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Hi everyone, this is my first post! Having read a few threads, a lot of people seem to think that the chemistry nuffield a-level course is rubbish. I will be starting it this year, so I would be grateful if anyone could elaborate on what makes it rubbish, so that I can perhaps find ways of compensating for this, as I really love chemistry and want to get a good grade. Thanks!
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Hi everyone, this is my first post! Having read a few threads, a lot of people seem to think that the chemistry nuffield a-level course is rubbish. I will be starting it this year, so I would be grateful if anyone could elaborate on what makes it rubbish, so that I can perhaps find ways of compensating for this, as I really love chemistry and want to get a good grade. Thanks!
do AQA it's better
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do AQA it's better
My school doesn't do AQA!
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I do chem nuffield and I find it really easy...got exams on fri :rolleyes:
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hey! i do OCR chem, and i have to say it isnt a breeze and i got an A* at GCSE... and now its my worse subject
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hey! i do OCR chem, and i have to say it isnt a breeze and i got an A* at GCSE... and now its my worse subject
Oh dear! *sounds slightly put-off* I'll give it a go anyway! Hope you do well!
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Oh dear! *sounds slightly put-off* I'll give it a go anyway! Hope you do well!
lol, dont be put off by me... quite a fair amount of peeps are doin quite well in it in my class... hmm... mainly the lads(!) but anyway, u'll be fine... besides, i have the slightly diasdvantage that im doin 4 other fairly different A LEvels too... (what was i thinkin?! lol, only kiddin)
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My school doesn't do AQA!
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Hi everyone, this is my first post! Having read a few threads, a lot of people seem to think that the chemistry nuffield a-level course is rubbish. I will be starting it this year, so I would be grateful if anyone could elaborate on what makes it rubbish, so that I can perhaps find ways of compensating for this, as I really love chemistry and want to get a good grade. Thanks!
I'm currently doing Nuffield Chemistry, its meant to be slightly harder than other chemistry syllabuses (is that grammatically correct?!) but I find it okay. It is hard work, but its also very enjoyable! You do two exams in your first year and one unit is an assesment of practical skills. You should ask your school/ library to borrow a copy of The Nuffield Students Handbook. The course your school follows will probably be based mostly on this book and most of the experiments from there and it is also the book you're allowed to use in you synoptic exam (A2). However, if you do decide to do chemistry don't rely entirley on this book because,as previously mentioned, its the book you're allowed to use in your final exam it won't have all the information/ answers that you require.

Hope that helps
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Thanks for your help everyone! I'll try and get that book, Pegasus, thanks for the recommendation!


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lol, dont be put off by me... quite a fair amount of peeps are doin quite well in it in my class... hmm... mainly the lads(!) but anyway, u'll be fine... besides, i have the slightly diasdvantage that im doin 4 other fairly different A LEvels too... (what was i thinkin?! lol, only kiddin)
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Lol! Is it hard doing 4 other A levels? I was planning on doing four others too... what others do you do?

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quite a fair amount of peeps are doin quite well in it in my class... hmm... mainly the lads(!)

Is that really true?! At one of my friend's school, there aren't any girls doing A level chemistry! :eek:
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hi i do AQA chem and i find it quiet easy but dont bother thinking of chem if u struggle cause it is like learnig a forign lang if u dont understand it!!! gd luck anyway on your decion and i wish u all the best for success
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quite a fair amount of peeps are doin quite well in it in my class... hmm... mainly the lads(!)

Is that really true?! At one of my friend's school, there aren't any girls doing A level chemistry! :eek:

I guess it depends on your school really, in my chemistry class its about 50/50 but on the other hand I do history which a lot of people regard as a 'girls subject' but there are only two other girls apart from me!
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hi i do AQA chem and i find it quiet easy but dont bother thinking of chem if u struggle cause it is like learnig a forign lang if u dont understand it!!! gd luck anyway on your decion and i wish u all the best for success
Awww thanks! I get on quite well with chemistry, I understand it, it's just remembering it that I have trouble with!
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Hi,

(btw I'm new too!!)

I'm doing AS Chemistry this nyear on Nuffield and it isn't that bad. My school do this borad becasue it is more experiment-based than the other boards. I think that makes it interesting. However, some of my firends are really struggling and becoming disheartend with the subject and saying "I'm gonna fail!" and all that. All you've got to do is concentrate, work through any problems and hope you get a teacher who can teach the subject!! (both of mine can).

Anyway, if you do still decide to do it next year, which I would recommend, it's hard work but worthwhile, and it isn't crap if you apply yourself to it and be prepared to work.

DeltasButterfly xx
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I'm currently doing Nuffield Chemistry, its meant to be slightly harder than other chemistry syllabuses (is that grammatically correct?!) but I find it okay. It is hard work, but its also very enjoyable! You do two exams in your first year and one unit is an assesment of practical skills. You should ask your school/ library to borrow a copy of The Nuffield Students Handbook. The course your school follows will probably be based mostly on this book and most of the experiments from there and it is also the book you're allowed to use in you synoptic exam (A2). However, if you do decide to do chemistry don't rely entirley on this book because,as previously mentioned, its the book you're allowed to use in your final exam it won't have all the information/ answers that you require.

Hope that helps
I gather from the above that you have a copy of The Nuffield Students Handbook. I was wondering if you could PLEASE scan Topic 18 - which should be about chromatography and identifying acids - as i am doing Advanced Higher Chemistry (Scottish Qualification) at school and i need to know about this for my Practical Investigation.

It would be much appreciated.
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I gather from the above that you have a copy of The Nuffield Students Handbook. I was wondering if you could PLEASE scan Topic 18 - which should be about chromatography and identifying acids - as i am doing Advanced Higher Chemistry (Scottish Qualification) at school and i need to know about this for my Practical Investigation.

It would be much appreciated.
My scanner isn't working

Doesn't your school have a copy? Maybe someone else on here will scan it in for you.
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My scanner isn't working

Doesn't your school have a copy? Maybe someone else on here will scan it in for you.
My school doesn't have a copy and neither does my local library. It's because it's and english course (i believe). Do you have a friend that could scan it in for me? I REALLY need the information in Topic 18 as i am doing an investigation on wines and i want to identify the acids in it.
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Hi everyone, this is my first post! Having read a few threads, a lot of people seem to think that the chemistry nuffield a-level course is rubbish. I will be starting it this year, so I would be grateful if anyone could elaborate on what makes it rubbish, so that I can perhaps find ways of compensating for this, as I really love chemistry and want to get a good grade. Thanks!
hey im new too! nuffield chemm is supposed to be the hardest a level chemistry. its because edexcel said they 1ted a alevel to prepare peops for doing chem at uni, so nuffield is like chemistry foundations for doing a related degree.
they are well pickey about stuff like using right nos of sig figures (evn if u working out is right if u ans is too many ofr too few sfs, u don get any marks!) and picky abt using the right words ie barim flame test is 'apple green' not jus green. as long as u do all the past pprs and STUDY the mark schemes u sld b ok!
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