Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I don't know whether to take biology or chemistry for A level?
    I love biology and I'm really really interested in it. I'm also better at biology at the moment(gcses). BUT, chemistry opens more doors for me, the a level looks easier to do well in, and the teachers are better at the school.

    What should I take?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    What other subjects you taking tho
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Depends on the other subjects you choose... Can you not do both? I'm biased and say do bio because I love it but all my friends say Chem is awesome too
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    I will say do what you enjoy. Nothing is worse than studying something that don't like, in those cases students most likely underachieve.

    So I guess for you it will be Biology.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    What other subjects you taking tho
    I'm taking French, maths, theology and then bio/chem
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by undercxver)
    I will say do what you enjoy. Nothing is worse than studying something that don't like, in those cases students most likely underachieve.

    So I guess for you it will be Biology.
    I do enjoy biology but I'm worried that with all the work and coursework I'll hate it. My brother took it and got a U haha I don't wanna follow his footsteps
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AfcFob)
    Depends on the other subjects you choose... Can you not do both? I'm biased and say do bio because I love it but all my friends say Chem is awesome too
    I can't really I both. I'm not sure if i wanna commit to science and it would limit my other options: French theology maths
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ¥niamh¥)
    I do enjoy biology but I'm worried that with all the work and coursework I'll hate it. My brother took it and got a U haha I don't wanna follow his footsteps
    Look into the course, make sure you go to your potential college open day as they talk about what the course content involves. That way you'll see what you enjoy. When you get time research into it too.

    Your brother may have a different perspective on Biology than you so you shouldn't base your opinion on that.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    What other subjects are you doing? It might be useful to consider how both Chemistry and Biology compliment your other subjects too. And you could always pick one now and if you change your mind when A Levels start, there's usually a small period when your college will let you swap to the other.

    Also you have to think about what you are like in terms of academic attitude. You have to consider whether you'd see Chemistry as a chore because you didn't like it as much and therefore not put as much effort in therefore getting a worse grade. But then for Biology, would you start to lose interesting in something you enjoy or would you feel like your grade could be at risk because it is more difficult and that in turn seems like a chore.

    Personally I'd say do what you enjoy. And maybe look through the specifications/ask people who've already done A Levels for what it's like. I did both of them at AS and ended up dropping Biology because I found myself hating it (and admittedly I found it really difficult which took a bit of enjoyment away for me)
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mgill17)
    What other subjects are you doing? It might be useful to consider how both Chemistry and Biology compliment your other subjects too. And you could always pick one now and if you change your mind when A Levels start, there's usually a small period when your college will let you swap to the other.

    Also you have to think about what you are like in terms of academic attitude. You have to consider whether you'd see Chemistry as a chore because you didn't like it as much and therefore not put as much effort in therefore getting a worse grade. But then for Biology, would you start to lose interesting in something you enjoy or would you feel like your grade could be at risk because it is more difficult and that in turn seems like a chore.

    Personally I'd say do what you enjoy. And maybe look through the specifications/ask people who've already done A Levels for what it's like. I did both of them at AS and ended up dropping Biology because I found myself hating it (and admittedly I found it really difficult which took a bit of enjoyment away for me)
    Thank you, I will definitely consider this. Btw the other subjects I'm doing are maths French theology. Do they compliment biology or chemistry in particular?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ¥niamh¥)
    Thank you, I will definitely consider this. Btw the other subjects I'm doing are maths French theology. Do they compliment biology or chemistry in particular?
    I think you shouldnt bother with theology and do bio and chem. Maths bio chem and french go well together imo.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ¥niamh¥)
    Thank you, I will definitely consider this. Btw the other subjects I'm doing are maths French theology. Do they compliment biology or chemistry in particular?
    I do maths and I find it compliments Chemistry really well but also a lot of people in my chemistry don't do maths and they're generally still fine. I've found my maths ability has shot up so much through A Level. There's not an awful lot of maths within biology except from the odd bit of stats so if you do go with Biology, ask if you can do the Stats unit within maths (although I wouldn't say stats is essential..it just *might* help). Maths is just useful to have for anything in my opinion anyway.

    I'd say that too with languages. French sounds great. It's obviously not directly linked via content but maybe if you use it right in the future it could open up more job opportunities (like abroad). My old form teacher started out in accountancy and ended up working in Germany and France because she had A Levels in both.

    Like youngmetro sort of hinted at, theology is the only subject that doesn't really "fit" but if you think you'd enjoy theology or if you're dead set on doing it don't let that stop you. I don't think it would actually hinder your other studies so it isn't hurting to do it. Above all just make sure you are enjoying your studies
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mgill17)
    I do maths and I find it compliments Chemistry really well but also a lot of people in my chemistry don't do maths and they're generally still fine. I've found my maths ability has shot up so much through A Level. There's not an awful lot of maths within biology except from the odd bit of stats so if you do go with Biology, ask if you can do the Stats unit within maths (although I wouldn't say stats is essential..it just *might* help). Maths is just useful to have for anything in my opinion anyway.

    I'd say that too with languages. French sounds great. It's obviously not directly linked via content but maybe if you use it right in the future it could open up more job opportunities (like abroad). My old form teacher started out in accountancy and ended up working in Germany and France because she had A Levels in both.

    Like youngmetro sort of hinted at, theology is the only subject that doesn't really "fit" but if you think you'd enjoy theology or if you're dead set on doing it don't let that stop you. I don't think it would actually hinder your other studies so it isn't hurting to do it. Above all just make sure you are enjoying your studies
    Thankyiu, this really helps. I know theology doesn't really fit but I kinda wanted to keep that kind of path open. Theology is probably what I'm most interested in. Maths I'm good at and French I enjoy. Thanks for this advice though ))
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    I think you shouldnt bother with theology and do bio and chem. Maths bio chem and french go well together imo.
    Thanks but I really emjoy theology, and I wouldn't be able to cope with bio AND chem. Thanks for the advice though
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ¥niamh¥)
    Thanks but I really emjoy theology, and I wouldn't be able to cope with bio AND chem. Thanks for the advice though
    what do you wanna do in future?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Youngmetro)
    what do you wanna do in future?
    Live abroad. Maybe a job in travel. I'd like to go to uni definitely, not sure about the subject though that's the thing. I'd either do a sciencey thing or theology/French thing ygm
 
 
 
Poll
Do you agree with the PM's proposal to cut tuition fees for some courses?
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Rosette

Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Sponsored content:

HEAR

HEAR

Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.