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    Hi, I'm thinking of applying to Medicine for 2018 entry but I'm still trying to make up my mind. My route into Medicine will be slightly different as I am doing the wrong A Levels - Biology, Psychology and Geography.

    I've been largely looking at pre med years and foundation courses (6 years rather than 5 years) but I came across Newcastle's A100 normal course not requiring Chemistry. Their A Level eligibility is "AAA at A level. Subjects include Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level."

    I was quite confused by this so emailed the Uni as I wanted to know how many people actually apply without Chemistry and they didn't really answer my question but said that my A Level combination is completely fine for this course.

    I'm kinda shocked! Isn't the Medicine course really Chemistry heavy? And if I did apply to this course, wouldn't I be the odd one out/only one that didn't do Chemistry and therefore struggle?

    I'm just a little confused about what I should be doing at the moment I'm in Year 12 btw.

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by romansholiday)
    Hi, I'm thinking of applying to Medicine for 2018 entry but I'm still trying to make up my mind. My route into Medicine will be slightly different as I am doing the wrong A Levels - Biology, Psychology and Geography.

    I've been largely looking at pre med years and foundation courses (6 years rather than 5 years) but I came across Newcastle's A100 normal course not requiring Chemistry. Their A Level eligibility is "AAA at A level. Subjects include Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level."

    I was quite confused by this so emailed the Uni as I wanted to know how many people actually apply without Chemistry and they didn't really answer my question but said that my A Level combination is completely fine for this course.

    I'm kinda shocked! Isn't the Medicine course really Chemistry heavy? And if I did apply to this course, wouldn't I be the odd one out/only one that didn't do Chemistry and therefore struggle?

    I'm just a little confused about what I should be doing at the moment I'm in Year 12 btw.

    Thanks in advance
    I personally don't think that studying chemistry helped me at all studying medicine! Quite a few graduates come into medicine without a chemistry (or science) background and they do fine.

    What do you mean that you're confused about what you should be doing?
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    (Original post by romansholiday)
    Hi, I'm thinking of applying to Medicine for 2018 entry but I'm still trying to make up my mind. My route into Medicine will be slightly different as I am doing the wrong A Levels - Biology, Psychology and Geography.

    I've been largely looking at pre med years and foundation courses (6 years rather than 5 years) but I came across Newcastle's A100 normal course not requiring Chemistry. Their A Level eligibility is "AAA at A level. Subjects include Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level."

    I was quite confused by this so emailed the Uni as I wanted to know how many people actually apply without Chemistry and they didn't really answer my question but said that my A Level combination is completely fine for this course.

    I'm kinda shocked! Isn't the Medicine course really Chemistry heavy? And if I did apply to this course, wouldn't I be the odd one out/only one that didn't do Chemistry and therefore struggle?

    I'm just a little confused about what I should be doing at the moment I'm in Year 12 btw.

    Thanks in advance
    If you have good grades and a good UKCAT, I don't see why not.
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    (Original post by wolfmoon88)
    You'll be at a severe disadvantage if you don't have Chemistry in terms of coursework and admissions but if you have good grades and a good UKCAT, I don't see why not.
    You really won't. It's beyond irrelevant to medical school and being a doctor.
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    You really won't. It's beyond irrelevant to medical school and being a doctor.
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    (Original post by romansholiday)
    Hi, I'm thinking of applying to Medicine for 2018 entry but I'm still trying to make up my mind. My route into Medicine will be slightly different as I am doing the wrong A Levels - Biology, Psychology and Geography.

    I've been largely looking at pre med years and foundation courses (6 years rather than 5 years) but I came across Newcastle's A100 normal course not requiring Chemistry. Their A Level eligibility is "AAA at A level. Subjects include Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level."

    I was quite confused by this so emailed the Uni as I wanted to know how many people actually apply without Chemistry and they didn't really answer my question but said that my A Level combination is completely fine for this course.

    I'm kinda shocked! Isn't the Medicine course really Chemistry heavy? And if I did apply to this course, wouldn't I be the odd one out/only one that didn't do Chemistry and therefore struggle?

    I'm just a little confused about what I should be doing at the moment I'm in Year 12 btw.

