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I’m thinking of choosing maths, physics and biology for alevels. Is it too hard? And would it put me through too much stress?
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That would be a lot of work but doable and it’s not a very wise range
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That would be a lot of work but doable and it’s not a very wise range
Why isn’t it a very wide range?
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That is a very good combination. I’m currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. The workload isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and it’s challenging yet enjoyable. Your combination will be hard work, but it’s good for later life and you should enjoy it
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That is a very good combination. I’m currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. The workload isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and it’s challenging yet enjoyable. Your combination will be hard work, but it’s good for later life and you should enjoy it
Are physics and maths difficult at alevels?
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Are physics and maths difficult at alevels?
Maths is mostly fine; starts with extensions from GCSE and leads into some new concepts which are certainly challenging. However, not too bad, not as bad as I think some people think it is.
Physics is certainly a challenge, a lot of the new concepts are very difficult to get your head around, and you’ll find that it’s entirely new stuff, very little continuation from GCSE. However, it’s not impossible. Your teachers will guide you along the way and support you with every step, absolutely worth taking. Hope that helps
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Maths is mostly fine; starts with extensions from GCSE and leads into some new concepts which are certainly challenging. However, not too bad, not as bad as I think some people think it is.
Physics is certainly a challenge, a lot of the new concepts are very difficult to get your head around, and you’ll find that it’s entirely new stuff, very little continuation from GCSE. However, it’s not impossible. Your teachers will guide you along the way and support you with every step, absolutely worth taking. Hope that helps
Thank you very much! This was very helpful.
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I’m thinking of choosing maths, physics and biology for alevels. Is it too hard? And would it put me through too much stress?
It's a lot of hard work, but as long as you're willing to make the time to revise for those subjects, not only at school, but in your own time then you should find them alright. :yep:
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It's a lot of hard work, but as long as you're willing to make the time to revise for those subjects, not only at school, but in your own time then you should find them alright. :yep:
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Hiya! I currently take Maths and Physics A-Levels and both are really good subjects! Physics at A-Level is wayyyy more interesting than at GCSE, and although Maths is a little tricky at times, if you're a logical thinker and resilient, you'll do great.

All the subjects you've picked will open doors for you as they are facilitating subjects. Sure, all of them will be a bit challenging, but if you are willing to put in the work, it will be worth it in the end, trust me.
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It's not necessarily difficult - many students very successfully study 3 or 4 STEM subjects in combination.

Your combination is an unusual one (Chemistry/Biology and Physics/Chemistry or Physics/Further Maths along with Maths being the more typical combinations) but it's adequate if it suits your interests and aptitudes. There are a few courses that require that specific combination (such as BME at Imperial) or where it's useful (BME elsewhere that doesn't require chemistry, Computer Science/Maths if you're interested in Bioinformatics, etc), so it's not bad by any means.

If you're thinking you may eventually apply to Maths/CS you may wish to consider taking Further Maths, if even just to AS level. It's also very useful for engineering and Physics generally. However if you're more interested in Biology and related subjects I'd strongly suggest you consider swapping one of the subjects (probably Physics) for Chemistry, as Chemistry does underpin most of modern biology. Even if it's not required for the course, you'll almost certainly cover comparable chemistry content anyway, and it's easier to take it earlier in school when you have more individual attention and time to study the topics.
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