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Hi I need some advice and would appreciate it if someone could help me.

I am year 11 student and its coming to that time where I need to start applying for colleges or 6th forms. I have already applied to my schools 6th form with these options: btec health and social care level 3, A-Level Biology and A-Level Chemistry. The thing is I'm open to studying nursing or midwifery after college/6th form and I'm pretty sure these options would allow me to. However my heart is mainly set on studying pharmacy. Would doing btec health and social care (along with A-Level Bio and Chem) set me back from being able to study pharmacy, or is the opportunity still there. If you think doing a 3rd A-Level is the better option, what would you recommend? If I decide to do a 3rd A-Level instead I don't want it to be something heavy like maths or physics, so what would be the best option that'll still give me a good chance to study pharmacy.

Sorry this is kind of long, but I'll appreciate any advice including what the workload for these A-Level sciences are like. Thank youuuu
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(Original post by aleeshaa05)
Hi I need some advice and would appreciate it if someone could help me.

I am year 11 student and its coming to that time where I need to start applying for colleges or 6th forms. I have already applied to my schools 6th form with these options: btec health and social care level 3, A-Level Biology and A-Level Chemistry. The thing is I'm open to studying nursing or midwifery after college/6th form and I'm pretty sure these options would allow me to. However my heart is mainly set on studying pharmacy. Would doing btec health and social care (along with A-Level Bio and Chem) set me back from being able to study pharmacy, or is the opportunity still there. If you think doing a 3rd A-Level is the better option, what would you recommend? If I decide to do a 3rd A-Level instead I don't want it to be something heavy like maths or physics, so what would be the best option that'll still give me a good chance to study pharmacy.

Sorry this is kind of long, but I'll appreciate any advice including what the workload for these A-Level sciences are like. Thank youuuu
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I am pretty sure you do not need biology or chemistry for courses like midwifery or nursing however for pharmacy, science A levels are crucial, especially if wanting to apply to a top university. Bio and chem are a great start, for a third I would say maybe psychology as it ties in with the other two subjects really well. Maths is also a great subject to have and isn't as heavy as you may think. I currently do it and really enjoy it.

Make sure you do your research before finalising your choices as it's so important that you know what you are getting yourself into and whether you will be able to hack studying it for the next two years as well as trying to keep as many doors open to you as possible.

Hope this was helpful!
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Hi,
I am pretty sure you do not need biology or chemistry for courses like midwifery or nursing however for pharmacy, science A levels are crucial, especially if wanting to apply to a top university. Bio and chem are a great start, for a third I would say maybe psychology as it ties in with the other two subjects really well. Maths is also a great subject to have and isn't as heavy as you may think. I currently do it and really enjoy it.

Make sure you do your research before finalising your choices as it's so important that you know what you are getting yourself into and whether you will be able to hack studying it for the next two years as well as trying to keep as many doors open to you as possible.

Hope this was helpful!
This was extremely helpful tysm! I have considered A-Level maths, and it's not that I'm bad at maths but even gcse maths concepts take some time for me to 100% understand, so I don't feel as if A-Level maths would be the best choice. I've also heard that bio and chem isn't needed for nursing etc, but I think beacuse I know I really want to do pharmacy I want to chose it. Would I be able to choose psychology if Im not doing it for gcses, or does that depend on the chool. What about sociology? Do you think this is a good option? But tysm for help, I appreciate sm because I feel a bit lost😭
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(Original post by aleeshaa05)
This was extremely helpful tysm! I have considered A-Level maths, and it's not that I'm bad at maths but even gcse maths concepts take some time for me to 100% understand, so I don't feel as if A-Level maths would be the best choice. I've also heard that bio and chem isn't needed for nursing etc, but I think beacuse I know I really want to do pharmacy I want to chose it. Would I be able to choose psychology if Im not doing it for gcses, or does that depend on the chool. What about sociology? Do you think this is a good option? But tysm for help, I appreciate sm because I feel a bit lost😭
Not many schools offer GCSE Sociology/Psychology, I have yet to see a sixth form ask for the GCSEs (usually the requirement for Psy is Maths and English GCSE at a marginally higher level than the normal entry requirements - and also if you do study at GCSE, they may ask for a certain grade, for Sociology it's usually just English GCSE at a marginally higher level or even just the general entry requirements)
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Not many schools offer GCSE Sociology/Psychology, I have yet to see a sixth form ask for the GCSEs (usually the requirement for Psy is Maths and English GCSE at a marginally higher level than the normal entry requirements - and also if you do study at GCSE, they may ask for a certain grade, for Sociology it's usually just English GCSE at a marginally higher level or even just the general entry requirements)
That's so helpful tysm. If you study sociology or psychology, what's it like in terms of the workload and the difficulty?
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Hi I need some advice and would appreciate it if someone could help me.

