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    On average, how much work would you say per week/day do you get?

    French, Spanish, History, Physics, Pure Math and Mechanics and English Literature.

    Do you consider them to be hard A-levels and what are you predicted?

    Thanks for your input! (By the way, I plan on taking 5 of these, though I may start with 6 and drop one depending on which one I like the least and the workload, etc.)
    Out of your proposed subjects, I do Maths and English Literature at AS-Level. The workload for Edexcel (albeit very similar for other exam boards) Maths depends heavily on how gifted you are at the subject, it just requires plenty of practice.

    Regarding AQA English Literature, you study two plays for coursework; if you prepare well in lessons and do practice essays you shouldn't find it hard. I did my coursework pieces in a couple of hours straight for each. The exam, however, is slightly more taxing. You study two novels and two sets of poetry; my teacher used to set us an essay per week.

    I know I haven't spoken much about hours of workload, but I hope that's given you a slight insight!
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    Yes it has! Thank-you very much!

    I'm planning on buying revision guides in the summer so that I can get a head start on the work. I also know what novels we are going to study, so I plan on reading them throughout the summer as well.

    For English Language, the workload's only bad if you don't keep up with it all. If you make sure you get the books read well in advance, you'll be at a massive advantage at the start of term. Depending on your teachers, it's normal to get 1/2 essays a week (I have two teachers, so I'd get two essays a week )

    French and Spanish have MASSIVE workloads. I personally don't do them but I have friends who do, they are constantly doing language homework! I wouldn't recommend doing two foreign languages, because one of my friends that does two massively struggles with the workload.

    As said above, Maths is dependent on your ability. I was TERRIBLE at maths, I did probably about 12 hours a week of maths (outside of lessons) and still came out with a U.

    The others I have no idea

    Obviously, it all depends on you, but I really wouldn't recommend doing 6 AS levels...4 is definitely enough! I do French, Spanish, History and English Literature, and to be honest, they're the sort of subjects that you plough on with all the time. You don't get LOADS of homework at any one point, but for languages, you're constantly learning vocab, for English Lit, you're reading the poem, and for History, you're keeping up to date, reading your textbook.

    Doing 2 languages is great - they complement each other so well! I'd say the overall workload for languages is no greater than any other subject!

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