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Okay so I’m probably going to sound a bit dumb by asking this but I’m really curious. I want to do a level math, f math, phy and chem so I was looking at possible degree options... wasn’t expecting medicine to be there. I know some places require biology but a lot of the top universities only require chemistry and another science/maths. It’ll probably be really obvious but why is chemistry more important? If I did decide to do medicine would I be massively behind after only having done biology at gcse?
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I’ve often seen it specified that if Biology wasn’t done to A2 it had to be taken at AS level, but that was a sneaky way of specifying it needed to be there. I don’t know why it’s sometimes not specified - personally I think it would be essential.
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In my experience, chemistry is required since it has difficult concepts which are telling of a student's ability to cope with medicine. The biology content of the A Level is usually taught again in the medicine course so having biology isn't too important.
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(Original post by Emma0603ii)
Okay so I’m probably going to sound a bit dumb by asking this but I’m really curious. I want to do a level math, f math, phy and chem so I was looking at possible degree options... wasn’t expecting medicine to be there. I know some places require biology but a lot of the top universities only require chemistry and another science/maths. It’ll probably be really obvious but why is chemistry more important? If I did decide to do medicine would I be massively behind after only having done biology at gcse?
Medicine entry requirements are weird basically. There is no pure chemistry in the degree yet it is a requirement at most medical schools, meanwhile biology which does feature more significantly is not a universal requirement. So yeah, it's weird.

You wouldn't be massively behind without biology (or chemistry) since you will be taught everything you need to know from scratch. That said, having biology A level would give you greater familiarity with much of what is taught and would widen the range of med schools which you can apply to.

If you know you want to do medicine you should take both biology and chemistry. Most (?all) medical schools don't count further maths as a separate subject so there's no real benefit to taking it. There's also no benefit in doing four A levels.
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Medicine entry requirements are weird basically. There is no pure chemistry in the degree yet it is a requirement at most medical schools, meanwhile biology which does feature more significantly is not a universal requirement. So yeah, it's weird.

You wouldn't be massively behind without biology (or chemistry) since you will be taught everything you need to know from scratch. That said, having biology A level would give you greater familiarity with much of what is taught and would widen the range of med schools which you can apply to.

If you know you want to do medicine you should take both biology and chemistry. Most (?all) medical schools don't count further maths as a separate subject so there's no real benefit to taking it. There's also no benefit in doing four A levels.
Thanks for the clarification, I’m not set on doing medicine- in fact I currently am looking at maths. It’s just I was wondering what courses would be available and sounded interesting to me if I wanted to to take a science based subject at uni. I was checking to see that I wasn’t limiting myself to a few courses at uni. Therefore, even though medicine interests me, I’m not sure wether to take the jump and swap biology for further maths incase I do decide to peruse maths. Then if I did decide I wanted to do medicine or something similar I would still have a chance of doing it for uni, whereas f maths is a requirement to study maths at the higher universities
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