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I am interested for university courses in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. My A Level subjects I want choose is from following . I have to chose 4 subjects and
I am not sure if Biology is must if I chose Chemistry for Good courses in Good Universities?
Also I am confused about the 4th subject. that will be useful for a good course in good university.

-Chemistry
-Physics
-Maths
-Economics

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-Chemistry
-Physics
-Maths
-Psychology

OR
-Chemistry
-Physics
-Maths
-Philosophy

OR
-Chemistry
-Physics
-Maths
-Sociology
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Do you have to take 4? Taking 3 is much easier and you shouldn't have trouble getting into unis with 3.
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I was asked to chose 4 in our school. and so I am confused. between Biology and Physics also, as I am not sure if Bilogy and Chemistry go hand in hand and Physics is different? Can anyone clarify this aswell.
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Chemistry is obviously essential for a chemistry degree (and you need either chemistry or physics for chemE). For chemical engineering you also will need maths minimally, which is also very useful for chemistry degrees. Physics may be required or preferred by some chemical engineering degrees with chemistry as well (and some of the material may help in a chemistry degree). Further maths would be very useful for chemical engineering, and somewhat useful for chemistry itself. Biology is not needed nor required for either subject.

Also as above, you are not required to do 4 subjects to apply to uni in the UK, and you do not get "bonus points" for having done more than 3 subjects; all you do is potentially run the risk of stretching yourself too thin and getting more mediocre marks in a larger number of subjects. UK universities up to and including Oxbridge indicate they much prefer a very strong set of 3 A-levels to a more average performance in 4 or more; A*AA is much better than A*ABB as far as most universities are concerned.
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(Original post by artful_lounger)
Chemistry is obviously essential. For chemical engineering you also will need maths minimally, which is also very useful for chemistry degrees. Physics may be required or preferred by some chemical engineering degrees (and some of the material may help in a chemistry degree). Further maths would be very useful for chemical engineering, and somewhat useful for chemistry itself.

Biology is not needed nor required for either subject. Also as above, you are not required to do 4 subjects to apply to uni in the UK, and you do not get "bonus points" for having done more than 3 subjects; all you do is potentially run the risk of stretching yourself too thin and getting more mediocre marks in a larger number of subjects. UK universities up to and including Oxbridge indicate they much prefer a very strong set of 3 A-levels to a more average performance in 4 or more; A*AA is much better than A*ABB as far as most universities are concerned.
Yep I absolutely agree with everything you said there. I am currently doing my a levels and I started of with doing 4 - maths, chemistry, biology and physics. I ended up dropping physics because I just did not need it for what I want to do at uni. I would definitely stay stick to three because trust me a levels are very hard.
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