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Do I need chemistry to

Do I need chemistry to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or become a vet?

...study medicine?


An A-level (or equivalent) in chemistry is essential if you want to study medicine. Surprisingly, biology is not required but maths and/or physics often are. Very good grades are certainly needed and relevant work experience will significantly increase your chances of gaining a place on a medicine degree course.


...become a dentist?

Normally chemistry and biology at AS-level (or equivalent) are compulsory if you wish to study dentistry. One or both of these subjects are also required at A-level (or equivalent).


...become a vet?

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, physics or mathematics.


...become a pharmacist?

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.

Details of current entry requirements for all of the above courses can be found on the UCAS website.