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    Hi. I'm a student in Year 12 and until today I was taking maths, physics, chemistry and biology all to A-Level. All of them are with OCR, by the way.

    Due to other commitments and a bit of stress pertaining to the other subjects, I have since decided to drop physics entirely. However, I have been given the option to take it simply to AS and drop it at the end of this year. I can't tell if I regret dropping it or not at the moment; the subject was enjoyable enough and I have now missed a lesson. If I want to continue with it, then I had better make my decision by this Thursday.

    My extra curricular activities are as follows:
    World Challenge; Silver DofE; Vice-Captain of a school house; Part-time job in a supermarket (12 hours a week); EPQ; Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize; Volunteering in GCSE chemistry lessons; Work experience for a week at UTC Aerospace systems; Dragons' Apprentice Challenge; Maths challenge and attending the gym. In the past I have also participated in my School Parliament as a speaker; as a transition ambassador helping new students acclimatise to secondary school; volunteered at a charity shop and a computer science club and finally, wider reading.

    Can anyone advise me on this please? I can't really decide.
    My problem is not knowing whether or not my academic profile and extra curricular activities add up to what is needed by universities for medicine or other science degrees. If anyone has any questions regarding my past results and such then please do not hesitate to ask.

    Really does depend on what you want to do at uni. If you are bent on doing medicine in particular, every extra qualification/work experience, good GCSEs/good BMAT or UKCAT score, etc will all help. As I am sure you are aware, entry into medicine is highly competitive.

    On the one hand, having four subjects to do instead of 3 will add that extra pressure, and in my experience, for getting into medicine, particularly at a good med school e.g. one of the Russell group, A*, A, A is better than A, B, B, B, for instance.

    If you can handle the workload, and manage to do v well in all four subjects, that is even better.

    Your GCSE grades in English, Maths and Science (as well as wheher you did Double Award or Triple, etc.) would help determine your decision, too. Firstly, when giving offers unis do not have your A2 results, so whether they give an offer or not as well as what offer they give will depend partly on your GCSEs. Secondly, your GCSE grades would give some indication of your abilitiy at literacy, numeracy and science, which would help estimate your potential maximum grades attainable at A level.

    Please disclose this GCSE info, and I will comment further, although the final decision can only be made by yourself.

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