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    I'm switching to history a level from business. Is it a difficult subject? Also I have never done GCSE history.

    Also, I've missed approx. 10 hours of lessons, will it be very difficult to catch up, or is the content more straightforward?
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    Not gonna lie, it is difficult. However, like any subject if you put the time and effort into it, it'll pay off. I also just switched to History and I've missed around 10-15 hours of course content. I sadly didn't hit the required grade for History at A-level in my school, so after a long, long time they settled with putting me on the course. I wish I took my GCSEs more seriously... The saddest part is that I was capable of achieving such high grades in GCSEs, but I decided to slack throughout Y10-11. Let this be a lesson to all Y10s and 11s lol.
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    I did History at AS Level but found the course so dull I dropped it for A2 :/ It really depends on what area of history you like, because I had to study the Tudors and Russia, and I hated both of them! I was also doing Classical Civilisation (Greece and Rome etc.) and loved it! And this Sunday I am starting my Classical Civilisation degree! Honestly it just depends on whether you have the enthusiasm for it. I found it so much harder than Classics, but that could be because I was not at all inspired by the areas of history we had to study. Generally I think History is a hard A-Level, because you get so many essays in such a short time (at my old sixth form at least) and if you aren't inspired by the subject area it can get really tough.
    One of the main problems I had with it was that I missed about a month of school around christmas due to an illness, and I never really caught back up :/ I still managed to scrape a C at AS but that was mostly because the essay I had practised the most in class came up in our Russia exam, so I basically wrote it from memory.
    I also know a lot of people who got great grades in it at A2, so I guess mine is just a particularly bad experience with it
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    I absolutely love history- I've just started the A2 course- I might be a bit bias though, I'm applying for it at uni! But it's a great subject if you enjoy learning about that kind of stuff. If you're good at writing essays and subjects like English Literature or whatnot I'd say you should be grand. Honestly, I think if you put the time in and learn the information you will be fine. Make sure you practice the questions throughout the year though! You should do lots of tests throughout the year, so I wouldn't worry about that too much. It's no harder than other subjects if you can learn a lot and interpret + answer questions in a quick amount of time using the appropriate info.
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    I did A level history without doing GCSE beforehand and i would say that it was hard. However the course can be interesting and I'm glad I did it as now I know how to reference and write sound essays! So useful for the skill set you learn during the course!
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    (Original post by howardwicks1)
    I did A level history without doing GCSE beforehand and i would say that it was hard. However the course can be interesting and I'm glad I did it as now I know how to reference and write sound essays! So useful for the skill set you learn during the course!
    What grade did you get for AS and A2?
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    (Original post by Rajive)
    What grade did you get for AS and A2?
    Got a D in both years, you can tell i found it hard haha
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    The new OCR specification is difficult
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    (Original post by EXO235)
    I did History at AS Level but found the course so dull I dropped it for A2 :/ It really depends on what area of history you like, because I had to study the Tudors and Russia, and I hated both of them! I was also doing Classical Civilisation (Greece and Rome etc.) and loved it! And this Sunday I am starting my Classical Civilisation degree! Honestly it just depends on whether you have the enthusiasm for it. I found it so much harder than Classics, but that could be because I was not at all inspired by the areas of history we had to study. Generally I think History is a hard A-Level, because you get so many essays in such a short time (at my old sixth form at least) and if you aren't inspired by the subject area it can get really tough.
    One of the main problems I had with it was that I missed about a month of school around christmas due to an illness, and I never really caught back up :/ I still managed to scrape a C at AS but that was mostly because the essay I had practised the most in class came up in our Russia exam, so I basically wrote it from memory.
    I also know a lot of people who got great grades in it at A2, so I guess mine is just a particularly bad experience with it

    Hello fellow EXO-L (ok not thread related but I couldn't resist)

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience, though I am doing sociology which requires a lot of essays so I guess it'll help?
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    The new OCR specification is difficult
    That's the one i'm doing. I'm screwed I guess since the reason I dropped business is because the teacher thought I wouldn't be good at it.
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    If you like the subject and topics and are willing to practice essays then you will be fine
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    Subjects i'm studing are Sociology and Accounting. Don't know if I'll cope
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    (Original post by ouatislifex)
    I'm switching to history a level from business. Is it a difficult subject? Also I have never done GCSE history.

    Also, I've missed approx. 10 hours of lessons, will it be very difficult to catch up, or is the content more straightforward?
    Get the notes or ask the teacher what has been covered. Should be easy. Funnily enough its often referred to as one of the most difficult and has quite a lot of work, but if you like findining out about events and people, then its fun.

    Theres also plenty of great documentaries you can watch.

    I would work hard and put extra time aside so you cna catch up then get ahead.
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    (Original post by ouatislifex)
    Hello fellow EXO-L (ok not thread related but I couldn't resist)

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience, though I am doing sociology which requires a lot of essays so I guess it'll help?
    Omg you are the 3rd person I've spoken to on here this afternoon who is an Exo-L ^_^ That's awesome
    Yeah if you are used to writing essays it will make it a lot easier I don't know how your college/school/whatever will run it but my teachers were VERY pushy about getting good essay-writing techniques down so being able to write an essay was invaluable
    I'd agree with what everyone else is saying; take very good notes, revise from them all year (not just close to exams) and stay engaged with the topics You should do great, I clearly just didn't like my school's way of teaching it
    In the end though, it's a-levels, they are meant to be difficult no matter what you study tbh, it's just how well you engage with the course and revise that matters. Sixth form/college on the whole is a great time, I'm about to leave for uni and suddenly having to plan finances is slightly terrifying so treasure your a-level days :')
 
 
 
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