What A Level Grades And Subjects Do Ya Need To Go To Medical School

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R.E at GCSE hardly goes into the ethics which is central to some of those issues.
Agreed. It's even debatable whether it does or not at A-Level.
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R.E at GCSE hardly goes into the ethics which is central to some of those issues.
Yes, but why stop at GCSE level? When I was back in my GCSE days, I did a project on Abortion, and made one kick ass of a poster, using all the different arguments, probably to A level as well.
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When I was back in my GCSE days
When times were good and children were respectable to their elders..
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honestly, how useful is physics for medicine? I was under the impression that it'd help in the bmat, in the medical course itself, and while working in hospitals. cambridge people openly recommend taking all the science subjects. But I don't want to tailor my a-levels to cam at the expense of other uni's.
Well, I didn't do A-Level Physics and I haven't missed it at all. You need a tiny bit of mechanics for Physiology, but you can get that from Maths, and even if you do neither, then you'll still be able to pick it up fairly quickly.

I didn't take BMAT, so I don't know how much it helped. As for working in hospitals - I can't really see why it would be that useful.
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i'm in yr 12 and have recently decided i wanna do medicine but i picked the wrong subject. I only have bio and with only bio there are 3 unis which except you penisula, hull and east anglia. a lot of unis ask for just chem and bio. go to

entry requirements for medical schools in 2003 (England, Wales & N Ireland)

It gives a list of the unis and what they ask for. hope it helps
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(Original post by corey)
R.E at GCSE hardly goes into the ethics which is central to some of those issues.
All we ever seem to do is ethics, especially in the full GCSE (as opposed to short course). I know nothing about religion, but I love philosophy, ethics, politics etc. and I usually get around 90% in the tests. I guess it depends on the exam board somewhat.

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i'm in yr 12 and have recently decided i wanna do medicine but i picked the wrong subject. I only have bio and with only bio there are 3 unis which except you penisula, hull and east anglia. a lot of unis ask for just chem and bio. go to

entry requirements for medical schools in 2003 (England, Wales & N Ireland)

It gives a list of the unis and what they ask for. hope it helps
One thing that table doesn't mention is that some medical schools won't count further maths on top of maths, so if you are only doing four a-levels, then you won't be considered if they want three a-levels and an extra as-level. For example, you won't be able to apply to Imperial with Chem, Bio, Maths and Further Maths a-levels. I found this out just in time to change my as choices for next year.
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if you really really badly wanted to do medicine that badly you should have known before you opted for your a level subjects

about 7 a's at GCSE are needed and ABB ( A in chem, B in bio, B in another pref. another science such as zoology or maths )
ABB is the min. requirement altho depending on your interview your offer can drop
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itaque, is it fair to say that medical schools don't like students to show a great interest in maths?
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itaque, is it fair to say that medical schools don't like students to show a great interest in maths?
No not really, Maths is classed equal to biology,
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No not really, Maths is classed equal to biology,
I find that surprising, I thought that Bio would be seen more important than Maths for Medicine, but obviously I'm wrong.
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All we ever seem to do is ethics, especially in the full GCSE (as opposed to short course). I know nothing about religion, but I love philosophy, ethics, politics etc. and I usually get around 90% in the tests. I guess it depends on the exam board somewhat.
I was more reffering to ethical theory and then applying them to situations. In the RE GCSE to my knowledge you mainly focus on the arguments for and against things rather than looking at ethics as a whole and then applying them.
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I find that surprising, I thought that Bio would be seen more important than Maths for Medicine, but obviously I'm wrong.
I know I think the same... Chemistry is the only requirement for Medicine for most medical schools then another science of Biology, Maths, Physics all with equal preference, of course most applicants do have biology.
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if you really really badly wanted to do medicine that badly you should have known before you opted for your a level subjects
It's more complicated than that. I'm in year 11 and although medicine sounds very attractive at this early stage, I have no clue whether or not I'd make a good doctor and I really don't have much idea of what being a doctor is actually like (hence, I'm desperately trying to get some work experience for next summer). Also, at this stage people might not think they're clever enough, but will change their minds when they get their GCSE results.

(Original post by DazYa2)
about 7 a's at GCSE are needed and ABB ( A in chem, B in bio, B in another pref. another science such as zoology or maths )
ABB is the min. requirement altho depending on your interview your offer can drop
Just like some medical schools won't count further maths on top of maths, I think some won't count zoology on top of biology. In order to maximise the univercities you can apply to, it would thinks that its probably be better to do physics or even an arts subject for breadth.
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Chemistry is the only requirement for Medicine for most medical schools then another science of Biology, Maths, Physics all with equal preference, of course most applicants do have biology.
I used to think so but then I looked into it a little (for a friend who wasn't taking biology) and I found that an applicant's choices are seriously limited without at least biology AS (e.g. you wouldn't be able to apply to any of the medical schools in London). I would still count biology to be of more importance than maths and would advise anyone to choose it over maths.
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I used to think so but then I looked into it a little (for a friend who wasn't taking biology) and I found that an applicant's choices are seriously limited without at least biology AS (e.g. you wouldn't be able to apply to any of the medical schools in London). I would still count biology to be of more importance than maths and would advise anyone to choose it over maths.
I would advise anyone to choose Biology over Maths but I also know people who haven't done biology on my course and although the huge minority they do exist.
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(Original post by corey)
I was more reffering to ethical theory and then applying them to situations.
Ah, OK. You're absolutely right then, I don't do any of that.

(Original post by corey)
In the RE GCSE to my knowledge you mainly focus on the arguments for and against things rather than looking at ethics as a whole and then applying them.
Yep, that seems pretty accurate.
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It's more complicated than that. I'm in year 11 and although medicine sounds very attractive at this early stage, I have no clue whether or not I'd make a good doctor and I really don't have much idea of what being a doctor is actually like (hence, I'm desperately trying to get some work experience for next summer). Also, at this stage people might not think they're clever enough, but will change their minds when they get their GCSE results.
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Yes, I am in exactly the same boat, wasnt sure whether to take Chemistry or Physics but since I enjoy both equally and have the idea of being a doctor I have chosen Chemistry as well as Biology, Maths and English Lit. I think that its important to choose subjects that you enjoy as well as ones for your future career, to be honest if you dont enjoy the subjects the Career might not be for you.

As to what medical schools prefer, there are a few places that will allow a place without Biology but most places vastly prefer it and I would recommend that you would take Biology.
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(Original post by onlylittleme)
Yes, I am in exactly the same boat, wasnt sure whether to take Chemistry or Physics but since I enjoy both equally and have the idea of being a doctor I have chosen Chemistry as well as Biology, Maths and English Lit. I think that its important to choose subjects that you enjoy as well as ones for your future career, to be honest if you dont enjoy the subjects the Career might not be for you.

As to what medical schools prefer, there are a few places that will allow a place without Biology but most places vastly prefer it and I would recommend that you would take Biology.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I've been hearing. I'm going to talk to the director of studies about what my options are, but at the moment it looks like I'll be choosing the three sciences and maths. I'll then probably change to maths, further maths, physics and economics (to do maths, physics, economics or something like that at uni) if I decide medicine isn't for me after doing some work experience over the summer.
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