I also do a bioscience degree. Currently in 1st year Genetics
I believe people say University is easier than A-Level for two reasons:
1. They have a better work ethic (hopefully). You are paying a significant amount of money to be there and there's a lot more support in the form of lecturers being experts in their field and libraries full with books on the topic.
2. 70% at Uni is a 1st (highest grade) while 70% at A-Level is around a B grade. So those who score mildly are now achieving top tier grades, thus giving the impression of uni being easier.
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Yup, I can confirm the same from my experience. I'm doing Chemistry BSc, but it also depends on the modules.
Like year some modules like the maths ones are just for catching everyone up to the same level, so for example to me it's easy. The change in terms of the course difficulty started on gradually but now is just leaps.
The first year of a biomed degree isn't significantly harder than A-levels, as the first year is usually used to bring everybody to the same level of knowledge in the field. Due to this, there is a fair amount of overlap with A-levels, though most of it is new information. There's also the fact that most first year exams are MCQ/SAQ, which are complete piss in all honesty.
Once you get to second year and everything is essay based, you'll realise that 70% is actually a lot damn harder than it sounds.
Source: Currently doing a Master's in Neuroscience.