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What did you get at GCSE in that Language/those languages?
How has it differed from what GCSE?
Do you enjoy it and would you reccomend it?
Hiya! I'm doing Latin and Japanese at A Level. I got an A* at Latin GCSE, but Latin's a bit different from modern languages because there's a heavy focus on literature right from the start. Latin at AS is just more vocab, more grammar, and more literature, but apparently at A2 there's a bit of a jump in terms of difficulty.
With Japanese, I'm sitting the GCSE this year and the full A Level next year, though I'm preparing for the A Level right now. There, there is a big jump in the amount of work needed: GCSE seems like a beginner's class, in comparison. You're also expected to start learning about Japanese culture - I actually really love this, and I find it really interesting.

I absolutely adore doing two languages at A Level, but it's a heck of a lot of work. The upside of this is that people are always super impressed when you tell them (as are universities), and that at A Level you really start to be able to use the language 'out in the wild' - or on the internet, which you can't really do at GCSE. If you're passionate about languages or a language in particular, and don't mind dedicating at least 15 mins of vocab revision every day to it, I'd say definitely do a language at A Level: it's so, so rewarding.
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Hiya! I'm doing Latin and Japanese at A Level. I got an A* at Latin GCSE, but Latin's a bit different from modern languages because there's a heavy focus on literature right from the start. Latin at AS is just more vocab, more grammar, and more literature, but apparently at A2 there's a bit of a jump in terms of difficulty.
With Japanese, I'm sitting the GCSE this year and the full A Level next year, though I'm preparing for the A Level right now. There, there is a big jump in the amount of work needed: GCSE seems like a beginner's class, in comparison. You're also expected to start learning about Japanese culture - I actually really love this, and I find it really interesting.

I absolutely adore doing two languages at A Level, but it's a heck of a lot of work. The upside of this is that people are always super impressed when you tell them (as are universities), and that at A Level you really start to be able to use the language 'out in the wild' - or on the internet, which you can't really do at GCSE. If you're passionate about languages or a language in particular, and don't mind dedicating at least 15 mins of vocab revision every day to it, I'd say definitely do a language at A Level: it's so, so rewarding.
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