What is the hardest A-level you've done and what is the easiest (by comparison)?

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The question is really in the title. I've seen loads of people suggest A-levels that are easy and "everyone should do" and I've often seen those same A-levels being described as "Hitler's invention". So I was just wondering what your opinions are.
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The question is really in the title. I've seen loads of people suggest A-levels that are easy and "everyone should do" and I've often seen those same A-levels being described as "Hitler's invention". So I was just wondering what your opinions are.
Good question... I did 5 A2's at a sixth form college in Winchester, the college is hard enough as it is.

The easiest A level I did was ICT, purely because all you had to do was learn the past papers as the questions resurfaced every year!

However, from friends and not my own experience - it's physics - every one of my friends were predicted A's and came out with U's and the same with a few of the Maths exams.

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Hardest; Chemistry / Maths
Easiest; Psychology

I think it was more I enjoyed Psychology therefore found it a lot easier to learn whereas chemistry I hated the idea of going to a lesson
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Good question... I did 5 A2's at a sixth form college in Winchester, the college is hard enough as it is.

The easiest A level I did was ICT, purely because all you had to do was learn the past papers as the questions resurfaced every year!

However, from friends and not my own experience - it's physics - every one of my friends were predicted A's and came out with U's and the same with a few of the Maths exams.

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wow 5 A levels! That's impressive. Yeah I heard the grade boundaries for the physics exams were really high for AQA. What A levels are you doing beside ICT and physics?
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The hardest I did was English lit, and the easiest i did was classical civilisations.

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wow 5 A levels! That's impressive. Yeah I heard the grade boundaries for the physics exams were really high for AQA. What A levels are you doing beside ICT and physics?
I didn't do physics, I actually did Media studies, ICT, General Studies, Business Studies and English Literature.

What about you?

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Hardest; Chemistry / Maths
Easiest; Psychology

I think it was more I enjoyed Psychology therefore found it a lot easier to learn whereas chemistry I hated the idea of going to a lesson
Most of my friends found chemistry the most intense bc apparently there is a huge workload. I'm thinking of doing psychology would you say it's more like bio or chem in content?
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Maths easiest
Physics hardest
But AS only
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what is a U grade?
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The hardest I did was English lit, and the easiest i did was classical civilisations.

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I'm considering English Lit for my AS levels. What did you think was the most difficult part of the subject, if you don't mind me asking?
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  1. So I've done AS levels twice and failed or not done up to my standard which has been quite disheartening. im 18 now and i really want to go to university to greater my skills, come out with a decent degree, make my parents a little proud and myself and just for the experience!!

    I'm thinking about doing BTEC Business Level 3 extended course which is 2 years (which is meant to be equivalent to 3 A levels but many ppl argue this) and then to also do A Level Maths with it because i honestly do enjoy it and prepared to put the work in to get all Distinctions and hopefully a grade A or B in maths. Do you think its a good idea to do both bare in mind ive already done AS maths and got a high D as it would maybe make me more attractive to uni's. i want to do a business and management degree maybe at Nottingham University or go somewhere like Sheffield im not looking to get into amazing uni's but nor do i wanna go to just any meh uni if that makes sense. Advice?

    should i do BTEC business level 3 with A level Maths or should i do a foundation Degree or any other suggestions. i was also thinking about AAT qualifications for accountancy as a backup???
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what is a U grade?
A "U" grade is the lowest grade you can get. It basically translates to "ungradeable". It's like a fail.
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Maths hardest
Psychology easiest

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Hardest: Definitely Physics!!! and maybe Chemistry but I think with Chemistry I did understand the concept but my teacher wouldnt teach half of the content properly so I found it tricky sometimes
Easiest: Maths but then again I enjoy it so it might be just me
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Maths easiest
Physics hardest
But AS only
I was always told maths was the hardest subject at as/a levels. But that must be bc my school is mostly literature-based and everyone hates maths lol
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i've just finished my AS year so

easiest - history
hardest - english lit

i just despise english lit with a passion and because it didn't come naturally to me so i struggled all year to get good grades
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Hardest: Definitely Physics!!! and maybe Chemistry but I think with Chemistry I did understand the concept but my teacher wouldnt teach half of the content properly so I found it tricky sometimes
Easiest: Maths but then again I enjoy it so it might be just me
I absolutely hate physics. I agree with what you mean by "understanding the concept". In physics it's mostly trying to imagine things rather than having a written diagram explaining what everything is so you can actually picture what you're learning
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i've just finished my AS year so

easiest - history
hardest - english lit

i just despise english lit with a passion and because it didn't come naturally to me so i struggled all year to get good grades
I always thought history was harder than English lit bc you have to remember so many dates and names. What exam board did you do for history?
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I also did 5. Maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and biology.
Easiest: maths
Hardest: chemistry
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I'm considering English Lit for my AS levels. What did you think was the most difficult part of the subject, if you don't mind me asking?
I think it was the jump from gcse to a level. I got a* in English lit for gcse but so much more was expected from me at as. Lots of my friends flew by fine but I was really struggling with it. The grading is pretty strict but I think you'll be fine

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