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    Hi, my name is Daniel and I will start Year 12 in September 2018. When I went to my college interview, I have been noticed about the option of picking 3 A-Levels and the EPQ, instead of 4 A-Levels. In the future I would like to do medicine at university.
    My 4 A-Levels are: Biology, Chemistry Maths and Further Maths. If I was to do 3 A-Levels, I would only do Biology, Chemistry and Maths and the EPQ.

    What do you think? Which option would it be more beneficial?

    i think if you like maths a lot you should do the 4 a levels option, however, an EPQ will be more beneficial

    An extra A-Level is more valuable BUT it wouldn't do you much good if you don't get the grades you need to do medicine because you spread yourself out too thinly. My suggestion is to do the EPQ because you've probably heard that med applicants need to do a lot of work experience and all that and it'll just be easier for you to balance yourself out because your EPQ would probably be related to bio/chem.

    HOWEVER, it does depend on the person. If you know for sure that you want to do medicine and that has been your life-long goal (sorry, exaggeration ), then do the 3 A-levels and EPQ but if you're still slightly unsure and you know you could switch and do... say... Chemistry instead, then the 4 A-levels might let you be a bit more flexible.

    PS. I'm currently a Year 12 student (who is not doing medicine ) so I have no idea how useful my advice would be but I hope it helps
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    Further Maths isn't really useful if you're planning to apply to medicine (or biosciences generally). Unless you're considering the possibility of Maths/Chemistry/Economics/Computer Science at uni instead of Medicine it's irrelevant really.

    Take just the core 3, and then if you have some specific project in mind that you'd like to explore beyond the usual curriculum, take the EPQ. Both the EPQ and FM are otherwise at best a distraction from the core subjects you're doing which you need to do well (if not excel) in to meet the minimum criteria for medicine anyway if the above doesn't apply.
    • Thread Starter

    Thanks for your replies guys. I'll keep that in mind.

    As well you could use the EPQ to show genuine interest in medicine - if you really find an original topic you're interested in it could put you in a higher position without the stress of an extra A level in something you dont especially need for what you want ro do
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