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So.. I'm choosing my A levels for Sept term.. And i already have chosen PE, Spanish, Biology, Law and Businees. But then i was thinking about doing Chemisty instead of Business but i heard that the work is like SOLID.

I dont know what the equivalent is in other countires but it's like the qualification right before University here.

So do any people from UK or elsewhere have any ideas on how hard Biology and Chemisty are at A level?

Im 16 now btw

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Do not do a science !!!

Trust me, what grades are you getting in them?

If you're not getting A or A* at GCSE don't do them. I'm doing Human Biology and it's so tough.

Some of my friends who do chemistry also hate it because it's too tough. If you think it's just a fill in course, trust me they will take over your life
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Do not do a science !!!

Trust me, what grades are you getting in them?

If you're not getting A or A* at GCSE don't do them. I'm doing Human Biology and it's so tough.

Some of my friends who do chemistry also hate it because it's too tough. If you think it's just a fill in course, trust me they will take over your life
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What do you want to do with your life ? Will business be a better choice ?

I did chemistry and biology A-levels but that was almost before you were born so I doubt I'll be much use.
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I did Chemistry for a while when I was doing the Leaving Cert (A level equivalent). I found it quite manageable but I didn't find it all that interesting so I switched to Geography in my final year of school which was much more interesting and really easy too.

Since you're already doing Biology it might be a good idea to diversify and do Business, which would also go quite well with Law. I suppose it all depends on what you want to study in university.

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Do not! do chemistry. Althought I dropped it after 4 classes (couldnt stand the teacher lol) my friends who are getting like 4 straight A's says that the A2 modules, especially mod 4 is really difficult... its nearly all application of knowledge and theres a ton of stuff to learn.

Very wise choice with biology. All you do is learn the stuff then regergetate it in the exam. Like even I, who does close to zero revision, is just 9 off an A going into the last 2 modules... which are largely synoptic + theres an essay question Also depends if you like the subject or not. I love biology (minus the chemistry bits lol), doing in it uni in september XD

So hows your Spanish going?? Have you done your oral yet??? I have my reading and listenining next wednesday, then the oral on thursday... then the literature the following monday lol

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chemistry need to remember periodic table of elements and chemical equation this is basic ....many things

I learned chemistry 4 years in middle school,physics 5 years. learnd physics in college again.

If I could chose again, I'd perfer history+politics rather than physics+chemistry
I don't know the qualification before going to university in your country.

I can tell you get A in science subjects is easiler than arts; just qualified in arts is easlier than science subjects.
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What do you want to do with your life ? Will business be a better choice ?

I did chemistry and biology A-levels but that was almost before you were born so I doubt I'll be much use.
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Do not! do chemistry. Althought I dropped it after 4 classes (couldnt stand the teacher lol) my friends who are getting like 4 straight A's says that the A2 modules, especially mod 4 is really difficult... its nearly all application of knowledge and theres a ton of stuff to learn.

Very wise choice with biology. All you do is learn the stuff then regergetate it in the exam. Like even I, who does close to zero revision, is just 9 off an A going into the last 2 modules... which are largely synoptic + theres an essay question Also depends if you like the subject or not. I love biology (minus the chemistry bits lol), doing in it uni in september XD

So hows your Spanish going?? Have you done your oral yet??? I have my reading and listenining next wednesday, then the oral on thursday... then the literature the following monday lol
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In Biology/Human Biology you have to learn so many new words. The mark scheme is so precise, you have to know all the names of processes in loads of detail or you get 0
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Do not! do chemistry. Althought I dropped it after 4 classes (couldnt stand the teacher lol) my friends who are getting like 4 straight A's says that the A2 modules, especially mod 4 is really difficult... its nearly all application of knowledge and theres a ton of stuff to learn.

Very wise choice with biology. All you do is learn the stuff then regergetate it in the exam. Like even I, who does close to zero revision, is just 9 off an A going into the last 2 modules... which are largely synoptic + theres an essay question Also depends if you like the subject or not. I love biology (minus the chemistry bits lol), doing in it uni in september XD

So hows your Spanish going?? Have you done your oral yet??? I have my reading and listenining next wednesday, then the oral on thursday... then the literature the following monday lol

Hey Conor, My Spanish oral did not go well She asked 'Que tipo de musica te gusta? I said 'Musica pop'. She goes 'oh y por que?' I then stupidly say 'No se' . I was really bad, though she said it was an A so i'm happy with that.

I have my Listening and reading next week then i'm all done. Ooohhh Literature in A level?

I kinda wanna do Chemistry at least its not Physics

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As a couple of others have said, it depends on what you want to do at university. If you want to do a science-based course, Chemistry will unequivocally be useful.

I'm currently in the my first year of sixth form, doing Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geography, and I would say that unless you uphold a strong work ethic then Chemistry is arguably the most difficult (along with Maths). It's quite a step up from GCSEs; initially you do the 'basics' (i.e. interaction between molecules, bonding, etc.) before moving onto organic chemistry (which is a BITCH) and reaction rates/equilibrium, etc.

Organic chemistry is horrible, as there is an enormous amount to learn, but the other topics aren't too bad. I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you get higher than an A at GCSE though, as you'll probably struggle.

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I'm from Canada and our education system is a lot different but on the subject of chemistry in general, I would not recommend it unless you a) like the subject and b) are going to need it/it will be useful in university. I personally love chemistry... I did well in high school and in university. I was working towards a degree in chemistry until I switched over to pharmacy. Along the way though I met a lot of people who hated it though, so be careful.

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I didn't pick any of the sciences but everyone I know that did has said they don't like it. I'm just about to take my AS exams (i'm doing business too, and ict, theology & history). Business is easy enough.

btw, how come you're doing 5?
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So.. I'm choosing my A levels for Sept term.. And i already have chosen PE, Spanish, Biology, Law and Businees. But then i was thinking about doing Chemisty instead of Business but i heard that the work is like SOLID.

I dont know what the equivalent is in other countires but it's like the qualification right before University here.

So do any people from UK or elsewhere have any ideas on how hard Biology and Chemisty are at A level?

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For A level I did Maths, Politics, Economics and English. But my brother did 3 sciences and maths, and has never used the sciences in his life so far.

I can tell you that the sciences are HARD, A level is very different from GCSE. If you think you will put the work in and really keep at it and you REALLY enjoy chemistry then take it. If nothing else it looks good on your UCAS form.

I would agree only take it if you get at least an A at gcse.

Second thing why are you doing 5 subjects the norm is 4? And law, if you are planning to do it at Uni they prefer that you don't actually take it at A level, as they teach it differently.

None of us know you, so it is very up to you. Just one thing AS are SO important you really do have to work. If you do that you will be fine. Good luck.



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