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What A-Levels Do You Need to be a Doctor?

If you’re aiming to study Medicine, you’re probably wondering: what A-Levels do you need to be a doctor? This guide outlines the Medical School requirements for A-Levels.

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What A-Levels Do You Need to be a Doctor?

Broadly speaking, most Medical Schools require Chemistry and Biology at A-Level. Some medical schools, like Birmingham and Aberdeen, allow you to swap Biology for Human Biology.

If you want to have the broadest choice of Med Schools, it’s a good idea to take A-Level Physics alongside Biology and Chemistry.

But opting for a humanities or art subject at A-Level certainly won’t rule you out of getting a place to study Medicine. Some universities, like Brighton and Sussex, encourage this to broaden academic horizons – and Hull York considers all third A-Level subjects to have equal merit.

What A-Levels Should You Avoid?

Most medical schools do not accept A-Levels in Critical Thinking, General Studies or Citizenship Studies – so you should avoid these subjects.

It’s also important to remember that subjects with overlapping content are often not considered – or only considered as one. This includes Maths and Further Maths, or PE and Biology, or Biology and Human Biology.

A-Level Entry Requirements

Below we’ve compiled a table of UK universities’ A-Level requirements. As you can see below, most schools require Chemistry and Biology, as well as one other science or subject of your choice.

University Which A-Levels does this school require?Which A-Levels are not acceptable?
AberdeenChemistry is required. One subject from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics is required. One further A-Level in most other subjects. Check with Medical Admissions Office if in doubt about suitability of a subject. Combinations of Chemistry, Biology plus a Non-Science subject are as acceptable as all-science combinations.General Studies or Global Perspectives & Research
Anglia RuskinChemistry or Biology; and one of either Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, plus one other. We require a pass in the practical elementGeneral Studies and Critical Thinking
AstonChemistry and Biology. The third subject can be any other subject. A pass in the practical element of your science A Levels is required.General Studies and Critical Thinking
Barts (Queen Mary)Two of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths.General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Further Maths (if Mathematics is included in your A-levels)
BirminghamChemistry and Biology (or Human Biology). General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Other non-standard subjects may not be accepted
Brighton and SussexBiology and Chemistry are mandatory. No specified third subject (encourage humanities/arts for broadening academic horizons).General Studies
BristolChemistry is mandatory and either Biology, Physics or Maths. Third A-Level can be any other academic subject.Not Specified
BuckinghamChemistry and/or Biology and a third subject. In the case of applicants who do not have Biology at A-Level, they should have studied the subject to GCSE level and achieved at least a grade B. General Studies
CambridgeChemistry and one of Biology/Physics/Maths. Most applicants have at least three science/mathematics A-Levels and some Colleges require this and/or particular subjects. See College websites for details.Not Specified
CardiffChemistry and Biology. Applicants undertaking Science GCE A levels where a separate practical endorsement is reported, will require a pass in this element. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Maths
DundeeChemistry and another science (Biology, Physics or Mathematics). Third subject can be your own choice, there is no preference. General Studies
Edge HillBiology and Chemistry mandatory, with passes in the physical elements of both. TGeneral Studies, Critical Reasoning, Citizenship
and Key Skills
EdinburghChemistry and one subject from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics (Biology preferred). Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered. Human Biology may replace Biology.General Studies
ExeterBiology and Chemistry. General Studies
GlasgowChemistry and one of Maths, Physics or Biology. Human Biology/Biology and Maths/Further Maths are not considered separate subjects at A Level.General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives & Research
Hull YorkBiology and Chemistry. with a pass in practical experiments for reformed A levels completed in 2017 or later. For the third subject, all subjects considered equally apart from Further Maths and Human Biology.General Studies,Applied Science, Citizenship or Critical Thinking.
ImperialChemistry, Biology and any third subject.General Studies and Critical Thinking
KeeleTo include Chemistry or Biology and a second science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Statistics/Further Maths) plus a third academic subject.

Any science A level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) completed in England from 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement.
General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship.
A-Level Maths/Further Maths/Statistics in combination.
Kent and MedwayMust include Chemistry and/or Biology. If both Chemistry and Biology are not offered there must be one other from Physics, Maths, Psychology or Computer Science. CriticalCritical Thinking and/or General Studies
King's College LondonBiology and Chemistry. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives
LancasterAny 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology General Studies, Critical Thinking and native language A-Levels.
LeedsChemistry or Biology. If Chemistry is not offered then Biology must be offered with either Physics or Maths at A-Level. Human Biology/Biology and Maths/Further Maths are not considered separate subjects.While General Studies and Critical Thinking are welcomed as a 4th A2, they do not typically form part of an offer.
LeicesterChemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Psychology. If you study Mathematics and Further Mathematics, you may only count one of these grades towards your potential offer. If a modern language is one of your A-level subjects, we will ask for a declaration as to whether you are a native or home speaker of that language. General Studies, Critical Thinking, Global Perspectives (Cambridge Pre-U) or the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.
Lincoln Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third A-Level can be in any subjectGlobal Perspectives, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, General Studies
LiverpoolChemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third academic subject.General Studies
ManchesterChemistry or Biology/Human Biology; and one of the following subjects: Chemistry; Biology/Human Biology; Physics; Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
A combination of three sciences is equally acceptable at A-level. However, our offer will not include combinations of very similar subjects, for example, Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths together.
Where the science offered includes a practical element that must also be passed.
Critical Thinking, Citizenship, EPQ, Key Skills or General Studies
NewcastleChemistry and/or Biology (including a pass in the practical element for lab-based sciences). If only one of Biology and/or Chemistry is offered at A level, the other should be offered at GCSE grade A or 7 (or Dual Award Science grade A or 7).Critical Thinking or General Studies.
Norwich (UAE)Three As including Biology/Human Biology. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.General Studies and Critical Thinking
NottinghamBiology (or Human Biology) or Chemistry (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third A-Level can be in any subjectGlobal Perspectives, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, General Studies
OxfordChemistry and at least one of Biology, Physics, Maths or Further Maths. If a practical component forms part of any of the A-levels taken, we expect candidates to have taken it and passed.Critical Thinking or General Studies.
PlymouthBiology and one of Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology. Third GCE A level can be from any subject area including the humanities, languages, music, sport, science and the social sciences. General Studies.
Queen's BelfastChemistry and at least one from: Biology/Human Biology, Physics or Maths. A maximum of one VCE/Applied subject. A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics cannot be counted together at A- Level.Critical Thinking and General Studies.
SheffieldChemistry or Biology and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology/Human Biology or Psychology). The combination of Chemistry and Biology is acceptable. Critical Thinking and General Studies.
Further Mathematics for candidates who hold Mathematics A-Level.
SouthamptonBiology and one additional science (with a pass in the practical element where it is separately endorsed). Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies or Geography. Critical Thinking and General Studies, plus subjects with material
that overlaps (e.g. Human Biology/
Sports Studies/
Physical Education).
St AndrewsChemistry and one other from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. No preference for the third Advanced Level subject. Human Biology may replace Biology.General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives & Research. Only one of Mathematics or Further
Mathematics will be considered.
St George'sThree subjects to include Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology.General Studies and Key Skills.
SunderlandBiology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics) and a third academic subject. Any science A Level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) completed in England from 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement.Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, General Studies, any AQA Applied A-Level, any Edexcel Applied A-Level. Check their site for details
Swansea Graduate only.-
UCLChemistry and Biology. The third subject is the student’s own choice.General Studies or Critical Thinking.
UCLanAt least two science subjects, to include Chemistry, and a third academic subject.-
WarwickGraduate only.-

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