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Hello Guys!
So GCSEs are coming up and I was thinking about whether I should change my options for A Levels for Y12. I did ok in my mocks and I feel like I will get the grades I need for my A Level options (requirements) but I'm not sure whether I should pick maths or physics.
*I am planning to go into medicine

My A Level choices (at the moment): Maths, Biology, Chemistry

My mock results:
8s: Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science
7s: Maths, Biology, History
6s: Business, English Language
5s: French, English Literature

What do you recommend I pick and why?
Thanks!!!
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(Original post by DerpyHuntsman)
Hello Guys!
So GCSEs are coming up and I was thinking about whether I should change my options for A Levels for Y12. I did ok in my mocks and I feel like I will get the grades I need for my A Level options (requirements) but I'm not sure whether I should pick maths or physics.
*I am planning to go into medicine

My A Level choices (at the moment): Maths, Biology, Chemistry

My mock results:
8s: Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science
7s: Maths, Biology, History
6s: Business, English Language
5s: French, English Literature

What do you recommend I pick and why?
Thanks!!!
Bio and Chem, then one other which you find the most interesting and least effort.
I dont think difference between getting an 8 and a 7 is that large, so also look at the specification, interest, who is teaching and experience of other students in sixth form.

I think Maths is the single most useful A level, but really do the one that interests you and you can get a decent grade in.

AAA or better within 2 years of starting is what you need.
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Physics A level will be a lot harder if you aren’t taking maths as well. Can you take all four and drop one once you have decided?
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I struggle with some of maths but I was only 1 mark off an 8 in mocks. Physics is very easy for me and I got an 8 with 20 minutes in a revision guide beforehand. However, circuits are a nightmare and I find a lot of it boring. I think I would rather do maths as I won't be as bored but I know that with physics I will get a better grade.
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Bio and Chem, then one other which you find the most interesting and least effort.
I dont think difference between getting an 8 and a 7 is that large, so also look at the specification, interest, who is teaching and experience of other students in sixth form.

I think Maths is the single most useful A level, but really do the one that interests you and you can get a decent grade in.

AAA or better within 2 years of starting is what you need.
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True I could, however, I don't like potentially investing a year into a subject to just drop it.
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Physics A level will be a lot harder if you aren’t taking maths as well. Can you take all four and drop one once you have decided?
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A lot of people will take four then decide which one to drop, but this doesn’t take a year.
In most cases, after maybe a month, sometimes less, sometimes slightly longer, you know which subjects you prefer and you can drop the one you don’t want to continue.

You don’t need to dedicate a year to it, just a few weeks
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True I could, however, I don't like potentially investing a year into a subject to just drop it.
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I could be biased but I’d say maths honestly. Maths will help with calculations in biology and chemistry, and 1 grade difference (and still a 7 in maths so it’s very good anyway) won’t make much difference anyway at gcse level. I’m going to be doing biology, chemistry and maths as I want to go into molecular gastronomy (basically fancy food science) but if that doesn’t work out I can still go into medicine. Having a maths a level can also get you into a degree in biology or chemistry (or maths obviously) as well as medicine as far as I know. However if you know that you won’t be interested at all in maths then probably physics
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maths bio chem sounds good.
(Original post by DerpyHuntsman)
Hello Guys!
So GCSEs are coming up and I was thinking about whether I should change my options for A Levels for Y12. I did ok in my mocks and I feel like I will get the grades I need for my A Level options (requirements) but I'm not sure whether I should pick maths or physics.
*I am planning to go into medicine

My A Level choices (at the moment): Maths, Biology, Chemistry

My mock results:
8s: Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science
7s: Maths, Biology, History
6s: Business, English Language
5s: French, English Literature

What do you recommend I pick and why?
Thanks!!!
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(Original post by DerpyHuntsman)
I struggle with some of maths but I was only 1 mark off an 8 in mocks. Physics is very easy for me and I got an 8 with 20 minutes in a revision guide beforehand. However, circuits are a nightmare and I find a lot of it boring. I think I would rather do maths as I won't be as bored but I know that with physics I will get a better grade.
Honestly id go for easiest grade with least effort. they dont care about the third and you need to get the grades amongst other things. Talk to your teachers and look at the spec. Dont forget A level is different.
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Do both maths and phydics
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Hey, from someone who's been through the entire university process - take the subject that will be the easiest for you to get a good mark in. Especially considering the fact that you want to go into Medicine, you don't want the extra headache of potentially getting a low grade in Maths.

It doesn't matter what's considered more useful in life. Do the easier option and increase the chances of you getting accepted for a Medicine course (the chances are already stacked against you as they are with everyone else applying for the course).
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