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    As one of the few actual medics to reply..

    I didn't have much fun with Alevel Bio. Mostly cos I couldn't be ****** with it. (thought it was too easy) I liked some aspects of it (the mamalian phys, cell biology and everything human really) most of A2 was ****.

    Anyway, most of my course is biochemistry these days. Lots of enzymes + metabolic pathways... All about DNA etc. Now starting pharmacology + immunobiology (which is more interesting)

    So I don't think they are similar.. there are people here who didn't do Biology at all. Sucks to bethem though. lots of the phys we learn is majority alevel biolg.
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    Ahhhh Biology :sogood: I even like photosynthesis and all the plant topics :awesome:
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    ^^^^ ahhhh, very nice. perhaps you are an 'erbivore, macca.



    (Original post by Philosoraptor)
    No I just think there are lots of boring bits we have to learn at time - and if A level bio is already too bad maybe medicine isn't the way forward. OP is free to do whatever they like though - we only have the information given...
    hey Philo sorri i didnt mean you either, i meant that OTHER guy!


    ( i am def in the LUV PHILO CLUB, macca, not to worri hehe)
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    (Original post by Gizmo!)
    well perhaps you are an 'erbivore, macca.




    hey Philo sorri i didnt mean you either, i meant that OTHER guy!


    ( i am def in the LUV PHILO CLUB, macca, not to worri hehe)
    Haha cheers old boy, although you might change your mind because I don't love PBL :p:
    I am defo one of the love macca from NMM club. (God I've not gone there in ages!)
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    ow very kind you are, macca. and i did luv your old avatar of you getting totally plastered.

    NMM is a lesser place wiffout you.
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    (Original post by josh_a_y)
    As I said, throughout my alevel course, I have found biology mind-numbingly boring. And the batch of bad teachers probably didnt help with this (one got fired at christmas because he was incompetent & the other does not plan lessons, and her lessons just depress me in general).

    It seems like that the subject is all about reading static texts and memorising the concepts behind them- not exactly stimulating.

    I am praying that Medicine isnt like this, because I really dont want to spend my time learning and doing somethiing that I won't enjoy. So current med students, is medicine in university anything like alevel biology??

    Go for it!

    I found biology A level and Chemistry A level boring and I'm medic! (I'm serious about that).
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    (Original post by rainbowbex)
    As one of the few actual medics to reply..

    I didn't have much fun with Alevel Bio. Mostly cos I couldn't be ****** with it. (thought it was too easy) I liked some aspects of it (the mamalian phys, cell biology and everything human really) most of A2 was ****.

    Anyway, most of my course is biochemistry these days. Lots of enzymes + metabolic pathways... All about DNA etc. Now starting pharmacology + immunobiology (which is more interesting)

    So I don't think they are similar.. there are people here who didn't do Biology at all. Sucks to bethem though. lots of the phys we learn is majority alevel biolg.
    Do they struggle? At the UEA open day, the dean said that there is a study which shows that people that don't take Biology A level, generally do less well in the first year in comparison to people that do take it. As such, UEA don't even stipulate an A level chemistry requirement :beard:
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    plus of course, who gives a fig about the first year?

    as long as you pass, of course lol/

    anyone who is chasing marks in year 1needs there 'ead seeing to.
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    (Original post by dfjr)
    Go for it!

    I found biology A level and Chemistry A level boring and I'm medic! (I'm serious about that).
    ahhh. A Serious Medic.


    its a potential Cohen Brotherz movie, macca.
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    Depends on what you're bored of. If you hate the human side, I'd think about a different career. If you hate studying plants, don't worry, that's perfectly normal.
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    You only need chemistry to do medicine.
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    you only need an 'art.
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    (Original post by Gizmo!)
    ahhh. A Serious Medic.


    its a potential Cohen Brotherz movie, macca.
    haha I hope not. Although would make a change from the funny doctors we're used to seeing on tv (e.g. scrubs, green wing)

    Just seems wierd why people keep asking other whether they're worthy of doing medicine. Surely if you have some self esteem it should be, "is medicine good enough for you?".

