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I am not sure whether to do a level geography. As i am doing it at gcse and i have always had good grades and love the physical side. However, i want to do environmental/natural sciences so was wondering if i should take chemistry instead even if i am not doing as well in it( likely to get a 7/8). I am currently thinking or taking biology maths and further maths as well. How was geography for you? What is it like compared to gcse? Is chemistry very difficult if you struggle a little with gcse? Would really appreciate your help.
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I don't study geography, but I do study chemistry for A-level. I've always struggled with chemistry, but managed to do quite well in it at GCSE (8). Chemistry at A-level is different to GCSE, but I'm pretty sure all A-levels are. I would say that it is difficult if you don't get it (or if you can't remember things!), but overall I would say that it's worth it! I really do enjoy it, especially the PAGs (practical assessments??) but overall, it is, at the end of the day your choice what you take. If you enjoy the subject, are doing decent in it and it will/may help you get the career you want, then go for it! Same applies to geography.
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(Original post by Er.38b)
Hi,
I am not sure whether to do a level geography. As i am doing it at gcse and i have always had good grades and love the physical side. However, i want to do environmental/natural sciences so was wondering if i should take chemistry instead even if i am not doing as well in it( likely to get a 7/8). I am currently thinking or taking biology maths and further maths as well. How was geography for you? What is it like compared to gcse? Is chemistry very difficult if you struggle a little with gcse? Would really appreciate your help.
I took geography A Level and now study it at uni! I took AS level chemistry and found it quite difficult....it is quite technical compared to gcse and lots of people struggle with chemistry a level. Geography a level is very similar to gcse but is a lot of content, especially with case studies. Physical geography is quite science-based and some chemistry does come up in weathering processes which may suit your fancy. If you don’t mind long-answer questions with critical analysis then geography would be great for you....but if you prefer a more ‘right’, ‘wrong’ answer approach then chemistry may be the right choice for you. Look at what unis require for your chosen degree and whether they have any leaning towards either chemistry or geography. Choose the one you think you will enjoy more as this will most likely contribute to you achieving a better grade in it!
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Hi,
I am not sure whether to do a level geography. As i am doing it at gcse and i have always had good grades and love the physical side. However, i want to do environmental/natural sciences so was wondering if i should take chemistry instead even if i am not doing as well in it( likely to get a 7/8). I am currently thinking or taking biology maths and further maths as well. How was geography for you? What is it like compared to gcse? Is chemistry very difficult if you struggle a little with gcse? Would really appreciate your help.
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Geography is an excellent A levels to do - because it covers so many different areas and sub-disciplines.
Many Unis will accept it as a 'science' subject for certain degrees and of course it also includes Social Science with Human Geography.

Check the entry requirements for the sort of degrees you are interested in - they will be different at each University.
Also, in the autumn you need to go to in-person Open Days and listen to as many different subject presentations as you can manage to see what these subjects are all about - ie. are they what you expected.

Some course examples to get you thinking -
Physical Geography at Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-envi...ical-geography
Environmental Geography at Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-envi...ntal-geography
Geography and Environmental Science at KCL - https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergra.../geography-bsc
Natural Sciences (with specialisms including Geography, Earth Sciences, Chemistry etc) - https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments...tural-sciences
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Geography is an excellent A levels to do - because it covers so many different areas and sub-disciplines.
Many Unis will accept it as a 'science' subject for certain degrees and of course it also includes Social Science with Human Geography.

Check the entry requirements for the sort of degrees you are interested in - they will be different at each University.
Also, in the autumn you need to go to in-person Open Days and listen to as many different subject presentations as you can manage to see what these subjects are all about - ie. are they what you expected.

Some course examples to get you thinking -
Physical Geography at Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-envi...ical-geography
Environmental Geography at Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-envi...ntal-geography
Geography and Environmental Science at KCL - https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergra.../geography-bsc
Natural Sciences (with specialisms including Geography, Earth Sciences, Chemistry etc) - https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments...tural-sciences
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(Original post by McGinger)
Geography is an excellent A levels to do - because it covers so many different areas and sub-disciplines.
Many Unis will accept it as a 'science' subject for certain degrees and of course it also includes Social Science with Human Geography.

Check the entry requirements for the sort of degrees you are interested in - they will be different at each University.
Also, in the autumn you need to go to in-person Open Days and listen to as many different subject presentations as you can manage to see what these subjects are all about - ie. are they what you expected.

Some course examples to get you thinking -
Physical Geography at Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-envi...ical-geography
Environmental Geography at Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth-envi...ntal-geography
Geography and Environmental Science at KCL - https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergra.../geography-bsc
Natural Sciences (with specialisms including Geography, Earth Sciences, Chemistry etc) - https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments...tural-sciences
Thank you, this was very helpful!
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I took geography A Level and now study it at uni! I took AS level chemistry and found it quite difficult....it is quite technical compared to gcse and lots of people struggle with chemistry a level. Geography a level is very similar to gcse but is a lot of content, especially with case studies. Physical geography is quite science-based and some chemistry does come up in weathering processes which may suit your fancy. If you don’t mind long-answer questions with critical analysis then geography would be great for you....but if you prefer a more ‘right’, ‘wrong’ answer approach then chemistry may be the right choice for you. Look at what unis require for your chosen degree and whether they have any leaning towards either chemistry or geography. Choose the one you think you will enjoy more as this will most likely contribute to you achieving a better grade in it!
Thank you for the advice, helped to easy my mind and i am now going on to study geography at a level and I am very excited.
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