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How easy is it..

Discussion in 'Science' started by isitjustme, May 11, 2019.

  1. isitjustme

    isitjustme New commenter

    how easy it is for an alevel biology teacher to teach a level chemistry?
    I have lots of gcse chemistry experience but worried about the maths in a level chemistry and using chemicals not used at gcse. I’m a bit OCD of late and getting to be a scaredy-cat.. but there is a budding enthusiast in there some where.
  2. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    It's fine, nothing too complex at A Level Chemistry, especially not the maths. As long as you can use click 'log' in a calculator you'll be fine ;)

    Organic Chemistry is also very fun as it requires a lot of understanding of why reactions happen and how bonds are formed, similar to understanding why this, that and the other happens in A Level Biology.

    Physics, on the other hand, is more of a challenge but still just as fun!
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  3. averagedan

    averagedan Occasional commenter

    I've seen several try, do a crappy job, then refuse to do it ever again.

    I've seen two people succeed, they both had degrees in a subject relating to Chemistry, passed Chemistry at A-level with an A and a B grade respectively, they prepared most of their lessons over the summer and completed a metric ton of past paper questions. In essence they were already competent chemists, over-prepared and updated their knowledge of exam questions.
  4. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    The maths in A level chem is a doddle (it's only very slightly harder in physics)!
    If you are a solid GCSE chemist that will certainly help. I you are ok at GCSE physics that will help too.
    How easy is it? Depends entirely on the person. It can certainly be done if you are willing to work at it. I've met a number of folk that have hopped specialism. My one piece of advice is be completely unembarrassed about picking colleagues brains. You are usually surrounded by experts, talk to them.
    It's approximately true that A level is just GCSE revisited, only this time you actually need to understand it. With a few bits bolted on, obviously.

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