OCR PE & Biology Watch
I'm nervous about both because;
- For AS PE practicals I have been told it is really difficult to get top grades.. I'm planning on performing field hockey and coaching netball with my friend at our old secondary school...I do obviously want great grades but I'm just interested in everybody else's experience with the course grading and the difficulty of practicals.
-For Biology I have been told by most of the sixth form staff that is extremely hard and that the massive jump from GCSE to AS means that most students fail or drop at least a grade from their GCSE result.. If anybody has any experience with Biology AS and the difficulty & content it would be really great to hear them!
-also we never did practicals at GCSE Biology.. Just the chymosin controlled assessment which tested nothing other than my ability to explain ph level and particle collision theory in relation to reaction rate.
Because In GCSE my year didn't do practicals, at the AS biology induction none of us knew how to use a microscope and it was really embarasing, especially as other students knew exactly what they where doing.How demanding is AS biology for practical assessment?
I'm also really interested in other peoples experiences as because of my other subject choices, the block system for subject at sixth form may make me choose between PE & Biology
Thanks so much!
I doubt you'll need physics (learnt at it AS and hate it) but AS maths might be useful in the future (its hard but its VERY useful)
I'm not sure if id be allowed to do AS maths, I literally scraped the B by a mark! I don't think id cope, getting that B took a lot of work!!
If you don't want to do maths, perhaps learning psychology is useful for sports science? Look at uni that you are considering and try to see if they have any requirements in any types of A-levels
I've looked at a lot of uni requirements but they differ so much, especially because I'm looking at doing such different career paths!
Thanks for all the help!
There is a belief that universities look down on Human Biology as lesser than Biology. I have a teen wanting to do human biology, and since I have a bit more time than her just now, I got the Russell Group admissions e-mails (thinking these are going to be the most traditional in their requirements, as generally older institutions) and asked them and a couple of other places that did courses she is interested in. So far:
York - no difference
Cambridge - no difference
Newcastle (including med school) - no difference
Bristol - no difference
Dundee - no difference
UCL - no difference
Six for six positively saying it's all the same to them - I think it is fine. They do say they only want to see ONE biology for a degree applicant - biology AND human biology are too similar and they would only count one of them. I don't know what is in A level PE, if you're still not sure I'd check out a few places with courses you want to apply to and ask them specifically via e-mail - they seem to respond within a week. Plus, York admissions told me, they keep your name on file in case you apply next year, so you can get a brownie point before you even start UCAS for being a thinking-ahead-taking-it-seriously sort of person.