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    Well, I got AAAAb overall at a-level and an A* and A at language GCSEs. I couldn't handle a language a-level though, it was too hard, so I dropped it just before the AS exams.

    That said, some people can do it.
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    I live in Spain and took the IGCSE and the college makes us do the full a level in one year. IGCSE compared to A level spanish i feel is a joke. We have 3 classes over a 2 week time table and in most of the classes we do very little and yes it is very hard in this situation even if you are studying in spain. You also have to write essays which are challenging however the questions do not require you to interpret meaning and themes etc like Englsih lit it is more plot interpretation and character analysis.
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    I found/am finding the leap absolutely huge.
    I thoroughly enjoyed GCSE French, got an A* and got it comfortably if I'm honest.
    However, with my AS exams now approaching, I do not feel like I will do well at all and am seriously considering dropping it and not carrying it on to A2.
    Check out the text books, check out your class size, check out the teachers, and be prepared for cramming in lots of work and new stuff with very little time to go over the 5 or so tenses you had to know for GCSE.
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    (Original post by Owly)
    If you're doing German, 'Wort für Wort' (ISBN 0-340-77163-1) is a big help with vocab for essay writing and for speaking.
    I agree, this book is a god send!

    GCSE to AS = shocking
    AS to A2 = fine and Dandy
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    It completely depends on your ability for languages. Some people who might get really good grades like IrrationalNumber, sometimes find them too much but then some (like me) who only get average grades in everything else, might do really well in it. If you're willing to study it just for fun, watch films and read magazines in the language and stuff like that then take it, but the leap is huge at first. Then it's all fine from AS to A2
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    Can I just say thanks to everyone- even if I didnt start this thread it has been really helpful for me as I am starting AS spanish in september and wasnt 100% sure on what to expect.
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    Hi, First off - Language A-level is indeed the hardest A-level you can choose.

    I found GCSE German very relaxed and easy (partly because my school spoonfed us all the coursework and everyone seemed to get As or A*s) but if you find GCSE languages hard in the slightest - TURN BACK NOW! I cannot stress enough the difference between A-Level and GCSE. However, if you are very motivated and driven, language A-level is for you. I thought i was pretty good at german in comparison to my class in secondary school (i was) but at A-level i was the only student not to speak German at home or have been brought up in a german speaking country. I am not German and have not been brought up in Germany, yet i managed to work myself into a class where i am the only non-German student. It is a matter of practice and hard-work. Most importantly, Language A-Level is by far the hardest option - BUT Universities know this too! Looks great on your application and is also a great life skill. Be confident and choose a language if you are willing to graft - and reap the rewards.
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    As a current A2 German student I can agree with everyone else in saying that it is a big jump from GCSE to A-Level and for me it has been one of my hardest A-levels. I think you have to enjoy it to really succeed. I got a B last year but I'm retaking some units and pushing for an A this year! And I got an A at GCSE.

    If you have any other questions about it just ask


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