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I love science and I'm doing well in this up to year 10 so I chose Biology, Investigating Science and Physics for year 11 and 12 but my school say it's too much. I am a dedicated student and keep up with work just fine and I want to do something I enjoy but I feel as though I am being turned off doing the 3 science subjects. Although it is up to me, I am now confused as various teachers tell me that it will be content heavy and a lot of work but what isn't? Has anyone in the boredofstudies community taken up all of these 3 subjects and how did you cope? I would be grateful for any advice please. The other subjects I chose are Advanced English, Advanced Maths and compulsory religion. Thank you.
 

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Generally speaking, your interest in studying a particular area/particular subject(s) is a main contributing factor to an informed decision regarding whether to take all the subjects that you are contemplating. Given that you love science, this element is satisfied, which indicates that your experience of taking all of Biology, Investigating Science and Physics throughout year 11 and year 12 may end up being a positive one.

Another important factor to consider is your performance potential in each of the 3 science subjects, i.e. how well do you believe you can perform in those subjects if you end up taking all of them? Here, your performance in year 10 Science can be an indicator of your potential in those Stage 6 subjects. Given that your performance in year 10 Science has been favourable, this could be another contributing factor in the event that you decide to take the aforementioned subjects.

As far as I am aware, a possible barrier to taking those subjects is the workload which, as you mentioned, increases as you take more Science subjects. This may in turn increase the chance of the workload associated with each subject becoming overwhelming, which in itself is interesting, especially when considering the fact that you can take Science Extension in year 12 on top of the other Science subjects (which is the maximum allowed, i.e. 7 units worth of Science subjects). However, this may not necessarily be the case given the differing capacities of students. Based on this, the best way to determine whether you can effectively cope with the combined workload of 3 Science subjects is to take all of Biology, Investigating Science and Physics in year 11 and see how you go. If you manage to enjoy and perform well in all three subjects, then you should probably keep them as you commence year 12. Otherwise, you should consider dropping your worst-performing Science subject, consequently reducing the workload, while still allowing you to study subjects that you are interested in. Assuming that compulsory religion is a 2 unit subject, this strategy should work well. If not, you should consider taking an additional subject during year 11.

Of course, it would be great to hear about the experience of BoS users that took 3 Science subjects in year 11 and year 12.

I hope this helps! 😄
 

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I love science and I'm doing well in this up to year 10 so I chose Biology, Investigating Science and Physics for year 11 and 12 but my school say it's too much. I am a dedicated student and keep up with work just fine and I want to do something I enjoy but I feel as though I am being turned off doing the 3 science subjects. Although it is up to me, I am now confused as various teachers tell me that it will be content heavy and a lot of work but what isn't? Has anyone in the boredofstudies community taken up all of these 3 subjects and how did you cope? I would be grateful for any advice please. The other subjects I chose are Advanced English, Advanced Maths and compulsory religion. Thank you.
i would take x1 (especially if u plan to do uni physics/engi stuff) or chem instead of investigating.
triple science is very doable. there's plenty of people who do it.
 

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Biology, Investigating Science and Physics
i did it, just replace physics with chem. It was great no worries. if anything non science subjects are harder since you can't study as effectively for them
 

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Generally speaking, your interest in studying a particular area/particular subject(s) is a main contributing factor to an informed decision regarding whether to take all the subjects that you are contemplating. Given that you love science, this element is satisfied, which indicates that your experience of taking all of Biology, Investigating Science and Physics throughout year 11 and year 12 may end up being a positive one.

Another important factor to consider is your performance potential in each of the 3 science subjects, i.e. how well do you believe you can perform in those subjects if you end up taking all of them? Here, your performance in year 10 Science can be an indicator of your potential in those Stage 6 subjects. Given that your performance in year 10 Science has been favourable, this could be another contributing factor in the event that you decide to take the aforementioned subjects.

As far as I am aware, a possible barrier to taking those subjects is the workload which, as you mentioned, increases as you take more Science subjects. This may in turn increase the chance of the workload associated with each subject becoming overwhelming, which in itself is interesting, especially when considering the fact that you can take Science Extension in year 12 on top of the other Science subjects (which is the maximum allowed, i.e. 7 units worth of Science subjects). However, this may not necessarily be the case given the differing capacities of students. Based on this, the best way to determine whether you can effectively cope with the combined workload of 3 Science subjects is to take all of Biology, Investigating Science and Physics in year 11 and see how you go. If you manage to enjoy and perform well in all three subjects, then you should probably keep them as you commence year 12. Otherwise, you should consider dropping your worst-performing Science subject, consequently reducing the workload, while still allowing you to study subjects that you are interested in. Assuming that compulsory religion is a 2 unit subject, this strategy should work well. If not, you should consider taking an additional subject during year 11.

Of course, it would be great to hear about the experience of BoS users that took 3 Science subjects in year 11 and year 12.

I hope this helps! 😄
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. This is really helpful towards my decision on subjects. Thank you !
 

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