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    Hi,
    So i'm a student in year 11 that is going to choose options for a-level. I've applied to 2 sixth form - my school's sixth form offers 3 subjects - im choosing Biology , Chemistry and Maths. In the other sixth form they offer 4 subjects + EPQ. I plan to take maths, biology , chemistry and physics if i go there. But the thing is that i hate physics so much even though im good at it. I currently get a*-a's in my GCSE end of topic tests for physics but once again i hate it. Id rather choose geography instead of physics which im also quite good at. But i aim to take medicine at oxford, birmingham or london imperial or any other russell group university. My main question is considering my desired course and uni, since only chemistry is essential for medicine, do you guys think it matters if i do physics or geography? And the second question is, is it worth going to the sixth form with more options?
    Thx:-) sorry if you get confused
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    Hi,
    So i'm a student in year 11 that is going to choose options for a-level. I've applied to 2 sixth form - my school's sixth form offers 3 subjects - im choosing Biology , Chemistry and Maths. In the other sixth form they offer 4 subjects + EPQ. I plan to take maths, biology , chemistry and physics if i go there. But the thing is that i hate physics so much even though im good at it. I currently get a*-a's in my GCSE end of topic tests for physics but once again i hate it. Id rather choose geography instead of physics which im also quite good at. But i aim to take medicine at oxford, birmingham or london imperial or any other russell group university. My main question is considering my desired course and uni, since only chemistry is essential for medicine, do you guys think it matters if i do physics or geography? And the second question is, is it worth going to the sixth form with more options?
    Thx:-) sorry if you get confused
    Going just on what each school is offering, I'd say go for the one that is offering 4 AS levels and EPQ. Taking 4 AS' means that you have less pressure to succeed in all of them in Year 12 ie you can drop your worst subject after AS. If you only take three AS Levels there's no wriggle room after your results come back. PLUS doing the linear AS' is reassuring after year 12 because if you don't do as well as hoped then you know which ones you properly have to work for.

    As for your subject choices, this (https://www.themedicportal.com/appli...o-be-a-doctor/) site suggests that for the vast majority of medical courses you only need chemistry and biology. PLUS maths is also looked upon favourably for medicine courses. I'd suggest taking geography: you enjoy it more so you'll probably put more effort into it, plus the jump between GCSE and A Level physics is honestly huge - I have loads of friends who got A*s in physics at GCSE but really struggled in year 12 and ended up dropping it. As you have 3 a levels that are fab for medicine, I don't think there's any problem with you choosing geography as your fourth.

    Hope this helps somewhat!
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    Going just on what each school is offering, I'd say go for the one that is offering 4 AS levels and EPQ. Taking 4 AS' means that you have less pressure to succeed in all of them in Year 12 ie you can drop your worst subject after AS. If you only take three AS Levels there's no wriggle room after your results come back. PLUS doing the linear AS' is reassuring after year 12 because if you don't do as well as hoped then you know which ones you properly have to work for.

    As for your subject choices, this (https://www.themedicportal.com/appli...o-be-a-doctor/) site suggests that for the vast majority of medical courses you only need chemistry and biology. PLUS maths is also looked upon favourably for medicine courses. I'd suggest taking geography: you enjoy it more so you'll probably put more effort into it, plus the jump between GCSE and A Level physics is honestly huge - I have loads of friends who got A*s in physics at GCSE but really struggled in year 12 and ended up dropping it. As you have 3 a levels that are fab for medicine, I don't think there's any problem with you choosing geography as your fourth.

    Hope this helps somewhat!
    Thx a lot man it really helps :-)
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    (Original post by GcSe KiD)
    Hi,
    So i'm a student in year 11 that is going to choose options for a-level. I've applied to 2 sixth form - my school's sixth form offers 3 subjects - im choosing Biology , Chemistry and Maths. In the other sixth form they offer 4 subjects + EPQ. I plan to take maths, biology , chemistry and physics if i go there. But the thing is that i hate physics so much even though im good at it. I currently get a*-a's in my GCSE end of topic tests for physics but once again i hate it. Id rather choose geography instead of physics which im also quite good at. But i aim to take medicine at oxford, birmingham or london imperial or any other russell group university. My main question is considering my desired course and uni, since only chemistry is essential for medicine, do you guys think it matters if i do physics or geography? And the second question is, is it worth going to the sixth form with more options?
    Thx:-) sorry if you get confused
    Bio, chem and one other subject is fine for all med schools bar Cambridge. With maths, as you have, you meet the requirements for all med schools.

    For Oxford specifically, there is no benefit to taking 4 sciences or physics as evidenced by their own data. The only minor downside is that you would need to revise a little more for the BMAT (which has GCSE level physics in it).

    No particular benefit is associated with taking more A-levels. The most important thing by far is ensuring you get AAA (or higher for some e.g. Oxford).
 
 
 
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