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can i do medicine if i don't take maths for a-levels

im currently taking biology and chemistry for a-levels but i'm changing maths to either history or psychology. i am aiming for a russell group university and i've heard that while biology and chemistry are required, maths/physics are also subjects they like. i really want to do medicine and i did well in history at gcse and achieved a 7. i got a 6 in maths but i don't feel confident taking it and don't enjoy the subject at all. could i still get into medicine or would i have to consider continuing with maths?
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Ot you could just look at this list of entry requirements for each Medical School - https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2951/entry-requirements-document-2023-entry.pdf - and see which ones dont nention A level Maths.

And btw, if you need a higher GCSE Maths grade, you can retake it this year - you'd just list the resit alongside your A levels as 'pending qualifications' and Unis would just add the GCSE grade as an extra condition to any offer.
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Yes! you can do any third subject for most unis, yes.. some do say we prefer physics or maths but from what ive seen not many do that. I know some people who didnt even do Biology and got into med! if you dont feel confident drop it, its going to be more beneficial to you to actually study a subject you enjoy :smile:
Original post by japansmoon
im currently taking biology and chemistry for a-levels but i'm changing maths to either history or psychology. i am aiming for a russell group university and i've heard that while biology and chemistry are required, maths/physics are also subjects they like. i really want to do medicine and i did well in history at gcse and achieved a 7. i got a 6 in maths but i don't feel confident taking it and don't enjoy the subject at all. could i still get into medicine or would i have to consider continuing with maths?
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Original post by japansmoon
im currently taking biology and chemistry for a-levels but i'm changing maths to either history or psychology. i am aiming for a russell group university and i've heard that while biology and chemistry are required, maths/physics are also subjects they like. i really want to do medicine and i did well in history at gcse and achieved a 7. i got a 6 in maths but i don't feel confident taking it and don't enjoy the subject at all. could i still get into medicine or would i have to consider continuing with maths?

Yes. I do Biology, Chemistry and Psychology and am applying to Oxford, UCL, King's and St George's. Almost every uni will take that.
Yeah it's only Cambridge I think that wants it (correct me if I'm wrong here).
even then it doesn't look like Cambridge requires you to have AL maths based on the document that posted in this thread
Original post by Talkative Toad
Yeah it's only Cambridge I think that wants it (correct me if I'm wrong here).


Although it is realistically necessary to have a third STEM subject to be competitive at Cambridge, either physics or maths is acceptable :smile:

It's not technically a requirement but those without a third STEM subject are overwhelmingly unsuccessful (around 2% of those with only 2 STEM subjects are successful, compared to ~20% for those with 3 STEM subjects I believe).
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Original post by japansmoon
im currently taking biology and chemistry for a-levels but i'm changing maths to either history or psychology. i am aiming for a russell group university and i've heard that while biology and chemistry are required, maths/physics are also subjects they like. i really want to do medicine and i did well in history at gcse and achieved a 7. i got a 6 in maths but i don't feel confident taking it and don't enjoy the subject at all. could i still get into medicine or would i have to consider continuing with maths?


going to go against the grain here and say that universities, especially russel groups which aim to make good clinical medics as opposed to researchers love when you have a third which shows off your own personal enjoyment in a subject which isnt STEM. oxford and cambridge both say that they hold no scrutiny against applicants who study a humanity or non STEM based subject as a third so go for it!! unis are much going to prefer an A in history than a C in maths
Original post by artful_lounger
Although it is realistically necessary to have a third STEM subject to be competitive at Cambridge, either physics or maths is acceptable :smile:

It's not technically a requirement but those without a third STEM subject are overwhelmingly unsuccessful (around 2% of those with only 2 STEM subjects are successful, compared to ~20% for those with 3 STEM subjects I believe).

yeah pretty much.

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