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    I am currently in year 11, thinking about which A-levels I should take. I am very fluent in mathematics, so would like to do maths and further maths at A-Level. But I am unsure as to what else? I like all of the sciences and an epq on something about maths is an option. What combination of these should I do, and what will be the best for my future?
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    Physics and computer science are usually good subjects if you enjoy maths.
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    It all depends on what you want to do at uni really, you said you’re good at maths so physics is an option there, but you could always do chemistry and go into something chemical related? But if you want to go on and do maths at uni then go for physics 👍🏼
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    (Original post by loginrunner)
    Physics and computer science are usually good subjects if you enjoy maths.
    Thank you, but isn't computer science mainly coursework?
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    (Original post by Daniel100499)
    It all depends on what you want to do at uni really, you said you’re good at maths so physics is an option there, but you could always do chemistry and go into something chemical related? But if you want to go on and do maths at uni then go for physics 👍🏼
    👍 What would be the best option if I was to become a GP?
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    I’m putting down fm, maths and physics on mine, because they go well if you’re maths proficient, so maybe that’s helpful?
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    (Original post by wflaherty_)
    Thank you, but isn't computer science mainly coursework?
    Yeah there is a bit of coursework, so if that's not your thing it may not be for you, if you want to be a GP I think chemistry or biology could also be good options.
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    Physics and Chemistry open most course options to you - anything in the Physical Sciences or Engineering, and a few bioscience oriented courses that only require chemistry (including some medicine courses).

    An EPQ is only worthwhile if you have something specific you want to explore - it's a vehicle for you to do your own research into areas of interest, not "another qualification" to tack on to an application.
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    (Original post by wflaherty_)
    Thank you, but isn't computer science mainly coursework?
    I did compsci at GCSE and it was 60 percent coursework. But in order to do the CW you have to know the theory.

    I think Physics is a good option if you like Maths & Science. If you were going to go for another science, I would go for Chem over Biology. It’s more mathematical and goes well with physics.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Physics and Chemistry open most course options to you - anything in the Physical Sciences or Engineering, and a few bioscience oriented courses that only require chemistry (including some medicine courses).

    An EPQ is only worthwhile if you have something specific you want to explore - it's a vehicle for you to do your own research into areas of interest, not "another qualification" to tack on to an application.
    Thanks for clarifying the epq
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    (Original post by wflaherty_)
    👍 What would be the best option if I was to become a GP?
    To be a GP you need to study medicine, and strangely enough you don’t need biology to do medicine (although it is a massive advantage) Chemistry is essential as all universities require it, so you could possibly get in with maths, further, and Chem.
    I’m applying to medicine this year and I’m doing maths, chem, and biology.
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    (Original post by wflaherty_)
    Thanks for clarifying the epq
    To be clear, I'm not saying an EPQ isn't worth it - it's just, do you have something you want to explore, or are you just thinking "I'll do something related to, I don't know, black holes?" - the latter tends to backfire as you'll often struggle to find a topic appropriate to the level expected by the EPQ and may find yourself disappointed in and not enjoying the process as a result (and quite possibly, getting a lower grade than hoped for).

    However don't discount the additional workload of two science subjects and double maths - if you know you have no interest in biosciences, or non STEM courses, then there is no harm in "only" doing Physics and double maths for example, as that's perfectly acceptable for Physics and almost all Engineering disciplines. However it's mainly that there are some non-STEM courses which don't consider this broad enough (for example Economics at LSE, Law at some universities, etc) and it pretty much categorically rules out biosciences (and medicine) as an option.
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    (Original post by Daniel100499)
    To be a GP you need to study medicine, and strangely enough you don’t need biology to do medicine (although it is a massive advantage) Chemistry is essential as all universities require it, so you could possibly get in with maths, further, and Chem.
    I’m applying to medicine this year and I’m doing maths, chem, and biology.
    Good luck!!!
 
 
 
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