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    What kinds of grades did you need to get onto degrees at top unis like Newcastle, UCL, Durham etc in the 70s, 80s, 90s, when A levels were still hard?
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    Entry requirements are higher than ever because of the huge increase in people applying for university places.
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    (Original post by suirrel)
    Entry requirements are higher than ever because of the huge increase in people applying for university places.
    Don't kid yourself, A levels were miles harder decades ago.
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    (Original post by Hollywood Hogan)
    Don't kid yourself, A levels were miles harder decades ago.
    Of course they were.
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    (Original post by suirrel)
    Of course they were.
    Lancaster was letting in students with grades BCE for Physics in 2002. Now they ask for A*AA/AAA!
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    (Original post by Hollywood Hogan)
    What kinds of grades did you need to get onto degrees at top unis like Newcastle, UCL, Durham etc in the 70s, 80s, 90s, when A levels were still hard?
    I took my A levels in 1982. Several of my contemporaries got medicine offers of CCC, with BBB being about the highest. Only Vet Science seemed to require nearly straight As. (There were no A*s, they only came in in 2010). Equally, one of my class got a place at Oxford (based on her performance in the old 7th term entrance papers) having achieved CCD at A level. Engineering at Nottingham needed BBC.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    I took my A levels in 1982. Several of my contemporaries got medicine offers of CCC, with BBB being about the highest. Only Vet Science seemed to require nearly straight As. (There were no A*s, they only came in in 2010). Equally, one of my class got a place at Oxford (based on her performance in the old 7th term entrance papers) having achieved CCD at A level. Engineering at Nottingham needed BBC.
    How did you prepare for A levels back then, considering how they tested your innate ability much more than just what info you have revised?
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    (Original post by Hollywood Hogan)
    How did you prepare for A levels back then, considering how they tested your innate ability much more than just what info you have revised?
    The exam were all at the end of 2 years (and there was no coursework). There was also much less focus on how to answer the exam technique and more on knowing about the subject. The exams were mostly 3 hours long and were spread over 2-3 weeks so the exam period was much more intense. I do remember having 15 hours of exams in 3 days.

    I can't honestly remember how we prepped other than the usual stuff - making notes, doing practice questions.
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    nah a levels are much harder now fam old people were just dumber
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    My uncle got straight As when he took his a levels back in 1970


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    (Original post by langlitz)
    My uncle got straight As when he took his a levels back in 1970


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    What did he end up doing?
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    (Original post by Hollywood Hogan)
    What did he end up doing?
    I think he was working for the forestry commission, he's retired now though
 
 
 
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