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any advice on a-level edexel biology? my school uses this exam board and im not sure whether to choose it at sixth form
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any advice on a-level edexel biology? my school uses this exam board and im not sure whether to choose it at sixth form
There's not a huge difference between the exam boards, either in course content or assessment style.

Do you have particular concerns about edexcel?
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There's not a huge difference between the exam boards, either in course content or assessment style.

Do you have particular concerns about edexcel?
no no not about edexel particularly, just what the course is like
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no no not about edexel particularly, just what the course is like
Biology is quite a content heavy course- there's a lot of facts you will have to learn and learn how to apply. The new A-level is a bit more mathsy, but nothing too tricky if you have passed GCSE maths.

What aspects of biology do you find interesting?

The course is quite varied, you do everything from ecology to physiology to genetics to molecular biology.
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Biology is quite a content heavy course- there's a lot of facts you will have to learn and learn how to apply. The new A-level is a bit more mathsy, but nothing too tricky if you have passed GCSE maths.

What aspects of biology do you find interesting?

The course is quite varied, you do everything from ecology to physiology to genetics to molecular biology.
I find human biology the most interesting, as well as the topic of lifestyle and health. I don't really enjoy the plant side of biology aspect however that was at GCSE. Is edexcel biology quite chemistry influenced? I find chemistry quite difficult so this is annother thing that worries me.
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I find human biology the most interesting, as well as the topic of lifestyle and health. I don't really enjoy the plant side of biology aspect however that was at GCSE. Is edexcel biology quite chemistry influenced? I find chemistry quite difficult so this is annother thing that worries me.
There is some chemistry involved, you have to learn about respiration and photosynthesis on the chemical level at A2, which a lot of students find challenging.

There's not too much solely plant based stuff at A-level, often it comes up in a mixed section e.g. with cellular biology, you will learn about animal and plant cells, you'll learn about plant transport systems alongside animal ones, and so on.

There is some health content, but it's mostly in the form of applying what you have learned to a health condition- probably not as much lifestyle and health stuff as at GCSE.

Have you looked at the syllabus at all?

Do you know what you want to do after A-levels?
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There is some chemistry involved, you have to learn about respiration and photosynthesis on the chemical level at A2, which a lot of students find challenging.

There's not too much solely plant based stuff at A-level, often it comes up in a mixed section e.g. with cellular biology, you will learn about animal and plant cells, you'll learn about plant transport systems alongside animal ones, and so on.

There is some health content, but it's mostly in the form of applying what you have learned to a health condition- probably not as much lifestyle and health stuff as at GCSE.

Have you looked at the syllabus at all?

Do you know what you want to do after A-levels?
That sounds okay. And yes I had a look at edexcel's specification, and I have heard that answering exam questions has to be quite to the point. After A-Levels, I have been looking into Speech and Langage Therapy, apparently you're probably best doing Biology for this? However the degree has to be specifically S&L therapy, so its not definite yet
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That sounds okay. And yes I had a look at edexcel's specification, and I have heard that answering exam questions has to be quite to the point. After A-Levels, I have been looking into Speech and Langage Therapy, apparently you're probably best doing Biology for this? However the degree has to be specifically S&L therapy, so its not definite yet
BurstingBubbles Is a speech therapist, so she may be able to advise.

For exam questions, you do have to use the right language, but I'm sure your teacher will help you with this
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BurstingBubbles Is a speech therapist, so she may be able to advise.

For exam questions, you do have to use the right language, but I'm sure your teacher will help you with this
cool! Thank you for your advice it's been super helpful
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That sounds okay. And yes I had a look at edexcel's specification, and I have heard that answering exam questions has to be quite to the point. After A-Levels, I have been looking into Speech and Langage Therapy, apparently you're probably best doing Biology for this? However the degree has to be specifically S&L therapy, so its not definite yet
Hey

I'm a speech therapist and studied Biology at A level. I think it did help with some of the content on the course, and some unis require AS Biology (I think Newcastle did when I applied anyway), but it's not essential

Let me know if you have any further questions about Speech and Language therapy, feel free to PM me
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Hey

I'm a speech therapist and studied Biology at A level. I think it did help with some of the content on the course, and some unis require AS Biology (I think Newcastle did when I applied anyway), but it's not essential

Let me know if you have any further questions about Speech and Language therapy, feel free to PM me
Thank you!
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