Physics or Biology A levelWatch
The Case for Physics:
More choice at degree level as there are more courses that REQUIRE physics than there are that REQUIRE biology, even the bio... ones don't require bio
"More interesting" according to people on the forum
More intellectually impressive according to people on the forum
You can still do medicine(are all medical schools open to me? Which REQUIRE bio?)
There is a new physics teacher that may be good
There are parts that I like Particle physics, Nuclear physics etc.
Further Maths is more useful
I am not entirely sure if I like the subject, GCSE was shaky, The tester session was not representative at all as it consisted of heating up a metal ball (I don't even know what the course is like in detail)
There are parts of physics that I dislike or find boring (Classical mostly)
The new teacher could be bad
I will have no bridging work prepared
The teaching quality is noticeably worse compared to bio
I don't feel particularly comfortable when doing physics
So many physics horror stories (what about it is so hard? Is it worse than A level chem?)
The case for Biology:
I like Bio more.
The teaching quality is great
I believe it still has the upper hand if you're going down the bio route (medicine, bio chem, pharmacy etc.)
I feel more comfortable doing Bio
I have done a considerable amount of bridging work
It is seen as a memorising course apparently
A lot of engineering is "locked up" requiring physics
Further Maths loses a lot of its utility
Please help, I have mulled over this decision all summer as it will affect me for a long time.
My current plan is taking physics for a period of time (how long would you recommend?). Then once sampling the quality of the new teacher and the teaching as a whole (I think it is pointless to use this to gauge how much I like physics as we will probably start with particle physics, which I like and I will meet the undesirables further down the line.) I will either defect to Bio or continue. Finally I would like to know, am I disadvantaging myself in ANY way by taking physics rather than bio in the face of medicine.
Many thanks in advance,
The Sudanese Prince,