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    I want to chemistry( I’m in y11) but I’m not sure. What is it like? How difficult is it? What did you get in you GCSE and what are you predicted? thanks
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    DON'T DO IT

    I got A* at GCSE and I was advised not to do it

    Some of my friends who also got A*s did it and they find it so hard and they're all getting Us in their mocks!

    Advice - do biology instead
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    (Original post by asox)
    DON'T DO IT

    I got A* at GCSE and I was advised not to do it

    Some of my friends who also got A*s did it and they find it so hard and they're all getting Us in their mocks!

    Advice - do biology instead
    Haha I was thinking of doing biology as well
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    (Original post by beekydog)
    Haha I was thinking of doing biology as well
    what do you want to do at uni?

    what are you other options?
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    (Original post by asox)
    what do you want to do at uni?

    what are you other options?
    Tbh I like history but don’t see what job I could get with it.
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    (Original post by asox)
    DON'T DO IT


    Advice - do biology instead
    Biology is still hard asf though
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    (Original post by beekydog)
    Tbh I like history but don’t see what job I could get with it.
    If you want to do history why don't you stick to humanities such as English lit, Religious Studies, Politics?

    If you want to go down history route I'd only advise taking one science.
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    (Original post by amaraub)
    Biology is still hard asf though
    It's a lot easier than chemistry

    It's not that hard, there's just a lot of information you have to learn
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    (Original post by asox)
    If you want to do history why don't you stick to humanities such as English lit, Religious Studies, Politics?

    If you want to go down history route I'd only advise taking one science.
    I would but I don’t know what job I would be able to get with it.
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    It's good. I'm in Year 13 doing it, and it's not so hard.

    I couldn't fit it in in Year 12, since I was already doing 5 subjects, but I dropped 2 subjects by the end of Year 12 and took up Chemistry, learning the entire AS course over summer myself and now doing the A2. I didn't take the official AS exam because I hadn't decided to take it up until after exams were over, but my teachers made me do a mock test of it and I got a B, which I think is fairly decent considering I'd only spent a month learning the info and then only had 2 days to revise everything I'd just learnt. I'm predicted an A for the A2 exam.

    It depends what exam board you're doing of course - we do OCR Chemistry A, which is really nicely laid out and the Kerboodle textbook for it is all you need for an A grade in it. My friends that did the AS exam said they only used notes from Kerboodle and a few hints from the teachers in the lessons over the year and they all got A's. So it's good. I'm not sure about other exam boards, though. I only took it up because I wanted to do it originally but never had the space, and I knew I liked Chemistry in general since I got an A* at GCSE.
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    (Original post by beekydog)
    I want to chemistry( I’m in y11) but I’m not sure. What is it like? How difficult is it? What did you get in you GCSE and what are you predicted? thanks
    Year 12 is difficult, but it starts to click like start of/mid way year 13 so it not too bad. I personally think chemistry’s difficulty is a bit overhyped tbh
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    (Original post by beekydog)
    I would but I don’t know what job I would be able to get with it.
    You could literally do anything like being an advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher, museum curator...the list is endless.

    More specifically, though, with a degree in history you could be an educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate/lawyer, or even a business person.
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    I'm currently in y12 and I'm doing chemistry a level with biology and history. I got an A* at GCSE and I'm predicted an A, and honestly, I know we're doing the easier parts at the moment, but it's nowhere near as bad as I expected. There's a lot of equations to learn and maths, but it's not hard maths and I was told when I took it that it's about grade 6 level at GCSE.
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    Tbh you will never do well in an A-level that you don't work hard for.
    As long as you have the genuine interest in the subject regardless of what you got in GCSE and you know you'll work hard go for it!
    I do Biology Chemistry and Psychology and my favourite is Chemistry!
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    Even tho the yr 13 content so far almost gave me a mental breakdown but I'm surviving lol!
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    (Original post by NathCave)
    It's good. I'm in Year 13 doing it, and it's not so hard.

