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Hi guys.
I am a current biomedical science student and have just finished 1st year with a 1st. I am going to be applying for GEM in 2019 (if I graduate with a 2;1 or 1st.)
When I go back to university in September I'm going to start looking for work experience. My question is: should I privately sit A level chemistry in my second year at university? I have current A levels in biology, geography and psychology at grades A*AA but when I look at graduate medicine courses a lot of them require A level chemistry at grade A or B. So yeah... should I sit a level chemistry next year?

Thanks a lot for your time.
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No, don't bother.
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Thank you for replying horsedobbin. Is there any particular reason not to bother? My current degree includes a lot of chemistry but universities still seem to want an A level in chemistry
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Thank you for replying horsedobbin. Is there any particular reason not to bother? My current degree includes a lot of chemistry but universities still seem to want an A level in chemistry
You've just answered your own question. Your degree includes Chemistry so there's no point in taking a qualification at a lower level.
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You've just answered your own question. Your degree includes Chemistry so there's no point in taking a qualification at a lower level.
That's my question though. Do I need to sit a level chemistry despite my degree containing biochemistry, analytical chemistry etc. It is difficult to tell on some graduate medical courses
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That's my question though. Do I need to sit a level chemistry despite my degree containing biochemistry, analytical chemistry etc. It is difficult to tell on some graduate medical courses
Look at each individual medical school. If their requirements are a degree + specific A-levels, then you're gonna need those A-levels.

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Most unis will drop the requirement for A-level chem if they determine that your degree contains enough chemistry, email them to find out they might require you to send an out line of your modules. I applied to Newcastle, Southampton and Barts with no A-level chemistry.
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Hi guys.
I am a current biomedical science student and have just finished 1st year with a 1st. I am going to be applying for GEM in 2019 (if I graduate with a 2;1 or 1st.)
When I go back to university in September I'm going to start looking for work experience. My question is: should I privately sit A level chemistry in my second year at university? I have current A levels in biology, geography and psychology at grades A*AA but when I look at graduate medicine courses a lot of them require A level chemistry at grade A or B. So yeah... should I sit a level chemistry next year?

Thanks a lot for your time.
You don't need to do the A level chemistry for some universities. Have a look at this and scroll to GEM courses where they tell you exactly the A levels, if any, you need:
http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteColl...al-schools.pdf
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Most unis will drop the requirement for A-level chem if they determine that your degree contains enough chemistry, email them to find out they might require you to send an out line of your modules. I applied to Newcastle, Southampton and Barts with no A-level chemistry.
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You don't need to do the A level chemistry for some universities. Have a look at this and scroll to GEM courses where they tell you exactly the A levels, if any, you need:
http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteColl...al-schools.pdf
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Look at each individual medical school. If their requirements are a degree + specific A-levels, then you're gonna need those A-levels.

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Thank you all very much for the responses. The thing I am concerned about is whether universities not asking for A level chemistry but then giving preference to people with A level chemistry; are they allowed to do this? And am I narrowing my options my not sitting A level chemistry? I'm just wondering whether a level chemistry will be difficult after completing degree level chemistry
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Thank you all very much for the responses. The thing I am concerned about is whether universities not asking for A level chemistry but then giving preference to people with A level chemistry; are they allowed to do this? And am I narrowing my options my not sitting A level chemistry? I'm just wondering whether a level chemistry will be difficult after completing degree level chemistry
I don't think so. If it's not in their requirement, then I don't think it would be a problem.

You could always phone the universities to ask
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I would email them and ask.
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Thank you all very much for the responses. The thing I am concerned about is whether universities not asking for A level chemistry but then giving preference to people with A level chemistry; are they allowed to do this? And am I narrowing my options my not sitting A level chemistry? I'm just wondering whether a level chemistry will be difficult after completing degree level chemistry
From my experience you will not be disadvantaged by not having A level chemistry, there is no need to worry. You should just focus on getting a 1st and then smashing the UKCAT. I managed to get 4 interviews with no A levels at all.
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Hi guys.
I am a current biomedical science student and have just finished 1st year with a 1st. I am going to be applying for GEM in 2019 (if I graduate with a 2;1 or 1st.)
When I go back to university in September I'm going to start looking for work experience. My question is: should I privately sit A level chemistry in my second year at university? I have current A levels in biology, geography and psychology at grades A*AA but when I look at graduate medicine courses a lot of them require A level chemistry at grade A or B. So yeah... should I sit a level chemistry next year?

Thanks a lot for your time.
Hey. Congrats on getting a 1st in year 1. personally, I wouldn't bother as long as I was eligible to apply for 5/6-ish medical schools. Your grades do meet most medical schools. I would recommend emailing the medical schools you are interested in to be absolutely clear. Also, I advise you to ask them if they say ''no you don't require A-level chemistry'' if this will change in the 2019 cycle. On a last note- have you thought about applying to an undergraduate course as a graduate?
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From my experience you will not be disadvantaged by not having A level chemistry, there is no need to worry. You should just focus on getting a 1st and then smashing the UKCAT. I managed to get 4 interviews with no A levels at all.
Thank you very much for relying. Congratulations on your offers! I think I'll email medical schools to put my mind at ease.

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Hey. Congrats on getting a 1st in year 1. personally, I wouldn't bother as long as I was eligible to apply for 5/6-ish medical schools. Your grades do meet most medical schools. I would recommend emailing the medical schools you are interested in to be absolutely clear. Also, I advise you to ask them if they say ''no you don't require A-level chemistry'' if this will change in the 2019 cycle. On a last note- have you thought about applying to an undergraduate course as a graduate?
Thank you very much games211 for your help. I am going to see if there's 4 GEM courses that don't require A level chemistry to try and put my mind at ease, haha. I will email them about what you said too. Thanks! I haven't looked at undergraduate courses because to my knowledge I will have to self fund some of the course and I come from a poor background and none of my parents have gone to university / unemployed so they wouldn't be able to help me out with funding.
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Thank you all very much for the responses. The thing I am concerned about is whether universities not asking for A level chemistry but then giving preference to people with A level chemistry; are they allowed to do this? And am I narrowing my options my not sitting A level chemistry? I'm just wondering whether a level chemistry will be difficult after completing degree level chemistry
Hi,

I can't speak for other Unis but I can confirm that for Newcastle's A101 course your A Level subjects and grades won't have a bearing on your application

You can read more info here http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/d...ryrequirements

Good luck with your application!

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Hi,

I can't speak for other Unis but I can confirm that for Newcastle's A101 course your A Level subjects and grades won't have a bearing on your application

You can read more info here http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/d...ryrequirements

Good luck with your application!

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Hi Newcastle. Thanks a lot for the reassurance. You're definitely a university I will be applying to.
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Hi Newcastle. Thanks a lot for the reassurance. You're definitely a university I will be applying to.
No problem! If you have any other questions about Newcastle just let me know

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