Dr Adrian Rowley
1 comment by Dr Adrian Rowley
I would like to add that the analytical and evaluative skills needed and applied during an A-level chemistry course are just as, if not, more important in preparing potential students for the onset of a medical course. Removing A-level chemistry as an entry requirement not only means more content at a faster pace to cover as an undergraduate, but a cohort that may need to be taught essential skills also. You may find 6th form pupils not opting for A-level chemistry as it is deemed a difficult A-level. Are they really the pupils with the correct mindset we want in medical school. I believe they are simply putting off the inevitable and they will struggle with the pace and content as an undergraduate, as you point out in your article. Medical school is challenging and the medical profession is challenging. Removing A-level chemistry as an entry requirement may not be in the professions best interest.