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So I'm applying to different sixth forms, one offers Aqa Biology and chemistry and the other offers OCR.
Which is most challenging and why?
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id like to know this too! ive always valued aqa more but there’s a sixth form that’s very good for sciences offering ocr?
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(Original post by clouddbubbles)
id like to know this too! ive always valued aqa more but there’s a sixth form that’s very good for sciences offering ocr?
yeah I wanna apply for LAE and they offer OCR sciences but my current GCSE exam board is AQA so I'm nervous it will be such a huge jump I won't be able to catch up (and this sixth form kicks you out if you don't get CCC minimum in year 12)
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So I'm applying to different sixth forms, one offers Aqa Biology and chemistry and the other offers OCR.
Which is most challenging and why?
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I did OCR bio and AQA chem, and I found OCR bio to require a lot more detail than other specs when I looked at their papers, but I wouldn’t have done well in AQA bio because you have to do a weird essay and I’m lazy.

As for chem, I think AQA chem is one of the easiest, the transition metal stuff (some see as the most challenging) is significantly less in AQA than other specs I believe, making it oddly simpler
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I did OCR GCSE and am currently in my second year of AQA Biology and Chemistry A Level and I can tell you there's not much of a jump if you change from one exam board to another! All that happened was when we'd cover one thing in a lesson I didn't know my friend would say they did at GCSE and sometimes there were things I had done and they hadn't. You should be taught everything you need to know regardless of whether it was covered at GCSE or not.

As for which is better, look at the specifications for both courses, past papers, grade boundaries and so on to make an informed decision. Personally I hate AQA just cause they're so picky in their mark schemes at times but I can't tell you whether or not OCR is like that so take my opinion with a (large) pinch of salt.
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I'm currently doing my first year in AQA Bio, and although it's early to say, it is quite tricky, i'm failing just a bit :/. Also beware the 25 mark essay!
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