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    I want to work in medicine in the future, it doesn't have to be a doctor or a surgeon but just anything in that field - maybe psychologist or something. For a levels I've chosen Chemistry Biology Maths and Psychology... would that be too much?? How are these subjects? I heard psychology is really interesting.
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    (Original post by farah1999)
    I want to work in medicine in the future, it doesn't have to be a doctor or a surgeon but just anything in that field - maybe psychologist or something. For a levels I've chosen Chemistry Biology Maths and Psychology... would that be too much?? How are these subjects? I heard psychology is really interesting.
    Well, you're going to be under the new specifications and A-Levels I believe and I've had a cursory read and they do look a little bit tougher.

    If you're determined then it shouldn't be too much; just be prepared for inherent sacrifice.

    You're going to find yourself doing a lot more work and a lot more content to memorise.

    Chemistry: Ton of theory plus calculations
    Biology: Ton of application questions
    Maths: Learn the concepts, then solidify with past papers.
    Psychology: I also hear it is very fascinating
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    I do Chemistry, Maths and Biology.

    Chemistry I find hardest as it's a lot about finding the underlying theories in the questions and using logic to come up with a solution. There are some very mathsy questions as well that I personally find very difficult. I also find that many of the questions are on practical procedures, for example, what would happen if I rinsed my flask out with water before titrating into it? Would this affect my concentrations? My moles of known substance? My moles of unknown substance? Would it cause an over or under estimation of the concentration of unknown substance?

    Maths is good. I enjoy Core and Stats best, but I understand that Decision maths is more 'accessible' Core is very logical and good to work through. I find it all follows a pattern and once your teacher shows you the pattern its up to you to take on papers etc. with an open mindset. Many students find the wording of the maths questions and things like real-life applications to be the hard part but I think once it clicks with you a light bulb goes on! Stats is about rolling dice and flipping coins and calculating probability. I found this pretty straight forward myself. As long as you get the method! Decision is my worst topic so far because it contains a lot of simplistic sums and graphs, but requires so much detailed working to get all the marks. Time is also quite tight on this module for me.

    Biology I find uber interesting. Lots of technical terminology and stuff but you get used to it pretty easily. I enjoy learning about how perfectly plants and animals are put together from their smallest cells to their organ systems. Personally this subject fascinates me. I luuuuurve microscopy. There are so many tiny things that are fun to look at! I like dissections too. So far in my first year we have done a sheep pluck (heart and lungs joined), hearts, fish heads, locusts (fiddly but interesting), eyes, horse legs (bone and tendon structure is brilliant!) and piglets (all stillborn/died naturally soon after birth). Very interactive subject and my favourite (in case you couldn't guess). The struggle with this topic is phrasing your answers to the questions right, and as RMNDK has said, application questions.

    So that's how I'm finding three of the subjects you've talked about in the AS year. I have a friend who does physiology and he seems to like it. He tells me a lot about the case studies and experiments they do into things like phobias and obedience. It may be a valuable subject for working with scared and injured people in the future. I hope you find it interesting if you do decide to take it.

    Any questions in particular about the first three subjects? Feel free to PM me Good luck with your A Levels my friend! Work hard!
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    (Original post by RMNDK)
    Well, you're going to be under the new specifications and A-Levels I believe and I've had a cursory read and they do look a little bit tougher.

    If you're determined then it shouldn't be too much; just be prepared for inherent sacrifice.

    You're going to find yourself doing a lot more work and a lot more content to memorise.

    Chemistry: Ton of theory plus calculations
    Biology: Ton of application questions
    Maths: Learn the concepts, then solidify with past papers.
    Psychology: I also hear it is very fascinating
    I was told that the I won't be doing the new A-levels specifications and that the year after me will be doing it when they finish school? Something about our year being taught the old gcse so it won't be right to make us do harder things for a level than they already are since we aren't ready. If that makes sense. But thanks for the info!
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    (Original post by Bhansongal98)
    I do Chemistry, Maths and Biology.

