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    I was in my Geography lesson at college and the subject of degrees got brought up and the teacher said that a degree is easier than doing a levels. I know this may depends on the subject of the degree but is this true in most cases or was she just trying to make us work harder?
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    Teachers have been saying this for decades. My dad said they told him this at school too.

    Everyone knows its a complete and utter lie. They just say it to motivate you and to make you feel good.

    From that perspective, I suppose there's nothing wrong with it.

    They often say stuff like "Degrees are not harder, they just have more content"

    Ask anyone who had read biology or chemistry even at undergraduate level - half of what you get taught at school science is an absurd oversimplification.

    I didn't take Economics A level, but looking at the kind of things in it - it's nothing like BSc level work. A whole A-level is something akin to maybe a cut down version of one or two modules of one year of your degree.
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    Well if you're doing a degree like Queer Studies, then I'm pretty sure A Levels would be harder...
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    This is very true. Trust me

    (This does not apply if one does not like their course)
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    (Original post by serah.exe)
    Well if you're doing a degree like Queer Studies, then I'm pretty sure A Levels would be harder...
    Pretty much this. No one who's done a STEM degree has ever dreamed of saying this (lol).
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    Not in the slightest. I'm on the 4th day of my degree. I'm already doing far more advanced stuff than I ever did at A Levels, especially compared to the first week. I can only assume things get worse.

    All my A Levels were a walk in the park compared to what I'm expecting my degree to be like in a few weeks.
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    Not in the slightest. I'm on the 4th day of my degree. I'm already doing far more advanced stuff than I ever did at A Levels, especially compared to the first week. I can only assume things get worse.

    All my A Levels were a walk in the park compared to what I'm expecting my degree to be like in a few weeks.
    Well I guess it gets harder as you go on!Good luck! I have just started doing a levels, and I am in shock with how much harder it is than gcse!
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    Depends on the degree. Most A-level subjects are definitely harder than gender studies and liberal arts degrees.
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    Only if you're off to study TV production at London Met...
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    (Original post by Katiee224)
    Only if you're off to study TV production at London Met...
    brutal hun
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    I don't know what to believe anymore...
    my physics and chemistry teachers both say that a degree is easier than A Levels, but that makes no sence whatsoever.
    And people here are saying a degree is harder
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    I do maths, and I would agree that a levels are harder, because there's less room for silly mistakes.

    At a level you need 90% to get an a*, whereas to get a first at degree level you only need 70%, so you can get away with a lot more and still receive the top grade. This, combined with the fact that most people just want you to have a 2:1 to get a graduate job, definitely makes degree exams easier.

    (That being said, it would surely depend on what university you go to - I'm not in one of the top unis for maths!)
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    (Original post by Telllo)
    I do maths, and I would agree that a levels are harder, because there's less room for silly mistakes.

    At a level you need 90% to get an a*, whereas to get a first at degree level you only need 70%, so you can get away with a lot more and still receive the top grade. This, combined with the fact that most people just want you to have a 2:1 to get a graduate job, definitely makes degree exams easier.

    (That being said, it would surely depend on what university you go to - I'm not in one of the top unis for maths!)
    which uni are you at out of interest?
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    (Original post by wilson27)
    I was in my Geography lesson at college and the subject of degrees got brought up and the teacher said that a degree is easier than doing a levels. I know this may depends on the subject of the degree but is this true in most cases or was she just trying to make us work harder?
    Depends on the subject perhaps. For STEM? Definitely not as I tore my hair out during my first year
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    (Original post by Katiee224)
    which uni are you at out of interest?
    King's
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    (Original post by Telllo)
    I do maths, and I would agree that a levels are harder, because there's less room for silly mistakes.

    At a level you need 90% to get an a*, whereas to get a first at degree level you only need 70%, so you can get away with a lot more and still receive the top grade. This, combined with the fact that most people just want you to have a 2:1 to get a graduate job, definitely makes degree exams easier.

    (That being said, it would surely depend on what university you go to - I'm not in one of the top unis for maths!)
    You doing maths and you found A levels harder? I enrolled for maths and switched to Engineering after 3 weeks. I could not follow anything in Pure.
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    My sister said she thought A-Levels were harder than her degree.

    It also depends on the uni you did your degree at.
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    (Original post by IYGB)
    You doing maths and you found A levels harder? I enrolled for maths and switched to Engineering after 3 weeks. I could not follow anything in Pure.
    I just think that although maybe the content is slightly harder, getting a good grade at the end is easier at university due to the fact you can get more of the paper wrong, and still get a first.

    I guess it depends on how we're defining hard.
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    It depends on your learning style. The structure of A-levels really didn't fit well for me as somebody who gets anxiety under high pressure situations. My degree allowed me to take a lot of stress of myself by achieving good grades on assignments meaning I had less pressure for exams.

    The content of my degree of course was a lot harder but I managed to do a lot better in it.
 
 
 
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