A-levels, BTECs & Highers

What A-levels do you need to become a doctor?

By Andy Gardner (Careers Adviser) - 08 January 2013

What A-levels do you need to get into medical school?

An aspiring medic? If you’re planning to study medicine at university, make sure your A-level line-up keeps your options open when it comes to applying to medical schools…

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.
Take a look at individual medicine courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before taking their degree in medicine.

Similar subject areas...

  • Biomedical sciences.
  • Veterinary medicine.
  • Dentistry.
  • Nursing.
Remember that even these similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to medicine, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check a range of individual course entry requirements before you finalise your choices.

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