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Should i take A level chemistry (with history and biology). I usually get around 7/8 in chemistry exams and im predicted a 8. However i am unsure as i dislike maths and heard its a big part of it and i want to get a A or A*
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Should i take A level chemistry (with history and biology). I usually get around 7/8 in chemistry exams and im predicted a 8. However i am unsure as i dislike maths and heard its a big part of it and i want to get a A or A*
If you like chemistry, take it. It's much harder, if you don't enjoy it.
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Should i take A level chemistry (with history and biology). I usually get around 7/8 in chemistry exams and im predicted a 8. However i am unsure as i dislike maths and heard its a big part of it and i want to get a A or A*
yh there is alot of maths but its really easy maths, It feels like there is more maths than actual chemistry at times but as I said, its like gcse level maths
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Should i take A level chemistry (with history and biology). I usually get around 7/8 in chemistry exams and im predicted a 8. However i am unsure as i dislike maths and heard its a big part of it and i want to get a A or A*
There's quite a bit of maths, but it's almost always the same few topics.

You need:
Ratios
Rearranging and using formulae
Standard form
Unit conversions
Percentages
Reading and interpreting graphs (including finding the gradient)
Basic addition
A tiny bit of logarithms (but they'll teach it to you)
(+ probably a couple more topics I've forgotten)

With the exception of logarithms, this is all GCSE level maths.

If you enjoy chem, please don't be put off by the maths — just take it.
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Should i take A level chemistry (with history and biology). I usually get around 7/8 in chemistry exams and im predicted a 8. However i am unsure as i dislike maths and heard its a big part of it and i want to get a A or A*
oooo im currently doing all those!! depends on what you want to do In the future tbh...if you're thinking of like maybe medicine or a very science degree but aren't sure definitely take it as you dont want to regret not having those options in the future!
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There's quite a bit of maths, but it's almost always the same few topics.

You need:
Ratios
Rearranging and using formulae
Standard form
Unit conversions
Percentages
Reading and interpreting graphs (including finding the gradient)
Basic addition
A tiny bit of logarithms (but they'll teach it to you)
(+ probably a couple more topics I've forgotten)

With the exception of logarithms, this is all GCSE level maths.

If you enjoy chem, please don't be put off by the maths — just take it.
yeah the math isn't terrible once you've got the hang of it!
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Should i take A level chemistry (with history and biology). I usually get around 7/8 in chemistry exams and im predicted a 8. However i am unsure as i dislike maths and heard its a big part of it and i want to get a A or A*
if you don't like maths, stay away. I like it and I struggle. I'm AQA and you need to devote a good amount of time to just maths, its 20% of every chemistry exam you will ever take, content is easy, math is hard. given that a grade boundary is usually 20% away from one another, you can drop ( as I did ) from a good grade to a bad one just by failing the maths.
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oooo im currently doing all those!! depends on what you want to do In the future tbh...if you're thinking of like maybe medicine or a very science degree but aren't sure definitely take it as you dont want to regret not having those options in the future!
how are you finding it? gcse history was my best subject and i didnt really have to try hard at it (obviously i know that isnt the case at a level) but in chemistry and biology ive heard a lot of people who worked at around 7/8 like me really struggled at A level
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I actually didn't do gcse history I love a level history though do not regret picking it. The essays and stuff were a bit difficult to get used to but after 2/3 attempts you get the hang of it! Chem and bio are varying they are HARD subjects and you do need to stay on top of your game throughout the course. just dont let the work and revision build up and you will do great! you're already doing a lot better than me at gcse it seems like It is a lot of fun though and I genuinely love biology so much, chem sometimes was horrible but its just a subject that when it clicks its AMAZING. that sounds so strange but when you go onto a level chem you will understand :rolleyes: hope that helps a bit! any more questions just shout!
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how are you finding it? gcse history was my best subject and i didnt really have to try hard at it (obviously i know that isnt the case at a level) but in chemistry and biology ive heard a lot of people who worked at around 7/8 like me really struggled at A level
was meant to quote this and reply but forgot to :burnout: my reply is above!
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Honestly don't find the maths very challenging so far, majority of it is working out which formula to use, applying it and converting units etc. After doing multiple exam q's you will be able to recognise the question type and it is fairly straight forward. Like another poster said the maths isn't anything greater than gcse level,.
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