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4th a-level for medicine

I'm picking my a-level options and I'd like to study medicine.
I've already decided to do chem bio and maths but I'm not sure whether I should take further maths or French as a fourth a-level.
Also, is doing a fourth a-level gonna boost my application in any way?

I really enjoy maths and am good at it so I think further maths would be interesting however I've heard people say it's a lot of work, and as for French, I'm fluent so I thought it would be an easy A* to add to my application (btw I've got no French roots and I just lived there when I was 8 months to around the age of 4 so no one would know)
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The "Which Medical School Should I Apply To?" Uberthread
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Medicine A-Level subjects queries
Work Experience and Voluntary Work

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Official Undergraduate Medicine 2023 Entry
Graduate Entry Medicine 2023 Entry
Medicine 2023 entry for resit / retake / gap year applicants
A100 Medicine for International Students 2023 Entry
Medicine Interview discussion 2023 Entry
2023 entry A100 / A101 Medicine fastest and slowest offer senders
Index of Individual Medical School Applicants' threads 2023 Entry

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Official Undergraduate Medicine 2024 Entry
Graduate Entry Medicine 2024 Entry
GAMSAT 2024 / 2025 entry discussions megathread
UCAT 2024 Entry Discussions Megathread

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Graduate Entry Medicine 2025 Entry
Official Undergraduate Medicine 2025 Entry

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GCSE Requirements for Medicine
Everything you need to know about the BMAT
Work Experience as a Graduate or Mature student
Medicine Personal Statement Advice
Medicine Personal Statement Advice (Graduate Entry)
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MMI Medicine Interview Tips
What to do after an unsuccessful first application

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Original post by TSR Hippocrates
Hey there, thanks for posting a question in the Medicine forum. :biggrin:
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Megathreads
(Please read the first post, before then posting any further questions you have within that thread.)
The "Which Medical School Should I Apply To?" Uberthread
The Ultimate 'Am I Good Enough For Medicine?' Angst Thread
Medicine A-Level subjects queries
Work Experience and Voluntary Work
2023 Applicants:
Official Undergraduate Medicine 2023 Entry
Graduate Entry Medicine 2023 Entry
Medicine 2023 entry for resit / retake / gap year applicants
A100 Medicine for International Students 2023 Entry
Medicine Interview discussion 2023 Entry
2023 entry A100 / A101 Medicine fastest and slowest offer senders
Index of Individual Medical School Applicants' threads 2023 Entry
2024 Applicants :
Official Undergraduate Medicine 2024 Entry
Graduate Entry Medicine 2024 Entry
GAMSAT 2024 / 2025 entry discussions megathread
UCAT 2024 Entry Discussions Megathread
Other application years:
Graduate Entry Medicine 2025 Entry
Official Undergraduate Medicine 2025 Entry
Useful Articles:
GCSE Requirements for Medicine
Everything you need to know about the BMAT
Work Experience as a Graduate or Mature student
Medicine Personal Statement Advice
Medicine Personal Statement Advice (Graduate Entry)
Interview Frequently Asked Questions
MMI Medicine Interview Tips
What to do after an unsuccessful first application
If your query is answered by one of the Megathreads or articles linked above, and you would like us to close this thread for you, please reply to this thread with just the words "thank you". A member of our team will then get it locked.

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Original post by injeolmii
I'm picking my a-level options and I'd like to study medicine.
I've already decided to do chem bio and maths but I'm not sure whether I should take further maths or French as a fourth a-level.
Also, is doing a fourth a-level gonna boost my application in any way?
I really enjoy maths and am good at it so I think further maths would be interesting however I've heard people say it's a lot of work, and as for French, I'm fluent so I thought it would be an easy A* to add to my application (btw I've got no French roots and I just lived there when I was 8 months to around the age of 4 so no one would know)

I'm gonna be honest - dont take a 4th subject

It adds nothing to a medicine application

If you would like to study a 4th for your own academic achievement/ progress, then feel free to take it

I took 4 subjects at AS level and then dropped a 4th subject for year 13.

Taking 3 subjects is all you need for a successful medical application at ANY university

I'd strongly recommend taking only 3 and spending the rest of your time doing supercurriculars, wider reading, etc. This stuff will actually count towards your medicine application

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