I tried it at the start of this year, I got an A at GCSE but A Level bio was so chemistry-based and there was so much to memorise... I just couldn't do it and I quit. Now I'm thinking of trying again. Does it get better? Is there less chemistry, and maybe more human biology? (my favourite).
it's hell , but only because it requires alot of effort than gcse
just put the work in from the start of the year and you should be fine
Pretty much the same as above there’s still a lot of content, there is more human biology in 2nd year can’t compared to first year in my opinion but OCR seem to like to the idea of application questions over just question directly related. I’ve found it much easier to cope by doing Chemistry compared to a few classmates that don’t.
But I wouldn’t say there’s to much Chemistry related content only here and there so it’s not to bad.
I am currently studying Biology A level but am going to be doing a degree apprenticeship next year so dont even need to know any biology so it feels like I am just learning facts for no reason but for the exam.What i would say is it can be pretty easy as it is just memory recall so if you get good notes condensed you can do it pretty easy just needs constant effort to rmeber all the sections.Can be such a demotivating subjects as a lot of effort especially if you dotn even need biology a level once you have already started the subject.
Hi, I'm currently in year 12 and I'm studying EDEXCEL(B) A Level Biology (so not the Salter's Nuffield version).
At the start, there was a lot of Chemistry/Biochemistry based topics which was hard for students in my class who didin't like Chemistry (I love it so I found it fun).
But I can assure you that the beginning is the most Chemistry intensive.In addition, the Chemistry skills needed for A Level Biology are only what you did at GCSE (triple science) + polarity of molecules.
But here's the thing, if you can understand things like: covalent bonding, intermolecular forces, electronegativity (e.g. the polar nature of water) then a lot of the Biochemistry/Biological Molecules content can become something that you can understand easily as it's consistent.
For a lot of the other topics, honestly, it's just about remembering facts and names and soooo many definitions (like all the different types of speciation).
There's certainly a good amount of human biology in the course, I'm currently learning about circulation and tansport of gases in the blood; my teachers are garbage, but when I actually understand a topic in biology it just seems so much more interesting and rewarding to understand than my other subjects (Chemistry - like woah periodicity is kinda lit, but I don't have much interest in organic solvents tbh & French - wow I just had a discussion on the study of French food heritage I'm in such awe ).
What I must admit though about Biology, is that the practicals that YOU HAVE TO DO are the most boring and complicated things I've ever done in school. It's like "ooooh cut this beetroot into tiny peices and use this colorimeter thing that seems to disfunction every time you use it to determine how much water has left the beetroot omg so fun. Is you Biology a vegan and therfore refuses to do the discetion practical (is this just me???)? Oh don't be sad kids, I bet you'd rather Investigate the effect of gibberellins on the production of amylase in germinating cereals using a starch agar assay".
content: supe interesting but Biology is less intuitive and more about memerising things.
core practicals: "so umm, you know that Acetic Orcein that'd meant to go on the root tips, plz let me drink it and use it as eye drops plz I don't want to live on this boring world anymore".
Ok I dont know if this sounds weird, but here’s the thing.I was wondering whether it is a good option to take Biology A level (accelerated course) when I did not have Biology at GCSE( or any other Science subs)?