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In the future I would like to be involved in the ethics behind brain damage and things of the like and for a-level I am thinking of doing maths, biology and philosophy, ethics and religion. As I don’t want to become a doctor do I still need to do a medical degree first and therefore have to take chemistry or can I achieve this goal avoiding the medical degree first and doing the a-levels that I want to want to do?
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In the future I would like to be involved in the ethics behind brain damage and things of the like and for a-level I am thinking of doing maths, biology and philosophy, ethics and religion. As I don’t want to become a doctor do I still need to do a medical degree first and therefore have to take chemistry or can I achieve this goal avoiding the medical degree first and doing the a-levels that I want to want to do?
:yay: Neurology!

Note that neurology is a medical specialty - you must have done medicine, then specialise in internal medicine, then train in neurology. I am near the end of the training pathway now (still a junior though), but it takes 5 years + 2 years + 3 years + 4 years from entering medical school.

As a neurology doctor, we don't really get involved in brain damage as such; we do see patients with them but we usually manage the side effects from the brain damage e.g. seizures. Sadly (however much we wanted more neurologists) I don't think neurology is the thing you are looking for. Rehabilitation Medicine doctors, on the other hand, do get involved in looking after patients with brain damage (amongst other things).

Neuroscience is an academic subject, you can do an undergraduate degree in it, you can do a Masters or PhD in it too. It's mainly science though, although I am sure you can fit in some ethical studies into it.
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In the future I would like to be involved in the ethics behind brain damage and things of the like and for a-level I am thinking of doing maths, biology and philosophy, ethics and religion. As I don’t want to become a doctor do I still need to do a medical degree first and therefore have to take chemistry or can I achieve this goal avoiding the medical degree first and doing the a-levels that I want to want to do?
You don't need to be a doctor to work or research in medical ethics. This is a very broad field and people come into it from all sorts of backgrounds - legal, medical, scientific, philosophical, anthropological etc. It's not necessary to be medically qualified.

Obviously if you want your work to be at the intersection of medical ethics and clinical medicine, then you would need a medical background. Intensive care medicine is a specialty which involves a significant degree of medical ethics - just fyi.
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