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    I'm in my first year of A-levels and I'm studying Chemistry, biology, maths and Latin but I really haven't enjoyed maths so far and plan to drop it. If I do so, will I still be eligible to apply to study medicine at the top unis (Oxbridge, Imperial etc.)?

    Also I plan to replace maths with Mandarin so is Bioology, chemistry, Latin, Mandarin an acceptable blend of A-levels for medicine?

    Thanks in advance
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    No its not. Unless you want to apply to one specific college in Cambridge which requires maths. Some uni's do want 3 sciences tho, but the vast majority do not
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    No you don't need maths

    Yes you will still be able to apply everywhere without maths (except for one specific cambridge college)

    Biology chemistry and latin would be a fine selection of a levels. Including mandarin would also be fine so long as it doesn't compromise your chances of getting AAA
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    (Original post by PlinyTheElder)
    I'm in my first year of A-levels and I'm studying Chemistry, biology, maths and Latin but I really haven't enjoyed maths so far and plan to drop it. If I do so, will I still be eligible to apply to study medicine at the top unis (Oxbridge, Imperial etc.)?

    Also I plan to replace maths with Mandarin so is Bioology, chemistry, Latin, Mandarin an acceptable blend of A-levels for medicine?

    Thanks in advance
    Yes. But! Firstly, most Cambridge medics do study mainly sciences at A-level, and not doing so might put you at a disadvantage. I'm not sure the extent to which that is true elsewhere. Secondly, there aren't really "top unis" for medicine in the same way that there are for other subjects, since all medical courses are required to teach to a certain standard. Oxbridge may give you an advantage if you want to go into research, but could possibly even be a disadvantage otherwise (less contact with patients might make some people worse doctors). The difference in prestige between Imperial and say Newcastle is irrelevant for medicine.

    Obviously, doing Mandarin is better than only doing three subjects (although that's fine too). But if you are already fluent in it I don't think an A-level in it is likely to be worth much.
 
 
 
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