I am year 11 student and its coming to that time where I need to start applying for colleges or 6th forms. I have already applied to my schools 6th form with these options: btec health and social care level 3, A-Level Biology and A-Level Chemistry. The thing is I'm open to studying nursing or midwifery after college/6th form and I'm pretty sure these options would allow me to. However my heart is mainly set on studying pharmacy. Would doing btec health and social care (along with A-Level Bio and Chem) set me back from being able to study pharmacy, or is the opportunity still there. If you think doing a 3rd A-Level is the better option, what would you recommend? If I decide to do a 3rd A-Level instead I don't want it to be something heavy like maths or physics, so what would be the best option that'll still give me a good chance to study pharmacy.

Sorry this is kind of long, but I'll appreciate any advice including what the workload for these A-Level sciences are like. Thank youuuu
Biology, Chemistry and Health/Social care are fine for pharmacy. Science subjects are also helpful for midwifery. I don't see how health/social would set you back from studying pharmacy :confused:
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Biology, Chemistry and Health/Social care are fine for pharmacy. Science subjects are also helpful for midwifery. I don't see how health/social would set you back from studying pharmacy :confused:
It's a BTEC and not all universities take them
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It's a BTEC and not all universities take them
Biology, Chemistry and something like Psychology then
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Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and AS Maths would be the best combination to take to keep your options open fully!!!
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Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and AS Maths would be the best combination to take to keep your options open fully!!!
Would the AS Maths be needed for pharmacy?
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Would the AS Maths be needed for pharmacy?
There is some Statistics in MPharm.
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Hi I need some advice and would appreciate it if someone could help me.

I am year 11 student and its coming to that time where I need to start applying for colleges or 6th forms. I have already applied to my schools 6th form with these options: btec health and social care level 3, A-Level Biology and A-Level Chemistry. The thing is I'm open to studying nursing or midwifery after college/6th form and I'm pretty sure these options would allow me to. However my heart is mainly set on studying pharmacy. Would doing btec health and social care (along with A-Level Bio and Chem) set me back from being able to study pharmacy, or is the opportunity still there. If you think doing a 3rd A-Level is the better option, what would you recommend? If I decide to do a 3rd A-Level instead I don't want it to be something heavy like maths or physics, so what would be the best option that'll still give me a good chance to study pharmacy.

Sorry this is kind of long, but I'll appreciate any advice including what the workload for these A-Level sciences are like. Thank youuuu
Check pharmacy courses on unis websites to see what they say
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Biology, Chemistry and Health/Social care are fine for pharmacy. Science subjects are also helpful for midwifery. I don't see how health/social would set you back from studying pharmacy :confused:
I have my doubts because health and social care is a btec, but I guess it just depends on the uni thern
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Check pharmacy courses on unis websites to see what they say
Thank you thats useful to know
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I have my doubts because health and social care is a btec, but I guess it just depends on the uni thern
See my other post:
(psychology does involve some maths but it could be a good option)
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Biology, Chemistry and something like Psychology then
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