skillzaismine
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#1
I'm thinking about doing A-level physics but lots of people are either telling me that they dropped out because it's too hard, or it's basically maths.
0
reply
rxns_00
Badges: 13
#2
Report 3 years ago
#2
(Original post by skillzaismine)
I'm thinking about doing A-level physics but lots of people are either telling me that they dropped out because it's too hard, or it's basically maths.
I feel like it's the easiest science. It's just hard to go wrong on most of these questions if you revise the content. Well the content itself isn't even extensive, there is much less to memorise and you can make very good use out of the formula booklet (especially for A2 - In the AQA papers half the paper is multiple choice questions and I practically just use the formula sheet and that's it).
1
reply
BlueMyElf
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#3
Report 3 years ago
#3
(Original post by skillzaismine)
I'm thinking about doing A-level physics but lots of people are either telling me that they dropped out because it's too hard, or it's basically maths.
If you're good at physics and interested then dont let anyone stop you from doing it. I took AQA physics to A2 and I would say it is very packed, though not too hard, so be prepared to put in the effort if you want to do well, but I wouldn't say it takes up too much time relative to other subjects.
0
reply
skillzaismine
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#4
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#4
(Original post by rxns_00)
I feel like it's the easiest science. It's just hard to go wrong on most of these questions if you revise the content. Well the content itself isn't even extensive, there is much less to memorise and you can make very good use out of the formula booklet (especially for A2 - In the AQA papers half the paper is multiple choice questions and I practically just use the formula sheet and that's it).
Do you know if they will give formula booklets still in 2017? And also what content do you learn? I'm fine with mostly everything apart from forces/momentum
1
reply
skillzaismine
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#5
(Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
If you're good at physics and interested then dont let anyone stop you from doing it. I took AQA physics to A2 and I would say it is very packed, though not too hard, so be prepared to put in the effort if you want to do well, but I wouldn't say it takes up too much time relative to other subjects.
I did my Physics GCSE last year and apparently the P3 content is just like A-level? I enjoyed it but I'm worried that I won't understand the content well enough.
0
reply
BlueMyElf
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#6
Report 3 years ago
#6
(Original post by skillzaismine)
I did my Physics GCSE last year and apparently the P3 content is just like A-level? I enjoyed it but I'm worried that I won't understand the content well enough.
Comparing GCSE to A levels is a pretty big understatement... There are plenty of topics in GCSE physics that A level revisits but definitely on another level. There is also quite a few application and experiment design questions that don't have model answers that you can learn. Plus ISAs are always a pain. Anyways it isn't too difficult to do well.
1
reply
Lychee628
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#7
Report 3 years ago
#7
I personally dont like it considering doing Maths & Further maths with it
0
reply
username1911047
Badges: 3
Rep:
?
#8
Report 3 years ago
#8
Studying A2 Physics right now (OCR) and it's horrible. Learning and understanding the content is good and all; but the mark schemes are stupid and don't credit correct answers half the time. Having looked at the specimen paper for the updated course, the questions are even harder and I'd definitely try and persuade anyone I know to do something else.

I'd much rather have taken further maths instead or biology or something.
0
reply
donte
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#9
Report 3 years ago
#9
It's painful (to a degree!). It's a lot of math, and the second year seems to be more chemistry than physics! LOL! But its great fun, and its really interesting. It's definitely not for the faint-hearted, unless you understand things the first time round/you have an amazing teacher who explains it in simple terms, then be prepared to really work hard and read around the subject.

WJEC is a bit of a pain as it has 90% of the formulas in the booklet, but doesnt tell you the other 10% (theyre not even in the specification!).
0
reply
skillzaismine
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#10
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#10
(Original post by zackdove)
Studying A2 Physics right now (OCR) and it's horrible. Learning and understanding the content is good and all; but the mark schemes are stupid and don't credit correct answers half the time. Having looked at the specimen paper for the updated course, the questions are even harder and I'd definitely try and persuade anyone I know to do something else.

I'd much rather have taken further maths instead or biology or something.
Oh no the college I want to study at does the OCR specification but I don't know if they'll change depending on the new 2017 specification? I'm already taking Biology but I'm struggling to pick a fourth option (I've picked chemistry and history as well)


Posted from TSR Mobile
0
reply
skillzaismine
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#11
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#11
(Original post by Ayaz789)
I personally dont like it considering doing Maths & Further maths with it
Because of the content?
0
reply
skillzaismine
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#12
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#12
(Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
Comparing GCSE to A levels is a pretty big understatement... There are plenty of topics in GCSE physics that A level revisits but definitely on another level. There is also quite a few application and experiment design questions that don't have model answers that you can learn. Plus ISAs are always a pain. Anyways it isn't too difficult to do well.
Yeah, I realised that it's a pretty big jump! Thanks for the advice, much appreciated :-)
0
reply
Lychee628
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#13
Report 3 years ago
#13
(Original post by skillzaismine)
Because of the content?
I just dislike it in general tbh
0
reply
username1911047
Badges: 3
Rep:
?
#14
Report 3 years ago
#14
(Original post by skillzaismine)
Oh no the college I want to study at does the OCR specification but I don't know if they'll change depending on the new 2017 specification? I'm already taking Biology but I'm struggling to pick a fourth option (I've picked chemistry and history as well)


