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Is doing biology at A-Level and in particular degree level underrated? Do you agree with the common perception that it is the "easy" science?
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Why do you think people say it is the "easy" science?
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Biology is overarching term that covers host of very important scientific disciplines. Unfortunately it gets associated with things like drawing the stigma of a flowering plant or a cross section of a uterus. I found Biology A level enjoyable but very general. A year of Biochemistry as part of my course at uni was brilliant. I am not sure I would do a Biology degree, a subdiscipline would be more detailed and useful I think.
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Didn't even think people thought of it as an easy science lol
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What do you hope to do in the future?
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Is doing biology at A-Level and in particular degree level underrated? Do you agree with the common perception that it is the "easy" science?
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Is doing biology at A-Level and in particular degree level underrated? Do you agree with the common perception that it is the "easy" science?
A young man like me, who did triple science and thus can compare the other science and has a passion for biology in particular, would say "yes". People who haven't these things, would certainly deny and tell you it is a hard science because of the many memorisations. Their answer is "no".
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If we're just talking about bio, chem and physics then at least up to AS level, I thought it was the easiest.
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Biology is probably the easiest science out of the three.
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People do see it as easy, yeah.
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What kind of loser cares about "rating" stuff after the age of 12
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I did not do Biology in my A-levels, but I loved every single thing I learned from the subject during my GCSE-equivalent level. I remember learning about teeth growth and structures in different mammals and the entire biological system of a rabbit. Drawing diagrams is particularly what intrigues me most. As a person aiming to do physics at uni, I think the scientific drawing skills I recieved from Biology, such as organised labelling and noticing details like tiny structures in digestive and reproductive systems of a rabbit ( in my syllabus at least ), are what I appreciate most. Biochemistry is also interesting. In A-level Chemistry, I enjoyed learning the DNA replication and proteins linking to polymerisation. Also, don’t take it as you can’t be good at Maths because you do Bio. I recently read about modelling the human hair growth mathematically, and also the affect of mutation rate on evolutionary equilibrium, which I find fascinating! I usually joke around telling my personal tutor who teaches Biology how boring Biology is but if I were smart enough to handle five A-levels, then Biology would have been my fifth choice. Overall, there is no such thing as overrated or underrated subject. A physicist can’t discuss about English literature based on his/her expertise on solving Einstein’s field equations alone.
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Biology A-Level is difficult imo more so than chemistry (simply learning facts in chemistry versus the heavy application in biology)
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No that is not right everything will be easy if are base is very strong and the present syllabus is the basic one you need focus on it too because if you go with the advanced bio study you will find all are related to the basics


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Biology A-Level is difficult imo more so than chemistry (simply learning facts in chemistry versus the heavy application in biology)
Chemistry also requires the application of knowledge, although it is to a lesser extent at A Level. Physics stomps the sh*t out of biology if you want to talk about the amount of AO2 at A Level.
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Chemistry also requires the application of knowledge, although it is to a lesser extent at A Level. Physics stomps the sh*t out of biology if you want to talk about the amount of AO2 at A Level.
I can’t give my opinion on Physics since I don’t do it. However I do think it’s unfair biology is given the ‘easy’ name, when it is far from that.
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(Original post by MediocreSince01)
I can’t give my opinion on Physics since I don’t do it. However I do think it’s unfair biology is given the ‘easy’ name, when it is far from that.
I've only ever heard this label from those who have studied all three at A Level and/or have studied a science at degree level. A discipline containing a lot of biology or biology itself involves a lot more memorisation and a lot less application at degree level relative to a discipline involving more physics or chemistry, or so I seem to hear. These are, however, merely anecdotal pieces of evidence, so I can't really say much more.
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Ask Sharron Davies
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Nah, it's defo the easier science, nothing wrong with that. A-level wise, i found it much easier than Chem( and maths).
Uni wise, i'm doing Biochem ( i get 2 chem and 2 bio modules a yr )and i can honestly say Bio is easier than Chem. Chem your forced to know a lot of backround knowledge( esp for organic chem, which you build up over time, were as bio you can learn the knowledge and forget most of it ), application and calculations and usually have much more to learn( more material, workshop, lectures and work tbh ). Bio exam are sometimes easier than chem, though i have had one very hard bio exam ( were as all my chem exams have gotten much harder as the years progress; i spent 1-2 weeks revising Bio exam and get 70%+ easy, i spent months on chem and just about get 60%+ ). Bio student also have it much easier than other sciences ( most of em know it as well, Biochemist have it much easier than chemist as well, thanks to the Bio modules ), they do next to no labs and even when we do labs, they NEVER work and are soul crushingly boring.. Bio student don't learn report writing. this doesnt even mention the job market for a straight BIO degree is lacking..
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