I have left college this year with AAA in Biology, History and English. I dropped Chemistry at AS after getting a B in it and deciding that I wanted to do Law or English. I've been spending the past month thinking about what I want to do and I've decided that I want to continue studying Biology but obviously, by dropping Chemistry, I don't have the two sciences required for most courses. It's pretty frustrating because now my options seem so limited. No college will be willing to take me on this late in the year and so I'd have to apply for the year after that and so I'd be 20 when I went to uni which just seems so old. Plus, I'd probably have to go private because I couldn't get in to college after 18 for free. I know you can teach yourself at home but that doesn't seem like a sensible option considering the difficulty of Chemistry and the arrangement of the exams.
I thought that it would be a lot easier than this just to finish off an A-level but it feels like the system is working against me and to be honest I feel pretty hopeless and depressed about the whole situation. Part of me just wants to give up and either apply for a BA in something or just not bother at all, maybe that's the best option.
Some advice would be appreciated anyway
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I want to do Biology but only have one science A-level... Should I give up? watch
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- 10-10-2013 02:03
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- 10-10-2013 20:12
20 is nothing.
Go to your old school and ask if you can sit the A2 Chemistry exams there. Then either follow lessons there (if they let you do that as well) or self-study and sit the exams in June.
At the same time, get an internship for a few months in a real lab - your enforced gap year is a great opportunity to find out if Biology is really what you want to study.
- 10-10-2013 20:15
I think you need to look at a few more Universities ....
Sussex "Typical offer: AAB-ABB -Specific entry requirements: A levels must include at least one from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Successful applicants will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and either Chemistry or Double Science, with at least grade C."
Kent : "ABB at A level including grade B in biology; IB 34 points (15 at Higher), plus GCSE Maths at Grade C or above"
Leeds : A level or Advanced Higher: AAA-ABB from 3 A2/Advanced Higher including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required.
Cardiff : "AAB-ABB including Biology and preferably Chemistry" (ie. 2nd science not essential)
Keele :"BBB to include A- level Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Human Biology, Maths or Physics"
Brighton : A-levels: BBB including biology at grade B. (Both biology and chemistry at AS-level.)
- 10-10-2013 20:22
True that, but as he already has started his gap year, he can only apply for entry next year anyway, so he might as well complete Chemistry and aim for the courses he was looking at initially.