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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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