aMae1424
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#1
Hi
I have chosen to take bio, his and psych for a level. But I'm slightly worried about how difficult bio will be as I only achieved a B in it for gcse. Also a level is a big step up from gcse so I'm unsure if I'm clever enough to do it. Could anyone tell me the hardest topics in biology so I could get a head start? Thanks
0
reply
Zuza K
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#2
Report 3 years ago
#2
B grade is the requirement for biology a level, so if you have achieved it, that means you are smart enough to do it, don't put yourself down. It is a big step up, but with the help of teachers you'll be absolutely fine.
Here is the biology a level website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/scien...logy-7401-7402.You can have a look at the specification and practice papers to determine if it is something you would enjoy doing and if it's for you. Remember that in the first few weeks of sixth form, you can change subjects if you decide that you would prefer to do something different.
Believe in yourself and good luck x
0
reply
-Eirlys-
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#3
Report 3 years ago
#3
I got a U in my bio AS level. :lol: I found it hard, but it didn't help the teacher was a complete *****.
1
reply
yeahthatonethere
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#4
Report 3 years ago
#4
I've just finished my first year of sixth form and did Biology (got an A in my AS exam). I didn't find the content too hard, there's just a lot of it! If you start revising from the start, make good notes and have good revision habits that work for you then you'll do fine!

For me, flash cards were a saving grace! Colour coding was helpful and past papers were key. The mark schemes for biology can be very picky about what gets you the mark so doing a lot of papers will be the best thing you can do (but don't do them all at once, save some for the exam period). Do old spec, specimen, new spec and basically any you can find.

Don't put yourself down! They wouldn't let you do it if they didn't think you could handle it. You are smart enough and if you work hard you will get the grade. It's an enjoyable subject and I loved the first year of A levels despite how hard it was!

Good luck mate!
0
reply
Mesopotamian.
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#5
Report 3 years ago
#5
The hard thing about biology is the fact that if your answer does not match up with the mark scheme you don't get the marks even if your knowledge is correct. It's literally a game of memorising the mark scheme - which is made even more difficult by the fact that we're doing the new specification which has only one past paper and a few specimens.
1
reply
strawberry06
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#6
Report 3 years ago
#6
I got a B for GCSE Biology and got a C for A-Level Biology. Biology is content heavy, there is so much that you need to know. There are also a lot of application and maths question in the new spec which are hard and the markschemes are so picky. Biology was a killer for me towards the end, I hated it sooo much. I preferred Chemistry over Biology !
0
reply
-Eirlys-
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#7
Report 3 years ago
#7
That's very true! You have to answer something in a certain way otherwise you would get a low score, which I thought was ridiculous.

(Original post by Mesopotamian.)
The hard thing about biology is the fact that if your answer does not match up with the mark scheme you don't get the marks even if your knowledge is correct. It's literally a game of memorising the mark scheme - which is made even more difficult by the fact that we're doing the new specification which has only one past paper and a few specimens.
1
reply
Mesopotamian.
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#8
Report 3 years ago
#8
(Original post by hannxm)
That's very true! You have to answer something in a certain way otherwise you would get a low score, which I thought was ridiculous.
Exactly it's very annoying 😤
0
reply
Stanyaboy
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#9
Report 3 years ago
#9
I'm taking the exact same subjects, and got a B at GCSE.After a year I can say, it is the hardest subject I do. I do not dislike it, but it is hard as ****.You can do it though, just make sure to always revise at the end of terms or you'll end up like me, doing a retake of my mock because I got 40%, which is a U
1
reply
jadder1224
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#10
Report 3 years ago
#10
(Original post by aMae1424)
Hi
I have chosen to take bio, his and psych for a level. But I'm slightly worried about how difficult bio will be as I only achieved a B in it for gcse. Also a level is a big step up from gcse so I'm unsure if I'm clever enough to do it. Could anyone tell me the hardest topics in biology so I could get a head start? Thanks
Hi there!
I took A level biology and I achieved a grade B in biology at gcse aswell. I must admit that I thought there was quite a big step from gcse, and only achieved a grade C at AS biology. But I guess I didn't revise as much as I should have. However, I turned it around in A2 by resitting one AS exam and ended up achieving a grade B at A level! So, if it was possible for me to achieve a decent grade then anyone can! Stay positive, you can do it! What I found hardest during A2 level was the human body, like muscles, nerves, and the nervous system. But I took AQA, so different exam boards may have different specifiactions. Oh and during AS level, it wasn't that I didn't understand anything, I just didn't put enough effort into learning and remembering it. So as long as you revise and learn, make sure you understand everything, you'll be fine.
Good luck, I'm sure you'll be great
2
reply
Owenkearney
Badges: 9
Rep:
?
#11
Report 3 years ago
#11
(Original post by jadder1224)
Hi there!
I took A level biology and I achieved a grade B in biology at gcse aswell. I must admit that I thought there was quite a big step from gcse, and only achieved a grade C at AS biology. But I guess I didn't revise as much as I should have. However, I turned it around in A2 by resitting one AS exam and ended up achieving a grade B at A level! So, if it was possible for me to achieve a decent grade then anyone can! Stay positive, you can do it! What I found hardest during A2 level was the human body, like muscles, nerves, and the nervous system. But I took AQA, so different exam boards may have different specifiactions. Oh and during AS level, it wasn't that I didn't understand anything, I just didn't put enough effort into learning and remembering it. So as long as you revise and learn, make sure you understand everything, you'll be fine.
Good luck, I'm sure you'll be great
I've picked a level biology because I enjoyed it at gcse and got A+A* in core and additional science. Could you advise me to how a level biology really is because I am considering changing it for sociology. My alevel options are geography biology and economics.
0
reply
jadder1224
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#12
Report 3 years ago
#12
(Original post by Owenkearney)
I've picked a level biology because I enjoyed it at gcse and got A+A* in core and additional science. Could you advise me to how a level biology really is because I am considering changing it for sociology. My alevel options are geography biology and economics.
Hi, biology was my favourite subject at a level. its just so interesting. but there is quite a lot of content to remember. So with biology start revision earlier and practise loads of past papers.
Good luck
0
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

How are you feeling about starting university this autumn?

Really excited (67)
22.33%
Excited but a bit nervous (134)
44.67%
Not bothered either way (37)
12.33%
I'm really nervous (62)
20.67%

Watched Threads

View All
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