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I’m taking maths, further maths, physics and chemistry. I love maths and physics but I’m very cautious of having trouble within the working industry for those subjects. I’m considering a path towards medicine/chemistry but have absolutely no idea. Any suggestions for courses?
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Hi!
I would advise looking into subjects such as engineering which is quite heavy on physics and maths
There’s also the option to do a maths/physics course alone, as many people still do these and are able to find a career down the line, so don’t completely rule these out if they’re what you’re passionate about! Someone I know who’s applied this year is doing maths so she can become a maths teacher down the line - but she had loads of other options too You could also look into fields such as biological sciences, and chemistry courses as you mentioned!
In terms of medicine, I wouldn’t advise it unless you're 100% passionate about working with people and helping people, especially as you’re more interested in the physics and maths rather than the biology side. It would require you to study for the ucat alongside your A-levels, interview at different universities around the time you’d be doing mocks, and have many extracurriculars to make a stronger application, which is a lot of pressure if you aren’t passionate about the career and just think it matches well with your subjects.
Good luck with what you decide!
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(Original post by charlmariee)
I’m taking maths, further maths, physics and chemistry. I love maths and physics but I’m very cautious of having trouble within the working industry for those subjects. I’m considering a path towards medicine/chemistry but have absolutely no idea. Any suggestions for courses?
My eldest daughter did the same alevels. She studies, physics particle physics and cosmology degree. Do not worry about trouble in the industry too much. Computational part of physics a lot of employers love, and if you are an experimental physicist that likes to get stuck in is always good. If you do go at the physics route, phd is a good way to go afterwards, or physics with a work placement, or long internship. Physics some people go into banking, or acturial science or teaching.
Shes just finished first year, and she is going into the research route. Shes not sure whether to do theoretical particle or experimental particle yet.

Your question almost has your answer. You love maths and physics. Medicine/chemistry you are toying with the idea, but not sure. Your best bet is to look at courses that are medicine/chemistry based and see if any excites you. But how im reading it, your heart is laying in maths and physics, and chemistry/medicine is more a practical solution.
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I’m taking maths, further maths, physics and chemistry. I love maths and physics but I’m very cautious of having trouble within the working industry for those subjects. I’m considering a path towards medicine/chemistry but have absolutely no idea. Any suggestions for courses?
Hey charlmariee!

Those A-levels can take you down many different paths. Something that helped me pick my course was to consider what I'd enjoy doing every single day as a career. For me, I knew that I enjoyed technology so I started looking at university websites in that area, reading their prospectus and going to open days to see which course in that field I'd actually like to study. On the university websites, you may even see where graduates have gone to in their career after graduating from that course.

To go down the medicine/chemistry route, I searched for "chemistry", "science" and "medicine" on our website and found a few different courses that you may want to consider as well as straight "chemistry" or "medicine" (either with us or at a different university):
- Pharmacy: mix your interpersonal skills and medical knowledge; gain expert insight and experience you'll need to qualify as a pharmacist, or go into drug development or marketing
- Environmental Science: solve problems such as climate change or depleting natural resources, leading to potential careers as an Environmental Chemist or Hydrologist with companies such as Network Rail or Eurofins
- [Software/Electrical/Mechanical/Innovation] Engineering: a career in engineering would let you use a passion for maths, physics and use it to solve real world problems. Engineering can lead you down many different routes, either as an engineer working directly on problems, a consultant, analyst or more.

There's no shortage of potential career paths in STEM, so definitely take full advantage of Open Days, online resources (Gradcracker is a great resource for STEM career opportunities) and other research so that you can make the best choice for you!

Best of luck!
~ Mikael, UoP Student Rep
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further maths would be a serious hassle and waste of time for both chemistry and medicine.
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I’m taking maths, further maths, physics and chemistry. I love maths and physics but I’m very cautious of having trouble within the working industry for those subjects. I’m considering a path towards medicine/chemistry but have absolutely no idea. Any suggestions for courses?
Hi charlmariee

I'd agree with the majority of other posters in that your subject choice sets you up perfectly for a career in engineering, however it might also be worth considering a career in the fields of Computer Science, AI and Robotics - or even something more specialist such as Computer Games Programming.

These areas are all quite specialist and involve maths, however jobs in these areas are booming so it might be worth considering

Thanks and good luck!

Amy
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