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    Hi i am currently an year 11 student nearly starting year 12 i was thinking about dropping a subject
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    Ancient History
    I really want to drop one of the sciences but my school says you need all three sciences to become a doctor since uni of NSW and other uni require all the three science but its too much can i still be accepted if my Atar is like 99.95 without one of the sciences

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    Re: Medical science

    Quote Originally Posted by highshill View Post
    Hi i am currently an year 11 student nearly starting year 12 i was thinking about dropping a subject
    My subjects are
    Biology
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Mathematics
    English Advanced
    Ancient History
    I really want to drop one of the sciences but my school says you need all three sciences to become a doctor since uni of NSW and other uni require all the three science but its too much can i still be accepted if my Atar is like 99.95 without one of the sciences
    You don't need any sciences for almost every uni that does medicine, it just may be assumed knowledge for a bit. The only prerequisites are for a small amount of universities, e.g. band 4 in english for UNSW. Not sure where your school is getting their info from.

    Also most universities require UMAT + ATAR + interview but if you get 99.95 you can go USYD with just ATAR + interview.

    http://medstudentsonline.com.au/foru...andards.31845/

    There's a very useful link to see admission into medicine.
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    Re: Medical science

    I would keep the subjects you enjoy and you're good at and drop the subject you don't enjoy so much and you don't perform as well at. This is because admission to medicine is highly competitive, so you want to maximise your ATAR. If you're thinking of dropping one of the sciences, the science least relevant to medicine is physics.
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    Re: Medical science

    Yeah ur school is giving you bullshit

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    Re: Medical science

    Quote Originally Posted by gaslight View Post
    I've heard chem's a prerequisite for med, apparently.
    nothing is a prereq

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    Re: Medical science

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    nothing is a prereq
    True for the NSW med schools. Not true for several other schools where Chem & English (+ Maths in one case) are required.

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    Re: Medical science

    In the UNSW Medicine FAQ page,

    Although there are no prerequisites for entry into UNSW Medicine, we recommend that students study English for their final high school examinations. There is assumed knowledge of this subject and studying it is considered desirable for successful study in the Medicine Program. Students who do not have the assumed level of knowledge are eligible to apply, be offered a place and to enrol, but may be placed at a considerable disadvantage.

    In addition, study in Chemistry is recommended.
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    Re: Medical science

    So basically they just recommend so the student does not struggle in class so they won't reject me
    Is that right

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    Re: Medical science

    Quote Originally Posted by highshill View Post
    So basically they just recommend so the student does not struggle in class so they won't reject me
    Is that right
    You can take bridging courses anyway and plus you can learn it while you're doing the course, they won't reject you for that. I don't do chem but bio seems to relate somewhat to medicine such as the immune response, diseases, vaccinations, antibiotics, and how the body works, so I'd keep that if you think it'll help.
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    Re: Medical science

    What meant by abridge

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    Re: Medical science

    Quote Originally Posted by highshill View Post
    What meant by abridge
    It's an ~8 week course you do in the summer before starting med in March. But of the schools with prereqs specified, not all allow you to meet the requirement with a bridging course.

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    Re: Medical science

    Quote Originally Posted by highshill View Post
    Hi i am currently an year 11 student nearly starting year 12 i was thinking about dropping a subject
    My subjects are
    Biology
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Mathematics
    English Advanced
    Ancient History
    I really want to drop one of the sciences but my school says you need all three sciences to become a doctor since uni of NSW and other uni require all the three science but its too much can i still be accepted if my Atar is like 99.95 without one of the sciences

    1. Don't need 99.95 for med (except for USYD)
    2. Plenty of people in my cohort wouldn't be there if this was true-including myself (referring to compulsory 3 science)
    3. You should still do sciences over low scaling humanities purely for scaling (yes I believe in practicality over doing something you enjoy)
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