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What A-Level subjects would you put under the banner of hard, hard-medium, medium, soft-medium and soft?
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What A-Level subjects would you put under the banner of hard, hard-medium, medium, soft-medium and soft?
Hard
Further Maths
Chemistry
Physics
Languages

Hard Medium
Maths
Biology
History
Literature

Medium
Religious Studies
Economics
English language

Soft Medium
Sociology
Psychology
Geography

Soft
IT
Business
PE
Law
Media
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Hard
Further Maths
Chemistry
Physics
Languages

Hard Medium
Maths
Biology
History
Literature

Medium
Religious Studies
Economics
English language

Soft Medium
Sociology
Psychology
Geography

Soft
IT
Business
PE
Law
Media
I guess additional further maths is so easy that it doesn't get a place then? Way too easy to be in 'soft'.
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I guess additional further maths is so easy that it doesn't get a place then? Way too easy to be in 'soft'.
Just like Travel & Tourism, Film Studies and Photography may as well be top-ranking seeing as s/he never mentioned those either?
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Just like Travel & Tourism, Film Studies and Photography may as well be top-ranking seeing as s/he never mentioned those either?
I noticed because additional further maths is harder than the hardest one mentioned(further maths) and as far as I know it's the hardest A-level, so should be mentioned.
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I noticed because additional further maths is harder than the hardest one mentioned(further maths) and as far as I know it's the hardest A-level, so should be mentioned.
I'm sure he would've added it if he remembered but it's hardly a mainstream A-Level, is it? How many schools do you know that offer it?
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(Original post by jake4198)
Hard
Further Maths
Chemistry
Physics
Languages

Hard Medium
Maths
Biology
History
Literature

Medium
Religious Studies
Economics
English language

Soft Medium
Sociology
Psychology
Geography

Soft
IT
Business
PE
Law
Media
:lolwut: Is Maths that easy? I thought it'd be as difficult as Chemistry
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I'm sure he would've added it if he remembered but it's hardly a mainstream A-Level, is it? How many schools do you know that offer it?
I don't know any, but that just makes it harder because you have to self-study it. Thus more justification for it being included.
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I guess additional further maths is so easy that it doesn't get a place then? Way too easy to be in 'soft'.
Hardly anyone actually does additional further maths. He didn't need to list every single alevel did he?

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Hardly anyone actually does additional further maths. He didn't need to list every single alevel did he?

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As I said, it's the hardest, so deserves a spot(at the top).
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Economics is harder than people think.

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Ffs general studies has not been included in the elite subject tier. I pray thee has the sense to rectify this absurd error
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Economics is harder than people think.

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I will agree that economics is not hard but very hard to get a top grade.
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Further maths is variable depending on the units

CONSIDER

Further maths
FP1
FP2
FP3
M3
M4
M5
(assuming person did M1/M2 in straight)


and

Further maths
FP1
FP2
S2
M2
S3
D1
(assuming person did M1/S1 in straight)
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(Original post by morgan8002)
As I said, it's the hardest, so deserves a spot(at the top).
Not necessarily. Your module combination could mean you end up doing something like D1, S1 and S2 as apart of Additional further maths meaning the normal Further maths would be considerably more difficult
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Not necessarily. Your module combination could mean you end up doing something like D1, S1 and S2 as apart of Additional further maths meaning the normal Further maths would be considerably more difficult
Additional is generally the last three/six modules to be chosen, which means it will usually be the hardest by module choice.


Your thoughts roughly: normal/further: C1-4, M1-5, FP1-3
Additional: S1-2, D1, three of FP4, S3, S4, D2(last three if to A2)

But you would only usually take M3-5, S4 or FP4 if you were taking additional. Not many schools teach these, so you will only normally study these modules as a result of studying additional.
So studying additional will make you study harder modules regardless of which modules get assigned for each individual A-level. The difficulty of additional can be considered as the hardest three/six modules you take.
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I will agree that economics is not hard but very hard to get a top grade.
As a current A2 student doing Economics I concur completely. The content is relatively straightforward and accessible but the examinations can be very tough...it's a very applicable subject and some questions can really stretch your knowledge
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Additional is generally the last three/six modules to be chosen, which means it will usually be the hardest by module choice.


Your thoughts roughly: normal/further: C1-4, M1-5, FP1-3
Additional: S1-2, D1, three of FP4, S3, S4, D2(last three if to A2)

But you would only usually take M3-5, S4 or FP4 if you were taking additional. Not many schools teach these, so you will only normally study these modules as a result of studying additional.
So studying additional will make you study harder modules regardless of which modules get assigned for each individual A-level. The difficulty of additional can be considered as the hardest three/six modules you take.
Looking at the grade statistics for additional further maths we can observe that:

a) only 58 people sat additional further maths last year, compared with 25k+ normal maths and 4k+ further maths.

b) statistically speaking it is subject a candidate is most likely to get an A* in, with over 50% of candidates getting the top grade (although this obviously does not mean it is easy)
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Looking at the grade statistics for additional further maths we can observe that:

a) only 58 people sat additional further maths last year, compared with 25k+ normal maths and 4k+ further maths.

b) statistically speaking it is subject a candidate is most likely to get an A* in, with over 50% of candidates getting the top grade (although this obviously does not mean it is easy)
Ok, so it's not common. I didn't think it was, but I thought it was a bit more common than that. Is there any equivalent data for AS additional further maths? I feel that is more common.


You can't really use statistics in a concrete way in this instance because the candidates are self-selecting and are the best in the country. To take it, all candidates will be at A* level in both maths and further maths.
We can also talk about sample sizes if you want, 58 is a small sample(and non-random). The probability of the mean UMS being skewed due to chance is high.
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Ok, so it's not common. I didn't think it was, but I thought it was a bit more common than that. Is there any equivalent data for AS additional further maths? I feel that is more common.


You can't really use statistics in a concrete way in this instance because the candidates are self-selecting and are the best in the country. To take it, all candidates will be at A* level in both maths and further maths.
We can also talk about sample sizes if you want, 58 is a small sample(and non-random). The probability of the mean UMS being skewed due to chance is high.
Using this part of the website and AS statistics it's 137, compared to the 6k+ further maths and 39k+ normal maths. Still not that popular in comparison.

I agree with the rest of your post.
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