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    I am a year 11 GCSE student and it's almost time for me to pick my A-Levels. I am currently swaying towards taking Biology, Chemistry and Medical Science. However, would it be more beneficial for me to take for example Biology, Chemistry and Physics and possibly maths as a fourth? Also if I were to pick Biology Chemisty and Medical Science would it be good for me to do a fourth subject and if so which do you recommend. Thank you.

    As a bit of added information to do the neuroscience BSc I need AAA at A-level and Chemistry is required plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
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    (Original post by 2hdr)
    I am a year 11 GCSE student and it's almost time for me to pick my A-Levels. I am currently swaying towards taking Biology, Chemistry and Medical Science. However, would it be more beneficial for me to take for example Biology, Chemistry and Physics and possibly maths as a fourth? Also if I were to pick Biology Chemisty and Medical Science would it be good for me to do a fourth subject and if so which do you recommend. Thank you.
    I don't know about the medical science, I would suggest going the more traditional route most unis look for Chemistry, Bio, Physics and/or a humanitarian subject.
    However, you can take it as a 4th for competitiveness, if you think you can perform well.
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    Thank you, I am considering taking Chemistry, Bio, Physics for entry requirements and medical science as preparation for uni and the world of medicine in general. I understand this is a lot of work and but I'm hoping to do a PhD in neuroscience so the more science the better I suppose.
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    There's an A-Level in Medical Science?

    For a Neuro degree, I'd expect they'd go with the traditional "two hard sciences minimum, other sciences preferred" route. Physics and Maths will look good on an application for Scientific subjects.

    From the context, it seems like you're thinking of taking four A-levels up to A2. Bear in mind that this is extra workload that you'll need to handle, and often is not seen as having much advantage in your application. Unis often bump up their grade requirements to match the fourth subject (e.g. AAA becomes AAAA or AAAB).
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    i'd recommend that you don't take physics without maths, some unis might accept psychology as a science too which ties in with neuroscience
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    Psychology, biology and chemistry ^-^
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    hey I've applied for neuroscience this year and I'd say they'd probably prefer maths over physics as it'll be a little bit more relevant but yeah they only need 2 hard sciences generally. I do biology, chemistry, maths and further maths
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    (Original post by thehalfblood)
    hey I've applied for neuroscience this year and I'd say they'd probably prefer maths over physics as it'll be a little bit more relevant but yeah they only need 2 hard sciences generally. I do biology, chemistry, maths and further maths
    Further maths wow you're brave haha how big a step up would you say it is from GCSE maths to A-level maths?
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    Further maths wow you're brave haha how big a step up would you say it is from GCSE maths to A-level maths?
    For some people the jump is bigger than it is for others. For me personally I find maths pretty easy so it's been good (although I did GCSE further maths which might have helped a bit but not that much)
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    i also do fm and it hasn't been a big step up so far only cause i did further maths GCSE, however i am only on c2 and s1 at this point, none of the further modules. if you haven't done fm gcse it'll be quite hard i imagine, you have to really love maths and be prepared to put a lot of work in. ideally you want to be (comfortably) getting an a* at gcse maths to prepare you for it
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    (Original post by spacetechnology)
    i also do fm and it hasn't been a big step up so far only cause i did further maths GCSE, however i am only on c2 and s1 at this point, none of the further modules. if you haven't done fm gcse it'll be quite hard i imagine, you have to really love maths and be prepared to put a lot of work in. ideally you want to be (comfortably) getting an a* at gcse maths to prepare you for it
    Maths isn't my strong suit so I can't see myself picking further maths I'm realistically looking at a level 8 in the new GCSE grading system (1-9) with an 8 being a low A*.
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    (Original post by thehalfblood)
    For some people the jump is bigger than it is for others. For me personally I find maths pretty easy so it's been good (although I did GCSE further maths which might have helped a bit but not that much)
    Unfortunately there is not further maths GCSE at my school, I enjoy maths and love the satisfaction of understanding a challenging topic however I am by no means one of the best in my year. I will seriously consider taking maths as an a-level as it is useful for a wide range of subjects and I'd imagine that any career in science will involve a significant amount of maths but I'm worried that since I'm not amazing at it I may get a B meaning I'll miss the entry requirements for the course I want to take at uni.
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    (Original post by The Financier)
    There's an A-Level in Medical Science?

    For a Neuro degree, I'd expect they'd go with the traditional "two hard sciences minimum, other sciences preferred" route. Physics and Maths will look good on an application for Scientific subjects.

    From the context, it seems like you're thinking of taking four A-levels up to A2. Bear in mind that this is extra workload that you'll need to handle, and often is not seen as having much advantage in your application. Unis often bump up their grade requirements to match the fourth subject (e.g. AAA becomes AAAA or AAAB).
    It's actually a Diploma in Medical Science which is the equivalent of an a-level, I'd never heard of it either and since it is very relevant to what I want to do I thought it'd be a wasted opportunity to not take it.
 
 
 
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