Why are my A-Level grades so much better than my GCSE grades?

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Why are my A-Level grades so much better than my GCSE grades? Everyone says that A-Levels are so much harder than GCSEs, but here is what I got:

My A-Level grades:
A – Psychology
A – Sociology
B – Media Studies

(AS-Level General Studies grade C)

My GCSE grades:
A* – Sociology
A – Psychology
B – Drama And Theatre Arts
B – Law
B – Science (Single Award)
B – Citizenship Studies (Short Course)
C – English
C – English Literature
C – Geography (IGCSE)
C – History (IGCSE)
C – Mathematics
C – D & T: Food Technology
E – German
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Only you can answer that
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(Original post by _jarv_)
Why are my A-Level grades so much better than my GCSE grades? Everyone says that A-Levels are so much harder than GCSEs, but here is what I got:

My A-Level grades:
A – Psychology
A – Sociology
B – Media Studies

(AS-Level General Studies grade C)

My GCSE grades:
A* – Sociology
A – Psychology
B – Drama And Theatre Arts
B – Law
B – Science (Single Award)
B – Citizenship Studies (Short Course)
C – English
C – English Literature
C – Geography (IGCSE)
C – History (IGCSE)
C – Mathematics
C – D & T: Food Technology
E – German
That's nothing bro, look at mine;
GCSE: AAAABBCCCD
GCE A level: A*A*Ab
Another guy;
GCSE: AABBBBCC (maybe 5 Bs)
GCE A level: A*AAb
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Only you can answer that
Well you might be right but I still have no idea why. What would be the possible reasons?
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Well you might be right but I still have no idea why. What would be the possible reasons?
You studied easy subjects at GCE A level. You probably wouldn't have got those grades if you did all facilitating subjects (Sciences, Maths, History, Philosophy, English Literature, Economics and Foreign Languages). I'm not sure if Economics is a facilitating subject but it is as hard as one.
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My A Levels are gonna be better than my GCSEs too. For me, it's because I've actually started to take my education seriously, I now realise what grades I need for university, and I've actually started to revise.
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(Original post by _jarv_)
Why are my A-Level grades so much better than my GCSE grades? Everyone says that A-Levels are so much harder than GCSEs, but here is what I got:

My A-Level grades:
A – Psychology
A – Sociology
B – Media Studies

(AS-Level General Studies grade C)

My GCSE grades:
A* – Sociology
A – Psychology
B – Drama And Theatre Arts
B – Law
B – Science (Single Award)
B – Citizenship Studies (Short Course)
C – English
C – English Literature
C – Geography (IGCSE)
C – History (IGCSE)
C – Mathematics
C – D & T: Food Technology
E – German
That is a good improvement seeing as A levels are harder. Anyway from your specific A level subjects you had fantastic grades for them at GCSE and maybe that is the reason for those A level grades? just guessing.
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My A Levels are gonna be better than my GCSEs too. For me, it's because I've actually started to take my education seriously, I now realise what grades I need for university, and I've actually started to revise.
There's actually many cases of people performing better at GCE A level than at GCSE and I witnessed a lot of them at college. Some didn't even put much effort because they were doing easy subjects.
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I don't see why you think your GCE A levels are more impressive than your GCSE. They both look equally impressive in my opinion.
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I don't see why you think your GCE A levels are more impressive than your GCSE. They both look equally impressive in my opinion.
Really? But all those C's...
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Really? But all those C's...
But that A* and A for GCSE. You don't even have an A* for your GCE A levels so how does it look 'better'? Also the C for General Studies.
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No, you did worse.

In the subjects you took at A Level you got AAB, but in those same/equivalent subjects at GCSE you got A*AB, so you could argue that your results went down
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are you complaining?
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No, you did worse.

In the subjects you took at A Level you got AAB, but in those same/equivalent subjects at GCSE you got A*AB, so you could argue that your results went down
Just out of interest what did you count as the 'equivalent' subject to media? As I didn't do media at GCSE
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Oh and A* at A-Level didn't exist when I did them
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(Original post by _jarv_)
Just out of interest what did you count as the 'equivalent' subject to media? As I didn't do media at GCSE
I counted Theatre Studies as equivalent, even though they are different of course but similar in a vocational sense
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There's actually many cases of people performing better at GCE A level than at GCSE and I witnessed a lot of them at college. Some didn't even put much effort because they were doing easy subjects.
I'm doing Maths, History, Business Studies (so one easy subject). Hoping to get an A* in maths whereas I only got an A in GCSE
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(Original post by anonwinner)
I'm doing Maths, History, Business Studies (so one easy subject). Hoping to get an A* in maths whereas I only got an A in GCSE
It was the same thing for me but for Maths.
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A* didn't exist when I did my A-Levels. What makes an A*? 90%?
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A* didn't exist when I did my A-Levels. What makes an A*? 90%?
Usually a 90% average at A2 modules as well as an 80% average over AS and A2
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