Not sure whether to do chemistry a level?

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Please help!

I’m really unsure about doing chemistry a level! I just find it soooo hard, most universities require it for the degrees I am looking to do though unfortunately. The other a levels I’m doing are biology and sociology. I was considering doing biology, sociology and geography instead of chemistry. The degrees I’m looking to apply for are biology, pharmacy, biomedical science, geology. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Chemistry is one of the hardest a-levels you can take. A-B students at GCSE start the chemistry course getting E's and U's. It takes a lot of work and your maths has to be really good. I took Chemistry and did appalling after getting Bs at GCSE. If you didn't do exceptionally at GCSE and you don't actually enjoy chemistry its not for you. Chemistry was the most dropped out of course at my school. And after I loved it at GCSE I ended up despising it. Sorry that this blunt.

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Chemistry is one of the hardest a-levels you can take. A-B students at GCSE start the chemistry course getting E's and U's. It takes a lot of work and your maths has to be really good. I took Chemistry and did appalling after getting Bs at GCSE. If you didn't do exceptionally at GCSE and you don't actually enjoy chemistry its not for you. Chemistry was the most dropped out of course at my school. And after I loved it at GCSE I ended up despising it. Sorry that this blunt.

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Thank you so much honestly, I think I will drop it. Tbh I don’t even enjoy it that much!
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Thank you so much honestly, I think I will drop it. Tbh I don’t even enjoy it that much!
I took chemistry, biology and psychology and I enjoyed the other two but honestly I wish I hadn't took chem
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I took chemistry, biology and psychology and I enjoyed the other two but honestly I wish I hadn't took chem
I know, it’s so hard! Probably harder than physics tbh
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Physical chemistry is heavily maths and remembering equations
Inorganic chemistry is remembering a million trends
An organic is nomenclature and structure and isomers - the only thing that really made sense to me

It was the math a level students that tended to get the good grades tbh
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Physical chemistry is heavily maths and remembering equations
Inorganic chemistry is remembering a million trends
An organic is nomenclature and structure and isomers - the only thing that really made sense to me

It was the math a level students that tended to get the good grades tbh
Yh I can relate there. My friend does maths/further maths and gets As in chemistry already (he’s in year 12)
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I took chemistry, biology and psychology and I enjoyed the other two but honestly I wish I hadn't took chem
Is biology a lot easier than chemistry?
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If you don't enjoy chemistry GCSE then surely it's worth reconsidering whether you'd enjoy or be able to get through a degree with possibly a lot of chemistry in?
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Is biology a lot easier than chemistry?
Yes by far. I really enjoyed biology. And a lot of it builds off GCSE knowledge
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If you don't enjoy chemistry GCSE then surely it's worth reconsidering whether you'd enjoy or be able to get through a degree with possibly a lot of chemistry in?
The-judge-16, this is a really important point. Essentially all of the degrees you've said you're interested in (with the possible exception of biology) will involve chemistry that is at or above A Level Chemistry. Regardless of whether you do A Level Chemistry or not, you will not be able to avoid the subject if you intend to do one of the degrees you've listed. If you decide against doing A Level Chemistry and go for one of those degrees anyway, you're just kicking the can down the road.
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The-judge-16, this is a really important point. Essentially all of the degrees you've said you're interested in (with the possible exception of biology) will involve chemistry that is at or above A Level Chemistry. Regardless of whether you do A Level Chemistry or not, you will not be able to avoid the subject if you intend to do one of the degrees you've listed. If you decide against doing A Level Chemistry and go for one of those degrees anyway, you're just kicking the can down the road.
Thank you Plagioclase your message that you have conveyed is true now I come to think of it.
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If you like biology but are more interested in social science subjects like sociology and geography alongside that, you may want to instead consider courses in e.g. human sciences, biological/evolutionary anthropology, psychology, or archaeology and/or anthropology. Those generally do not have much chemistry emphasis, and combine elements of the biological and social sciences (with specific reference to humans and non-human primates generally).
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