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Is it worth it to do A level Math for medicine

i genuinely dont hate maths , but its one of my strong subjects , once i get it , i am very good at it ...

But do i do maths for fun? No
But do i get maths? Yes
Am i maths smart? Not really but sometimes - my teacher believes i can get the top grades in gcse i.e 8's and 9's

The thing is though , instead of memorising subjects like History , Bio - i enjoy maths as its less memorising but doing if yk what i mean.

I am yet to do my GCSE'S though - Help with my question still lol
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Original post by Alm_xo
i genuinely dont hate maths , but its one of my strong subjects , once i get it , i am very good at it ...
But do i do maths for fun? No
But do i get maths? Yes
Am i maths smart? Not really but sometimes - my teacher believes i can get the top grades in gcse i.e 8's and 9's
The thing is though , instead of memorising subjects like History , Bio - i enjoy maths as its less memorising but doing if yk what i mean.
I am yet to do my GCSE'S though - Help with my question still lol
Maths is always a good option to do for alevel. Its quite hard but very popular for medicine, normally paired with chemistry and biology along the side, sometimes psychology.
The bridge between GCSE maths and A-level maths is massive but i do think its worth it
Honestly I was like you too, didn't like maths but once i got, i was good at it.
Currently I'm studying bio chem and psychology and I just wanna say one thing, take maths.
I wish I did, psychology is like the worst version of history which was such a dissapointment to me as i loved history. It's essay based, too much content and the examiners are b****es.
Being paired with biology which btw also has essays and even more content, it's not fun.

Maths is more practice based and is easy once you get it - at least according to my friends who take that subject.
See what you're better at, is it essays or questions which require short ans (if ygm).
Really depends on ur strengths and what you think you're more confident in. Choose a subject you like, I have a friend doing bio chem and eng lit. You can get into medicine with that as long as ur UCATs, grades and extracurriculars are fine.
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Original post by Alm_xo
i genuinely dont hate maths , but its one of my strong subjects , once i get it , i am very good at it ...
But do i do maths for fun? No
But do i get maths? Yes
Am i maths smart? Not really but sometimes - my teacher believes i can get the top grades in gcse i.e 8's and 9's
The thing is though , instead of memorising subjects like History , Bio - i enjoy maths as its less memorising but doing if yk what i mean.
I am yet to do my GCSE'S though - Help with my question still lol


The people i know who liked maths at gcse now hate it at A Level. It is extremely extremely hard and really heavy.
If you are picking maths for medicine, i would not recommend it.
Med Unis only require chemistry and biology a level (which will already be really heavy content wise). Try make the third a level slightly easier? Like sociology?

However if you are not 100% certain on getting a career in medicine/health care and would maybe consider careers in engineering, IT, accounting and finance then do maths to keep those options open!
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Original post by mxlaika1
The people i know who liked maths at gcse now hate it at A Level. It is extremely extremely hard and really heavy.
If you are picking maths for medicine, i would not recommend it.
Med Unis only require chemistry and biology a level (which will already be really heavy content wise). Try make the third a level slightly easier? Like sociology?
However if you are not 100% certain on getting a career in medicine/health care and would maybe consider careers in engineering, IT, accounting and finance then do maths to keep those options open!

but I've heard maths is helpful for biology apparently?
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Original post by cherrycosmos
Maths is always a good option to do for alevel. Its quite hard but very popular for medicine, normally paired with chemistry and biology along the side, sometimes psychology.
The bridge between GCSE maths and A-level maths is massive but i do think its worth it

Yes , i am thinking of choosing - Biology , Chem and Maths/Psychology
Original post by Alm_xo
Yes , i am thinking of choosing - Biology , Chem and Maths/Psychology
yeah those are a very good mixture for doing medicine, practically every medicine student in my school is doing this.
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Original post by cherrycosmos
yeah those are a very good mixture for doing medicine, practically every medicine student in my school is doing this.

