I'm starting sixth form in September and I've just had my taster day there - I really enjoyed chemistry, but it was all practical based so I guess I'm just wondering what it is really like. I know it is regarded as one of the hardest a-levels, but is that really true, and how manageable is the workload you get? I think it is OCR A they do - I think a new course specification comes out this year, but what is it like at the moment in terms of the papers and the course content? My GCSE target for chemistry is an A* (whether I actually get that is another thing haha) - what is the jump between GCSE and a-level in terms of the difficulty/knowledge you need?
Also, which subjects combine well with it? I'm doing English literature and biology, and I can't decide between maths, geography, Spanish and chemistry for the last 2 - do any of you do those at the moment? I guess I have the same questions for those too.
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- 08-07-2016 18:27
- 08-07-2016 18:30
I did the old OCR Chem spec but check out MaChemGuy on youtube he has a playlist where he goes through all the topics on the new spec. I used him for the old spec and it was very useful. Chemistry is harder than biology and easier than physics imo. Exam technique is very important, you will have to learn the marking points to the questions that come up time and time again. The workload is very manageable, there wasn't that much content, in fact I could learn one unit in 2 days using spec notes on TSR. There's quite a bit of reaction mechanisms + conditions to remember. I found GCSE Chemistry extremely easy and A level chemistry pretty hardLast edited by yoda123; 08-07-2016 at 18:34.
- 08-07-2016 18:43
I'm doing maths and the 3 sciences and for me chemistry has been the most demanding but very rewarding if you understand the concepts. From what I have experienced the practicals are not so important but I don't know how the A2 is. By the way, it is not like gcse, like, they literally mentioned in the book how what you learnt in gcse was a lie twice. But if you're able to catch the concepts well you should be ok (even though the grade boundaries are way too high)Last edited by ertzgrand; 08-07-2016 at 18:44.
- 08-07-2016 21:40
I've just finished my A Levels and did Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Literature!
I absolutely adored chemistry, it was literally my favourite subject out of them all and had been from GCSE. If you enjoy the subject and the practical work etc then the workload is completely manageable, simply because you don't mind doing the work. A lot of chemistry is understanding a principle and applying it to different scenarios, so if you enjoy it and like a challenge I would definitely recommend it plus in my opinion it's a very valuable subject because people view it as such a hard subject.
In regards to subject combinations, I really liked my combination! Biology and chemistry interlink a few times and it's nice when you can actually make links between them. Maths is good too but I'd say it's very much like chemistry, in that if you enjoy a challenge it's a brilliant subject. English literature I absolutely adored simply because it was so different to the others
Hope this helps!
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