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    I really wish to pursue a career as a geneticist. However, some people have told me that i have to take chemistry up to A2 level to do this but i really want to avoid it at all costs. I know i will be up against applicants with chemistry which will not fancy my chances, but i plan to do Maths instead if possible as it's a strong subject of mine, whereas Chemistry is the opposite and i think an A/B at Maths a level is better for my university application than a D/E at Chemistry a level. Aswell as this, would i have to study genetics at university or could i study human biology aswell?

    and btw, the a levels i am considering taking are Biology, Maths, and r.e.
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    Biology, chemistry, maths would definitely be your best bet.
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    (Original post by James)
    Biology, chemistry, maths would definitely be your best bet.
    I'd say so too.

    Just work hard. RE won't really help at all.
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    Chem would be good but maths would be best alternative
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    Chemistry isn't particulalry hard to do well in, it just requires a lot of work if you've not got a natural flair for it. If you need chemistry, then you should do it. You'll almost certainly have to do some chemistry during your time at uni, so you'll want to make life easy for yourself then.
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    (Original post by Ben77mc)
    I'd say so too.

    Just work hard. RE won't really help at all.
    RE may be considered relevant possibly due to the moral and ethical issues and their appreciation, i wouldnt say its totally uselss
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    (Original post by -Josh-B-)
    I really wish to pursue a career as a geneticist. .
    The term "geneticist" can actually refer to quite a few different roles involving genetics, what sort of job are you looking for specifically ?
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    (Original post by ttx)
    The term "geneticist" can actually refer to quite a few different roles involving genetics, what sort of job are you looking for specifically ?
    A consultant is what i'm aiming for.

    Clad-in-armor: Yup, thats why i chose it. I was going to do English lit, History or r.e and i've decided on r.e i feel is the most relevant.

    and btw people, I do not definately have to do chemistry a level to follow this career?

    and would i have to do genetics at university, or could i do human biology?
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    (Original post by -Josh-B-)
    A consultant is what i'm aiming for.

    Clad-in-armor: Yup, thats why i chose it. I was going to do English lit, History or r.e and i've decided on r.e i feel is the most relevant.

    and btw people, I do not definitely have to do chemistry a level to follow this career?

    and would i have to do genetics at university, or could i do human biology?
    But most biological degrees of any description will have an element of chemistry (even if its just biochem), so you'll end up doing chemistry eventually, and sooner rather than later would obviously be a bonus, particularly if you've got lots of biology to learn as well as chemistry.

    A quick ucas search for genetics throws up a range of requirements. Cardifff, for example, want the full A-level whereas others don't. The best place to start looking is UCAS and see how much chemistry the unis youre interested in want.
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    Basically they will want the same as if you wanted to do medicine, so at least chemistry and then most likely maths or physics, and biology.
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    Even if you dont absolutely have to do chemistry it will certainly help you out a lot in the long run, in your applications and when you will have to use it in your career choice anyway

    so i would suggest doing it at least for AS along with biology and maths, the only way i can see r.e being relevant is in the debates over genetic research and "playing god" etc...

    i did chemistry biology and maths, dropped chemistry, it wasn't very difficult it just didn't interest me that much.
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    (Original post by -Josh-B-)
    A consultant is what i'm aiming for.

    Clad-in-armor: Yup, thats why i chose it. I was going to do English lit, History or r.e and i've decided on r.e i feel is the most relevant.

    and btw people, I do not definitely have to do chemistry a level to follow this career?

    and would i have to do genetics at university, or could i do human biology?
    What do you mean by this just out of interest? A consultant clinical scientist (working in the NHS) specialising in genetics? Principal investigater in a genetics research group?

    Anyway best place to start is by looking at the genetics/human biology courses you want to apply for. Every uni is different. I'd say Chemistry to at least AS level but it'll be better if you could go all the way.

    Chances are that your course will be more biologically based so you won't have some of the hardcore chemistry you get at A-level. But a little bit of knowledge is useful for the biochemistry modules.
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    Good options but a fourth may help.
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    (Original post by -G-a-v-)
    But most biological degrees of any description will have an element of chemistry (even if its just biochem), so you'll end up doing chemistry eventually, and sooner rather than later would obviously be a bonus, particularly if you've got lots of biology to learn as well as chemistry.

    A quick ucas search for genetics throws up a range of requirements. Cardifff, for example, want the full A-level whereas others don't. The best place to start looking is UCAS and see how much chemistry the unis youre interested in want.
    The thing is, i'm hoping to go America for university and i know i will have to take an SAT to get in + after talking it through with my parents they are willing to pay for it although it's alot more expensive than the uk. So i'm unsure as to what the universitys over there would take into consideration.
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    (Original post by -Josh-B-)
    The thing is, i'm hoping to go America for university and i know i will have to take an SAT to get in + after talking it through with my parents they are willing to pay for it although it's alot more expensive than the uk. So i'm unsure as to what the universitys over there would take into consideration.
    Obviously you'd have to ask them. That wasn't really the point I was making though. You're going to need some knowledge of chemistry whatever happens, so suffering it to at least AS level would only help matters. You'll probably be taught some relevant chemistry when you're at uni anyway, so why not make life easier for yourself by getting some exposure to chemistry now so it's at least vaguely familiar territory rather than being completely new. It's a bit like the 'further maths or no further maths' when applying for a maths degree - you're going to get taught the stuff anyway eventually, but it'll be much easier second time round.
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    You will need chemistry A-level, i'm sure there are a few places which wont stipulate it as it may be taught as part of the course. But if you're not taking chemistry because you find it hard then you wont find it any easier at undergraduate level...

    Take chemistry and work hard if you struggle with it :p:
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    Thanks for the feedback, although can somebody clarify wether I can study human biology instead of genetics and still become a geneticist?
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    If you don't want to study chemistry really then why be a geneticist? It's pretty tough cookie chemistry! But A-level Chemistry aint that bad! Once you get into it you will really like it!

    A good combo would be Biology, Chemistry and Maths to A2 and a language to AS. The language just spreads you out, it's very useful and you really get to grips with a language!

    If you find the sciences a bit to dominating and want some variation at A2 level you could always drop Maths at AS and have a langauge at A2 or any other art/social science. It helps to buy some revision guides for your subjects a week before you start, and get to grips with some of the concepts at the start of the course. This means you hit the ground running and you will go onto the rest of the content in the lesson in a good mindset!

    Good Luck!
 
 
 
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