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I want to be a doctor one day and my main A levels I'm applying for are chemistry, biology and psychology however I do want to take a fourth and I'm leaning towards history since business is apparently seen as a "soft" subject. Is this the right decision for medicine?
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I want to be a doctor one day and my main A levels I'm applying for are chemistry, biology and psychology however I do want to take a fourth and I'm leaning towards history since business is apparently seen as a "soft" subject. Is this the right decision for medicine?
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It's up to you what you want to take for your fourth subject but just to let you know that 3 A level subjects are heavy in terms of content and so you need to ask yourself if you will be able to handle a fourth subject. I took A level biology, Maths, chemistry and psychology and it was difficult balancing between the sciences and an essay based subject like psychology where it was crucial for me to memorise all experiments + psychologists. However, it is manageable, if you do plan well ahead each day of what you're going to revise content wise and doing exam papers. Right now, I'm a first year medical student, so the hard work was worth it at the end. If you need any advice on anything, I'm here for you. Best of luck!
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I want to be a doctor one day and my main A levels I'm applying for are chemistry, biology and psychology however I do want to take a fourth and I'm leaning towards history since business is apparently seen as a "soft" subject. Is this the right decision for medicine?
Hi,

It's up to you what you want to take for your fourth subject but just to let you know that 3 A level subjects are heavy in terms of content and so you need to ask yourself if you will be able to handle a fourth subject. I took A level biology, Maths, chemistry and psychology and it was difficult balancing between the sciences and an essay based subject like psychology where it was crucial for me to memorise all the experiments + psychologists. However, it is manageable, if you do plan well ahead each day of what you're going to revise content wise and doing exam papers. Right now, I'm a first year medical student, so the hard work was worth it at the end. If you need any advice on anything, I'm here for you. Best of luck!
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Hi,

It's up to you what you want to take for your fourth subject but just to let you know that 3 A level subjects are heavy in terms of content and so you need to ask yourself if you will be able to handle a fourth subject. I took A level biology, Maths, chemistry and psychology and it was difficult balancing between the sciences and an essay based subject like psychology where it was crucial for me to memorise all the experiments + psychologists. However, it is manageable, if you do plan well ahead each day of what you're going to revise content wise and doing exam papers. Right now, I'm a first year medical student, so the hard work was worth it at the end. If you need any advice on anything, I'm here for you. Best of luck!
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Hi,

It's up to you what you want to take for your fourth subject but just to let you know that 3 A level subjects are heavy in terms of content and so you need to ask yourself if you will be able to handle a fourth subject. I took A level biology, Maths, chemistry and psychology and it was difficult balancing between the sciences and an essay based subject like psychology where it was crucial for me to memorise all experiments + psychologists. However, it is manageable, if you do plan well ahead each day of what you're going to revise content wise and doing exam papers. Right now, I'm a first year medical student, so the hard work was worth it at the end. If you need any advice on anything, I'm here for you. Best of luck!
Thank you so much for the advice! Just one question - how difficult did you find chemistry and biology as I'm rather worried that I simply won't be able to keep up with everything.
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I want to be a doctor one day and my main A levels I'm applying for are chemistry, biology and psychology however I do want to take a fourth and I'm leaning towards history since business is apparently seen as a "soft" subject. Is this the right decision for medicine?
Not soft.
Just get the grades.
Choose the one with most interest and you can get the best grade with least effort. History has large volume, which is ok if it interests you but v boring if not. You still only need 3.

Do 4 if you have to or you are very much in control or you are unsure and you will drop one.
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Thank you so much for the advice! Just one question - how difficult did you find chemistry and biology as I'm rather worried that I simply won't be able to keep up with everything.
I found chemistry a lot easier than biology only because biology required a lot of memorisation of long biological processes + structures. Biology really goes in depth of what you will study and is a huge step up from GCSE biology. However, I managed to keep up with both subjects regardless. Please do EXAM PAPERS. They really helped strengthen what I already knew in biology and chemistry and makes you actively recall all the info.
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With it being a fourth A-Level, rather than one of your main subjects, that shouldn't necessarily matter. I'd say business on the basis that the volume of knowledge is likely lower, but definitely choose that which you're more interested in or that will suit you better. Oh, and make sure to check that you'll be able to take those combinations in regards to timetabling too!

Edit: another point is that History has coursework and, to my somewhat limited knowledge, business doesn't, which is another factor to consider - it takes the pressure off somewhat with exams but is a rather involved process whilst having to do it.
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