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    Right, so I am thinking of taking these subjects... I don't do geography at GCSE level - will that matter?! Also, I am predicted A*s in biology and chemistry and have already got an A* in maths (but I think I will only get an A in Chemistry)... I don't really enjoy chemistry but HAVE to do it for what I want to do at uni (zoology)... is that a good reason to do it if I find it kinda difficult and not really fun? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?! Should I choose those A levels?
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    (Original post by LauraEddy)
    Right, so I am thinking of taking these subjects... I don't do geography at GCSE level - will that matter?! Also, I am predicted A*s in biology and chemistry and have already got an A* in maths (but I think I will only get an A in Chemistry)... I don't really enjoy chemistry but HAVE to do it for what I want to do at uni (zoology)... is that a good reason to do it if I find it kinda difficult and not really fun? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?! Should I choose those A levels?
    You will have to put A LOT of work in for chemistry, it's a very challenging subject and if you don't like it it's gonna be so much worse! Have you checked all uni requirements for zoology? Do they all require chemistry?


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    (Original post by z1820)
    You will have to put A LOT of work in for chemistry, it's a very challenging subject and if you don't like it it's gonna be so much worse! Have you checked all uni requirements for zoology? Do they all require chemistry?


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    I don't mind putting in the work, but do you think that doing the other three as well is possible? Will I have time to do it all and still get good grades in them all? Or is it pointless doing 4 if Universities only want 3 (I was planning on doing 4 in case I failed one?) Most Unis recommend having Chemisty, however some will accept that Maths and Geography are sciences so they don't mind as much if you don't have chemistry
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    (Original post by LauraEddy)
    I don't mind putting in the work, but do you think that doing the other three as well is possible? Will I have time to do it all and still get good grades in them all? Or is it pointless doing 4 if Universities only want 3 (I was planning on doing 4 in case I failed one?) Most Unis recommend having Chemisty, however some will accept that Maths and Geography are sciences so they don't mind as much if you don't have chemistry
    I'm doing 4 too and it seems manageable to me but obviously you need to be willing to put work in, you basically have to work from day one. I think doing 4 is good because, like you said, if you completely hate a subject you can drop it so if you really couldn't stand chemistry you can just drop it at AS or even before then.


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    (Original post by LauraEddy)
    Right, so I am thinking of taking these subjects... I don't do geography at GCSE level - will that matter?! Also, I am predicted A*s in biology and chemistry and have already got an A* in maths (but I think I will only get an A in Chemistry)... I don't really enjoy chemistry but HAVE to do it for what I want to do at uni (zoology)... is that a good reason to do it if I find it kinda difficult and not really fun? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?! Should I choose those A levels?
    I did geography at a-level and loved it.
    It was so interesting. You do things in quite a bit of detail as well.
    Id definitely recommend it.
    I cant comment on the others though as i never did those.
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    (Original post by z1820)
    I'm doing 4 too and it seems manageable to me but obviously you need to be willing to put work in, you basically have to work from day one. I think doing 4 is good because, like you said, if you completely hate a subject you can drop it so if you really couldn't stand chemistry you can just drop it at AS or even before then.


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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    I did geography at a-level and loved it.
    It was so interesting. You do things in quite a bit of detail as well.
    Id definitely recommend it.
    I cant comment on the others though as i never did those.
    Did you do Geography at GCSE level? I didn't and so I am worried that they wouldn't want me to take it...:eek: I really wish I had taken it at GCSE rather than history, which I suck at What sort of stuff do you do at Geography A-level? :curious:
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    (Original post by LauraEddy)
    Did you do Geography at GCSE level? I didn't and so I am worried that they wouldn't want me to take it...:eek: I really wish I had taken it at GCSE rather than history, which I suck at What sort of stuff do you do at Geography A-level? :curious:
    Yeah, i took it at gcse.
    Id double check with your school. They may not require you to have took it at gcse. My school was similar with history- in that you didnt need to have took it at gcse to do a-level.
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    Yeah, i took it at gcse.
    Id double check with your school. They may not require you to have took it at gcse. My school was similar with history- in that you didnt need to have took it at gcse to do a-level.
    I will get my dad to email the school today and see what the think about me taking Geography.:hmmmm::nyan: I really want to do it! I just hope that if I do it I will be able to keep up on all the work for the other three!
    What are the Geography exams like? :eyebrow:
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    (Original post by LauraEddy)
    Right, so I am thinking of taking these subjects... I don't do geography at GCSE level - will that matter?! Also, I am predicted A*s in biology and chemistry and have already got an A* in maths (but I think I will only get an A in Chemistry)... I don't really enjoy chemistry but HAVE to do it for what I want to do at uni (zoology)... is that a good reason to do it if I find it kinda difficult and not really fun? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?! Should I choose those A levels?
    You are taking 3 of the big 6 hard A levels which are the sciences, the maths and computing, but don't let that put you off.

