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So I just got my gcse results today and need to enroll tomorrow for a levels. I am not fully sure what I want to do in the future but im thinking more of the medicine maybe biochemistry sort of route. If you kinda get the idea of what Im looking at. Anyway i see that most universities require biology, chemistry and one other a level so im struggling whether to do maths or physics. I like the idea of physics more than maths although I am good at both but Im thinking, can I do a level physics without a level maths or would I struggle with it? Also which do you think would be more beneficial to me? Please help!
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For the type of route you’re looking at they are valued pretty equally. I know people who are starting medicine who did both and they ended up preferring maths. But it’s totally subjective and up to you. Enjoying a subject really helps when it comes to studying so maybe physics. Also do your research on the courses you are possibly looking at and double check that they don’t specify either before you confirm
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Physics is structured so that you don't need A-level maths. Your physics textbook may contain chapters on the maths relevant to physics - the AQA one definitely does.
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I would suggest Maths simply because A-level Physics without Maths doesn't really provide you with any useful background or skills for a career in the bio(medical) sciences - whereas doing more maths is always useful as far as the academic side of science and medicine are concerned. Professionally, for the science side of things it's also still useful - not having a basic background in calculus and statistics etc as in A-level Maths is just generally unusual. For the medical side of things, my impression is in the profession you won't use it much explicitly but having the background may give you a better intuition for some elements, although that probably varies considerably depending on what your specialty is (also it would be appropriate if you went into academic medicine).

Besides that, you can do Physics without Maths - the A-level Physics syllabus (to it's detriment) doesn't actually use much if any of the A-level Maths content, mostly working from GCSE Maths topics. However, someone doing Physics and Maths has the benefit of their mathematical abilities continually being used and reinforced, which then ensures their skills are suitably sharp for the relevant maths in the Physics side. You would not have this benefit without taking both, and so you would probably need to devote some additional time to practicing your maths alongside your other work to keep on top of things at the same level as your colleagues taking the pair. Therefore, you might find that is slightly more work to do Physics without Maths, than just doing Maths alone.

I would note for some courses (such as the majority of natural sciences courses, including at Cambridge) Maths is required or strongly preferred, even for bioscience emphases. This sort of follows what I've said about the fact in general, in any area of science, the more mathematically literate you are, the better a scientist you'll be...
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I would also suggest maths. I might even suggest both, although obviosuly you'd need to be confident your grades wouldn't suffer.

In terms of sciences broadly maths is just so useful. It underpins all of the physical sciences and is probably more useful for medicine/biochemistry too, and even biology.

I am also suggesting physics just because you sound uncertain and what if your interest in biochemistry morphs into an interest in physical chemistry or medical physics something like that - suddenly you'd want physics. And although you don't need maths for physics, there is a degree of overlap and it will help.But as mentioned, AAA >>> AABB.
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Okay thank you for your advice! I have decided that im going to go with maths after reading your responses and doing more research in studying in uni.
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