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People who do Chemistry Alevel, do you recommend it?
I don't know if I'm clever enough for it and don't know what I want to do in future.
I want to go into either law, architecture, business or medicine. but I'm not too sure.
I've heard the content is really heavy. and I'm mostly scared about the maths. I can remember the sciencey parts but once maths is involved it all goes downhill for me.
how much maths is it, I can just about to grade 6 maths.
someone please help.
Original post by Random_2
People who do Chemistry Alevel, do you recommend it?
I don't know if I'm clever enough for it and don't know what I want to do in future.
I want to go into either law, architecture, business or medicine. but I'm not too sure.
I've heard the content is really heavy. and I'm mostly scared about the maths. I can remember the sciencey parts but once maths is involved it all goes downhill for me.
how much maths is it, I can just about to grade 6 maths.
someone please help.


easiest out of the 3 sciences.
the maths is very basic mainly just simple equations
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Original post by Gokusolos
easiest out of the 3 sciences.
the maths is very basic mainly just simple equations


apparently in alevel chemistry, to succeed you have to apply the knowledge and not just memorise. I feel like I'm better at memorising everything, going into an exam and forgetting it the next day. I'm scared I won't be able to handle the jump from GCSE to alevel as I've always found it hard when questions are twisted in a way to get a student to think logically and apply knowledge
Original post by Random_2
People who do Chemistry Alevel, do you recommend it?
I don't know if I'm clever enough for it and don't know what I want to do in future.
I want to go into either law, architecture, business or medicine. but I'm not too sure.
I've heard the content is really heavy. and I'm mostly scared about the maths. I can remember the sciencey parts but once maths is involved it all goes downhill for me.
how much maths is it, I can just about to grade 6 maths.
someone please help.

Hey,
A level Chemistry is an amazing subject and I thoroughly enjoyed it at A Level. I also kind of struggled with Chemistry at GCSE and only really took it because I was so fixed on doing Medicine ( it's a requirement amongst many medical schools). It was probably one of the best decisions. It is hard, I've got to admit but you get better with every practice question. (Not as hard as bio though- for me anyway!)
Yes, it is maths heavy but I didn't take A level Maths and still found the maths bits were doable. It just comes with practice- once you've understood and then applied the method to past paper questions, the maths shouldn't be an issue. Just make sure you ask your teachers any questions you have to avoid building any gaps.
There is a lot of content but that’s the case with all A Levels so no need to worry about that! As they say, "a little and often" approach towards revision goes a long way so if you have that sort of routine of going over content regularly, you should be fine!!
In terms of careers, Chemistry can open up so many doors so you're not limited!
Obviously, this was my experience and it's different for everyone. Look into your interests and choose subjects you think you would enjoy!! Good luck!!😊
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Original post by Random_2
apparently in alevel chemistry, to succeed you have to apply the knowledge and not just memorise. I feel like I'm better at memorising everything, going into an exam and forgetting it the next day. I'm scared I won't be able to handle the jump from GCSE to alevel as I've always found it hard when questions are twisted in a way to get a student to think logically and apply knowledge


yh u do but its not so bad its a good mix of memorise and apply.
if your worried just nail the basics from year 1 cos they dont twist the questions that much you just need to know what they are asking which isnt difficult if you do enough practice questions
Original post by Random_2
apparently in alevel chemistry, to succeed you have to apply the knowledge and not just memorise. I feel like I'm better at memorising everything, going into an exam and forgetting it the next day. I'm scared I won't be able to handle the jump from GCSE to alevel as I've always found it hard when questions are twisted in a way to get a student to think logically and apply knowledge