    As for medicine, we hardly learn any real science anyway. Just a lot of memorising facts, and we never go deep into anything. Just because OP hated biology a level doesn't mean he will hate medicine. If you're interested in medicine, you're interested in medicine. It's pretty simple. The harder thing to test is whether you'll like the job of a doctor. But most med students don't really know that for sure until they actually become one.

    I say for any potential medics applying for medicine, is that Medicine is going to be boring. It is largely memorising facts. It doesn't allow you many chances to go deeper and satisfy your "intellectual needs" as really you aren't be trained to be a scientist, you're trained to be a doctor. Anyone for example who tells me they're interested in histology is either lying or deluded.

    Sure you'll find some topic areas and some areas you'll enjoy in medicine, and you'll probably love dissection/prossection and clinical attachments. It's those things that allow medics to persist with the course (and makes it all worth it) as well as realising that whether they like it or not, they need to complete a medicine degree to become a doctor. As a medic you'll have fun socialising with other medics, complaining about the course together, etc.


    Trust me, being a medic is fun despite all the disadvantages OP :yep:
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    (Original post by Gizmo!)
    you only need an 'art.
    This made me laugh muchly :proud:
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    (Original post by Muddy91)
    True - although can I just say, all of the OLD spec papers, which people who are currently at uni sat, were all regurgitating information - if all the past papers were application of knowledge then fair enough, its just that this one was quite alot different from all of the past papers. I agree with you that A levels should be more application of knowledge based, to prep us better for uni, but I get a bit annoyed at uni students who had papers that were all just regurgitating memorised specification stuff when they sat their A level biology, telling us current sixth form students to 'get over it'. Alot of those who say it was easy, and sixth formers should suck it up, i'm sure would've complained if it had happened to them.
    So your argument is that you agree with me and think the system should change to be more applied, but at the same time think that changing the system would be unfair on new people?

    How strange.

    (Original post by Orihime)
    Edit: Presuming that you did Biology at A-level, all the old biology papers from all exam boards were so easy that I and the majority of everyone who sat the AQA biology unit 4 would of had all As.

    ......There goes my A* grade...........:s
    That's a bit low, trying to write off my qualifications as inferior to yours. You should have taken IB, then you could really put your superiority complex to good use.

    Just for the record, I took AS Biology last year, so was actually on the new specification. I did no revision whatsoever (because it wasn't necessary for my offer) and averaged 95% across the papers. Now I know I got a lot wrong in the exams, so the grade boundaries must be so skewed that it's ridiculously easy to get a high mark. So personally I doubt that your course is significantly harder.

    (Original post by DaveJ)
    And I thought medicine involved huge quantities of memorisation. Whereas a lot of that exam required no real knowledge of the subject.
    Every A Level biologist will not go on and study medicine at university. It follows that every A Level biologist complaining about the exams is not wanting to do medicine. So I don't understand what you are trying to suggest.

    And if you didn't need knowledge, what was so hard about the exam? I could understand if you were expected to know something and didn't that you wouldn't be able to get the marks. But if it's just stuff you have to work out, I always used to class those as the easy exams.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    So your argument is that you agree with me and think the system should change to be more applied, but at the same time think that changing the system would be unfair on new people?

    How strange.
    No what i'm saying is that many uni students who are saying it's easy, and 'they're just complaining because they have to apply their knowledge', are being totally hypocritical, as on the old spec, that the majority did, their was little/no application of knowledge, just regurgitating stuff. I'm not saying its unfair on new people, i'm just a tad tired of the hypocrisy.

    (Original post by Phalanges)
    That's a bit low, trying to write off my qualifications as inferior to yours. You should have taken IB, then you could really put your superiority complex to good use.
    this.