    •Maths you have to have an intimate strong relationship with algebra, with probability as your side hoe if you have to do S1. It's challenging, there is new things to learn but it's worth it!

    •Biology is brilliant for zoology and I love Biology. I take it myself and I struggle with couple like remembering names and structures but it's great. But don't think it's easy.

    •My friend takes A level chemistry. One of my friends quit after two weeks. It's not for everyone. My other friend spends all her time balancing equations or doing exam questions. She enjoys it but it stresses her out a lot. So only do it if you're going to be comfortable doing it and enjoy it, speak to your teachers.

    •It doesn't matter - Geography is geography. It would help you to do a bit of extra prep work around the topics you are studying just in case people are ahead but you should be fine.
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    Wow, thank you so much for this!

    That was really helpful! I find sciences a lot easier than massive essay based things like English etc.

    With the chemistry, I feel like I would like to challenge myself and see how hard it really is, as I am one of these people that love to learn new things.
    I can't wait for biology, and my biggest regret at my school was that I didn' t take Geography at GCSE

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    You are taking 3 of the big 6 hard A levels which are the sciences, the maths and computing, but don't let that put you off.

    •Maths you have to have an intimate strong relationship with algebra, with probability as your side hoe if you have to do S1. It's challenging, there is new things to learn but it's worth it!

    •Biology is brilliant for zoology and I love Biology. I take it myself and I struggle with couple like remembering names and structures but it's great. But don't think it's easy.

    •My friend takes A level chemistry. One of my friends quit after two weeks. It's not for everyone. My other friend spends all her time balancing equations or doing exam questions. She enjoys it but it stresses her out a lot. So only do it if you're going to be comfortable doing it and enjoy it, speak to your teachers.

    •It doesn't matter - Geography is geography. It would help you to do a bit of extra prep work around the topics you are studying just in case people are ahead but you should be fine.
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    (Original post by LauraEddy)
    I will get my dad to email the school today and see what the think about me taking Geography.:hmmmm::nyan: I really want to do it! I just hope that if I do it I will be able to keep up on all the work for the other three!
    What are the Geography exams like? :eyebrow:
    They werent too bad actually.
    It probably changed since i did my a-levels. But there were a lot of case studies The case studies werent too bad actuallt though. There was a bit more in the way of essays etc in year 13. But even then they werent too bad.
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    I can't say about Biology or chemistry
    but maths and geography are 2 of my A levels. Geography is really boring in general. You might enjoy the physical side of it because of the coolness of landforms and the immense impact it has on the planet we live in of course. However the human side of geography is ridiculous, reasonings for why people live in urban and rural areas are so basic and lacks substance, or why people visit a tourist area...really isn't interesting to learn.

    Maths is by far my favourite subject, it's logical, doable (at least AS). you can definitely teach yourself C1 and C2 and get ahead of everyone, which is good for you and the teacher i guess. when it comes to revising, maths is by far the easiest because you're just doing questions after questions and theres so much help and resources for it online (like other sciences). Revising geography is painful because you have to take in figures and all sorts about one case study, it's stressful, and in the exam you might not even use 60% of the knowledge you had revised for, whereas maths they throw in everything every year so it's kind of ''worth your time''

    you can take geography at a level without gcse geography. it depends on your school though. my school chose topics that we've already covered at gcse for a levels so for those who didnt do it at gcse would have to work even more to learn it, but nothing is rocket science, it's so easy.
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    I'm doing A2 and I do biology geog and maths.

    I really enjoyed geography at AS but this year it's ridiculous. There's SO much work and it's fairly difficult, definitely the hardest A level for me.

    Biology was fine at the start but the DNA tech stuff, muscles and nerves is really hard. Basically biology gets really difficult at the end of the course.

    Maths C3 is a humongous jump from C2 and C4 is really hard at the start but I'm fine with it now, I think it just comes with practice.

    I think Maths is my favourite mainly because it's so easy to revise for and it's all clicked but at the start of the year I was really struggling with C4.

