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URGENT! Is it possible for me to do medicine? (1 Viewer)

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HELP! I'm in Year 11 this year and I have chosen the subjects:

- General Maths
- English Advanced
- English Extension 1
- Biology
- Business Studies
- Economics
- Geography

Is it possible for me to do medicine at UNSW without 2U maths and chemistry? (UNSW states 2U Mathematics and Chemistry are assumed knowledge)

Thank you so much :)
 
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If it's assumed knowledge then yh you should choose 2u and chem but you can also do bridging courses before commencing medicine at unsw (I think..., someone else may confirm)

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Yep, this is true.

Bridging courses usually occur a few weeks before the commencement of the semester.
 

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I still don't get how chemistry relates more to medicine than biology can someone please explain?
 

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If you get the ATAR and satisfied the other requirements (i.e. UMAT, and interview) you can still do medicine, however without having done 2 unit maths, you would probably struggle a lot during the first few years or so. Having a strong maths background is useful for all degree except humanities and arts. I actually strongly suggest you find a way to change your subject selection to make your life easier in uni. Don't rely on bridging courses because to be able to understand what is covered over 2 years, even selected parts of it over a few weeks is near impossible to be able to grasp it with depth and confidence.
 

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HELP! I'm in Year 11 this year and I have chosen the subjects:

- General Maths
- English Advanced
- English Extension 1
- Biology
- Business Studies
- Economics
- Geography

Is it possible for me to do medicine at UNSW without 2U maths and chemistry? (UNSW states 2U Mathematics and Chemistry are assumed knowledge)

Thank you so much :)
Yes, not doing those subjects does not mean you will prevented from being admitted into Medicine For one I know a firend of mine who did General Maths and still could do Medicine at UNSW. However he did Chemistry as well.

Remember getting into Medicine is no easy feat let alone getting into UNSW. You have to keep your options always open, don't hang on to a particular university or degree.
 

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If you get the ATAR and satisfied the other requirements (i.e. UMAT, and interview) you can still do medicine, however without having done 2 unit maths, you would probably struggle a lot during the first few years or so. Having a strong maths background is useful for all degree except humanities and arts. I actually strongly suggest you find a way to change your subject selection to make your life easier in uni. Don't rely on bridging courses because to be able to understand what is covered over 2 years, even selected parts of it over a few weeks is near impossible to be able to grasp it with depth and confidence.
If I do the bridging course, and study 2 unit maths whilst at university through textbooks etc. do you think it would make it more possible for me? I don't know if what I'm saying makes sense but if I am mainly worried that if I do 2 unit maths it will bring down my ATAR in Year 12. I would much rather put in more effort in English Advanced and English Ext 1 as I enjoy the humanities subjects a lot more and am also better at them in comparison to maths.
 

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Yes, not doing those subjects does not mean you will prevented from being admitted into Medicine For one I know a firend of mine who did General Maths and still could do Medicine at UNSW. However he did Chemistry as well.

Remember getting into Medicine is no easy feat let alone getting into UNSW. You have to keep your options always open, don't hang on to a particular university or degree.
Thank you for your advice. Another one of my options was Law but I have heard that there is little to no demand for Law in Australia.
 

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If I do the bridging course, and study 2 unit maths whilst at university through textbooks etc. do you think it would make it more possible for me? I don't know if what I'm saying makes sense but if I am mainly worried that if I do 2 unit maths it will bring down my ATAR in Year 12. I would much rather put in more effort in English Advanced and English Ext 1 as I enjoy the humanities subjects a lot more and am also better at them in comparison to maths.
You should probably do subjects you think are best for your ATAR if you want to get in to UNSW Medicine.
 

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Thank you for your advice. Another one of my options was Law but I have heard that there is little to no demand for Law in Australia.
From what I have heard there is an oversaturation of people graduating from Law and remaining unemployed. Lot of its the fault of Universities for not having a quota and admitting too many people into Law.

Law is a risky path in comparision to degrees like Medicine, Engineering and even Commerce. Science I say keep your head low as it has also become risky. There have been major cuts to funding in scientific and medical research especially and a lot of unemployed graduates, the future is pretty bleak for research in this country.
 

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I also suggest you consider other health realted degrees such as Allied Health which is like Physiotherapy, Dietitian, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Optometry is a good option as well. All of these degrees as far as I know don't require UMAT or interviews.
 

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I also suggest you consider other health realted degrees such as Allied Health which is like Physiotherapy, Dietitian, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Optometry is a good option as well. All of these degrees as far as I know don't require UMAT or interviews.
Yes those would make interesting jobs however I am finding the salary is not as sufficient, and although that is not the only factor I am taking into consideration it is a big one.
 

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Yes those would make interesting jobs however I am finding the salary is not as sufficient, and although that is not the only factor I am taking into consideration it is a big one.
Sufficient enough to have food and ceiling above your head. Maybe not suffiecient enough to have a couple Lambos or multi million dollar investment properties. Nonetheless pretty decent imo.
 

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Sufficient enough to have food and ceiling above your head. Maybe not suffiecient enough to have a couple Lambos or multi million dollar investment properties. Nonetheless pretty decent imo.
Indian parents would disagree :/
 

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If I do the bridging course, and study 2 unit maths whilst at university through textbooks etc. do you think it would make it more possible for me? I don't know if what I'm saying makes sense but if I am mainly worried that if I do 2 unit maths it will bring down my ATAR in Year 12. I would much rather put in more effort in English Advanced and English Ext 1 as I enjoy the humanities subjects a lot more and am also better at them in comparison to maths.
Don't worry about atar because other unis have a lower requirement, e.g. WSU has 93.5 for GWS area and 95.5 for non GWS (approx). UNSW the median in 2015 was 99.6 so take this into account. So if your atar doesn't make UNSW you can always apply elsewhere.
 

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If I do the bridging course, and study 2 unit maths whilst at university through textbooks etc. do you think it would make it more possible for me? I don't know if what I'm saying makes sense but if I am mainly worried that if I do 2 unit maths it will bring down my ATAR in Year 12. I would much rather put in more effort in English Advanced and English Ext 1 as I enjoy the humanities subjects a lot more and am also better at them in comparison to maths.
Let's just say it is close to impossible because when you start studying medicine, you will have a very high paced academic life, you will be bombarded with new content to learn every single day (and then to also learn 2 unit maths alongside that will be extremely demanding, the problem also is that since 2 unit maths is assumed knowledge, they will literally require you to do things beyond 2 unit maths anyways, so not sure whether learning it alongside would help so much, like at the end of the day, those who are suited to be doctors tends to be more scientific mind related, rather than leaning towards humanities, is there a particular reason why you want to be a doctor (i.e. is it intrinsic or extrinsic motivation?)
 

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Indian parents would disagree :/
It's your life, who cares. Have a passion and strive towards it, but have a backup which can be your medicine. But are you willing to sacrafice years of your time paying debt? From the looks of it, you're only doing 1 science subject and the rest are humanities, so why head towards that path?
 

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Guys dw, there is minimal maths in medicine. Outside public health (which is like super basics statistics) there is like no maths at all. The maths in public health is also really basic - I'd argue year 10 maths is sufficient. No heavy calculus involved haha.

I'm not too sure why they wanted 2u maths as assumed knowledge - Just a personal opinion, but I guess they don't want doctors who are bad at maths (since doctors are supposed to be the know it alls in society).

Bio relates more to med, but they teach bio from scratch in medicine. Chemistry not so much - the basics of the periodic table, elements, buffers, acid/bases as I can see are not taught that well - since it is assumed.
 

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