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Hi, I am currently in year 11. The deadline for my sixth form application is fast approaching and I'm still not sure what subjects I am going to choose. One of the A-Levels I am considering is History. I am taking it for GCSE and hope to get an A*. I generally enjoy History and find it fairly interesting, yet I know very little about it as an A-Level. Both of the schools I am applying for do the AQA course. I am just interested to know what History is like as an A-Level. Is it difficult? Interesting? How similar is it to the GCSE (I do Edexcel GCSE by the way)? Are there skills from GCSE than you build on in the A-Level or is it very different? Thanks for any help
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Do you know what topic you are covering in the A level? This will determine how much you'll enjoy it, but if you have a general knack for history I think you'll find it quite interesting.

It's not TOO difficult, I mean it's definitely one of the more challenging subjects (in my opinion) but if you have an interest in it - you'll be all good. I did Edexcel at GCSE and got an A* (somehow, honestly I was failing the whole 2 years) and it's not that different at all. Obviously there is more content and you need to learn the subject in more detail, however the same skills are involved - sources, evaluating, forming a judgement etc. I think you build on what you've learnt in GCSE, but I can't speak for A2

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(Original post by 11owolea)
Hi, I am currently in year 11. The deadline for my sixth form application is fast approaching and I'm still not sure what subjects I am going to choose. One of the A-Levels I am considering is History. I am taking it for GCSE and hope to get an A*. I generally enjoy History and find it fairly interesting, yet I know very little about it as an A-Level. Both of the schools I am applying for do the AQA course. I am just interested to know what History is like as an A-Level. Is it difficult? Interesting? How similar is it to the GCSE (I do Edexcel GCSE by the way)? Are there skills from GCSE than you build on in the A-Level or is it very different? Thanks for any help
I'm doing the AQA AS History course and I did Edexcel GCSE last year!

It's similar to GCSE skills-wise, but of course you have to further enhance and develop them. It's interesting and can be difficult at times yet still rewarding and stimulating overall
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Do you know what topic you are covering in the A level? This will determine how much you'll enjoy it, but if you have a general knack for history I think you'll find it quite interesting.

It's not TOO difficult, I mean it's definitely one of the more challenging subjects (in my opinion) but if you have an interest in it - you'll be all good. I did Edexcel at GCSE and got an A* (somehow, honestly I was failing the whole 2 years) and it's not that different at all. Obviously there is more content and you need to learn the subject in more detail, however the same skills are involved - sources, evaluating, forming a judgement etc. I think you build on what you've learnt in GCSE, but I can't speak for A2

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Thanks, your advice is really helpful !
Of the two different schools I am thinking of applying for, one does Britain around the 1600s, as well as Tsarist Russia, the other Britain from the 1800s to mid-1900s, and the early USA. Not completely sure what these topics involve, but I have had a lot and they seem pretty good. As for the assessment, it's good to know that it doesn't change too much from GCSE
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(Original post by Fafalala)
I'm doing the AQA AS History course and I did Edexcel GCSE last year!

It's similar to GCSE skills-wise, but of course you have to further enhance and develop them. It's interesting and can be difficult at times yet still rewarding and stimulating overall
Yeah, I'm sure it'll be worth it, even if it seems really difficult at the start. Thanks for you advice!
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Yeah, I'm sure it'll be worth it, even if it seems really difficult at the start. Thanks for you advice!
You're welcome! If you continue on to do it, if you have any queries or concerns, you can always ask me for help.
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Got an A last year in History , it's not that hard at all once you learn the content very well and have a solid structure
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I do AQA History and I really like it. The course just seems to make sense and you know what they're looking for in the exam questions. I think the exams are really super easy as well, I got 93/100 in the first AS paper and 100% in the second one.
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You're welcome! If you continue on to do it, if you have any queries or concerns, you can always ask me for help.
Thanks, I will
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Got an A last year in History , it's not that hard at all once you learn the content very well and have a solid structure
Ok, sounds fine- well done on getting an A by the way!
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I do AQA History and I really like it. The course just seems to make sense and you know what they're looking for in the exam questions. I think the exams are really super easy as well, I got 93/100 in the first AS paper and 100% in the second one.
Wow, well done for doing amazing!!
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hi I'm in my first year of sixth form and I study Stuart Britain 1603-1702 and Tsarist Russia and let me tell you its the worst decision I have ever made. I got a B at GCSE and i thoroughly enjoyed it but it is so much harder than i thought and there is so much to learn. I know for a fact history is what i will be dropping, everyone in the year above at my school said not to pick it because its so difficult
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Ok, sounds fine- well done on getting an A by the way!
Thanks
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I did A level history, and did a degree in it afterwards.

Generally, I found it totally mattered what topics you were studying. If, like me, you're a social historian, then if all the topics are political history based,you may not be too interested.

I did generally notice a big gap in levels between GCSE ans A-level. But then again, I found the same in all of my classes (But this was years ago, I don't know whether that's changed). So make sure you are backing your points with more evidence than in GCSE and you should be fine.
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