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    (Original post by Laatinah)
    I sort of have a problem choosing between biology and physics. Both are needed to apply for medicine so now I want to do both along with Mathematics and Chemistry at A level. Is 4 subjects recommended?
    Just a heads up, not taking biology would limit your choices of med schools by around half (source: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteColl...al-schools.pdf)

    Edit: 17 out of 31 med schools in the UK require biology at A-Level (or AS level minimum). Alphabetically, this includes:

    Brighton/Sussex

    Cardiff

    East Anglia

    Edinburgh (not compulsory but ‘preferred’)

    Exeter

    Hull/York

    Imperial

    King’s College London

    Lancaster

    Leicester

    Liverpool

    Nottingham

    Plymouth

    Southampton

    St George’s, London

    UCL
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    (Original post by Sacred Ground)
    You want to study medicine and it confuses you that medical schools prefer an A level in biology rather than physics? I'm not following


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    Yes because physics is the universal language of any science related course, apparently
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    (Original post by milkm4n)
    Just a heads up, not taking biology would limit your choices of med schools by around half (source: http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteColl...al-schools.pdf)
    Oh no. Just when I thought I could leave biology. More thinking to do now but thank you for this. It's very informative
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    (Original post by Laatinah)
    Yes because physics is the universal language of any science related course, apparently
    Well don't expect a great deal of physics in a medicine degree
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    (Original post by Laatinah)
    Oh no. Just when I thought I could leave physics. More thinking to do now but thank you for this. It's very informative
    I know it's frustrating, I was in your exact same shoes 2 years ago. I ended up doing biology, chemistry, physics and maths (despite not wanting to do biology since I didn't like it as much as the others). Having thought that, biology turned out still to be an interesting subject. Regarding doing 4 subjects, it's do-able but be cautious of the new A-level reforms; exams are now linearly assessed (all exams are taken in y13) so there's a bit more pressure at the end
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    (Original post by milkm4n)
    I know it's frustrating, I was in your exact same shoes 2 years ago. I ended up doing biology, chemistry, physics and maths (despite not wanting to do biology since I didn't like it as much as the others). Having thought that, biology turned out still to be an interesting subject. Regarding doing 4 subjects, it's do-able but be cautious of the new A-level reforms; exams are now linearly assessed (all exams are taken in y13) so there's a bit more pressure at the end
    For us we can take some exams in y12 but only if it is AS. So you did 4 subjects at y13?
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    (Original post by Laatinah)
    For us we can take some exams in y12 but only if it is AS. So you did 4 subjects at y12?
    Depending on your school, if you do AS exams in a subject and decide not to continue it to A2, you will still keep your AS qualification. With the new A-Level reforms, if you continue to A2, your AS qualification gets erased.

    In y12 I did 5 AS levels (bio, chem, physics, maths and further maths). In y13 I dropped further maths and picked up EPQ (meaning I still have that AS qualification in f.maths).
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    (Original post by milkm4n)
    Depending on your school, if you do AS exams in a subject and decide not to continue it to A2, you will still keep your AS qualification. With the new A-Level reforms, if you continue to A2, your AS qualification gets erased.

    In y12 I did 5 AS levels (bio, chem, physics, maths and further maths). In y13 I dropped further maths and picked up EPQ (meaning I still have that AS qualification in f.maths).
    Ok understood
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    (Original post by Sacred Ground)
    Universities rarely ask for 4, especially for medicine. Which universities are you talking about?
    Nm, I got that wrong, it was only Imperial that asked for 4.
 
 
 
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