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    I study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and German. Whenever I tell someone that I get asked "are you crazy?!" every single time. I was in your position this time last year, umming and ahhing over whether I could deal with the workload. Hopefully what I have to say is of some use to you, or somebody.

    Biology:
    There is a lot of content and most topics link in with other topics, so at first you will feel as if you know nothing but it is just a matter of building up your knowledge. I went from getting Ds at the start of the year to Bs/As just before Christmas. Just make sure to keep reviewing what you've been taught so you don't forget it all! My teachers aren't the best so I find myself teaching myself a lot of the content, but it's not impossible as the textbook is pretty self explanatory.

    Chemistry:
    I hated chemistry at the start of the year. Until around Christmas I was considering dropping it and giving up my dreams of medicine. Buuut then we finished Unit 1 and I realised that it wasn't as difficult as I'd thought. I reviewed everything in Unit 1 and I'm now almost getting As on past papers. It's one of those things that will frustrate you but you will feel SO accomplished when you finally understand! There are 9 of us in my class and I am sure that the others feel the same. Stick at it, even when it's tough. It's great when things you've learned in GCSE finally make sense, I find it so interesting.

    Physics:
    I have a love-hate relationship with physics, but I feel like it's really personal preference. I find certain topics really difficult (electricity) whereas other topics (particle theory) I find so enjoyable. I don't have much to say about physics, just that (like all A Levels) it's a little less spoon-fed to you than at GCSE. I would say it was the smaller jump of the three.
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    (Original post by jadeskittles)
    I study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and German. Whenever I tell someone that I get asked "are you crazy?!" every single time. I was in your position this time last year, umming and ahhing over whether I could deal with the workload. Hopefully what I have to say is of some use to you, or somebody.

    Biology:
    There is a lot of content and most topics link in with other topics, so at first you will feel as if you know nothing but it is just a matter of building up your knowledge. I went from getting Ds at the start of the year to Bs/As just before Christmas. Just make sure to keep reviewing what you've been taught so you don't forget it all! My teachers aren't the best so I find myself teaching myself a lot of the content, but it's not impossible as the textbook is pretty self explanatory.

    Chemistry:
    I hated chemistry at the start of the year. Until around Christmas I was considering dropping it and giving up my dreams of medicine. Buuut then we finished Unit 1 and I realised that it wasn't as difficult as I'd thought. I reviewed everything in Unit 1 and I'm now almost getting As on past papers. It's one of those things that will frustrate you but you will feel SO accomplished when you finally understand! There are 9 of us in my class and I am sure that the others feel the same. Stick at it, even when it's tough. It's great when things you've learned in GCSE finally make sense, I find it so interesting.

    Physics:
    I have a love-hate relationship with physics, but I feel like it's really personal preference. I find certain topics really difficult (electricity) whereas other topics (particle theory) I find so enjoyable. I don't have much to say about physics, just that (like all A Levels) it's a little less spoon-fed to you than at GCSE. I would say it was the smaller jump of the three.
    Thank you so much for your advice! It's helping me a lot. I just wanted to know though, how are you coping with Physics, as you're not doing maths? Aren't they extremely reliant on each other? How did you find the mathematical element of it? The college I'm applying to makes it compulsory to study Physics and maths in conjunction.
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    (Original post by tkb661998)
    Thank you so much for your advice! It's helping me a lot. I just wanted to know though, how are you coping with Physics, as you're not doing maths? Aren't they extremely reliant on each other? How did you find the mathematical element of it? The college I'm applying to makes it compulsory to study Physics and maths in conjunction.
    That seems so crazy to me that it's compulsory to take maths alongside physics! I don't find it at all challenging. Things seem to be getting a little more 'mathsy' in unit 2 but there is people in my class who only obtained a B grade in maths at GCSE who aren't struggling with the maths side of things. Chemistry is more maths based than physics in my opinion!! I think you'd be fine without maths, but obviously if it's compulsory there's nothing you can do!
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    (Original post by tkb661998)
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    I can only speak for physics and maths.
    Physics: no work at all, it's easy
    Maths: not much work either


    Not everyone almost dies of stress. Chemistry might be harder though; I think only one person got an A in the AS last year.
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    i take biology and it's not hard - there's just a massive amount of content, the content itself is about average to understand most of the time. taking sciences isn't a massive stress with mental breakdowns and crying fits if you enjoy them, you're good at them (which it appears you are) and you're wise with how you spend your time.
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    (Original post by izpenguin)
    I am doing A2 maths, chemistry and biology and last year I did AS Spanish. It really isn't that bad. The workload is perfectly manageable and I not aware of it being any more than for other subjects. At least for sciences you don't have to write essays.
    And the difficulty of A level maths is so overrated it's unreal.
    What did you get for GCSE maths?
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    (Original post by Rajive)
    What did you get for GCSE maths?
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