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Which exam board would you say is the best to do A level Biology?
I am learning in my spare time and want to know which one is the most popular and why.

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I'm not sure but I'm doing a similiar thing. Are you doing other A levels as well and how are you teaching?
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(Original post by smile09)
Which exam board would you say is the best to do A level Biology?
I am learning in my spare time and want to know which one is the most popular and why.

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Most would go for OCR.I am doing it as well :p:
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I'm with WJEC, but most people I know outside of college are with AQA. I don't think there's any significant difference and they teach you similar things. If you're studying outside of school, it might be easier with AQA as there seems to be quite a lot of material to help you.
I'm sure you'll get a lot of feedback from people who recently sat the AQA A2 biology exam :p:
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What ever you decide to do jus dont go 4 edexcel its a paiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin !!!
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Given that we tend to only do one exam board, it's impossible to make a comparison. But i'm sure you'l recieve a wealth of uninformed responses anyway! :p:
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As above, you would have to ask someone who does every single one, which is nobody. However AQA is good if you like how science works.
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AQA is stooooooooooooooooopid :yep:
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DO NOT DO WJEC. My schools' head of biology switched us from OCR to WJEC and even he said he regrets it.
There's no difference in difficulty across boards..what changes is the marking, and WJEC follows a mark scheme which doesn't allow much for common sense, only blind, pedantic regurgitation.
In my opinion.

Edit: I did edexcel biology at a previous school and it seemed a bit better, with a bit more how science works than WJEC which I now do.But it depends on if you like that sort of thing.
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(Original post by persian10)
What ever you decide to do jus dont go 4 edexcel its a paiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin !!!
Seriously? Why? I've just started it!
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Do not do SNAB edexcel. K thanx.
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Not SNAB I implore you.
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Well, OCR new spec sucks thats for sure!!
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Given that we tend to only do one exam board, it's impossible to make a comparison. But i'm sure you'l recieve a wealth of uninformed responses anyway! :p:
All you really have to do is look at past papers along with mark schemes from different boards in different years. We do that a lot in school and it helps to see the difference.
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sylabuses are all quite similar...but check out the courseworks needed for each sylabbus. THis might help you decide.
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Not AQA unless you want to waste your time doing how science works questions and not get the biology grade you deserve. OCR seems to be well respected by most people.
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(Original post by missbrowneyes)
All you really have to do is look at past papers along with mark schemes from different boards in different years. We do that a lot in school and it helps to see the difference.
Of course you can see differences, but it says nothing of the comparative ease/enjoyment the board gives. Something you're only going to be able comment on having been taught and examined according to that board for 2 years.

Just look at the responses, 'OCR new spec sucks', 'do not do SNAB edexcel', 'DO NOT DO WJEC', 'AQA is stooooopid'.

I rest my case.
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Avoid Edexcel SNAB, loads of ****** 'core practicals' a ****** resource website and annoying coursework in AS and A2.
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lol am I the only one who likes snab......come on guys you don't have to do the core practicals, CGP takes care of that
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OCR's course is cool, but they screwed us over this January with a bizarre paper. The official textbooks for OCR are written to the specification so they're all you need...
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