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    A lot of people say how A-levels are so much harder than GCSEs but does that mean in terms of the amount of work you have to put in, the complexity of the topics or just the exams? Im about to start my A-levels and I struggled a bit to get really high grades in my GCSEs, however I did not like a lot of the subjects which were compulsory which may of had a hand in it. I also took for one of my options AS business studies instead of a GCSE and found that quite straight forward but was that an easier A-level?
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    It's a combination of everything really, with the exact mix depending on the subject. At A-level, there is generally a large amount of content, which is often more abstract or trickier to understand. Exams also require you to apply your knowledge to new situations much moreso than at GCSE, and as such draw on higher order thinking skills.

    However, anyone with a strong work ethic who is prepared to put the time in and determined to succeed can do well at A-level, so provided that's you you'll be fine.
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