Thanks - i will fix on what i want by the end of gcses so i can see if i can get a 9 in my maths gcse lol x
Original post by Alm_xo
i genuinely dont hate maths , but its one of my strong subjects , once i get it , i am very good at it ...
But do i do maths for fun? No
But do i get maths? Yes
Am i maths smart? Not really but sometimes - my teacher believes i can get the top grades in gcse i.e 8's and 9's
The thing is though , instead of memorising subjects like History , Bio - i enjoy maths as its less memorising but doing if yk what i mean.
I am yet to do my GCSE'S though - Help with my question still lol

It's not worth doing A-level maths for medicine.

Generally, the maths you learn at A-level will not factor into medicine, which is why every single med school in the country (except maybe some cambridge colleges iirc? may not be the case anymore) doesn't require maths be taken.

Just take the facilitating subjects for medicine (this is bio and chem) if you want to maximise your chances (some don't require both but generally bio and chem will give you access to essentially all courses based on subject reqs). Maths will not reliably help you in the application process at all either.

Edit: ur 3rd subject should just be whatever you like lol, I did psych and econ as 3rd and 4th instead of maths because I enjoyed them
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Original post by Alm_xo
but I've heard maths is helpful for biology apparently?

It can be but when med schools don't have maths A-level as a requirement it's for a reason, because you don't need it to do well for the course.

I'm only a 1st year but I got a grade 6 in maths and all the maths I've been doing is reasonable and generally not touching A-level syllabus
Original post by Alm_xo
but I've heard maths is helpful for biology apparently?


I do bio and chem and while yes you may need to calculate sum shi, the topics in a lvl maths r tots diff and not helpful for biology. Who even told u TT
Original post by Alm_xo
i genuinely dont hate maths , but its one of my strong subjects , once i get it , i am very good at it ...
But do i do maths for fun? No
But do i get maths? Yes
Am i maths smart? Not really but sometimes - my teacher believes i can get the top grades in gcse i.e 8's and 9's
The thing is though , instead of memorising subjects like History , Bio - i enjoy maths as its less memorising but doing if yk what i mean.
I am yet to do my GCSE'S though - Help with my question still lol


maths is good for chem etc but youll be fine if there's another subject you prefer - as long as you do bio chem and something else for med. i did a humanities subject that i loved and now im in yr13 and enjoying it so much more than if id done maths (not a mathsy person generally), but if you like it decently give it a go!
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Original post by Alm_xo
i genuinely dont hate maths , but its one of my strong subjects , once i get it , i am very good at it ...
But do i do maths for fun? No
But do i get maths? Yes
Am i maths smart? Not really but sometimes - my teacher believes i can get the top grades in gcse i.e 8's and 9's
The thing is though , instead of memorising subjects like History , Bio - i enjoy maths as its less memorising but doing if yk what i mean.
I am yet to do my GCSE'S though - Help with my question still lol

General advice, if you do get 8/9 at GCSE and enjoy maths then do it at A-Level. You may feel confident with it at GCSE level, but it does get harder at A-Level and some people do feel less confident with it at a higher level even though they did well at GCSE.

Choosing maths can aid your understanding with maths in biology and chemistry. However, it’s definitely not needed to apply for medicine at all as you only need biology, chemistry and a third A-Level. I’d say in doubt, then don’t choose it as a good grade at GCSE may not always translate to a good grade at A-Level as I’ve seen before.
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Original post by Alm_xo
i genuinely dont hate maths , but its one of my strong subjects , once i get it , i am very good at it ...
But do i do maths for fun? No
But do i get maths? Yes
Am i maths smart? Not really but sometimes - my teacher believes i can get the top grades in gcse i.e 8's and 9's
The thing is though , instead of memorising subjects like History , Bio - i enjoy maths as its less memorising but doing if yk what i mean.
I am yet to do my GCSE'S though - Help with my question still lol

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