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Hi, I am currently an AS student that has just done their mocks. I have received B in biology, C in Chemistry, A* in Maths and C in Geography.

I want to pursue medicine in the future, so I really want to make sure to get good grades in my A levels. My original plan was to drop Geography at A2 but now I am thinking of dropping Geography now and continue with 3 A Levels, and put my effort into bumping my chemistry and biology grades. Knowing how difficult medicine is, I have heard that 4 AS levels can put you ahead of others. Is this true?

I am finding it difficult to make a decision, as I heard that by only doing 3 a levels, you will have a slimmer chance at getting into medicine but If I did continue Geography, will I end up with a poor biology/chemistry score at the end of the year. Another option, I considered was to continue 4 A levels until mid-term in February and then make a decision based on how I am doing in class.

Could someone help me make a decision?
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(Original post by rahul9.91)
Hi, I am currently an AS student that has just done their mocks. I have received B in biology, C in Chemistry, A* in Maths and C in Geography.

I want to pursue medicine in the future, so I really want to make sure to get good grades in my A levels. My original plan was to drop Geography at A2 but now I am thinking of dropping Geography now and continue with 3 A Levels, and put my effort into bumping my chemistry and biology grades. Knowing how difficult medicine is, I have heard that 4 AS levels can put you ahead of others. Is this true?
Not at all. Medical schools only care about your top 3 A-level grades and AAA will always be better than ABBB. You only need biology and chemistry +another subject for medicine and since you're doing well in maths, I would recommend dropping geography now.

I am finding it difficult to make a decision, as I heard that by only doing 3 a levels, you will have a slimmer chance at getting into medicine but If I did continue Geography, will I end up with a poor biology/chemistry score at the end of the year. Another option, I considered was to continue 4 A levels until mid-term in February and then make a decision based on how I am doing in class.

Could someone help me make a decision?
Again, most applicants for medicine have 3 A-levels, it will not put you at a disadvantage (apart from QMUL which is the only medical school that uses the UCAS tariff). Dropping geography will allow you to focus on biology and chemistry.
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Not at all. Medical schools only care about your top 3 A-level grades and AAA will always be better than ABBB. You only need biology and chemistry +another subject for medicine and since you're doing well in maths, I would recommend dropping geography now.


Again, most applicants for medicine have 3 A-levels, it will not put you at a disadvantage (apart from QMUL which is the only medical school that uses the UCAS tariff). Dropping geography will allow you to focus on biology and chemistry.
Thanks for the reply! If a scenario where one student gets let's say AAA and another AAA + B. Will the student with AAAB be put at an advantage because of the extra qualification or will they will Unis look at their best three scores which are both AAA's?
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Thanks for the reply! If a scenario where one student gets let's say AAA and another AAA + B. Will the student with AAAB be put at an advantage because of the extra qualification or will they will Unis look at their best three scores which are both AAA's?
That's up to the uni to decide.
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Thanks for the reply! If a scenario where one student gets let's say AAA and another AAA + B. Will the student with AAAB be put at an advantage because of the extra qualification or will they will Unis look at their best three scores which are both AAA's?
They will not be looking at the (unnecessary) extra AS. They will review other parts of your uni application (and the other student's) that are relevant to medicine. Dropping geography will not affect your chances.
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