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I want to do medicine at university. But I don’t understand why a level chemistry is mandatory and required by nearly all universities but biology isn’t . Like isn’t medicine all about the human body so shouldn’t biology be more important than chemistry not the other way round ? I’m really confused . Does chemistry form the basis of the understanding of the content ? And will I be disadvantaged if I don’t take chemistry as Manchester require bio or chem ? But apart from that unis what chemistry and another science . Why is chemistry so important ?
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I want to do medicine at university. But I don’t understand why a level chemistry is mandatory and required by nearly all universities but biology isn’t . Like isn’t medicine all about the human body so shouldn’t biology be more important than chemistry not the other way round ? I’m really confused . Does chemistry form the basis of the understanding of the content ? And will I be disadvantaged if I don’t take chemistry as Manchester require bio or chem ? But apart from that unis what chemistry and another science . Why is chemistry so important ?
There has been lots of discussion on this before: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2576684 and https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4409890 being 2 threads. (Note: please don't bump these old threads)

If Chemistry isn't listed, or it's Chemistry or Biology then you won't be disadvantaged. Read https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...al-schools.pdf for the entry requirements. I would still take Chemistry otherwise your choices will be unnecessarily limited.

Note: there is also a lot of Biology that's not relevant such as plant stuff.
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From what I've heard because of how hard A-level chemistry is supposedly meant to be. Don't know if this is actually the reason and I also think the difficulty of chemistry is overrated.

And yes, if you apply to somewhere that asks for chemistry, without having taken chemistry, you will be rejected.
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