What A-levels do you need to become a doctor?
By Andy Gardner (Careers Adviser) - 08 January 2013
If you want to study medicine, then it’s crucial that you pick the right A-levels. Chemistry is a must-have subject wherever you plan to study, but there are certain other ‘essentials’ depending on the particular university you want to go to.
Essential A-levels (or equivalent)
- Chemistry, biology and either maths or physics (or both) will keep all the medical schools open to you.
- If you don’t take maths or physics but do take chemistry and biology, it will keep open the vast majority.
- If you don’t take biology, but do take chemistry and one from maths or physics, fewer medical schools will accept you.
Useful A-levels (or equivalent)
- Critical thinking will help with section three of the Bio-medical Admissions Test (BMAT), but it is better to take this as a fifth AS-level rather than as a replacement for biology, maths or physics.
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