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Is chemistry NEEDED for biology a level? As in Is Chemistry needed in order to achieve higher?? Also to be an immunologist do I NEED chemistry as an alevel??
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If you want to be an immunologist you’ll need to have a medical degree, then do your foundation years and start the route to specialising. For the vast majority of medical degrees in the UK, you need both Chemistry and Biology at A-level. So if you want to be an immunologist then yes you’ll need both.

In terms of helping with Biology, only to a small extent, and it’s nothing you couldn’t cope with if you had a decent Chemistry GCSE grade. Both Chemistry and Biology have a little bit of overlap with each other, but it’s quite minimal.
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If you want to be an immunologist you’ll need to have a medical degree, then do your foundation years and start the route to specialising. For the vast majority of medical degrees in the UK, you need both Chemistry and Biology at A-level. So if you want to be an immunologist then yes you’ll need both.

In terms of helping with Biology, only to a small extent, and it’s nothing you couldn’t cope with if you had a decent Chemistry GCSE grade. Both Chemistry and Biology have a little bit of overlap with each other, but it’s quite minimal.
Oh are you sure I need to do medicine first?? As I looked on UCAS and it says it’s a undergraduate course not a PhD??
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If you want to be an immunologist you’ll need to have a medical degree, then do your foundation years and start the route to specialising. For the vast majority of medical degrees in the UK, you need both Chemistry and Biology at A-level. So if you want to be an immunologist then yes you’ll need both.

In terms of helping with Biology, only to a small extent, and it’s nothing you couldn’t cope with if you had a decent Chemistry GCSE grade. Both Chemistry and Biology have a little bit of overlap with each other, but it’s quite minimal.
It also only mentions a levels not a medicine degree on the website but like I said I could be wrong
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It also only mentions a levels not a medicine degree on the website but like I said I could be wrong
Ah so you want to do an undergraduate immunology course. That’s different. Generally, an “immunologist” in the UK is a doctor who has specialised in immunology i.e. treating diseases/illnesses of the immune system. With a degree in immunology, you wouldn’t be an immunology per se, it’s much the same as having an undergrad degree in Biology, Biological sciences etc. Of course then you could go on to a Master’s or PhD and further specialise in immunology, but a scientist working in immunology is different from an immunologist.

Saying that, you’ll likely need at least two sciences from Biology, Chemistry and Physics to do an undergrad immunology BSc. Even if these entry requirements aren’t stated, it puts you in better light when applying and it makes sense, seen as you’d be going on to degree level science. I’d still take both Biology and Chemistry - so long as you think you can do well in both. Hope that helps
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Ah so you want to do an undergraduate immunology course. That’s different. Generally, an “immunologist” in the UK is a doctor who has specialised in immunology i.e. treating diseases/illnesses of the immune system. With a degree in immunology, you wouldn’t be an immunology per se, it’s much the same as having an undergrad degree in Biology, Biological sciences etc. Of course then you could go on to a Master’s or PhD and further specialise in immunology, but a scientist working in immunology is different from an immunologist.

Saying that, you’ll likely need at least two sciences from Biology, Chemistry and Physics to do an undergrad immunology BSc. Even if these entry requirements aren’t stated, it puts you in better light when applying and it makes sense, seen as you’d be going on to degree level science. I’d still take both Biology and Chemistry - so long as you think you can do well in both. Hope that helps
Thankyou so much for that!! Wait so I want to work in a children’s hospital and be like in a room where appointments are made and you tell them their diagnosis etc. I’m so sorry if I’m not explaining this right, so what’s the difference in pay and actual job wise of an immunologist and immunology?? Thankyou so much for your help!!
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