Hi, i'm currently in Year 11 and i'm deciding which A-Levels i want to take. I enjoy Chemistry and Biology and i was wondering if they are hard and if they are worth taking? Thanks
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- 08-10-2017 15:57
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- 08-10-2017 16:01
If you enjoy them and think you'll be able to keep up with the workload, then go for it. I'd recommend at least a grade 6-7 in biology and chemistry so if you're targeted that or above you'd probably be able to cope.
- 08-10-2017 16:08
Chemistry and Biology both require around a grade 5 to do for A level meaning you'll have to do the higher paper for them. You'll probably be able to cope with them both if you really enjoy them and don't find them too difficult. Personally, I'm more of a Biology person, I'm also planning to take it for A level.
- 08-10-2017 16:24
I'm a year 13 student and I'm doing Biology, Chemistry and Psychology (dropped Religious Studies and am doing an EPQ). In my opinion, they're great subjects and I love doing them! But be warned they are hard, chemistry much more than biology however.
Chemistry is a lot of maths, application and memorising. There isn't too much content compared to the likes of biology and psychology but what there is of it is hard. I personally hate maths and struggle with it and so that's the hardest (and biggest) part of chem for me and certain topics don't go into my head. The amount of times last year I contemplated dropping and nearly broke down due to it is hard to count. HOWEVER I loved (and still love) the subject! I managed to get an A despite struggling with a lot of topics and as long as you work hard, revise and aren't afraid to ask for help I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Biology, I found, was marginally easier. There is A LOT to remember and again application plays a big part but majority of what we learned I found interesting and the maths isn't too hard. The hardest thing about biology is the mark scheme is very unforgiving (thought this might just be an AQA thing) and asks for very specific words to get the marks. In all thought, I enjoyed it a lot!
So yes, they are hard, however if they're subjects you love and you're going to put the time and effort into them to get the grades and revise then you'll love doing them and you'll do great! Hope I've helped and any other questions, just ask.
- 08-10-2017 16:28
Biology and chemistry are hard, but I would recommend them. There is a huge amount of content to cover in biology and it goes into a lot more depth than GCSE, but you get to learn so much more about the body and the natural world. The subject is really broad and you cover so many interesting topics, there will always be something you love. Chemistry does require a lot of work and learning all those equations can be tough, a lot of the topics are similar to GCSE especially during the first year.