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So I am not really that sure about whether I want to pursue medicine or law and so I thought of taking a-level choices that will be fine for both. So are English literature, math's, biology and chemistry good choices that will allow me to pursue either one of them?
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So I am not really that sure about whether I want to pursue medicine or law and so I thought of taking a-level choices that will be fine for both. So are English literature, math's, biology and chemistry good choices that will allow me to pursue either one of them?
That combination will certainly be good enough for medicine, one of my friends did exactly that and is now in her first year studying medicine. Law doesn't really have set subjects, apart from an essay writing subject, so you should be ok.
In terms of figuring out what you want to do, I would really recommend getting work experience volunteering in a hospital.
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That combination will certainly be good enough for medicine, one of my friends did exactly that and is now in her first year studying medicine. Law doesn't really have set subjects, apart from an essay writing subject, so you should be ok.
In terms of figuring out what you want to do, I would really recommend getting work experience volunteering in a hospital.
hello, i'm a bit lost on how to find work experience for a law related course (im in yr11) do you have any suggestions?
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hello, i'm a bit lost on how to find work experience for a law related course (im in yr11) do you have any suggestions?
Having work experience isn't essential for law - universities know that not everyone will have contacts. You can still do research and demonstrate your engagement through other things like reading books or going to watch trials (I think when you are 16 you can go and sit in the gallery).
Firstly, see if you have any contacts to lawyers through family friends. If not, then go to your school's careers advisor and see if any alumni or parents might be able to help.
If that doesn't work, you could try contacting local legal firms via email and asking if they would be willing to give you a few days of work experience?
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That combination will certainly be good enough for medicine, one of my friends did exactly that and is now in her first year studying medicine. Law doesn't really have set subjects, apart from an essay writing subject, so you should be ok.
In terms of figuring out what you want to do, I would really recommend getting work experience volunteering in a hospital.
Both my parents are doctors, so I actually volunteered at their hospital and enjoyed my time volunteering there, but alternatively I have also done debating and moot court and I liked both of them as well, so I am still not actually sure about what I should do. Is there any other advice that you could give regarding what would help me choose?
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Both my parents are doctors, so I actually volunteered at their hospital and enjoyed my time volunteering there, but alternatively I have also done debating and moot court and I liked both of them as well, so I am still not actually sure about what I should do. Is there any other advice that you could give regarding what would help me choose?
It's hard.... firstly I would say that you don't have to know right now. You still have over a year until your UCAS application needs to be in, so don't feel pressure to suddenly decide. It might take months of deliberation and thinking.
Both medicine and law lead to good jobs, but they are obviously quite different. Med school is 5/6 years, and then you have your time as a junior doctor and specialism training. It's a long process, and it will involve things like night shifts and difficult moments. Being a doctor is an incredibly special job, you have the ability to make a real difference to someone, but it comes at the price that not everyone can be saved. Is that something you feel you could accept?
Law doesn't have the same emotional burden/responsibility, but then again might not be so 'rewarding'.
What do you want to do? I think you should weigh up the disadvantages and advantages of both professions, and see which suits your goals and aspirations.
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Having work experience isn't essential for law - universities know that not everyone will have contacts. You can still do research and demonstrate your engagement through other things like reading books or going to watch trials (I think when you are 16 you can go and sit in the gallery).
Firstly, see if you have any contacts to lawyers through family friends. If not, then go to your school's careers advisor and see if any alumni or parents might be able to help.
If that doesn't work, you could try contacting local legal firms via email and asking if they would be willing to give you a few days of work experience?
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Both my parents are doctors, so I actually volunteered at their hospital and enjoyed my time volunteering there, but alternatively I have also done debating and moot court and I liked both of them as well, so I am still not actually sure about what I should do. Is there any other advice that you could give regarding what would help me choose?
The general advice on here is that if you are between medicine and something else, to go for something else
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Yes they're fine but you don't need 4 A-levels for either and taking 4 confers no advantage - and may in fact disadvantage you. A*A*A >>> A*ABB as far as all unis are concerned.

You don't need to take maths for medicine, I would note, and law has no subject requirements so English lit is unnecessary also unless you particularly enjoy literary analysis. I would not suggest taking A-level English lit unless you really like analysing the structure and grammar of individual sentences in a literary context - the simple character and theme analysis from GCSE English will not be sufficient at A-level.

