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I'm about to start my A-Levels and I'm considering going into medicine in the future - ideally a surgeon (orthopaedic or cardiothoracic). I'm completely sure I'll choose Biology as an A-Level but I've heard Chemistry seems to be favoured in universities for a medicine course, alongside Maths. I was average in both Maths and Chemistry (roughly a B/A grade) during GCSE's and I'm not too keen on doing either of them, but I'll do it for that opportunity.

I've also taken a deep interest with Psychology, although I doubt it'll help with those surgeon specialisations. Would Physics give me a better chance?

I'm so far considering Biology, Chemistry, Physics and perhaps Maths as a fourth A-Level but I'm pretty sure I'd crumble under the workload and stress of those four A-Level subjects.

Would Maths be mandatory? (I would rather not take it, in all honesty). What are the best subjects for Medicine and what specific grades would I need to get for those?
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bio and chem MUST ...

maths/phys is a better choice than psychology for medicine..i'd say do maths.
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I'm about to start my A-Levels and I'm considering going into medicine in the future - ideally a surgeon (orthopaedic or cardiothoracic). I'm completely sure I'll choose Biology as an A-Level but I've heard Chemistry seems to be favoured in universities for a medicine course, alongside Maths. I was average in both Maths and Chemistry (roughly a B/A grade) during GCSE's and I'm not too keen on doing either of them, but I'll do it for that opportunity.

I've also taken a deep interest with Psychology, although I doubt it'll help with those surgeon specialisations. Would Physics give me a better chance?

I'm so far considering Biology, Chemistry, Physics and perhaps Maths as a fourth A-Level but I'm pretty sure I'd crumble under the workload and stress of those four A-Level subjects.

Would Maths be mandatory? (I would rather not take it, in all honesty). What are the best subjects for Medicine and what specific grades would I need to get for those?
Chemistry is an absolute must. As is biology for 99% of courses.

Personally I did biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.

Informed Choices suggest the following:

Medicine
ESSENTIAL ADVANCED LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS

If you do Chemistry, Biology and one from Mathematics or Physics you will keep all the medical schools open to you. If you do Chemistry and Biology you will keep open the vast majority. If you do Chemistry and one from Mathematics and Physics you will limit your range of choices much more.

USEFUL ADVANCED LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS

Further Mathematics or a contrasting (non-science) subject, Computing/ Computer Science.
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Chemistry is an absolute must. As is biology for 99% of courses.

Personally I did biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.

Informed Choices suggest the following:
adding to the informed choices thing, doing chem bio and maths not only keeps all medicine options open but also pretty much every other subject should you change your mind - economics, a few engineering courses(many require physics), compsci, and all humanities courses (although these might seem difficult having done no essay based subjects at A-level)
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I'm about to start my A-Levels and I'm considering going into medicine in the future - ideally a surgeon (orthopaedic or cardiothoracic). I'm completely sure I'll choose Biology as an A-Level but I've heard Chemistry seems to be favoured in universities for a medicine course, alongside Maths. I was average in both Maths and Chemistry (roughly a B/A grade) during GCSE's and I'm not too keen on doing either of them, but I'll do it for that opportunity.

I've also taken a deep interest with Psychology, although I doubt it'll help with those surgeon specialisations. Would Physics give me a better chance?

I'm so far considering Biology, Chemistry, Physics and perhaps Maths as a fourth A-Level but I'm pretty sure I'd crumble under the workload and stress of those four A-Level subjects.

Would Maths be mandatory? (I would rather not take it, in all honesty). What are the best subjects for Medicine and what specific grades would I need to get for those?
Hiya you will have to do bio and chem unfortunately if you want a plethora of medschools to chose from. BUT my strong strong advice to you is if maths isn't necessarily your strong suit DO NOT take it rather pick a subject you're good at and know you'll most like do well in! This allows you to put a lot of effort into bio and chem when ever complications arise
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I do bio, chem, maths and physics.
My advice would be to definitely do biology and chemistry, there's now way around it. As for you being "average" in chemistry I'd say just immerse yourself in the subject and try enjoy it as much as possible!

Physics kind of requires maths to some degree, particularly at A2, so I'd say maths.

And doing all 4 subjects is tough, but if you really want it to work you can make it work.
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Hiya you will have to do bio and chem unfortunately if you want a plethora of medschools to chose from. BUT my strong strong advice to you is if maths isn't necessarily your strong suit DO NOT take it rather pick a subject you're good at and know you'll most like do well in! This allows you to put a lot of effort into bio and chem when ever complications arise
So true I hate maths and want to do Medicine so chose biology chemistry and law
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You have to do biology and chemistry.

To keep open the option of EVERY medical school you need to do one other of physics or maths - if you think you can't handle four A levels, do maths (as physics without maths will be very difficult, particularly if you're not amazing at maths already).

Don't do psychology unless you're already doing biology, chemistry and maths - psychology is considered a humanity, not a science.

