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Hello, I am currently choosing my A Levels with hope to go on to study medicine in the future. I don't know where I will apply but am thinking of Cambridge and UCL

Which of the following combos would be best?
a) Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics
b) Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish
c) Biology, Chemsitry, Maths and English Literature
d) Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology

I am predicted grade 8/9 in all of my GCSE subjects.
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Personally, I'd go for b) or c). They'll give you a bit of variation over the next two years to keep you sane, but the best thing is medical schools will love that you have something different. I did History, Bio, and Chem and I had so much to talk about at interviews about how my skills in critical thinking, essay writing, etc have improved through taking history. It also shows unis who are looking at you're application that you're not just a science person but that you excel in many different avenues (since medicine involves so many different skills). Side note, I understand that you might want to challenge yourself by doing 4 A-levels and you might not be able to decide 3, but med schools only look at 3 of them and it's a LOT more hard work which might be detrimental to your other subjects in the long run- are you definitely sure that taking 4 A-levels is the right thing for you?
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I would say A. all of them are science/maths. I do biology, chemistry and psychology and psychology doesn't work well with the other two with it being more essay based.
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Doing 4 A-levels is a waste of time so I'd do Biology, Chemistry, Maths as Cambridge requires 3 science/maths A-levels.
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(Original post by thatethanb)
I would say A. all of them are science/maths. I do biology, chemistry and psychology and psychology doesn't work well with the other two with it being more essay based.
But thats also the 4 hardest A-levels at once
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Hihi,
For medicine, you have the three you need: Bio, chem, and maths. The fourth, should you want to do a fourth, is honestly up to you. It will hardly affect any application (supposing you do well in it and your other three), and so considering it is your fourth, I recommend doing the one you both enjoy and will do well in! Of course, this is my opinion :P
There is of course the argument to do just three instead of four, but more A Levels = more learning + more fun, right! (or so says the nerd...) but it's better to do well in the main three as opposed to do four okay.
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There is a big section of TSR about Applying for Medicine - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/medicine
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