 12 and am currently doing biology, chemistry and maths stats which I am enjoying. I wanted to do Religious Studies (religion, philosophy and ethics) for one year to gain an AS, but my sixth form could not accommodate this for me. My other options would be physics (which I dislike and don't want to have an over-work load) and other subjects which I just can't consider, I know that I would hate them.

    I am also doing an EPQ, general studies, and got 11A* and 1A at GCSE. I want to go into medicine. Without looking into it too much, I'm liking the unis: Oxford, York, Durham and not looked at many others. Also Oxford has stated clearly that only having 3 AS subjects is definitely okay, York and some other unis such as Manchester leave an uncertainty. On York's website it says:

    'For 2018 entry, we are considering reintroducing the requirement for a 4th distinct subject post-16. If so, it is likely that we would accept an AS-Level, an EPQ or a Core Maths qualification.'

    For this specifically I would be okay as I am doing an EPQ, but I am scared than many unis may require a 4th AS for the 2018 entry (even since the reformed exams). Of course, I want my application to be as competitive as possible, but I also don't want to sacrifice my biol, chem and maths because I'm trying so hard on a subject like history, for example, that I really struggle with. So how important is a 4th AS level for the 2018 entry, and is anything likely to change?

    I will also have work experience and volunteering and hopefully the English Baccalaureate

    Sorry for so much extra info, I really need to make a final decision on my subjects by tomorrow.. Thank you

    You'll be fine with 3. Its more important to have a good PS and score well in the UKCAT/BMAT. Most uni's wont require a 4th subject, because its unfair to those whose schools did not offer one
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Brussels sprouts
    Applying to uni

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Graduates celebrate

    How to write a good personal statement

    Expert PS advice from the people who will read it

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Can't decide where to apply? Our tool will help you find the perfect course

    Two students working together

    A-Z of universities

    Read our guides to unis and colleges from around the UK

    A student working on a computer

    Personal statement help

    Use our tool to get your ideal PS quickly!

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student looking down a microscope

    Planning open days

    Find upcoming open days and get advice on preparing.

    Help out other students

    These questions still need an answer

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.