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Anyone else hate Biology A level?

I just finished AS biology and i absolutely hated it. I enjoyed Biology at gcse so I though why not do it at A level? But it was not what I was expecting. I mean you can spend alot of time going through the specification memorizing a **** load of information only to find out that it hardly aids you at all and the paper just consist of stupid "How science work questions" and hard application questions. I dunno maybe its just that Im too stupid for Biology or its just a very hard a level. Anyone else feeling the same as me?
I do AQA btw
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Original post by Badman1231
I just finished AS biology and i absolutely hated it. I enjoyed Biology at gcse so I though why not do it at A level? But it was not what I was expecting. I mean you can spend alot of time going through the specification memorizing a **** load of information only to find out that it hardly aids you at all and the paper just consist of stupid "How science work questions" and hard application questions. I dunno maybe its just that Im too stupid for Biology or its just a very hard a level. Anyone else feeling the same as me?


I loved Biology! Which seems a bit strange when my A-levels were English Literature, Art, History and Bio! Haha! Maybe a nice break away from the essays..? :smile:
You really aren't alone. I loved Biology at GCSE and did really well in it, I did AS and hated it and didn't do so great
Original post by Badman1231
I just finished AS biology and i absolutely hated it. I enjoyed Biology at gcse so I though why not do it at A level? But it was not what I was expecting. I mean you can spend alot of time going through the specification memorizing a **** load of information only to find out that it hardly aids you at all and the paper just consist of stupid "How science work questions" and hard application questions. I dunno maybe its just that Im too stupid for Biology or its just a very hard a level. Anyone else feeling the same as me?


Also! I completely feel your frustration! It seems like you spend ages memorising everything and only a small portion comes up in the exam! Haha! Mostly questions designed to test your "understanding" :smile:
AQA Biology is a joke.
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I found it interesting, but tedious as theres alot to know and the exam technique was the hardest for me.
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Original post by Badman1231
I just finished AS biology and i absolutely hated it. I enjoyed Biology at gcse so I though why not do it at A level? But it was not what I was expecting. I mean you can spend alot of time going through the specification memorizing a **** load of information only to find out that it hardly aids you at all and the paper just consist of stupid "How science work questions" and hard application questions. I dunno maybe its just that Im too stupid for Biology or its just a very hard a level. Anyone else feeling the same as me?


It's a fairly easy A Level actually. Just memorisation and application to scenarios. I loved it, personally.
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Original post by Badman1231
I just finished AS biology and i absolutely hated it. I enjoyed Biology at gcse so I though why not do it at A level? But it was not what I was expecting. I mean you can spend alot of time going through the specification memorizing a **** load of information only to find out that it hardly aids you at all and the paper just consist of stupid "How science work questions" and hard application questions. I dunno maybe its just that Im too stupid for Biology or its just a very hard a level. Anyone else feeling the same as me?
I do AQA btw


I did OCR and I just finished my A-Levels.
Tbh I did find it hard at the beginning,but I guess it's just down to doing loads and loads of past papers as well as questions.
Knowing the spec by heart helps,I dunno about AQA but OCR questions are all from the spec.
I got a C at the end of AS,only because I didn't put in much effort in my second module,which is worth more.
Hoping to get a B overall,or scrape an A.
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I tend to find memorisation difficult but, as you say, it's the exam papers that really mess things up. Best thing you can do is past papers.
You are not the only one. I absolutely hated Biology A level because it was just boring and in such depth!

I loved A level chem though :love:
yup.. hated it too! just finished A level. did OCR tho.. AS was so difficult! but i have to say it got easier in A2 for some reason... i think its cos you get a little used to it... but i did do worse in the january exams for A2 than AS overall even though i felt the paper went really well. i'll be over the moon if i get that B i need in Biology!
It has a learning curve, at first it's hard to understand what is expected of you but after a while (a year) you get used to it and the question style
Im starting a level bio in sept what advice would you give me. Why did you hate it
I love the subject very much, and all branches of biology. I.e. neuroscience, psychology, evolution and ecology, organic chemistry, biochemistry etc...

But the alevel is complete and utter rubbish.
Original post by Technetium
AQA Biology is a joke.


I second this.

I did enjoy the Unit 5 content though.
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Original post by Badman1231
I just finished AS biology and i absolutely hated it. I enjoyed Biology at gcse so I though why not do it at A level? But it was not what I was expecting. I mean you can spend alot of time going through the specification memorizing a **** load of information only to find out that it hardly aids you at all and the paper just consist of stupid "How science work questions" and hard application questions. I dunno maybe its just that Im too stupid for Biology or its just a very hard a level. Anyone else feeling the same as me?
I do AQA btw


I basically felt exactly the same as you. Enjoy the subject as a general subject on our planet that exists. AQA Biology AS level? Umm, load of rubbish. It doesn't test your knowledge, it tests how well you can remember standard answers from past papers and remember which key words to throw into the answer. It is a very hard A level.

PS, I dropped it and, if you really hate it as much as I did, I'd advise you to do the same if possible.
I thought I was the only one!

I HATE AQA biology! :angry: I loved it at GCSE but now hate it and still got to continue it to A2 though :frown: although im predicted an B it's so boring just remembering fact after fact after fact. who knew how boring the way plants move water through its roots into xylem really is

and don't even get me started on how science works, what a load of ****ing ****! and **** the unit 2 exam as well I hated it! :angry:

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Edit: and another thing is everyone in my class seems to love it, i'm like WTF you love just having to memorize things with no actual working out and then being **** on by how science works questions in your exam
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Original post by PrettyLittleLiars
You are not the only one. I absolutely hated Biology A level because it was just boring and in such depth!

I loved A level chem though :love:


chemistry :love: now that subject is amazing <3 I love it!
Didn't love biology GCSE, it was fairly easy and interesting when we learned human bio.

Unit 2 Edexcel biology is just pointless. Nothing useful at all. No substance. Utter crap. I have 0 interest in biodiversity and zoos and other useless stuff.
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Wondering is biology's unit 2 'How science works' requires like an extremely specific answers hence difficult to gain marks or something?




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