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1. (Original post by iceberg_1)
this is an impossible question for anyone to answer because on the whole people do subjects at A-level that they enjoy, ie good at(because no one enjoys getting F's or U's) hence what ever A-Levels you do wou will have an aptitude for it an so an art person will find maths hard and vice versa. but by looking at the grades of people who do these subjects and the grades they get in them chemistry and physics are the hardest from a statistics point of view as a low propourtion of the students get A's. I think that is the fairest way to judge.
Great post up until the statistics stuff. Surely that's more a reflection of the people who take these subjects than the difficulty of the subject? A higher proportion of students gets As in A level Latin than in Media Studies: does that mean Latin is easier?
2. (Original post by schrodingerscat)
Maths - easy because it's logical, once you learn the 'rules' and practice them then all becomes clear
Maths A-Level can be tedious because all you're following set procedures. It gets slightly better in further maths and AEA but then I hear the subject really gets interesting at university level.
3. I agree. Statistics are probably the best way to measure the subjects difficulty. For each subject if you work out the percentage of As acquired by pupils; it is much easier to compare to other subjects. The more As acquired percentage wise and proportional to the number of people taking the relevant subject, the easier it should in theory be and vice versa, right?

I rekon this is probably the best measure of the difficulty of a certain subject.
4. (Original post by S. Tham)
I agree. Statistics are probably the best way to measure the subjects difficulty. For each subject if you work out the percentage of As acquired by pupils; it is much easier to compare to other subjects. The more As acquired percentage wise and proportional to the number of people taking the relevant subject, the easier it should in theory be and vice versa, right?

I rekon this is probably the best measure of the difficulty of a certain subject.
I very much disagree. Some subjects naturally attract more talented students - you generally get the more academic people studying things like english literature, physics and further maths.
5. But then this actually means that there is no way of measuring Alevel subjects difficulty compared to each other, its probably impossible to even get an answer that everyone would agree to! It means, subjects can only be measured by a persons aptitude and abilities alone, the difficulty cannot be defined for everyone taking Alevels. It comes down to your opinion then really.
6. (Original post by Kavanne)
Uh oh, you've opened yourself for a barrage of abuse with that one!
7. In yr 12 I did Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Chemistry was the hardest for me.
8. (Original post by Whizz Kid)
Yes, but the media students like to use their l33t 'debating and drama skillz' to disagree.
9. (Original post by Kavanne)
Yes, but the media students like to use their l33t 'debating and drama skillz' to disagree.
Why are you so bitter about media studies anyway? It's not like you've been forced to take it, so let them get on with their subjects while you get on with yours
10. (Original post by kellywood_5)
Why are you so bitter about media studies anyway? It's not like you've been forced to take it, so let them get on with their subjects while you get on with yours
It's fun to b*tch. Usually they are out in force on these threads, but they seem to be ignoring this one!
11. I find it worrying that you're absorbed in how difficult your A-Level options are, to be honest, it appears as though you've taken them to look good, knowing that they have a reputation of difficulty. I'd say you have chosen what most people consider to be a 'difficult' set of A-Levels, but of course those people will only be those who are not good at Sciences and Maths. Other people will consider them easy, as they are their chosen subjects. None of them are considered 'mickey mouse' though, which probably means they have more substance to them than newer, less respected A-Level subjects.

I personally am doing; English Literature, History, Biology and Chemistry, all of which are probably considered 'difficult' in the way that none of these subjects, too, are 'mickey mouse', and to the contrary are highly regarded. However, aside from Chemistry (which is supposed to be a hell-raiser!), I don't think these will be hugely difficult for me because they are all subjects that I am best at, others however, may find them excrutiatingly complex because they are crap at them. I, personally, would die if faced with a Music A-Level!
Great post up until the statistics stuff. Surely that's more a reflection of the people who take these subjects than the difficulty of the subject? A higher proportion of students gets As in A level Latin than in Media Studies: does that mean Latin is easier?
Although i dont disagree again someone has used statistics to prove your point, (i am aware i have also done this in the past.) as some else has said you can't look at subjects like latin and further maths and compare to media studies, because having studies statistics the sample sizes of further maths and latin are so small, in one school you could say 30% got A's that could be(in my college) 3 people but in media sudies 30% could be 30 people. so as always statistics are missleading
13. (Original post by zhivago)
I personally am doing; English Literature, History, Biology and Chemistry, all of which are probably considered 'difficult' in the way that none of these subjects, too, are 'mickey mouse', and to the contrary are highly regarded. However, aside from Chemistry (which is supposed to be a hell-raiser!), I don't think these will be hugely difficult for me because they are all subjects that I am best at, others however, may find them excrutiatingly complex because they are crap at them. I, personally, would die if faced with a Music A-Level!
It appears you have not even started these subjects at A Level, all of which are completely different from how they were at GCSE, so, no offence, but surely you are not as qualified to comment as someone who is already doing/has done their A Levels?
14. (Original post by Kavanne)
It appears you have not even started these subjects at A Level, all of which are completely different from how they were at GCSE, so, no offence, but surely you are not as qualified to comment as someone who is already doing/has done their A Levels?
But people who have finished their A-Levels aren't really qualified either as they can never be truly objective
15. (Original post by Gaz031)
But people who have finished their A-Levels aren't really qualified either as they can never be truly objective
Had more experience than a person who has just done GCSEs, which are completely different. Don't you agree?
16. uhh.. someone who's only done GCSE is hardly in a position to comment on ANY A levels, at least someone who has completed A2's has some idea of what they involve!
17. uhh.. someone who's only done GCSE is hardly in a position to comment on ANY A levels, at least someone who has completed A2's has some idea of what they involve!
I completely agree! AS and A2 subjects are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT to how they were at olevel or gcse!!! You cant think that just cause you were good at it at gcse/olevel you will be equally good at it for AS/A2! Thats very naive and i think rather big headed! Wait and see how they come, and dont try and show off about how difficult people might find them, in comparison to how easy you find them
18. (Original post by Sam_B)
i did computing. big mistake. its incredibly hard, possibly the hardest subject to get an A in.
Ditto
19. (Original post by Kavanne)
Had more experience than a person who has just done GCSEs, which are completely different. Don't you agree?
Perhaps but everyone can have an opinion
20. Computing was my easiest AS (on top of Biology, Chemistry and Maths). About 1hr revision outside of lessons and got an A. I hated the subject though but was helped that my teacher kept repeating the same thing about 200 times every lesson like a parrot and that the AQA exams are virtually identical every year.

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