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I've tried to find information about this on the internet, but I can't. Perhaps the question is too vague, but I'm happy even with vague answers, so long as they somewhat address the question. Please help me out if you can.

How much material do you cover in a typical 60 minute school lesson (let's say at A-Level)? And what would you say (based on your own experience of higher education), how much more material (of similar depth) is covered in a 60 minute university lecture?

As a concrete example, take Economics (or Philosophy, or Psychology, or Politics). Some Economics university students have taken A-Level Economics at school while others have not. So universities have to teach the same content from scratch. They will cover the same material in lectures, but typically much faster than it was done at school with lessons. The question I really have is, how much faster?
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For example, if I were to postulate that 10 hours of school lesson content corresponds to approximately 1 hour of university lecturing content, would you agree with that? Or would you say it is less, or more?
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It probably varies.

But to give you some examples, I cover about 5 or 6 hours of biology A-level standard stuff in a 2 hour lecture. Bear in mind the students should also be doing private study so the total hours may be similar.

My wife covered most of a further maths A-level in 1 term or so of an engineering degree (along with others modules too).
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My classes at college were all 3 hours long whereas most of my lectures were 1-2. I would say that in general my A Level classes covered less topics in a more in-depth way, whereas my university lectures covered a lot of material in more superficial way.
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I heard some unis went over the entire maths and further maths A level curriculum in the first year of uni. My uni covered absolutely no A level material because they expect us to know it. It depends on your uni and course.
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(Original post by llys)
For example, if I were to postulate that 10 hours of school lesson content corresponds to approximately 1 hour of university lecturing content, would you agree with that? Or would you say it is less, or more?
Probably fairly close, at least in my experience.
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The emphasis on reading around the subject shouldn't be underestimated. To achieve top grades, you need to be multiplying the work you do in a lecture by studying hard around the subject. Get to grips with academic views on the topics etc. Lectures are only a minor part of gaining a degree.
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My university covers material 10-20 times as fast I think.
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In one of my maths lectures for engineering, we covered entire calculus of A level maths and further maths in 2 hours. It's lucky I took double maths a level. Those who didn't were crying.

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A hell of a lot more.
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