Do I need chemistry to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, dietetics or become a forensic science or vet?
An A-level (or equivalent) in chemistry is essential if you want to study medicine. Biology, physics and maths are also recommended. Very good grades are certainly needed and relevant work experience will significantly increase your chances of gaining a place on a medicine degree course.
Yes, you’ll need an A-level (or equivalent) in chemistry as forensic scientists need a degree in chemistry, analytical chemistry or biology. This course provides a firm grounding in the laboratory techniques and analytical skills required. Ensure that the degree has enough lab time and chemistry content to satisfy future employers.
Normally chemistry and biology are required at A-level (or equivalent) if you wish to study dentistry. Studying maths and physics will also put you in a strong position.
The qualifications needed to become a veterinary surgeon are similar to those for becoming a doctor. Chemistry is required at A-level (or equivalent), along with A-levels in biology or mathematics.
Chemistry A-level (or equivalent) is an entry requirement for many pharmacy courses, and is preferable for all institutions.
Many people confuse pharmacy with pharmacology. Pharmacists are involved in the dispensing of medicines and learn not only about the effects of different medicines and how they interact, but also about regulations related to dispensing. Pharmacologists study the effects of chemical compounds on humans and animals. They may work in clinical trials but often work as part of a research team developing new medicines.
Taking A-Level (or equivalent) chemistry, biology and maths are essential if you want to study dietetics.
Details of current entry requirements for all of the above courses can be found on the UCAS website.