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    Is A Level Maths a big jump from GCSE? (specifically AS)
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    Is A Level Maths a big jump from GCSE? (specifically AS)
    It's very much subjective - some people find it to be a very hard transition whilst others think it's OK. For me personally, I found the transition very hard at first but then I didn't think it was too bad at all.

    I'm finding it pretty tough- I've gone from being an A* GCSE student to getting a U in my Core 1 mock. I probably didn't revise enough but even so I still found it very tough! However, some people might make the step up really easily- I know some of my friends did. If you're willing to work at it then there is no reason why it should be extremely difficult, it's A-levels... They're always going to be harder.
    99.9% certain it'll be the subject I drop after AS.

    It depends if you scraped by a good grade at GCSE it may be difficult as there is no scraping by at AS, if you did well confidently then it shouldn't be too bad.

    The transition is difficult, not extremely difficult though. If you work hard and just revise then just like anything else you should receive good grades. I got a B at gcse then got A* at a-level, but I did put it a heck load of effort.

    A/a* gcse topics are taught within the first chapters of C1 (first module in AS maths), so the rest of the course is relatively new.

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    I think its about how confident you are with Maths. Me and my friend both got A*s at GCSE and we both started AS he dropped it in 2 weeks as he was finding it hard, whilst im finding it reasonable and getting fairly good marks/grades. If you grasp concepts easily then I dont think the jump will be too hard.

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    C1 introduces a lot of new stuff but it's certainly manageable. I did GCSE in year 10 and then FSMQ in year 11 - fsmq covers all but one C1 chapters.

    AS really isn't too difficult - C3 trig is when things start to get noticeably trickier!

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    I don't think the step up to AS it that hard- it takes a bit of getting used to though. I got an A* at GCSE and I got an A 277/300 at AS and am predicted A* for A2. The step up from AS to A2 is quite hard as well.

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