Subject with the biggest jump between GCSE and AS Level?Watch this thread
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If you haven't had a good basic grounding at GCSE then subjects like Maths and foreign languages can be big jumps as well.
Maths was pretty easy, but I had done Additional Maths in Year 11.
Can't comment on Econ because my school didn't offer it for GCSE.
Spanish was easy, same grammar/vocab/cultural stuff.
Geography - BIG step up, lots of terminology, exam technique, things you have to remember though the course spans a massive amount.
English Lit - next to impossible. Suffered for the first term till it all kinda clicked. Everything changes; essay structures, literary devices, the way you analyse poems and plays...
English literature is also quite a lot because the assessment criteria are harder to achieve.
I didn't really have a problem with geography, history and RE.
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English Lang: way too technical from your similes and metaphors and writing to persuade and inform, etc. Nothing like that. You're getting told about theories that you thought was only studied in Psychology and Sociology and etc. The way you have to analyse and omg, I only thought there was one adjective. But nooo! It turns out there's a ton of different forms of adjectives. The amount of grammar and syntax you have to remember and analyse was almost fatal for me.
English Lit: the reading got way heavier. Esp the texts, I thought were so easy at GCSE, compared to A-level. AT GCSE, I thought making chapter summaries for Of Mice and Men was heartbreakingly tough, let alone ripping to shreds paragraphs after paragraphs of Birdsong! The amount of detail you go into, is so enthralling but very hard. I also learned that it's one of those subjects that if you don't continuously practise at, you will fail. You can follow the same essay plan guide at GCSE at write a dozen essays on different texts and get the same consistent grade. However, at A-level there's a thousands formulaic ways of writing different essays for different genres that will always be a different grade, depending on how much you put into it. The terminology gets a lot heavier and harder, especially for the poetry side of A-level.... Why am I going to uni to study English Lit again? :P
The 3 sciences also go up a lot, biology not so much as the others.