How much harder are Alevels compared to GCSEs?

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I would like your opinions :) thanks x

Posted: 19-05-11 18:26 by Kavita :)

Hmmm, Idk, but
I hear that all higher level stuff in secondary school is all a-level foundation stuff... So im guessing it's pretty hard unless you do higher level anyway! =)

And it depends on the A-levels you've chosen!

Posted: 19-05-11 19:17 by Mariah

there more dificult in terms of workload. think of gcses X10. but they can be more suited than gcse. but you have to do more work in your own time, and theres alot more to revise, teachers dont chase after you about work. so if you dont do it no one will help and you end up failing. but there good and i love them

Posted: 19-05-11 20:30 by chloe

a-levels are harder than GCSE's but it is worth it if you take them, but the difficulty can vairy between the subjects, so it is best to ask 6th formers what a-levels they find hard and tricky and then choose from them but you need to be careful in what you pick, because if you don't like it you can't drop it half way through

Posted: 19-05-11 22:36 by Michael Allsop

okai thank you everyone :) I am doing Maths, Bio, Chem and History for AS :) anyone else doing the same?

Posted: 20-05-11 12:31 by Kavita :)

There's a lot more work, you just have to be prepared to do it :) and chemistry is ridiculously difficult unless you're crazy good at it. You should be warned as I took it and absolutely love it but it's so hard

Hope this helps :)

Posted: 20-05-11 12:40 by Jane Morton

awee thank youu :) i hope i can cope lol

Posted: 20-05-11 12:45 by Kavita :)

A Levels in terms of school year and lessons are slighlty more relaxed simply because (i dont know about your sixth form/college/school) free sessions are there for you to simply relax, chill with your friends, have some fun or do some work in, but now at exam time, the stress is unbelievable. I'm in lower 6th at the moment with 2 exams left to go and i swear i have never been so stressed despite the fact that with my gcse's i had about 17 exams and now i only have 6, simply because the exams arent so straight forward. you can revise and revise and revise the content of your subjects but thats not what youre tested on, it isnt recall of knowledge. Your tested on how you apply the knowledge of your course to the subject and the questions. This is definitely applicable to science subjects. The best advice i can give you is never underestimate the complexity of your subject and work hard. I thought i worked hard at gcse's and it showed i gained 12 gcse's all a's and a* but the level of work now is ridiculous. I have barely left my house for the last 2 months only for sixth form and work. So good luck with your next year. Hope i havent put you off because it definitely has its advantages e.g parties socialising, the teachers are slightly more relaxed and treat you as adults. So in answer to your question are alevels harder than GCSE's .... hell yeah!! haha **

Posted: 21-05-11 18:43 by Bethan Harris

Just thought I'd say to Bethan Harris, well done for getting 12 a's and a*'s, I dont think i could ever do that!!!  :)

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Posted: 21-05-11 20:02 by Sara

Aww thank you... gotta be honest i have no idea how i did. Safe to say i was ecstatic on results day haha **

Posted: 21-05-11 21:02 by Bethan Harris

Lol, I would definitely be more than ecstatic if I found that I got all A's and A*. Lol, I would scream, hehe :)

Posted: 22-05-11 09:44 by Sara

awee! :) well done! hehe, i just hope i do as well as you, i doubt tht lol but congrats! :)

Posted: 22-05-11 11:46 by Kavita :)

Have confidence haha You'll do fine :) just read the questions properly and write down everything you know. So many of my friends read questioins wrong and its surprising how big a difference a couple of marks can make! Good luck! :) **

Posted: 23-05-11 14:39 by Bethan Harris

Thats what I did today in my physics test- I thought it said something like what charge has the rod got, so I wrote negative -  but then I re-read and checked and it actually said what charge has the duster got - which is positive - lol thank God I went back and checked cause it was worth 1 mark and if I had gotten it wrong, then I wouldve got an A cause I got 34 and an A* is 34!! Lol, so even 1 mark questions make a BIG difference!! :) **

Posted: 23-05-11 18:57 by Sara

I know people taking those subjects and not to put you off but they have been complaining about how different it is compared to a-levels, if you find it a struggle you can always change it later on...just not too late ;)

Posted: 24-05-11 18:09 by Richard Francis

awee thanks, i have a physics exam 2morrow, hopfefully it will go well :) good luck in all your exams!

Posted: 26-05-11 12:09 by Kavita :)

yeh im doing exactly the same as you next year at AS biology, chemisty, maths and history i think it will be hard work but there all good subjects and if your good at them at GCSE it you will probally be good at them for A level :)

Posted: 27-05-11 11:14 by polly:)

I'm just about to sit my A2 exams; A levels are certainly a lot harder than GCSEs!! But you get what you put in; if you work hard then you should get the rewards; and then if you do well the opportunities for uni; if thats what you want to do open up!! I've taken Geography, History and ICT; and did Maths to AS; they're hard but I did well in my AS's and as I say if you put the effort in you get what you deserve. :-)

Posted: 05-06-11 20:43 by kathryn chalkley