    Thanks in advance
    Seems fine imo.

    But quite a few (if not most) will have chemistry as a requirement so you may be kinda limited in choices.
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    I personally don't think that studying chemistry helped me at all studying medicine! Quite a few graduates come into medicine without a chemistry (or science) background and they do fine.

    What do you mean that you're confused about what you should be doing?
    I'm really not sure if I want to go into Medicine for a few reasons. My family really aren't encouraging me into it, even discouraging me because they probably think I'll work myself up about it and flop A Levels/not get into Uni. Also, because I don't do Chemistry, I'll have to do a 6 year course or possibly this Newcastle course - This could provide financial issues and I may be at a disadvantage with no Chemistry at A Level...

    I really do doubt myself a lot, and it's partly the reason I didn't do Chemistry at A Level because I feared I would flop it, even though I'm pretty good at it. Also, my GCSEs are 2 A*s 8 As 1 B which I've heard is under average for Medicine!

    I don't want to regret not pushing myself and taking risks but at the same time I don't want to struggle through A Levels because of the pressures of Medicine application process and then not even get an offer/place! Basically I have no idea what to do. I may still do the UKCAT this Summer just to see how I do and take it from there...
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    Seems fine imo.

    But quite a few (if not most) will have chemistry as a requirement so you may be kinda limited in choices.
    Yeah, Newcastle is the only A100 course I've seen where Chemistry is not essential but I've heard others like UEA and Durham don't either. That's why I feel I'm gonna have to go with a preliminary/foundation year course.
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    (Original post by Democracy)
    You really won't. It's beyond irrelevant to medical school and being a doctor.
    So is a Medicine degree largely Biology based? I've always heard it was heavy on Chemistry but maybe I'm wrong.
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    I personally don't think that studying chemistry helped me at all studying medicine! Quite a few graduates come into medicine without a chemistry (or science) background and they do fine.

    What do you mean that you're confused about what you should be doing?
    So when does Chemistry actually come into the course? And when the Chemistry stuff came up did they explain it for those that maybe didn't do it at A Level?

    I'm guessing Medicine is extremely Biology heavy rather than Chemistry then.
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    (Original post by romansholiday)
    Yeah, Newcastle is the only A100 course I've seen where Chemistry is not essential but I've heard others like UEA and Durham don't either. That's why I feel I'm gonna have to go with a preliminary/foundation year course.
    Not trying to put you down but Newcastle is super competitive! You're UKCAT needs to be top 10% (maybe a little higher) and then you need to smash the interview.

    I know this sounds a little crazy, but have you thought of just taking up chemistry as a fourth subject? It's February now so you haven't exactly missed THAT much, at least not so much you won't be able to catch up on.

    And the timing is perfect too since you won't have any AS exams.
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    (Original post by romansholiday)
    So is a Medicine degree largely Biology based? I've always heard it was heavy on Chemistry but maybe I'm wrong.
    It is largely medicine based

    The first couple of years of a medical degree involves learning a substantial amount of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. This does involve studying various aspects of human biology, but not in the same way that people on a human biology degree study biology. It is clinically oriented and vocational - they are training you to be a doctor, not an experimental scientist.

    You will also study psychology, sociology, communication skills, medical law/ethics, etc.

    And then after that you're sent to various hospitals and clinics for three years, which is more like an apprenticeship than a traditional degree.

    The one thing that absolutely does not come up is pure chemistry.
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    (Original post by romansholiday)
    So when does Chemistry actually come into the course? And when the Chemistry stuff came up did they explain it for those that maybe didn't do it at A Level?

    I'm guessing Medicine is extremely Biology heavy rather than Chemistry then.
    At the very beginning. But it's not *major* part of the course.
    As Democracy said, medicine is medicine based. Some stuff from A levels are useful in 1st term, but even then the lecturers repeat the A level content so you won't be struggling too much. You may have to study more, but then 2nd year onward almost everything is new and not A levels related.

    As to your doubts,
    medicine is a hard degree and even those who truly want to be doctors find themselves doubting their choice of career. If you don't have that inner feeling that medicine is what you want, I'd suggest you consider other careers.
 
 
 
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