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    I need opinions on which level should I choose, AS or A? What is the difference in terms of content between them?
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    Definitely go for the A level instead of AS and A2 (I think this is what you're asking?)
    If you don't do well in your AS's it may DISADVANTAGE your uni application (especially if you're applying to Cambridge as they ask for AS module UMS scores in the SAQ) whereas if you don't sit any AS exams it may not put you at any advantage, but it definitely won't disadvantage you in any way.

    Content wise between the two, an AS is half an A level so it contains (generally) half of the syllabus for the whole A level. The AS and A2 content should be exactly the same as doing a linear A level.

    I hope this answers your question.
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    (Original post by S.A.2015)
    I need opinions on which level should I choose, AS or A? What is the difference in terms of content between them?
    An AS-level is basically half an A-level and takes one year to study. The content of an AS is the first year of an A-level.

    An A-level usually takes two years to study.

    Are you doing GCSEs at the moment?

    What are you planning on doing after school?
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    (Original post by asox)
    Definitely go for the A level instead of AS and A2 (I think this is what you're asking?)
    If you don't do well in your AS's it may DISADVANTAGE your uni application (especially if you're applying to Cambridge as they ask for AS module UMS scores in the SAQ) whereas if you don't sit any AS exams it may not put you at any advantage, but it definitely won't disadvantage you in any way.

    Content wise between the two, an AS is half an A level so it contains (generally) half of the syllabus for the whole A level. The AS and A2 content should be exactly the same as doing a linear A level.

    I hope this answers your question.
    Thank you Is A level alot more difficult than AS?
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    (Original post by S.A.2015)
    Thank you Is A level alot more difficult than AS?
    I'm not entirely sure what you mean when you say A level?

    I'm going to assume you're referring to the A level 2 year linear course.

    The A Level linear course is EXACTLY the same as the modular course (which comprises of AS and A2) so it will be exactly the same difficulty.

    If you are referring to A2 in comparison to AS then yes A2 is generally harder but it depends on the subject.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    An AS-level is basically half an A-level and takes one year to study. The content of an AS is the first year of an A-level.

    An A-level usually takes two years to study.

    Are you doing GCSEs at the moment?

    What are you planning on doing after school?
    Thank you for the information I am done with them. I plan on doing medicine God Willing.
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    (Original post by S.A.2015)
    Thank you Is A level alot more difficult than AS?
    See my reply above: an A-level is a 2 year course. An AS-level has the same content as the first year of that course.

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    See my reply above: an A-level is a 2 year course. An AS-level has the same content as the first year of that course.

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    I get that I will be a private candidate and study on my own, do you think I will manage AS or A levels? I am really nervous about it don't know why!
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    (Original post by S.A.2015)
    I get that I will be a private candidate and study on my own, do you think I will manage AS or A levels? I am really nervous about it don't know why!
    I don't know you. How can we know what you can "manage".

    Are you doing GCSEs currently?

    What do you plan to do after studying AS or A-levels?

    if you intend to go to university you will need A-levels.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I don't know you. How can we know what you can "manage".

    Are you doing GCSEs currently?

    What do you plan to do after studying AS or A-levels?

    if you intend to go to university you will need A-levels.
    I told you that I am done with GCSEs! Of course you don't know me but I am speaking generally would someone manage A level studying on their own?

    Medicine - if you want me to be specific pediatrics.
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    (Original post by S.A.2015)
    I told you that I am done with GCSEs! Of course you don't know me but I am speaking generally would someone manage A level studying on their own?

    Medicine - if you want me to be specific pediatrics.
    Sorry, I missed your earlier reply. We posted at the same time.

    You will need three good A-levels (grade AAA or better) for Medicine, taken at the same time. Usually Chemistry, Biology plus one other. Have you looked at entry requirements for medicine? AS-levels are not accepted as alternatives to the full A-level.

    How did you do in your GCSEs? Did you self-teach them?

    I suspect self-teaching 3 A-levels to the standard needed for Medicine may be very difficult. And you will need the Practical Endorsements too.
 
 
 
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