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So far I've been (strangely) enjoying Aqa GCSEs chemistry and have got an A and an A* so far. What topics are in A-level chemistry and is it a big step up from GCSEs?
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So far I've been (strangely) enjoying Aqa GCSEs chemistry and have got an A and an A* so far. What topics are in A-level chemistry and is it a big step up from GCSEs?
I didn't think so, but apparently it's one of the hardest A levels. Eh if you enjoy it you should go for it!!
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Also.. topics are:
AS atoms bonds and groups
AS organic stuff (so much fun!)
A2 more organic stuff
A2 pH rate equilibria
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It's a lot more difficult than GCSE -the concepts are far more complex.
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GCSE to AS isn't a big step compared to AS to A2.
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so far i've been (strangely) enjoying aqa gcses chemistry and have got an a and an a* so far. What topics are in a-level chemistry and is it a big step up from gcses?
excellent subject
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If you did triple science some of the stuff in C3 helps for AS, it's a good foundation for it. Even if you didn't take triple the AS units in particular (except green chemistry) are really interesting
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Not to put you off, but I thought the exact same as you, I got A*s full marks in chemistry both the exam and in home works and class work (no exaggeration). I decided to take chemistry at a level and despite studying hard I failed and got an E. So I guess my message is be careful.
Things u should consider before choosing :
Are you good at practicals and independent working?
Are you good at working through complex calculations, and at maths?
What career path do u intend to go down? If you are taking any science subject eg. Biomed at university you will most likely need 2 science a levels.
Time management? There are so many details to learn in chemistry (I'm not just talking about equations - the conditions for reactions etc.) - will your other subjects allow for this?
and lastly, try and find out what board u would take at a level. difficulty varies between them significantly.
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Not to put you off, but I thought the exact same as you, I got A*s full marks in chemistry both the exam and in home works and class work (no exaggeration). I decided to take chemistry at a level and despite studying hard I failed and got an E. So I guess my message is be careful.


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I find it hard to believe that first you got an A* in GCSE chemistry, then after "studying hard" you got an E.

Did you not study effectively? I mean if you actually did study hard I would assume you'd get a C/D minimum?
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I did study hard, but I obviously didn't in the 'right way'. I actually got 1 mark below a D. Haha


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