    (Original post by Phalanges)
    And if you didn't need knowledge, what was so hard about the exam? I could understand if you were expected to know something and didn't that you wouldn't be able to get the marks. But if it's just stuff you have to work out, I always used to class those as the easy exams.
    There were things in there that we were explicitly told that we were not going to be examined on... (although that was only a few marks - so I dunno...). The reason my school complained, was that it was just poorly written, and left alot of stuff out, like genetics - which is the largest topic, and required about a months worth of teaching time. I was a little bit indignant about the fact that it didn't really test our understanding of biology (all the application of knowledge stuff was like 1 or 2 marks followed by a 3 marker on stats tests or something), so that barr the last question, I don't think the exam tested peoples understanding of topics at all. And way too much of the paper was based on stats - which as we wern't expecting it, and alot of people don't do maths who do biology, came as a bit of a shock. Although I just think people dealt with it badly, and I suspect there was a lot of 'bandwagoning' going on, considering its easy to snowball these campaigns with facebook and things. Most people that I spoke to after the exam, thought it was a badly written paper, etc etc, but very few went as far as calling it a disgrace; but with things like facebook, even if you found the paper slightly poor, you would join, and it looks like alot more people thought it was **** than the actuality. Phew. Rant over.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    So your argument is that you agree with me and think the system should change to be more applied, but at the same time think that changing the system would be unfair on new people?

    How strange.



    That's a bit low, trying to write off my qualifications as inferior to yours. You should have taken IB, then you could really put your superiority complex to good use.

    Just for the record, I took AS Biology last year, so was actually on the new specification. I did no revision whatsoever (because it wasn't necessary for my offer) and averaged 95% across the papers. Now I know I got a lot wrong in the exams, so the grade boundaries must be so skewed that it's ridiculously easy to get a high mark. So personally I doubt that your course is significantly harder.



    Every A Level biologist will not go on and study medicine at university. It follows that every A Level biologist complaining about the exams is not wanting to do medicine. So I don't understand what you are trying to suggest.

    And if you didn't need knowledge, what was so hard about the exam? I could understand if you were expected to know something and didn't that you wouldn't be able to get the marks. But if it's just stuff you have to work out, I always used to class those as the easy exams.
    It wasn't especially difficult (IMO). I was annoyed that I am studying A Level Biology, and a large amount of the questions seemed to be not based on the spec, and not very knowledge-based (either factual recall or applying knowledge). I didn't join the facebook group etc since that's pointless, but I was slightly saddened that they seem to be moving away from having a good factual knowledge, to asking lots of how science works questions that seem barely biology-related.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)



    That's a bit low, trying to write off my qualifications as inferior to yours. You should have taken IB, then you could really put your superiority complex to good use.

    Just for the record, I took AS Biology last year, so was actually on the new specification. I did no revision whatsoever (because it wasn't necessary for my offer) and averaged 95% across the papers. Now I know I got a lot wrong in the exams, so the grade boundaries must be so skewed that it's ridiculously easy to get a high mark. So personally I doubt that your course is significantly harder.

    I don't think that you can comprehend the scale of my disappointment, if anything, what is ludicrous is the thought of me actually achieving an A* on that sorry excuse of an exam.
    I by no means, intended to reduce your academic criterion, but in actuality AQA is the hardest exam board for A-level biology, certainly it does prove harder than most specifications in particular OCR biology, which requires no applications whats so ever:yep: .
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    (Original post by Orihime)
    I don't think that you can comprehend the scale of my disappointment, if anything, what is ludicrous is the thought of me actually achieving an A* on that sorry excuse of an exam.
    I by no means, intended to reduce your academic criterion, but in actuality AQA is the hardest exam board for A-level biology, certainly it does prove harder than most specifications in particular OCR biology, which requires no applications whats so ever .
    Well, you see everything is relative to a standard. Presently you compare your achievements to the things you've come across, GCSEs, A levels...pfft. You'll learn more real science in a week than a module of A level.
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    (Original post by Wangers)
    Well, you see everything is relative to a standard. Presently you compare your achievements to the things you've come across, GCSEs, A levels...pfft. You'll learn more real science in a week than a module of A level.

    But how does that help me to pass my A-level in biology?
 
 
 
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