I would recommend doing A-level Biology and Chemistry plus one further A-level, in any subject you are very confident you can get an A or A* in that you find interesting and enjoyable. This may be another STEM subject, or something else entirely.
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The general advice on here is that if you are between medicine and something else, to go for something else
Could you explain why?
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Could you explain why?
medicine is hard and demanding. it's not a career you go into blindly or as a second option, you need to be passionate about it from the get-go

i say pick bio chem and english lit. you don't need maths
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Could you explain why?
Going into medicine it is best to be 100% certain about it
It's a long degree and is difficult and you have to be really motivated to do it
I think its really important that you understand what you are actually getting yourself into
I know many individuals who study medicine and have realised part the way through the degree it is not for them anymore and change their mind, but at that point you may as well finish the degree and then you've spent 5/6years doing something to switch to a completely different thing
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medicine is hard and demanding. it's not a career you go into blindly or as a second option, you need to be passionate about it from the get-go

i say pick bio chem and english lit. you don't need maths
My school requires us to take 4 a- levels, so could you suggest a subject other than maths, cause I am not that good at it, I only got a 7 at math, while I got a 9 in the other subjects that I am taking at A-level(at GCSE)?
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Going into medicine it is best to be 100% certain about it
It's a long degree and is difficult and you have to be really motivated to do it
I think its really important that you understand what you are actually getting yourself into
I know many individuals who study medicine and have realised part the way through the degree it is not for them anymore and change their mind, but at that point you may as well finish the degree and then you've spent 5/6years doing something to switch to a completely different thing
So based on the fact that I like biology and chemistry, and the fact that I have a real appreciation for doctors (My parents are doctors) and I want to save lives, would you suggest medicine as a good option for me?
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So based on the fact that I like biology and chemistry, and the fact that I have a real appreciation for doctors (My parents are doctors) and I want to save lives, would you suggest medicine as a good option for me?
Re the maths, bear in mind that Cambridge wants A level maths (to have a chance of getting in, most successful applicants have A level maths). If you want to do Cambridge, keep the maths.
I think what the other user is saying is valid, but I don't think that medicine would be a poor choice for you. It's more that it shouldn't be chosen on a whim, if you aren't certain you actually would like it. If you have spent time in hospitals then you will have a pretty good idea of whether it suits you.
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Re the maths, bear in mind that Cambridge wants A level maths (to have a chance of getting in, most successful applicants have A level maths). If you want to do Cambridge, keep the maths.
I think what the other user is saying is valid, but I don't think that medicine would be a poor choice for you. It's more that it shouldn't be chosen on a whim, if you aren't certain you actually would like it. If you have spent time in hospitals then you will have a pretty good idea of whether it suits you.
Okay, thanks for your response, but I'm wondering, since I am not that great at math, and nor do I like it, could geography be a better choice?
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So I am not really that sure about whether I want to pursue medicine or law and so I thought of taking a-level choices that will be fine for both. So are English literature, math's, biology and chemistry good choices that will allow me to pursue either one of them?
Oh man, I'm honestly stuck in the same boat, plus these are the same subjects I want to take. Also in yr 11! And also deciding whether taking law is worth it or not I did participate in the ICJ in an MUN conference and then fell in love with it, But then medicine is my dream. It's so confusing haha

My country requires me to have physics, bio, and chemistry to get into medicine, which makes no sense and plus I don't like physics, so that's making me question my desire to get into medicine. I wish you luck in your future choices!
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I also feel like when you're picking medicine, you should actually be interested in applying the subject to real life. So I guess maybe not be enamoured with the idea of being a doctor and the honour surrounding it, but rather the actual study of medicine and its application towards others. It's also a demanding job...so if you plan to have a family then you need to be aware that it involves sacrifices.
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Okay, thanks for your response, but I'm wondering, since I am not that great at math, and nor do I like it, could geography be a better choice?
I saw that you are expecting to get a 7 in GCSE maths.... I think it would be a bit of a risky choice for an A level, especially as medicine (or law) offers are usually quite high, so you want to be reasonably confident that you can get an A or A*. Especially if you don't like it, it doesn't make much sense to try and push yourself through it. You would probably be better off with something like geography then, if you enjoy it and think you will get a good grade in it. Doing just biology and chemistry still keeps open most med schools.
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So based on the fact that I like biology and chemistry, and the fact that I have a real appreciation for doctors (My parents are doctors) and I want to save lives, would you suggest medicine as a good option for me?
Based on those things alone I can't determine if it is a good fit for you. I don't know you as an individual

Liking biology and chemistry are good starting points as you need to have some enjoyment for learning about the human body
Appreciating doctors is good to- but anyone can appreciate a doctor? I appreciate it when I go to the doctors and they find out whats wrong with me....that doesn't necessarily mean you want to be one
It would be worth getting some work experience in a hospital setting if you can and shadow some doctors to understand what they actually do from day to day. You could also ask your parents about it? Do they think it would suit you or can they tell you more about what it actually involves?
It's good that you want to save lives as part of being a doctor does involve that. Medicine would be good for you if you can show you have empathy, like working in teams, want to better peoples lives etc.
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