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    I am a year 11 student.


    How difficult will it be to achieve three A-grades out of English Lit, History, Gov and Politics or Economics???
    An obscene amount of people are really getting me demoralised by saying it is near enough impossible for a B's across the board student at GCSE, to achieve three A's at A-level. However, I really want to study Law at Cambridge;The entry requirement for Cambridge is at least three A's...
    Has anyone got any advise or tips they can give me with regards to what I will have to do in order to achieve these three A grades ???? Lastly, what is the key to actually being successful at AS and A-LEVEL ??
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    Well first of all, nail your GCSEs. Do not listen to people calling you a straight Bs student. However, if you are i'd say it would be tough to get three As at A-level but not impossible. You'd just have to knuckle down and always consolidate what you learn in class. Anyway, you have your GCSEs infront of you, forget about A-levels and concentrate on nailing your GCSEs, you'll have a loooooooong summer to think about A-levels.
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    Obviously you do need a certain amount of intelligence....but it's mostly about getting the balance right. There's no point working all day everyday cos youll just run yourself down, but you cant expect to be able to relax in year 12 like a lot of people do and still get into Cambridge. The more you put in at AS the less pressure you have at A2!!!!
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    If you work hard you can do it. I was lucky enough to get goood grades at GCSE but all i'll say is that they do look at GCSE's as an idicator as well. But if you are truly passionate and love your subjects, this will be reflected in your grades and personal reference. It would be better to have at least A's in all A level subject at GCSE though, as an A* at GCSE barely would scrape a D at A level (there is a significant jump in level of thinking expected.) So you could go for it - but don't place all your hopes on it - particularly for law.
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    Thank you guys!!!The advice is absolutely top draw!!!I will truely and indeed make sure I literally base my life around my A-levels!!!!
    Anywho, how big of a gulf is there between the level of though required at A-level to GCSE??
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    3 A's at A-Level, is as hard as getting 20 likes on a student room post.
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    it's alright...work hard
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    (Original post by iwantsuccess)
    Thank you guys!!!The advice is absolutely top draw!!!I will truely and indeed make sure I literally base my life around my A-levels!!!!
    Anywho, how big of a gulf is there between the level of though required at A-level to GCSE??
    The gap is that you need to keep on top of your work and ask questions when you don't understand. If you get left behind, then that's why you end up failing or lagging behind. The gap is mangeable, but you have to be on the ball from the start. Start revising during the summer even, and also make sure you understand the topic you've learnt each lesson.
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    A levels is more about hard work than anything else, get the attitude right and you shouldn't have much of a problem.
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    (Original post by iwantsuccess)
    Thank you guys!!!The advice is absolutely top draw!!!I will truely and indeed make sure I literally base my life around my A-levels!!!!
    Anywho, how big of a gulf is there between the level of though required at A-level to GCSE??
    did you mean level of work? Because if so, then it's very big. You have to be on the ball from week 1, make sure you don't lag behind with any work because it builds up fast!
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    I would advise you to work really really hard at AS. A2 is significantly harder (i found them already and ive only been doing A2's since september) so make sure you wont need to resit any AS exams during A2 year! Then you can get 3a's
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    I went to A-levels with 1A* 6As 3Bs and 1C and i got 3As and fround it pretty easy to be honest. I took maths, further maths and spychology, all of which i enjoyed a lit and didnt find them difficult becasue they were fun.

    My tip is to pick subjects that you enjoy and wont feel bogged down when you have to do a lot of work. Psychology required me to learn a lot of essays and studies but becasue it was interesting i didnt mind. Same with mtahs, loads of practice was required (i wasnt oxbridge material) but i worked hard and i got 2As.

    So its not impossible to get 3As but i thought cambridge were upping their entry requirements to A*s?

    Ace your GCSEs and see how it goes.
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    Oh and the gap depends on the subject- maths felt like a massive ggap, more than the gap between A-level and degree. Psychology however was a new subject so there was nothing to compare. Unless you have studdied the subject before you wont really notice much difference. Obviously there is a lot more work but you only do 4 subjects and have loads of frees so what do you expect?!
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    i still remember the first day of sxth form where i was encouraged, by the head of science, to drop A level Chemistry and Biology because they didnt think i was up to it and do applied science instead. I went onto achieve AA in Biology and chemistry. Don't listen to what people say... youll be fine.
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    Even if you do get 3As at A level, Cambridge a) I think have A*AA requirements and b) will want a high percentage of A*s at GCSE.
    Don't worry though, it can be achievable if you try hard - but it might be better to be a bit more realistic.
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    If you're doing Gov+Pol and History @ the same time, it makes it slightly easier on yourself because the two are closely linked regarding themes and names/dates so it reduces a TAD on revision.
    Key to success to AS/A level- decent attendance (generally), an interest in the subjects studied, and to an extent, having dynamic classmates who will help to motivate you when you start to slack off.
    Also for Gov+Pol keeping up with current affairs by watching the news, reading broadsheet articles etc. will give you a wealth of examples to use during the exams, to keep those high marks flowing.
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    (Original post by sir-lewis)
    3 A's at A-Level, is as hard as getting 20 likes on a student room post.
    so how hard are the three A*s i'm going for :P
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    (Original post by iwantsuccess)
    I am a year 11 student.


    How difficult will it be to achieve three A-grades out of English Lit, History, Gov and Politics or Economics???
    An obscene amount of people are really getting me demoralised by saying it is near enough impossible for a B's across the board student at GCSE, to achieve three A's at A-level. However, I really want to study Law at Cambridge;The entry requirement for Cambridge is at least three A's...
    Has anyone got any advise or tips they can give me with regards to what I will have to do in order to achieve these three A grades ???? Lastly, what is the key to actually being successful at AS and A-LEVEL ??
    Dude, seriously, shoot for the stars. I wanted straight As at GCSE, walked out with mostly Bs and some As. AS and A2 are a completely different ball court. In GCSE, you're spoon-fed crap you don't even need to know. A Levels put the emphasis on YOU. I'm learning now that my apathetic attitude that I applied at GCSE will get me nowhere at A Level. Your grades at A Level will reflect your effort and commitment as a student, and just 'cause you're getting Bs doesn't mean that'll be true at A Level.

    Don't get me wrong, A Levels are insanely difficult in comparison to GCSEs, but if you keep your mind set on a goal, you will succeed.

    Don't let the man get you down. Peace.
 
 
 
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