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Starting my biology degree after a gap year - what to expect??

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    Hi people

    So I was originally supposed to go to York to study Biology last September but decided at the last minute that I didn't feel ready and took a year out instead. Now, a year on, it is almost time for me to start.

    I've heard from a lot of people that the first year of uni is basically just a recap of A Level and that it's not really any more difficult. I guess for most undergraduates starting their degree, there has not been that much of an interval between doing A Levels and starting their degree. However after over a year of not being in any form of education, my A Level knowledge is pretty bare now and I've forgotten the majority of it. I'm not sure if this will hold me back when I start the course as I'll have to catch up with everyone else who's still got that knowledge fresh in their brains or if it will be easy to recap. I'm considering in this next two weeks before freshers whether to go through my old A Level Biology notes so I'm up to speed or will that be a waste of time? Anyone who's been through a similar thing might be able to help.

    First off, first year is definitely not a recap of A levels. For a start people come in from a load of different backgrounds and experience levels and A levels aren't the be all and end all of education! The first year is about bringing people up to speed and building on basic knowledge that people have so don't worry. It will come back to you as you go along so enjoy your time off till you start.
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