Do I need Chemistry A-Level to do Biological Sciences at uni?

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I take biology, chemistry, psychology and IT at AS level now but I'm not particularly enjoying chemistry. There are somethings in chemistry that I get and I like, but there are things that I don't understand and hate. I was thinking of doing chemistry to AS or even dropping it now but I doubt I'll ever carry it onto A2. I know you don't need it for some of the universities I'd like to apply to, but would it be beneficial if I did the AS?
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Definitely. Some/most unis require at least chem at AS level (usually with grade A or B) if you don't have it at A level.
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It would certainly be beneficial for you to do at least AS level in chemistry. How molecules interact underpins biology, so a reasonable understanding of what is going on is necessary. Students without chemistry or who do teach it themselves in first year do struggle with certain topics.

If your interest lies in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology etc. chemistry is more important. Less so if you are interested in ecology.
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Yes most uni ask for Chem AS atleast if not Chem A level.
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It would certainly be beneficial for you to do at least AS level in chemistry. How molecules interact underpins biology, so a reasonable understanding of what is going on is necessary. Students without chemistry or who do teach it themselves in first year do struggle with certain topics.

If your interest lies in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology etc. chemistry is more important. Less so if you are interested in ecology.
My interests lie mainly with zoology, human biology, ecology and possibly pharmacology? But I know that one is heavy with chemistry.
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No you don't, I didn't do any science except Biology and I got into all the courses I applied to
It does narrow down your options of unis you can get into though
A lot of unis that don't require chemistry teach you what you need to know in first year so you can catch up with the people who did do chemistry so i wouldn't be too worried about needing it
But taking chemistry would make it easier, I'd stick to it unless you really hate the lesson
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(Original post by BethanofAsgard)
No you don't, I didn't do any science except Biology and I got into all the courses I applied to
It does narrow down your options of unis you can get into though
A lot of unis that don't require chemistry teach you what you need to know in first year so you can catch up with the people who did do chemistry so i wouldn't be too worried about needing it
But taking chemistry would make it easier, I'd stick to it unless you really hate the lesson
What universities did you apply for?
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What universities did you apply for?
Liverpool John moores, Coventry and Sheffield Hallam but if your grades are better (like AAB/ABB) you could get into Warwick, Aston and Leicester last time I checked they don't need Chem
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What universities did you apply for?
I only took chemistry to AS and got a D I got offers from all the universities I applied to (admittedly a while back now). They do normally offer a chemistry module in first year to get everyone up to speed so everyone is at the same level :yep:

I'm now taking a final year chemistry heavy-partially physics based module too.

If you have any questions about the degree then feel free to quote me, messages might be delayed though
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(Original post by BethanofAsgard)
Liverpool John moores, Coventry and Sheffield Hallam but if your grades are better (like AAB/ABB) you could get into Warwick, Aston and Leicester last time I checked they don't need Chem
That's still the case, Chemisty is preferred but not essential to study our BSc Biological Sciences degree at the time of writing.

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(Original post by lilGem)
I only took chemistry to AS and got a D I got offers from all the universities I applied to (admittedly a while back now). They do normally offer a chemistry module in first year to get everyone up to speed so everyone is at the same level :yep:

I'm now taking a final year chemistry heavy-partially physics based module too.

If you have any questions about the degree then feel free to quote me, messages might be delayed though
How much chemistry is involved typically in a biology degree? Some say it's a fundamental science in biological sciences but others say that it isn't that important.
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(Original post by BethanofAsgard)
Liverpool John moores, Coventry and Sheffield Hallam but if your grades are better (like AAB/ABB) you could get into Warwick, Aston and Leicester last time I checked they don't need Chem
I did look at Warwick, actually. I'm predicted along the lines of AAB/ABB. I've looked at Warwick, Cardiff and Liverpool as they're the ones I'm more likely to apply to. I know that Liverpool and Cardiff accept psychology in a place of a second science.
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How much chemistry is involved typically in a biology degree? Some say it's a fundamental science in biological sciences but others say that it isn't that important.
typically in the earlier stages of the degree there isn't that much, but it depends what you want to specialise in in the later years as to how much there will be. However it is crucial in understanding the basis of molecular biology, to an extent genetics and of course biochemistry.
I saw you said you were interested in pharmacology so there is a fundamental element of chemistry involved there, as in human biology.

With your degree it's how you tailor it, if you have the freedom to do so (which you should be able to do) if you choose your universities wisely so there can be as much or as little chemistry as you like. Each university however should provide a fundamentals of chemistry module or similar to ensure everyone on the course has the correct level of chemistry on the course to be able to succeed.

Hopefully that has helped somewhat
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(Original post by lilGem)
typically in the earlier stages of the degree there isn't that much, but it depends what you want to specialise in in the later years as to how much there will be. However it is crucial in understanding the basis of molecular biology, to an extent genetics and of course biochemistry.
I saw you said you were interested in pharmacology so there is a fundamental element of chemistry involved there, as in human biology.

With your degree it's how you tailor it, if you have the freedom to do so (which you should be able to do) if you choose your universities wisely so there can be as much or as little chemistry as you like. Each university however should provide a fundamentals of chemistry module or similar to ensure everyone on the course has the correct level of chemistry on the course to be able to succeed.

Hopefully that has helped somewhat
So judging by that, would you recommend I continue Chemistry AS?
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So judging by that, would you recommend I continue Chemistry AS?
keep it to AS, there will be universities that accept it to AS so aim for those and the best grade you can in it!
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keep it to AS, there will be universities that accept it to AS so aim for those and the best grade you can in it!
Thank you so much for your help!
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Thank you so much for your help!
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