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Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:10:42 pm »
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I am a year 10 student and I have to choose my VCE subjects next term.
I was just wondering whether doing all 3 science subjects along with Methods, English and potentially Specialist Maths or Geography is a good idea? I know i'm definetly going to do Biology and Chemistry as Chemistry is needed for medicine or science and Biology because it's intersting. I don't know about Physics but I heard it's useful.

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Re: Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 05:18:00 pm »
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Hi

I am a year 10 student and I have to choose my VCE subjects next term.
I was just wondering whether doing all 3 science subjects along with Methods, English and potentially Specialist Maths or Geography is a good idea? I know i'm definetly going to do Biology and Chemistry as Chemistry is needed for medicine or science and Biology because it's intersting. I don't know about Physics but I heard it's useful.

Thanks

Hey!

Whether or not its a good idea I think really comes down to the reason you'd pick to do physics, chemistry and biology? With the right mindset, and a bit of hard work, its definitely possible to do all three during VCE, alongside the other subjects you mentioned. Have you considered completing one of them as a 3/4 in Year 11? It'd definitely be an advantage to get one under your belt before Year 12, and would also help reduce the workload in year 12 too.

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Re: Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 06:04:26 pm »
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Hi

I am a year 10 student and I have to choose my VCE subjects next term.
I was just wondering whether doing all 3 science subjects along with Methods, English and potentially Specialist Maths or Geography is a good idea? I know i'm definetly going to do Biology and Chemistry as Chemistry is needed for medicine or science and Biology because it's intersting. I don't know about Physics but I heard it's useful.

Thanks

What are you worried about in regards to studying those three?
In what way do you expect physics to be useful?

I certainly have no regrets about studying the sciences, if that helps at all.
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Re: Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2018, 06:27:32 pm »
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Whether or not its a good idea I think really comes down to the reason you'd pick to do physics, chemistry and biology? With the right mindset, and a bit of hard work, its definitely possible to do all three during VCE, alongside the other subjects you mentioned. Have you considered completing one of them as a 3/4 in Year 11? It'd definitely be an advantage to get one under your belt before Year 12, and would also help reduce the workload in year 12 too.
I don't know if I should do Biology 3/4 without 1/2. Is it manageable without 1/2?

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Re: Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 06:28:59 pm »
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What are you worried about in regards to studying those three?
In what way do you expect physics to be useful?

I certainly have no regrets about studying the sciences, if that helps at all.
I just feel like studying all 3 might be too stressful. I'm not sure. Apparently physics is a part of the medicine or science course at uni i think(could be wrong) so it would be useful to do physics but I don't really enjoy physics.

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Re: Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 08:09:38 pm »
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I don't know if I should do Biology 3/4 without 1/2. Is it manageable without 1/2?

Definitely, plenty of people I know picked up the 3/4 without the 1/2. You'll have to do a little bit to catch up over the holidays, but if it would be manageable.

I just feel like studying all 3 might be too stressful. I'm not sure. Apparently physics is a part of the medicine or science course at uni i think(could be wrong) so it would be useful to do physics but I don't really enjoy physics.

I've heard that the biophysics that you have to do in med isn't too bad. If you don't enjoy physics, I don't think VCE physics would worth it, you'll have enough time to learn what you need to in uni. I'd suggest picking the subjects you think you'll enjoy the most (and the ones that satisfy the prerequisites of med), like I said you'll have enough time to fill in any gaps later if needed.
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Re: Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2018, 09:35:28 am »
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Definitely, plenty of people I know picked up the 3/4 without the 1/2. You'll have to do a little bit to catch up over the holidays, but if it would be manageable.

I've heard that the biophysics that you have to do in med isn't too bad. If you don't enjoy physics, I don't think VCE physics would worth it, you'll have enough time to learn what you need to in uni. I'd suggest picking the subjects you think you'll enjoy the most (and the ones that satisfy the prerequisites of med), like I said you'll have enough time to fill in any gaps later if needed.
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Re: Is doing VCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics too much?
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2018, 10:07:18 am »
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There's some correlation between the three sciences, with chem being the middleman, and physics also links with spesh, so one subject can help the other, IF you're organised. There may be some minute differences that may be easily confused if you're borrowing info from one subject and applying it to another e.g. different units used in the same formula for chem vs physics.