I know doing four A levels may sound like a lot - but to be brutally honest, so is the workload of a doctor. If you think you'd "crumble" under four subjects, maybe reconsider the realities of this career (I mean this in the nicest way possible, just want to make sure you're sure about this!).
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I'm about to start my A-Levels and I'm considering going into medicine in the future - ideally a surgeon (orthopaedic or cardiothoracic). I'm completely sure I'll choose Biology as an A-Level but I've heard Chemistry seems to be favoured in universities for a medicine course, alongside Maths. I was average in both Maths and Chemistry (roughly a B/A grade) during GCSE's and I'm not too keen on doing either of them, but I'll do it for that opportunity.

I've also taken a deep interest with Psychology, although I doubt it'll help with those surgeon specialisations. Would Physics give me a better chance?

I'm so far considering Biology, Chemistry, Physics and perhaps Maths as a fourth A-Level but I'm pretty sure I'd crumble under the workload and stress of those four A-Level subjects.

Would Maths be mandatory? (I would rather not take it, in all honesty). What are the best subjects for Medicine and what specific grades would I need to get for those?
Hi there!

Most medical schools require Chemistry and Biology, but outside of this the third A-Level is your choice - though many ask that you choose another academic subject, so Physics or Maths would be fine. Out of the two, our best advice would be to go with Physics if you'd rather not take Maths!

You can also find out which subjects are required by different medical schools on our What A-Levels do you need to be a doctor? page.

Hope this helps!
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you definitely need chemistry and biology nearly all universities need you to do chemistry and biology and you need to get an overall of atleast A* A A at the end of alevels
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A* A A is the requirements for oxford , kings college and many others - other unis such as university of leicester which is less known for a medicine degree only ask for A A A but you NEED bio and chem
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dont pick maths - pick a lighter subject to reduce the workload
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Biology and Chemistry are absolutely mandatory.

I know a girl who did these two subjects plus Psychology, and got an offer from Oxford. However, I think Maths would compliment the subjects best - check which specification of Chemistry your school does, because some specifications are more heavily maths based than others (and therefore it may be more to your benefit to do Maths as your third subject.)
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bio and chem MUST ...

maths/phys is a better choice than psychology for medicine..i'd say do maths.
Thank you for answering! I've chosen Biology, Chemistry and Maths for sixth form, will be starting soon! 😊
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Do you have any tips for juggling the workload with those subjects, except further maths, of course? 😊
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Hiya you will have to do bio and chem unfortunately if you want a plethora of medschools to chose from. BUT my strong strong advice to you is if maths isn't necessarily your strong suit DO NOT take it rather pick a subject you're good at and know you'll most like do well in! This allows you to put a lot of effort into bio and chem when ever complications arise
Funnily enough, maths was one of my highest results! 😂 Thank you for the advice!
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You have to do biology and chemistry.

To keep open the option of EVERY medical school you need to do one other of physics or maths - if you think you can't handle four A levels, do maths (as physics without maths will be very difficult, particularly if you're not amazing at maths already).

Don't do psychology unless you're already doing biology, chemistry and maths - psychology is considered a humanity, not a science.

I know doing four A levels may sound like a lot - but to be brutally honest, so is the workload of a doctor. If you think you'd "crumble" under four subjects, maybe reconsider the realities of this career (I mean this in the nicest way possible, just want to make sure you're sure about this!).
That's completely understandable, yet I'm just a little worried since most of my friends who have taken four subjects in sixth form ended up dropping one. Better safe than sorry, I suppose. Nonetheless, I ended up taking three, thanks for the answer 😊
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I do bio, chem, maths and physics.
My advice would be to definitely do biology and chemistry, there's now way around it. As for you being "average" in chemistry I'd say just immerse yourself in the subject and try enjoy it as much as possible!

Physics kind of requires maths to some degree, particularly at A2, so I'd say maths.

And doing all 4 subjects is tough, but if you really want it to work you can make it work.
Hello Sir,
I'm planning to do medicine in the future, and I have just started year 12 (AS-levels),
I want to take the same subjects as you did but was advised not to do so by my parents and principle, as they say it will be too heavy a workload. Until now, I found them to not be as hard as I was told, and I think I will be able to manage my AS-levels.
My question to you is, will year 13 (A-2) be that big a jump and will the work load increase a lot from AS??
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Hello Sir,
I'm planning to do medicine in the future, and I have just started year 12 (AS-levels),
I want to take the same subjects as you did but was advised not to do so by my parents and principle, as they say it will be too heavy a workload. Until now, I found them to not be as hard as I was told, and I think I will be able to manage my AS-levels.
My question to you is, will year 13 (A-2) be that big a jump and will the work load increase a lot from AS??
I have just completed my first week of A2 so it's hard to say.

It is true there will be more content, and harder content, but I am not put off by this. Ultimately you know that the subjects require a lot of work, and if you put the time in, you'll get the grades you need.
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It would be better to do a subject different to all sciences, if you don't want to do maths you could always go for an easier one? It is the fourth subject afterall...
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