Combined science to Chem a level

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Hey! Anyone who did combined science at gcse and then went on to do chem alevel, what grade did u get a gcse and how are u finding a level??
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Hey! Anyone who did combined science at gcse and then went on to do chem alevel, what grade did u get a gcse and how are u finding a level??
Hiya! So I did separate science but quite a few of my friends did combined. I'd say maybe in the first month you can tell the difference, simply because in my course the first topic was all about titration calculations which we'd done more of in separate. After that point the actual content doesn't have much overlap from GCSE. That doesn't mean it doesn't help to have understanding from GCSE but I don't think your knowledge as a combined science student will set you back at all. I can think of grades ranging from A-C at A Level and probably ranging between 6s and 8s at GCSE for people who did combined (there are some A*s and 9s from the separate science group but I wouldn't attribute their GCSE as the sole reason to why they've done better). Different people have made differing amounts of progress from GCSE to A Level but I would honestly say their GCSE choice hasn't affected this.

Chemistry is definitely hard at points and there's lots to remember but I'd probably say its my favourite A Level (controversial opinion I know!). My advice would be to ask if you're unsure whether that be your teacher or other students because in my opinion that is the key difference between people who make more and people who make less progress, not whether they took combined or separate.

Hope this helps
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