Is Chemistry a good subject to take for A Level?

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Making A Level choices soon and i'm not exactly sure on what i want to do.

Posted Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 18:47 by Jelliott90

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hi :) I'm in year 12. I'm doing maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and biology. Chemistry is amazing! ;) I personally find it so much more interesting than GCSE. Plus I have an amazing techer :P I want to do physics at uni though. But chemistry goes more in depth of th things from GCSE, plus there's lots of new stuff. I might seem hard at first, but as long as you enjoy it and work, you'll be fine. If you don't know what you want to do, chemistry can lead to lots of different careers: medicine, biochemistry, environmental science etc. plus it's helpful with the other sciences. It's recognised by universities, even if you don't do it at uni, it teaches you a lot of practical skiils, problem solving etc.

So yeah- it's a great subject to take :D

Answered Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 20:11 by Natalia
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Wow Natalia you are doing loads of as subjects - you must be really clever!!!

Chemistry is great. I love it so much more than I did at GCSE, because it goes into more depth. It is really interesting, and not actually as difficult as you think. It is straightforward if you put loads of effort in. I am studying biology, physics, chemistry and extended project.

Answered Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 20:15 by Former Member
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I'm in the same situation as you at the moment, 

Chemistry is a great A level and usually necessery if you want to study anything scientific or medical at university, 

Different universities have different preferences for grades, however, you need to think of the wider picture, 

Ask yourself questions such as do you like chemistry? What do you want to do at uni? Do you think you'd be able to do well in Chemistry- 

Good luck!

Answered Mon 26th November, 2012 @ 19:17 by Sally
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Jelliott90 wrote:

Making A Level choices soon and i'm not exactly sure on what i want to do.

Which subjects are you good at or enjoy? Maths and science subjects open up alot of career pathways if your unsure about what career your interested in

Answered Sun 23rd December, 2012 @ 15:39 by Fari
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Taking bio, chem, and maths for a level with physics at as. Want to apply to study bio. I took chemistry, i enjoy it, its very interesting. It is difficult however so are all subjects at as and a level. If you enjoy it atm take it if not, it is a demanding subject easy to fall behind in and at a level tere is a lot of maths. personally i found physics and maths a lot harder than chem ,but each to there own soo. Depends on what you want ot do at uni maybe, have a think and dont rush into a decsin  i regret taking phyiscs over geography soo !

Good luck on your decision.

Answered Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 19:02 by Edward Pinches
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aw, thank you Tilly :) It's not that hard actually xD I'm also doing Polish AS outside school, but that's my native language xD

Answered Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 20:29 by Natalia
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= ] Wow - I'd love to be able to speak two language. 

Chemistry and biology aren't actually that hard. Physics is quite hard though - but it's quite straightforward to understand. 

Answered Sun 25th November, 2012 @ 20:31 by Former Member
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Chemistry opens many career pathways, although it is a very tough subject. 

Answered Mon 26th November, 2012 @ 22:13 by Suhel Haque
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it is tough i agree but if you start revising early then its actually pretty fine

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 13:00 by M
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I think chemistry AS is good, but hard work. What career do you want to do? And what other subjects are you doing?

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 16:23 by Joanne
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It depends what you really want to do as a career. I do chemistry at A level and find it very interesting, but it is ALOT of work, especially at A2 level there's so much to learn and take in. 

But if there's a job that would definitely need a science subject like this then go for it!

And also, many Uni's etc value harder subjects like chemistry rather than the easier subjects that a lot of people do. 


Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 17:40 by Katrineee
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Best subject(my opinion though) much more challenging and interesting than GCSE work :) I want to study chemistry at uni.

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 20:54 by Angel
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Heyy, I'm in year 12 and I do Chemistry right now and first I'd like to say that it IS a hard subject and you have to be commited to it but it is a good subject to have, especially if you are going to apply to university or going to study a science based course like Medicine and its interesting and varied. I'd also reccomend that you have a "softer" subject that isnt as hard as chemistry. **

Answered Wed 5th December, 2012 @ 16:23 by Zainab
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A really great subject to take!!! Im doing AS at the moment and it is much more interesting than GCSE. It is a hard subject and thats fact but well worth the time if you enjoy the subject.:) 

Answered Wed 5th December, 2012 @ 17:51 by BeckyXX
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I took Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further maths A level (im in yr 12) and chemistry is great. its quite challenging, but nothing too bad. its also really good for any science related courses at uni like vet, medicine or biochemistry

Answered Mon 10th December, 2012 @ 19:36 by Lucy
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I'm doing Maths with Statistics, Geography, Environmental Studies and Chemistrry at AS (Year 12). I found it hard to choose between Chemistry and Physics, but I'm glad I chose Chemistry. Some of it is hard, but its a really interesting subject.

Answered Mon 10th December, 2012 @ 20:36 by KatieL
Edited by KatieL on Mon 10th December, 2012 @ 20:37
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i would definitely recommend's so interesting, go for it. OCR chem is much better than AQA btw

Answered Tue 11th December, 2012 @ 14:35 by lalalala
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You should definetly choose chemistry for A levels in my opinion because it's really interesting

Answered Tue 11th December, 2012 @ 20:47 by sara khan majles
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Very enjoyable but can be quite tricky! Requires a lot of work to be done outside of lessons to ensure understanding - do this aling with practise papers and it should be plain sailing!

Answered Sun 16th December, 2012 @ 15:14 by Oliver