I Just started year 11 and I have to choose my A-levels relatively soon. I know that i want to study medicine at a uni like Cambridge, Oxford or Edinburgh. I'm for sure going to take Biology, Chemistry and Maths but for my fourth subject I'm trying to decide between Physics and Government Politics.
I personally want to take GovPol and thought that it would be fine as I'm already taking 3 science subjects, and no universities say that you gain an advantage by taking 4. However, some teachers are saying that I might have a disadvantage by not taking physics when it comes to medical school applications.
I understand how bio/chem applies to medicine but I don't get how taking physics instead of GovPol would give me better chances. I'm honestly not sure that i would be able to do physics at a-level - not because i couldn't complete the course- because i don't really find it that interesting. Is GovPol a subject which would be looked at as a 'soft' a-level or would it be just as respected as an extra science? and would I be at a real disadvantage if I didnt take 4 sciences?
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- Thread Starter
- 20-10-2017 10:50
- 20-10-2017 12:13
If you're thinking Oxbridge then you will have to sit the BMAT which requires physics knowledge. It will really help you to study physics at A level as although the actual content of the BMAT isn't that difficult it is very time consuming. Having more experience with physics will give you an advantage so if you're set on Oxbridge then I'd go with physics as the essay section of the BMAT is relatively straightforward to prepare for. However, if you just want to get into medicine then do what you actually want. I think GovPolitics may be considered "soft"? However it's really about motivation and whether you'd be happy with the outcome. Also medical schools like to see a non-science A level and it will provide a useful skill late in life.