All the sciences and a lot of A levels in fact are application reliant and the only way to work around that is by practice. I learnt that the hard way at the start of Year 12!:smile: For GCSE it might have been slightly easier to memorise content and still do well but A Levels is mainly application anyway so repeatedly going over content and doing questions is the only way I'm afraid:frown:
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Original post by Jessi2004
All the sciences and a lot of A levels in fact are application reliant and the only way to work around that is by practice. I learnt that the hard way at the start of Year 12!:smile: For GCSE it might have been slightly easier to memorise content and still do well but A Levels is mainly application anyway so repeatedly going over content and doing questions is the only way I'm afraid:frown:


if you don't mind me asking what GCSE grade did you get in science and maths and what did you get in chemistry alevel? also does chemistry help you in medicine, I'd expect medicine to do more with biology since bio is about the body?
Original post by Random_2
People who do Chemistry Alevel, do you recommend it?
I don't know if I'm clever enough for it and don't know what I want to do in future.
I want to go into either law, architecture, business or medicine. but I'm not too sure.
I've heard the content is really heavy. and I'm mostly scared about the maths. I can remember the sciencey parts but once maths is involved it all goes downhill for me.
how much maths is it, I can just about to grade 6 maths.
someone please help.

Very much recommended. As it’s quite repetitive, it can be quick and easy to learn, but you’ve got to actually enjoy the subject to find the motivation (which is true of all subjects).

The maths generally is at most GCSE level 6 equivalent, with the only new maths content required being using some new buttons on your calculator (ln, log10, e^…)

There’s also a lot of memorisation involved. If you really like memorisation, you’ll love transition metals and organic chemistry.
Original post by Random_2
if you don't mind me asking what GCSE grade did you get in science and maths and what did you get in chemistry alevel? also does chemistry help you in medicine, I'd expect medicine to do more with biology since bio is about the body?

Hey, I got 8s in my Sciences and Maths. I've been awarded a B for Chemistry A level but a mark off an A (fingers crossed they can find that mark in my papers somewhere!🤞) Honestly, the only part of Medicine I can think of where Chemistry A level would be helpful is the pharmacology bit. It's likely to pop up in other places too. I agree, Medicine is more biology but a level chemistry is a requirement for many medical schools.
Hope this helps😊
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@Random_2 should you decide to take A level chemistry, have the following resources:

PMT (notes and topic specific questions): https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com

Study Mind: https://studymind.co.uk

Plutonium science: https://plutoniumscience.com

Mathsmadeeasy: https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk

The Exam Formula (my favoured source of past papers): https://www.theexamformula.co.uk/

Allery Chemistry: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCPtWS4fCi25YHw5SPGdPz0g

Dr Clay (Website): https://drclays-alevelchemistry.com/

Dr Clay (Youtube): https://www.youtube.com/user/DocClay1978?app=desktop

Eliot Rintoul: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCps4gUjfZsu6-b-7mwK41lg

MaChemGuy: https://m.youtube.com/user/machemguy
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Original post by TypicalNerd
@Random_2 should you decide to take A level chemistry, have the following resources:

PMT (notes and topic specific questions): https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com

Study Mind: https://studymind.co.uk

Plutonium science: https://plutoniumscience.com

Mathsmadeeasy: https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk

The Exam Formula (my favoured source of past papers): https://www.theexamformula.co.uk/

Allery Chemistry: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCPtWS4fCi25YHw5SPGdPz0g

Dr Clay (Website): https://drclays-alevelchemistry.com/

Dr Clay (Youtube): https://www.youtube.com/user/DocClay1978?app=desktop

Eliot Rintoul: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCps4gUjfZsu6-b-7mwK41lg

MaChemGuy: https://m.youtube.com/user/machemguy


Thank you so much!
Guys, this might be useful for chemistry and biology revision https://youtu.be/RzxD5KVU78E
Original post by Random_2
People who do Chemistry Alevel, do you recommend it?
I don't know if I'm clever enough for it and don't know what I want to do in future.
I want to go into either law, architecture, business or medicine. but I'm not too sure.
I've heard the content is really heavy. and I'm mostly scared about the maths. I can remember the sciencey parts but once maths is involved it all goes downhill for me.
how much maths is it, I can just about to grade 6 maths.
someone please help.


I would recommend it if you want to push yourself to do some hard work!
This could be useful: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQ0xT2pB3zpFzV84eqaZU5MEXVP62z_28

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