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    How hard is history at A-level ?
    It depends on what you're studying but it is among the top hardest a-levels. I love history and I have found the prospect of studying it at a-level quite daunting.
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    Im going to be studying modern history and at gcses i am predicted an A*
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    How hard is history at A-level ?
    Hey there I've just finished A level History and whilst it's often considered a fairly solid subject, it really isn't too bad at all if you put the work in. What makes it tough is that you're expected to know A LOT, remember lots of dates, events, names, statistics etc. However if you revise well enough, you'll be fine it obviously helps if you're able to produce a high quality essay as this is important in hitting the top marks. The examiners don't want to see an essay full of narrative, they want an analytical and evaluative essay this will all come with practise and, once you find the right structure and technique, it'll be so much easier!

    I loved studying it and would really recommend it to anyone

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    It depends. Different schools study different topics, some of which are harder than others. There's lots of essay writing, so be aware of that, and whilst a lot of it is very interesting, you have to delve a lot deeper into the politics of different periods in history, which can be boring at time. Personally, I've really enjoyed history at AS, and it's good for getting into university, but be prepared to work hard!
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    Hey there I've just finished A level History and whilst it's often considered a fairly solid subject, it really isn't too bad at all if you put the work in. What makes it tough is that you're expected to know A LOT, remember lots of dates, events, names, statistics etc. However if you revise well enough, you'll be fine it obviously helps if you're able to produce a high quality essay as this is important in hitting the top marks. The examiners don't want to see an essay full of narrative, they want an analytical and evaluative essay this will all come with practise and, once you find the right structure and technique, it'll be so much easier!

    I loved studying it and would really recommend it to anyone

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    (Original post by rmlgud)
    It depends. Different schools study different topics, some of which are harder than others. There's lots of essay writing, so be aware of that, and whilst a lot of it is very interesting, you have to delve a lot deeper into the politics of different periods in history, which can be boring at time. Personally, I've really enjoyed history at AS, and it's good for getting into university, but be prepared to work hard!
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    (Original post by HH98)
    Im going to be studying modern history and at gcses i am predicted an A*
    This counts for nothing. I know people who got A*s at GCSE, 100% in their exams and then went onto get D's and fails in A level.

    Speaking from someone who studied history to full A level (And got an A* in the process, #touchme lol) I can give you a pretty good opinion on what its like, especially since I did modern world myself.

    Its considered a heavyweight subject, and its well respected by universities. However it does come at a price. Its not hard to get a C/B overall, you need to revise a fair amount, but producing an essay to that standard isn't that difficult when you learn the stuff. The problem I found was getting the really top grades because you need a flawless essay reinforced by various opinions of different historians to back up your claims. This isnt as easy as it sounds, you need to know your historians and quotes ontop of the material you need to cover (which for history is f*****g extensive to say the least).

    Please dont be deterred by this, its a daunting subject but its the one I loved the most. The fact it was so interesting made up for the vast amount of work you had to do for it. I would thoroughly recommend it - but dont take it if you expect and easy ride or it to be the same as GCSE. It isnt.
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    (Original post by Chriswhjay)
    This counts for nothing. I know people who got A*s at GCSE, 100% in their exams and then went onto get D's and fails in A level.

    Speaking from someone who studied history to full A level (And got an A* in the process, #touchme lol) I can give you a pretty good opinion on what its like, especially since I did modern world myself.

    Its considered a heavyweight subject, and its well respected by universities. However it does come at a price. Its not hard to get a C/B overall, you need to revise a fair amount, but producing an essay to that standard isn't that difficult when you learn the stuff. The problem I found was getting the really top grades because you need a flawless essay reinforced by various opinions of different historians to back up your claims. This isnt as easy as it sounds, you need to know your historians and quotes ontop of the material you need to cover (which for history is f*****g extensive to say the least).

    Please dont be deterred by this, its a daunting subject but its the one I loved the most. The fact it was so interesting made up for the vast amount of work you had to do for it. I would thoroughly recommend it - but dont take it if you expect and easy ride or it to be the same as GCSE. It isnt.
 
 
 
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