    Chemistry I find hardest as it's a lot about finding the underlying theories in the questions and using logic to come up with a solution. There are some very mathsy questions as well that I personally find very difficult. I also find that many of the questions are on practical procedures, for example, what would happen if I rinsed my flask out with water before titrating into it? Would this affect my concentrations? My moles of known substance? My moles of unknown substance? Would it cause an over or under estimation of the concentration of unknown substance?

    Maths is good. I enjoy Core and Stats best, but I understand that Decision maths is more 'accessible' Core is very logical and good to work through. I find it all follows a pattern and once your teacher shows you the pattern its up to you to take on papers etc. with an open mindset. Many students find the wording of the maths questions and things like real-life applications to be the hard part but I think once it clicks with you a light bulb goes on! Stats is about rolling dice and flipping coins and calculating probability. I found this pretty straight forward myself. As long as you get the method! Decision is my worst topic so far because it contains a lot of simplistic sums and graphs, but requires so much detailed working to get all the marks. Time is also quite tight on this module for me.

    Biology I find uber interesting. Lots of technical terminology and stuff but you get used to it pretty easily. I enjoy learning about how perfectly plants and animals are put together from their smallest cells to their organ systems. Personally this subject fascinates me. I luuuuurve microscopy. There are so many tiny things that are fun to look at! I like dissections too. So far in my first year we have done a sheep pluck (heart and lungs joined), hearts, fish heads, locusts (fiddly but interesting), eyes, horse legs (bone and tendon structure is brilliant!) and piglets (all stillborn/died naturally soon after birth). Very interactive subject and my favourite (in case you couldn't guess). The struggle with this topic is phrasing your answers to the questions right, and as RMNDK has said, application questions.

    So that's how I'm finding three of the subjects you've talked about in the AS year. I have a friend who does physiology and he seems to like it. He tells me a lot about the case studies and experiments they do into things like phobias and obedience. It may be a valuable subject for working with scared and injured people in the future. I hope you find it interesting if you do decide to take it.

    Any questions in particular about the first three subjects? Feel free to PM me Good luck with your A Levels my friend! Work hard!
    that was really helpful thank you so much!
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    (Original post by farah1999)
    I want to work in medicine in the future, it doesn't have to be a doctor or a surgeon but just anything in that field - maybe psychologist or something. For a levels I've chosen Chemistry Biology Maths and Psychology... would that be too much?? How are these subjects? I heard psychology is really interesting.
    You definitely need chemistry and biology. Maths is a far more respectable a level than psychology. But if you do prefer psychology you could do it it. I'm not sure if maths is a requirement for medicine, You should google it!
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    (Original post by farah1999)
    I was told that the I won't be doing the new A-levels specifications and that the year after me will be doing it when they finish school? Something about our year being taught the old gcse so it won't be right to make us do harder things for a level than they already are since we aren't ready. If that makes sense. But thanks for the info!
    ???

    Really? You should be under the new system. I'm assuming you're in Yr 11 so you will be entering A-Levels in September 2016. The new A-Levels for science will already be out by then, in fact they're out in 2015 already.

    There's many articles on this, e.g. http://university.which.co.uk/advice...-means-for-you

    I suggest having another chat with your teacher or whoever's in charge. I may be completely wrong of course and your school just operates like that but that's what I thought...
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    (Original post by farah1999)
    I want to work in medicine in the future, it doesn't have to be a doctor or a surgeon but just anything in that field - maybe psychologist or something. For a levels I've chosen Chemistry Biology Maths and Psychology... would that be too much?? How are these subjects? I heard psychology is really interesting.
    Psychology is not a branch of medicine and not even a life science, it is a social science. I think that if you are interested in medicine and in the human mind you should study neuroscience or study medicine and specialise in psychiatry. And don't worry 4 A-levels is not that much, i am doing 5 at A2 (Maths, Phys, Chem, Bio and Spanish) and i'm still alive hahaha
 
 
 

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