Should an A Level in Medicine be made?

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There is A Level and GCSE in Law, Engineering, Accounting, etc.

Do you think that Medicine should be available for examination?

Any opinions? And why?
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Yea I think this would be a really good option, I did biology and chemistry at A level but I wasn’t interested in the stuff non medical related. Whilst I think it’s important to have a good understanding of a whole subject area, I learnt stuff I simply wasn’t interested in and didn’t need to know. I loved the look of the medical science BTEC but I didn’t want to do a BTEC.
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No. A Level Law isn’t necessary for Law and neither do I think A Level Med would be necessary for medicine. I’d prefer a holistic approach with both chem and bio being studied before branching out to medicine. I’ll probably the unpopular opinion in this though 💀
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No because suppose a student wanted to do medicine at the start of their A-Levels, they'd maybe pick the options Biology, Chemistry and Medicine. If they change their minds about wanting to do medicine at university, their A-Levels won't be broad enough to apply for many different careers/sectors.

I chose Biology, Chemistry and Maths for A-Levels as I was planning to do medicine. But I changed my mind and fortunately I had maths which is a very broad subject which allows me to apply to study Maths/Economics at uni. I would probably have switched maths for the 'Medicine' A-Level if it was available at the start. But fortunately, it wasn't.
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(Original post by Cecelia Tallice)
Yea I think this would be a really good option, I did biology and chemistry at A level but I wasn’t interested in the stuff non medical related. Whilst I think it’s important to have a good understanding of a whole subject area, I learnt stuff I simply wasn’t interested in and didn’t need to know. I loved the look of the medical science BTEC but I didn’t want to do a BTEC.
Indeed, I don't think that photosynthesis and the structure of water, crude oil and other topics would be helpful.

An A Level with something such as cancer, medical equipment, human biology, medical ethics along with other things could be a good preparation for medicine imho.

(Original post by Shakiras Law)
No. A Level Law isn’t necessary for Law and neither do I think A Level Med would be necessary for medicine.
Read above.

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I am not a fan of specialising so early. The scope would be a bit too narrow - it's fine as is.
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No because suppose a student wanted to do medicine at the start of their A-Levels, they'd maybe pick the options Biology, Chemistry and Medicine. If they change their minds about wanting to do medicine at university, their A-Levels won't be broad enough to apply for many different careers/sectors.

I chose Biology, Chemistry and Maths for A-Levels as I was planning to do medicine. But I changed my mind and fortunately I had maths which is a very broad subject which allows me to apply to study Maths/Economics at uni. I would probably have switched maths for the 'Medicine' A-Level if it was available at the start. But fortunately, it wasn't.
I know, however I assume that A Level in Medicine or even GCSE would allow people to have a rough idea if it is for them (ideally GCSE).

I'm not saying that Bio and Chem should be scrapped, I'm saying that it could be a replacement. I mean, Ofqual or some board like CIE could make a specificatipn by working with universities so it doesn't turn into another useless/blacklisted A Level.
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I am not a fan of specialising so early. The scope would be a bit too narrow - it's fine as is.
Fair enough, however wouldn't specialisation make people think more about their career choice? I assume that if someone does early specialisation they really want to go to a field.
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No. I said what I said.

It seems idiotic to rush into specialism far too early. We have—and have had for decades now— a holistic approach for a reason. 16 year olds don’t need to start learning about medical equipment— and even then a lot of what you mentioned is touched upon in traditional a level science and the rest is gained through work experience which is mandatory at this point. I learned a hell of a lot more about medical ethics from my plastics ward placement than you’d learn in classroom.
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Would would be a great idea, is if you could specialise with in biology or chemistry say pick a module more medical related when you have developed an understanding for what you enjoy.
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No. I said what I said.

It seems idiotic to rush into specialism far too early. We have—and have had for decades now— a holistic approach for a reason. 16 year olds don’t need to start learning about medical equipment— and even then a lot of what you mentioned is touched upon in traditional a level science and the rest is gained through work experience which is mandatory at this point. I learned a hell of a lot more about medical ethics from my plastics ward placement than you’d learn in classroom. Y’all try too hard to be special these days
PRSOM.

That's a good point, specially with the part of the work experience. I like a good debate so that's why I made this thread hehe.
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Would would be a great idea, is if you could specialise with in biology or chemistry say pick a module more medical related when you have developed an understanding for what you enjoy.
The Biology and Chemistry A Levels are quite sturdy, specially the reformed ones. I think that it'd be better to make a medical A Level instead of making more modules as it would be harder to compare candidates, some modules also might be easier.
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Fair enough, however wouldn't specialisation make people think more about their career choice? I assume that if someone does early specialisation they really want to go to a field.
People might think they want to go into a particular field but then shift towards another. Taking biology and chemistry and getting a broad understanding in both would allow that kind of shift.
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I'm not saying that Bio and Chem should be scrapped, I'm saying that it could be a replacement.
I understand what you mean, but I just don't think medicine is broad enough as it would only be a good subject for a small number of courses unlike Biology and Chemistry which be used strongly alongside other subjects when applying for a lot of university courses.

Suppose I apply for Engineering: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry. This is a good combination, unlike Maths, Further Maths, Medicine.
If I apply for Psychology: Psychology, Physics and Biology/Chemistry is better than Psychology, Physics and Medicine.

Basically, if you select Medicine as an A-Level, you're stuck down that route and can't move to many different areas if you decide medicine isn't for you.
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No I don't think any of those things should exist. There is a reason that you start of doing loads of gcses before doing a few a levels and one university degree. The idea is that you get a broad base of knowledge and then specialise. These very specific subjects make it so that people don't get such a broad knowledge base. Also a lot of people don't know with certainty what they want to do at that age.

Besides, a similar thing already exists. My college offers medical science a level although it isn't really valued much by universities. Most universities want you to have biology and chemistry a level in order to do medicine.
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The Biology and Chemistry A Levels are quite sturdy, specially the reformed ones. I think that it'd be better to make a medical A Level instead of making more modules as it would be harder to compare candidates, some modules also might be easier.
I understand your point but I was simply suggesting an alternative to narrowing down career options too early.
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Would would be a great idea, is if you could specialise with in biology or chemistry say pick a module more medical related when you have developed an understanding for what you enjoy.
Unfortunately module choices don't really work like that at A-level. At smaller schools or those with less knowledgeable staff, modules would picked for students based on what they can teach. They may not even be able to timetable to allow multiple options.
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Yes, it must be examined to determine the level of competence
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There is A Level and GCSE in Law, Engineering, Accounting, etc.

Do you think that Medicine should be available for examination?

Any opinions? And why?
yes, I think there should be to give us a small insight into the course!
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