    AS for all 3 subjects is really easy in comparison to A2, but I have to say my combo of subjects it's all that bad, I enjoy them even if I complain about them all the time lol
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    I can't say about Biology or chemistry
    but maths and geography are 2 of my A levels. Geography is really boring in general. You might enjoy the physical side of it because of the coolness of landforms and the immense impact it has on the planet we live in of course. However the human side of geography is ridiculous, reasonings for why people live in urban and rural areas are so basic and lacks substance, or why people visit a tourist area...really isn't interesting to learn.

    Maths is by far my favourite subject, it's logical, doable (at least AS). you can definitely teach yourself C1 and C2 and get ahead of everyone, which is good for you and the teacher i guess. when it comes to revising, maths is by far the easiest because you're just doing questions after questions and theres so much help and resources for it online (like other sciences). Revising geography is painful because you have to take in figures and all sorts about one case study, it's stressful, and in the exam you might not even use 60% of the knowledge you had revised for, whereas maths they throw in everything every year so it's kind of ''worth your time''

    you can take geography at a level without gcse geography. it depends on your school though. my school chose topics that we've already covered at gcse for a levels so for those who didnt do it at gcse would have to work even more to learn it, but nothing is rocket science, it's so easy.
    Ah okay, so do you not recommend geography then? Yeah, I would like the physical planet stuff but the tourist bit probably not so much? Do you have to learn the case studies? Is that difficult to do? Is that like History in that respect? Is there a higher percentage of physical planet stuff to human stuff? Do you think it would be too much to do as well as chemistry, biology, and maths?

    The maths sound cool! Is it mainly problem-solving or is it just he is a question, now do the answer? I like maths a lot and I always found maths easier to revise than other subjects.
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    (Original post by JezDayy)
    I'm doing A2 and I do biology geog and maths.

    I really enjoyed geography at AS but this year it's ridiculous. There's SO much work and it's fairly difficult, definitely the hardest A level for me.

    Biology was fine at the start but the DNA tech stuff, muscles and nerves is really hard. Basically biology gets really difficult at the end of the course.

    Maths C3 is a humongous jump from C2 and C4 is really hard at the start but I'm fine with it now, I think it just comes with practice.

    I think Maths is my favourite mainly because it's so easy to revise for and it's all clicked but at the start of the year I was really struggling with C4.

    AS for all 3 subjects is really easy in comparison to A2, but I have to say my combo of subjects it's all that bad, I enjoy them even if I complain about them all the time lol
    Why do you find Geography is the hardest? Is it the content or the exams?

    What are all the different maths modules them? Do I have to choose one or do I do them all?

    I think I will really enjoy Biology, but I am worried as my teachers say that everything you learn at GCSE is a lie...
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    (Original post by LauraEddy)
    Right, so I am thinking of taking these subjects... I don't do geography at GCSE level - will that matter?! Also, I am predicted A*s in biology and chemistry and have already got an A* in maths (but I think I will only get an A in Chemistry)... I don't really enjoy chemistry but HAVE to do it for what I want to do at uni (zoology)... is that a good reason to do it if I find it kinda difficult and not really fun? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?! Should I choose those A levels?
    I did maths, bio, Chem and physics at alevel and would say that maths and chemistry are very good choices (they were actually interesting and revising for them is manageable). Biology however is only worth doing if you love the subject. I got an A at alevel but had to work harder for it than any of the other subjects I did (you basically have to memorise 2 text books full of content). At my sixth form it didn't matter if you hadn't done geography a level as it was quite different to GCSE but I guess that depends on the exam board tbh. Good luck for your GCSEs
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    (Original post by Amellia123)
    I did maths, bio, Chem and physics at alevel and would say that maths and chemistry are very good choices (they were actually interesting and revising for them is manageable). Biology however is only worth doing if you love the subject. I got an A at alevel but had to work harder for it than any of the other subjects I did (you basically have to memorise 2 text books full of content). At my sixth form it didn't matter if you hadn't done geography a level as it was quite different to GCSE but I guess that depends on the exam board tbh. Good luck for your GCSEs
    Did you find it manageable doing 4? I am glad that I have found some people who actually say they like Chemistry (All I ever hear is people saying they hate it and find it really difficult - which isn't reassuring)
    I find biology very interesting and it is by far my favourite subject at GCSE and will always be willing to put in work for it
    I think I want to do a 4th in case I fail one of the other 3 A levels, but by doing 4 am I increasing the chances of failing due to lack of revision time?

    Thank you
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    They werent too bad actually.
    It probably changed since i did my a-levels. But there were a lot of case studies The case studies werent too bad actuallt though. There was a bit more in the way of essays etc in year 13. But even then they werent too bad.

    Do you have to remember the case studies off by heart?
 
 
 
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