    I couldn't fit it in in Year 12, since I was already doing 5, but I dropped 2 subjects by the end of Year 12 and took up Chemistry, learning the entire AS course over summer myself and now doing the A2. I didn't take the official AS exam because I hadn't decided to take it up until after exams were over, but my teachers made me do a mock test of it and I got a B, which I think is fairly decent considering I'd only spent a month learning the info and then only had 2 days to revise everything I'd just learnt. I'm predicted an A for the A2 exam.

    It depends what exam board you're doing of course - we do OCR Chemistry A, which is really nicely laid out and the Kerboodle textbook for it is all you need for an A grade in it. My friends that did the AS exam said they only used notes from Kerboodle and a few hints from the teachers in the lessons over the year and they all got A's. So it's good. I'm not sure about other exam boards, though.
    (Original post by asox)
    You could literally do anything like being an advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher, museum curator...the list is endless.

    More specifically, though, with a degree in history you could be an educator, researcher, communicator or editor, information manager, advocate/lawyer, or even a business person.
    Wow thanks, I didn’t realise
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    I'm in Yr 12 at the moment and I do Module 2 and Module 4. SO FAR it's not terribly bad, Module 2 is built on GCSE (redox, concentration equations, molar mass, etc) and Module 4 (Organic Chemistry) is pretty straightforward and interesting
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    To all those saying not to take it because they tanked at it, this isn't the kind of advice to listen to. Not following something you enjoy because some rando on the internet sucked at it and called it hard is not the kind of mentality that will get you where you want to be.

    OP, I do A Level Chemistry, I got A* at GCSE, and I'm getting A's at AS, no matter how much I preach and scream to you about how much I love Chemistry, that's only from my perspective and may not be a viewpoint that you share.

    One thing that I would suggest is, think the following things when doing Chemistry:
    1) Do you want to do something Chemistry related at University or in later life? I.e direct Chem, Biochem, Chemical Engineering, maybe a Doctor or Dentist or Vet?

    2) Do you just REALLY enjoy Chemistry, does it feel right for you, natural at the minute at GCSE?

    If both of this applies to you, I'd advise you to take it. Personally, I feel that although Chemistry is by no means an EASY A Level, if you actually enjoy chemistry and have true passion for it, you will be willing to put in the hard work to succeed at A Level. Take a subject based on how you feel, at the end of the day, because at the end of the day, you know best of all, what's in your interests, not me, not anyone else, not another random, yourself.
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    (Original post by yepitsanne)
    I'm in Yr 12 at the moment and I do Module 2 and Module 4. SO FAR it's not terribly bad, Module 2 is built on GCSE (redox, concentration equations, molar mass, etc) and Module 4 (Organic Chemistry) is pretty straightforward and interesting
    I’ve been told it’s the hardest a level at school which put me off a bit aha.
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    (Original post by AryanGh)
    To all those saying not to take it because they tanked at it, this isn't the kind of advice to listen to. Not following something you enjoy because some rando on the internet sucked at it and called it hard is not the kind of mentality that will get you where you want to be.

    OP, I do A Level Chemistry, I got A* at GCSE, and I'm getting A's at AS, no matter how much I preach and scream to you about how much I love Chemistry, that's only from my perspective and may not be a viewpoint that you share.

    One thing that I would suggest is, think the following things when doing Chemistry:
    1) Do you want to do something Chemistry related at University or in later life? I.e direct Chem, Biochem, Chemical Engineering, maybe a Doctor or Dentist or Vet?

    2) Do you just REALLY enjoy Chemistry, does it feel right for you, natural at the minute at GCSE?

    If both of this applies to you, I'd advise you to take it. Personally, I feel that although Chemistry is by no means an EASY A Level, if you actually enjoy chemistry and have true passion for it, you will be willing to put in the hard work to succeed at A Level. Take a subject based on how you feel, at the end of the day, because at the end of the day, you know best of all, what's in your interests, not me, not anyone else, not another random, yourself.
    Thank you!
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    (Original post by asox)
    It's a lot easier than chemistry

    It's not that hard, there's just a lot of information you have to learn
    Yeah that's true

    I'm so baffed on osmosis though because I read 3 same but different but same explanations and now my brain is fried i've wasted like 2 hours on it today and still barely get it even thought its so simply and made no notes which is sick
 
 
 
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