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It's a very minor point but this isn't quite true. Chemistry is the essential course for med school, although almost all applicants have Biology and most have either Physics or Maths.

Slightly more on topic, medical courses have a pretty heavy maths element that's above GCSE level. It's not impossible but it is a challenge for some. It's pretty hard to escape doing a certain amount of maths if you go into any STEM career field.
True, but there’s a big difference between a certain amount of maths” which generally involves handling equations and the kind of “ proof from first principles” maths that develops those equations. The maths required by many STEM subjects is really arithmetic, statistics and a bit of basic algebra and calculus.
 

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#82
Re STEM the harsh reality is that while engineering delivers cool stuff that interests many, the maths and knowledge required to actually deliver said cool stuff is significant. Simple rule of thumb is that if you don't have A level further maths at grade B or better engineering is not for you.
100% agree, in fact if they were working I'd give you several likes.
My youngest son was on a special secondary school trial which sadly didn't work out for him.
His school was a drama queens haven so as he was unable to take the courses he wanted they sent him 2 days a week to a maths academy and then to the local tech where he gained his engineering diplomas. At university he was the only one on his course without a levels but the only one with workshop time. He didn't get his sports tech degree but is earning good money as a machinist in a specialist firm. Hopefully they have recognised his skills and will develop them.
 

ugly

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#83
Sorry, but this is ludicrous. If the subject needs Maths, and fluid mechanics and the like get into second order differential equations (which is further maths land) then the students need to have the A levels. Otherwise you end up with two tier degree in the same course - one stream fro those who can do the math (and therefore understand the theories, implications and can find new solutions) and the others who learn the monkey see, monkey do way.
I thought the monkey see monkey do bit was the old ONC/HNC route and it served us very well indeed in industry, our better technical administrators and engineers used this route, the egg heads in development were usually graduates. These grads were usually misplaced into management when they really should have been in standards and development which in my industry is where they are now. It only took 40 odd years to get there but it works. We even have a discipline specific degree now and you can finally become chartered without doing the electrical engineering routes.
 

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True, but there’s a big difference between a certain amount of maths” which generally involves handling equations and the kind of “ proof from first principles” maths that develops those equations. The maths required by many STEM subjects is really arithmetic, statistics and a bit of basic algebra and calculus.
I would give you an informative for this but the buttons seem to have disappeared.
 

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