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    Hello. I have just finished my GCSEs and starting college in September. I have chosen to study maths, biology, chemistry and geography because I am interested in a medical/healthcare related career.

    I started triple GCSE chemistry in year 9 and some modules were taken over 2 years ago and finished it in year 10 and got a B (Coursework downgraded to a C). Chemistry is not one of my strongest subjects but I am aware that you need it for any type of medical career so I want these options open to me. I am predicted an A* (A at worst) in maths and an A in biology.

    I had a taster day last week and really struggled with the chemistry as none of it was familiar to me after not doing it for so long. This has made me worry about whether I will cope with it anD be capable of it in September or whether this is something that will become easier and I am having a silly panic about. Has anyone got any advice?
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    It won't get easier at the start, but if you learn and keep revising throughout the whole year, it will be fine. If you practise and study hard from the beginning, you should have no problem at the exam time. However, chemistry is the type of subject that if you try to cram it, you won't even get a C.
    If I was you, I'd keep chemistry for now, go to a few lessons (like a week or two) and see for yourself. Look ahead in the book to see if you think you could do it.
    If not, don't worry. Just change your A levels. You are already doing 2 sciences which is enough for a healthcare degree, plus geography (all considered best a levels). It's important to do something you'll enjoy otherwise it will be a painful drag.
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    Unless you want to do medicine, because a lot of those degrees want Chemistry. Which healthcare degree do you want to do exactly?
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    Don't worry. If you pay attention in class, don't slack off then you can get through it. It's not easy. You need to put in a lot of work. be prepared for that. Try to revise gcse chemistry over holidays.
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    There is a lot of content to learn, but if you stay ahead of your work you'll be fine. I only really felt confident with the material, especially for Unit 2 only around 2 days before the exam! So if you start revising early there's nothing to worry about
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    (Original post by buzzybee143)
    Unless you want to do medicine, because a lot of those degrees want Chemistry. Which healthcare degree do you want to do exactly?
    My top aim would be medicine, but I am fully aware that you need top grades in chemistry and the other a levels to be in with a chance of being considered. And that's what worries me about taking it, when I'm not sure if I will do well in it. But, ultimately, if I don't do it, it blocks out the whole medical pathway for me.
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    It's hard but capable of doing if you put your head down and work hard all year! I would suggest getting the book for your course and reading up before you start AS!
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    (Original post by DaisyField27)
    My top aim would be medicine, but I am fully aware that you need top grades in chemistry and the other a levels to be in with a chance of being considered. And that's what worries me about taking it, when I'm not sure if I will do well in it. But, ultimately, if I don't do it, it blocks out the whole medical pathway for me.
    Hey then you can do it! If you work hard, you will definitely get a good grade, so even if you get for example a C (good grade), you might not do medicine, but a C in chemistry is appealing to many many degrees as it's one of the hardest A levels.
    My advice is to just read the book and your notes after lessons, revise in plenty of time before the exams, and don't leave it to cramming, because that won't work with chemistry (i've been there lol).
    Just keep it for now and see at the beginning of the year. Whatever you do, you will be fine! If it wasn't meant to be, it wasn't, don't regter dropping/ keeping it.
 
 
 
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