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okay so this probs sounds so lame but basically i’ve wanted to be a paediatrician since i was 10 and now i’m 16 and now here’s the lame part but i sorta feel like it’s my vocation in a weird way plus i recently did the job test thing on career explorer and one of my top suggestions was paediatrician, however i’ve just finished year 11 and i didn’t really enjoy chemistry so i wasn’t planning on taking it but i mean if i want to be a paediatrician imma need to take chemistry so my worry is in case i take chemistry and then don’t get good grades in it. also if i take chemistry i don’t know which of my a levels out of english lit or psychology i should drop bc during gcses english was my strongest subject and i think i will get an 8/9 but i really think i will enjoy the psychology course a lot so i don’t know what to do so pls someone help lol thank youuu
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okay so this probs sounds so lame but basically i’ve wanted to be a paediatrician since i was 10 and now i’m 16 and now here’s the lame part but i sorta feel like it’s my vocation in a weird way plus i recently did the job test thing on career explorer and one of my top suggestions was paediatrician, however i’ve just finished year 11 and i didn’t really enjoy chemistry so i wasn’t planning on taking it but i mean if i want to be a paediatrician imma need to take chemistry so my worry is in case i take chemistry and then don’t get good grades in it. also if i take chemistry i don’t know which of my a levels out of english lit or psychology i should drop bc during gcses english was my strongest subject and i think i will get an 8/9 but i really think i will enjoy the psychology course a lot so i don’t know what to do so pls someone help lol thank youuu
Hi, I initially wanted to do medicine and so did chemistry, biology and English literature for my A levels. I did french at AS but dropped it in year 14 as 4 A levels was a bit much for me. In retrospect I wish I had dropped Chemistry instead and kept French. I was really good at French but I enjoyed chemistry more so I decided to keep it instead. Not the best decision on my part as medicine/paediatrics is very competitive and so getting top grades is key. I worked my ass off in chemistry and got a B in the end whereas if I’d stuck to French I could have easily got an A without trying as I’m naturally good at languages. But I decided to go with what I enjoyed more as opposed to what my strength was in. I Thoroughly enjoyed the Chemistry as it’s so fascinating and I comfort myself with the fact that I can always still learn French in my spare time. For the sake of having a better chance at obtaining higher grades and getting into medicine I would have picked French and dropped chemistry. On the other hand a lot of medical schools require biology and chemistry so it would give you a bigger pool of schools to apply to. Some unis however do offer a foundation year if you do not have both sciences so I’d look into that. If you’re highly academically gifted it won’t matter which subjects you pick as you’ll do well either way but personally I would have stuck with what I was better at looking back.
Good luck and hope this info helped
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For Medicine you will need Chemistry - if you dont enjoy it then you may need to rethink doing Medicine.
Btw, you don;t specialise in Paediatrics until you have completed a full 5 year Med degree, so at this stage you need to think 'doing Medicine - every aspect of Medicine' not 'doing Paediatrics'.

If you are certain that you want to specialise in 'just children' in a clinical setting, then look at Children's Nursing - no Chemistry needed.
Children's Nursing - https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergr...s-nursing/2022
Psychology & Child Development - https://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/psyc...evelopment-bsc
Childhood Studies - https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/childh...dies/full-time
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okay so this probs sounds so lame but basically i’ve wanted to be a paediatrician since i was 10 and now i’m 16 and now here’s the lame part but i sorta feel like it’s my vocation in a weird way plus i recently did the job test thing on career explorer and one of my top suggestions was paediatrician, however i’ve just finished year 11 and i didn’t really enjoy chemistry so i wasn’t planning on taking it but i mean if i want to be a paediatrician imma need to take chemistry so my worry is in case i take chemistry and then don’t get good grades in it. also if i take chemistry i don’t know which of my a levels out of english lit or psychology i should drop bc during gcses english was my strongest subject and i think i will get an 8/9 but i really think i will enjoy the psychology course a lot so i don’t know what to do so pls someone help lol thank youuu
As pointed out, doing chem and bio will keep the most options open (I assuem you are sitting biology?), but an A in Eng Lit, Biology and Psychology opens up more chances than AAB in Bio, Psych, Chem, so it depends on whether you think you can get an A or not?

Med schools that will accept AAA Bio, Psychology, Eng Lit

Manchester

Sheffield

Kent and Medway

Leicester

Keele

Lancaster


Newcastle


UEA
Southampton
Plymouth


Med schools that will accept AAB Bio, Eng Lit (or Psych), Chem
KMMS
(Plus Sheffield, Lancaster, Keele and HYMS if you offer an A in an EPQ, too)
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For Medicine you will need Chemistry - if you dont enjoy it then you may need to rethink doing Medicine.
Btw, you don;t specialise in Paediatrics until you have completed a full 5 year Med degree, so at this stage you need to think 'doing Medicine - every aspect of Medicine' not 'doing Paediatrics'.

If you are certain that you want to specialise in 'just children' in a clinical setting, then look at Children's Nursing - no Chemistry needed.
Children's Nursing - https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergr...s-nursing/2022
Psychology & Child Development - https://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/psyc...evelopment-bsc
Childhood Studies - https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/childh...dies/full-time
Chemistry is not an absolute requirement for medicine, and many people get by just fine never having studied it beyond GCSE
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For Medicine you will need Chemistry - if you dont enjoy it then you may need to rethink doing Medicine.
Btw, you don;t specialise in Paediatrics until you have completed a full 5 year Med degree, so at this stage you need to think 'doing Medicine - every aspect of Medicine' not 'doing Paediatrics'.

If you are certain that you want to specialise in 'just children' in a clinical setting, then look at Children's Nursing - no Chemistry needed.
Children's Nursing - https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergr...s-nursing/2022
Psychology & Child Development - https://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/psyc...evelopment-bsc
Childhood Studies - https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/childh...dies/full-time
Plenty of people loathe chemistry, grit their teeth and get on with it in the interest of studying medicine. And they’re often successful.

And you can do medicine without necessarily loving every part. My colleague has just rotated off stroke and she’s just gone into radiology and she is actively counting down the days until she can leave after a matter of what can still be counted in days! I agree that people who enter medicine with a certain specialty in mind are going to have to make peace with the fact that their specialty will only form a meagre part of their degree. But it’s not a reason to discourage someone from doing it. A gentle or merely polite reminder that you need to keep an open mind in medicine is all that’s required. Forcefully promoting a very different profession toward the OP is somewhat dismissive. I also don’t know why you suggest children’s nursing and then present two courses which are not nursing courses.

OP pay close attention to the courses which do not require chemistry. However, as someone who found herself rather restricted in terms of choices of medical school due to location and educational background, I do encourage you to consider doing chemistry and biology. This will maximise the number of choices available to you in the event you need to apply based on strategy rather than choice.
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