i want to study biology at alevel... is it hard? would you recommend it?

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biolody a level

Posted Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 15:34 by Maryam

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The problem with biology is there is a lot of learning, and still that only gets you a certain distance. Much of the exam is application of knowledge, much of which cannot be revised for. It depends on how your brain works, if your good at applying the knowledge you have into an unfamiliar circumstance, using new information they you are provided with, then you will stand out from the rest of candidates and are likely to do well. If you can only regergitate facts and don't often understand the basis behind it, then it might be a bit of a struggle. Much of what you learn is very interesting and normally simple enough to understand, but there are the occasional things that are very difficult to conceptialise as well as a few really dull, useless things. Hope that helps with your decision. What do you want to do in the future because this decision can affect your future career options

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 16:37 by Ross Edwards
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I started September 2012 and I really like it; had my first exam last Wednesday. I have copied the biology notes to see what I did: http://getrevising.co.uk/resources/as_level_biology_ocr_cells_exchange_and_transport This is OCR and for whatever college you go for, different exam boards will be used: AQA, Edexcel, WJEC etc. 

Do you actually like the subject? Some people are shocked and not ready for the jump from GCSE to A level but if you are hard working and worrying about this now then I assure you will be fine.

If you want to be something related in medicine then it is essential but I took it because I enjoy it and not for requirements.

Good luck in your decision, ask your biology teacher if they think you are applicable for a level biology.

I got an A in biology but if you are a C grade then it might not be for you, anyway some requirements are usually a B for A level biology.

Choose wisely.

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 16:48 by Bethany Cunningham
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everything at A level is hard- you just need to keep on tip of all your work and not leave things till last minute. If you want to do it then go for it, it's really interesting :)

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 20:07 by working_mania
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@ross edwards:

thank you very much... that advice was very helpful...

i want to go into optometry, so i think i have to take it as an alevel. also i enjoyed biology a lot at gcse... its just that i havent done it for a year now because i did my gcse in year ten

i think i might have forgotten most of it.... what sort of things does biology at a level cover? does it go in depth... like is it a lot of detail?

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 18:02 by Maryam
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Bethany Cunningham

thank you very much

i have applied to grammer colleges and would love to go there.... i know that they sit the board aqa... but for gcse i did ocr... will i make a difference?

yeah i really enjoyed biology at gcse... and its great to hear from you as you are doing the alevel yourself...

ive already doen biology gcse in year ten and i achieved a grade A. however, i think ive forgotten most of it... i was planning to go over it in the summer holidays...

i also wanted to do chemistry at alevel... because i need it for the course i want to take at university... but unfortunately im finding it quite difficult because we are learning the new spec at school and its more about applying your knowledge... i have an chemistry exam on thursday and will see how it goes... but i defiently need to take it as an alevel... have you got any revision tips?  

also.. thank u very much for the biology link... its very detailed and i will look forward to using it when i study it at a level...

i hope your exam went well and hope you achieve the grade you want... thanks again for the very beneficial information...

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 18:13 by Maryam
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Both subjects are okay at AS level, (im only in AS now) most people find it hard to revise for because they havent understood it when they were being taught.. make sure you revise and understand each topic when youre being taught it, otherwise it all gets on top of you come exam time.. and thats it, if you know and understand the topics, you should have no problem applying it to a scenario :D I think my biggest mistake was not revising more than 2 weeks before the exam so make sure you dont do that :P and good luck! :D

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 19:23 by Me :D
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I think that biology is a good A level but I did really enjoy it at GCSE. At times it can be very hard but if you organise your time well you should be ok. Also, don't worry about forgetting stuff from GCSE because I had forgotten some of it and were relevant it didn't take me long to learn it again.

My teachers say that studying A levels like chemistry and maths can help but that will be difficult as science subjects often have a heavy workload.

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 19:27 by Hannah
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thanks everyone for all the advice... 

its very helpful

Answered Sun 13th January, 2013 @ 14:06 by Maryam
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I find the information you need to learn for biology isn't that challenging - it's applying what you learn that is difficult. It is a thoroughly interesting subject though. 

Answered Sun 13th January, 2013 @ 14:21 by Tilly - Team GR