Posted from TSR Mobile
They have to change it to the new spec (both are horrible but the new spec is even worse)

If you're good at maths take further maths, or if you're good at languages or essays take whichever you're best at. My biggest advice is to take whatever you can do best at - how well you 'enjoy' it is irrelevant IMO...
0
reply
iMacJack
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#15
Report 3 years ago
#15
(Original post by skillzaismine)
I did my Physics GCSE last year and apparently the P3 content is just like A-level? I enjoyed it but I'm worried that I won't understand the content well enough.
You have been sadly misguided!!
0
reply
DetectivePeralta
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#16
Report 3 years ago
#16
Depends on what you want to do at uni. For some subjects it is extremely useful- for others it's not.
0
reply
DetectivePeralta
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#17
Report 3 years ago
#17
(Original post by zackdove)
They have to change it to the new spec (both are horrible but the new spec is even worse)

If you're good at maths take further maths, or if you're good at languages or essays take whichever you're best at. My biggest advice is to take whatever you can do best at - how well you 'enjoy' it is irrelevant IMO...
OP do not take this guy's advice. Do the subjects which you enjoy and which will help you get to the university course/future job of your choice. At A-level you're going to hate the subject if you aren't passionate about it so make sure you do something you enjoy as well as something that you're relatively good at. What's the point in doing A-levels that you don't enjoy- you might get good grades at the end of it but you probably won't be able to apply to the university course that you want the most since it might require different a-levels to the ones you picked. For example, if you want to do medicine there's no point choosing maths further maths history and politics just because you are good at them- find a career you are passionate about and choose A-levels that will help you get there (and that you enjoy)
0
reply
swagmister
Badges: 9
Rep:
?
#18
Report 3 years ago
#18
(Original post by skillzaismine)
Oh no the college I want to study at does the OCR specification but I don't know if they'll change depending on the new 2017 specification? I'm already taking Biology but I'm struggling to pick a fourth option (I've picked chemistry and history as well)


Posted from TSR Mobile
I do AS OCR B Physics and I really enjoy it. There is a mechanics module which I find pretty simple as it's the same as mechanics 1 I do in further maths. Not all of physics is maths though, other than the mechanics module most of the maths is just putting numbers into formulas and rearranging it. Although most people do maths with physics.
0
reply
KyleBroflovski
Badges: 10
Rep:
?
#19
Report 3 years ago
#19
(Original post by skillzaismine)
I'm thinking about doing A-level physics but lots of people are either telling me that they dropped out because it's too hard, or it's basically maths.
you just gotta memorize equations, like a lot of them, the maths is minimal, nothing harder than algebra actually.
0
reply
rxns_00
Badges: 13
#20
Report 3 years ago
#20
(Original post by skillzaismine)
Do you know if they will give formula booklets still in 2017? And also what content do you learn? I'm fine with mostly everything apart from forces/momentum
Yeah I'm pretty sure they will because you could never memorise all those formulas. And honestly at A level you'll understand forces much more and mechanics might seem hard at the start but gets easier with some practice. Plus the A2 mechanics I actually found easier than the AS mechanics haha

(Original post by zackdove)
Studying A2 Physics right now (OCR) and it's horrible. Learning and understanding the content is good and all; but the mark schemes are stupid and don't credit correct answers half the time. Having looked at the specimen paper for the updated course, the questions are even harder and I'd definitely try and persuade anyone I know to do something else.

I'd much rather have taken further maths instead or biology or something.
"They don't credit correct answers"... Well then... It's not a correct answer lol? Don't discourage someone from taking a subject just because you're not particularly good at it yourself

Plus actually doing further maths and biology myself too, I think physics is simpler than the two, with less content and generally less need for natural mathematical ability
2
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • Sheffield Hallam University
    Get into Teaching in South Yorkshire Undergraduate
    Wed, 26 Feb '20
  • The University of Law
    Solicitor Series: Assessing Trainee Skills – LPC, GDL and MA Law - London Moorgate campus Postgraduate
    Wed, 26 Feb '20
  • University of East Anglia
    PGCE Open day Postgraduate
    Sat, 29 Feb '20

People at uni: do initiations (like heavy drinking) put you off joining sports societies?

Yes (422)
67.41%
No (204)
32.59%

Watched Threads

View All