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I didn't take biology for A level but I want to study medicine. I'm currently taking physics chemistry and maths in my first year. I'm not sure whether it would be a good idea to try and do biology in the background as a fourth a level, and only do As maths instead? I think that I could catch up with the biology but I'm not sure if it really needed? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
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It would be very helpful yes.
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(Original post by mynameisjoe775)
I didn't take biology for A level but I want to study medicine. I'm currently taking physics chemistry and maths in my first year. I'm not sure whether it would be a good idea to try and do biology in the background as a fourth a level, and only do As maths instead? I think that I could catch up with the biology but I'm not sure if it really needed? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
I think it's a good idea since you have no exams in the first year. So you can still catch up with the rest of your year.

Quite a few medschools want biology.

I would recommend dropping physics over maths as maths is helpful in complementing physics.
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I was in the same position and wasn't studying Biology at AS. I decided to drop Psychology after AS and do Biology in one year at A2. It's hard but not impossible and you really need Bio to do Medicine. I am now doing Maths, Chem & Biology at A2.


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Hi,

Hopefully, I can speak from my own experience of having done biology at A level, having studied medicine, and being a specialist biology tutor for entry into medicine (sorry sounds big-headed, doesn't it? ).

My view is that, yes, you should take up biology for your A2 exams for these reasons:-
1. Quite a few good medical schools require biology A level.
2. A background knowledge in biology will make it much easier to pick up the subjects you study in medicine (depending on the style of the syllabus and method of delivery, you will at some stage cover Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Cytology, Histology, Medical Psychology, etc. [the so-called Basic Medical Sciences that were taught in the first two years when I trained] and you get a glimpse of these in A level biology, so you will be climbing the second rung of the ladder after climbing the first, instead of climbing this 2nd rung from the ground.
3. A level biology, if approached in the way I recommend my students to learn it, is a very easy subject, especialy with the introduction of structured Qs several years ago, so you should get a very good grade if you put your mind to it.
4. There are some v gd websites and books that can streamline your progress.

As far as the subject to drop after AS year is concerned, I would drop either Physics or Maths, whichever you expect to get a lower grade in, as most unis look at the grade of the third A level subject rather than its identity.

Best of luck!

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