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    hi, i was just wondering actually how much maths content there is in the new biology A levels. it seems as if there is loads and im terrible at maths. I want to do dentistry when im older but for that i need my biology A level and my maths is really not that good. I feel like i wont be able to get the A grade i need in biology if i dont have the maths skills. Is there any alternative to the A level Biology qualification that has less maths content in it?
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    Having just finished AQA A Level biology (and hating maths too) the level of maths isn't too bad! Me and maths don't get along but through practice the maths questions did get easier as they tended to repeat themselves. It was usually just graph interpretation/% change and such which you'll have 2 years of practice with along with biology specific maths such as magnification and Hardy weinberg. I'd honestly say it's manageable and even if you mess up the maths on each paper you can still easily get an A (with the way the grade boundaries have been recently).

    Hope I've helped and anymore questions just ask!
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    (Original post by yeahthatonethere)
    Having just finished AQA A Level biology (and hating maths too) the level of maths isn't too bad! Me and maths don't get along but through practice the maths questions did get easier as they tended to repeat themselves. It was usually just graph interpretation/% change and such which you'll have 2 years of practice with along with biology specific maths such as magnification and Hardy weinberg. I'd honestly say it's manageable and even if you mess up the maths on each paper you can still easily get an A (with the way the grade boundaries have been recently).

    Hope I've helped and anymore questions just ask!
    wow ok thank you very much. have the grade boundaries been lower with the new A level? is that because it is harder over all than before? thank you so much
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    (Original post by Saucytom)
    wow ok thank you very much. have the grade boundaries been lower with the new A level? is that because it is harder over all than before? thank you so much
    Yeah the boundaries have been a lot lower for the new A Levels. I'm on AQA so I don't know for other boards but for A2 last year it was (out of 260) 174 for an A* (67%) and 147 for an A (57%) so yeah quite low. Generally yes I'd say the exams are harder for multiple reasons. With them being linear there's a lot more to shove into your head for very little of it to come up in the three exams. The exams are also a lot more application and (this year especially) had been slated for their lack of recall and content and the major focus on data interpretation which sucks. I'm not trying to put you off or anything though! I really enjoyed doing biology A Level and the content is interesting so don't think it's all doom and gloom.
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    (Original post by yeahthatonethere)
    Yeah the boundaries have been a lot lower for the new A Levels. I'm on AQA so I don't know for other boards but for A2 last year it was (out of 260) 174 for an A* (67%) and 147 for an A (57%) so yeah quite low. Generally yes I'd say the exams are harder for multiple reasons. With them being linear there's a lot more to shove into your head for very little of it to come up in the three exams. The exams are also a lot more application and (this year especially) had been slated for their lack of recall and content and the major focus on data interpretation which sucks. I'm not trying to put you off or anything though! I really enjoyed doing biology A Level and the content is interesting so don't think it's all doom and gloom.
    Thank you so so much you have really helped me out. I'm much less nervous now about picking it. I appreciate your personal experience
 
 
 
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