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    I am planning on choosing biology an chemistry A-Level, and english and physics intermediates (dunno if they are done in the UK - these are basically somewhere between the GCSE and A-Level).

    I need another intermediate, and I am torn between psychology and philosophy. I am planning on studying medicine after sixth form, if that will be of any help.

    Which subject do you think will be most useful? And, more importantly, what do these subjects consist of? What are their respective pros and cons?


    Both will be extremely useful. I took both at A level but would say I enjoyed philosophy marginally more.

    Some psychology background will always be useful if you are wanting to pursue medicine. Whilst philosophy usually involves some ethics concepts which will be helpful also.
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    Where are you applying to/from? The only reference to Intermediates I can find is in the Scottish framework, which I'm not hugely familiar with, however...

    A few medical schools in England require three Advanced Highers, rather than just two, and most of the others that require two Advanced Highers require four Highers as well (typically the two you took to Advanced Higher and two others). All require 3 full A-levels if taking A-levels.

    In Scotland, you are required to have at least 4 Highers, normally 5 it seems, in S5. Edinburgh requires two Advanced Highers and a further Higher after doing the usual 5 Highers in S5, and St Andrews requires 3 Highers or Advanced Highers in S6.

    In either case I've not seen any indication of Intermediates being accepted or used for such applications and no combination of lower level qualifications can ameliorate this to my knowledge. It also bears noting that, in both cases, further sciences (physics and maths) are usually deemed most useful or preferable, although few require this outright.

    Either would be useful. Look at the specifications for your course and have a look at the content and see what would be of more use to you. You're given a couple of weeks to switch i think anyways but do check that this is the case

    I don't know what level of difficulty philosophy as an intermediate would be but as an A level philosophy student I would not advice you to pick it. I also study bio and chem and find it to be the most challenging. However it is quite interesting but can be very hard to grasp and frustrating at times
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