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Inspired by AyyJeh I thought I would create a thread for anyone with questions about my A Levels. I am starting uni in Sept, and have just finished my A Level exams.

I studied AS Maths (AQA), A Level Philosophy (AQA), A Level Gov & Politics (Edexcel) and A Level Sociology (AQA).
I dropped maths and took up fast track sociology in my second year because I didn't do great but I did have an A at GCSE so can help explain the jump for anyone interested, and do have a year experience!

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Hi, how did you find sociology? I finished my A level exams as well! Good luck for results day!
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(Original post by jadey.tw)
Inspired by AyyJeh I thought I would create a thread for anyone with questions about my A Levels. I am starting uni in Sept, and have just finished my A Level exams.

I studied AS Maths (AQA), A Level Philosophy (AQA), A Level Gov & Politics (Edexcel) and A Level Sociology (AQA).
I dropped maths and took up fast track sociology in my second year because I didn't do great but I did have an A at GCSE so can help explain the jump for anyone interested, and do have a year experience!

Hope this is helpful
I feel very honoured with this shout out!

But good to see you helping out!

I remember I was in a confused situation 2 years ago about what to pick and I had limited help, so thought I'd try and help (maybe even a few if possible), as I know how hard this decision is for some.
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How did you find the jump between GCSE and A level math?

I am curious since I didn't feel like it was a jump at all

And also, what made you good in GCSE math but didn't work for A level math?
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Hi, how did you find sociology? I finished my A level exams as well! Good luck for results day!
Did you study the AQA course too? I found it really interesting, it's a big course like loadsss of content but the content itself isn't necessarily difficult, and we obviously live in a society so everything is relevant. I found the Education unit the best, it was the most debate-y and the exams aren't too bad either they're structured nicely and once you knack the essay style you're good because it's consistent across all three papers. I also loved my teachers they definitely made the course more interesting for me, I think if I'd had someone who just worked off of textbooks it'd have really ruined the course for me. What about yourself?

And thank you, good luck to you too!
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How did you find the jump between GCSE and A level math?

I am curious since I didn't feel like it was a jump at all

And also, what made you good in GCSE math but didn't work for A level math?
I didn't enjoy it enough to put in the work needed really. It was good at GCSE because obviously the course is a lot smaller, getting to A Level the course is bigger and I didn't have enough motivation to revise and work as hard as I needed to in all honesty. I don't regret it because maths is less applicable to my uni course than sociology anyways and I couldn't have done a second year with how grumpy I was aha. My teacher was very patronising as well which didn't help, whereas my GCSE teacher was so lovely.
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I didn't enjoy it enough to put in the work needed really. It was good at GCSE because obviously the course is a lot smaller, getting to A Level the course is bigger and I didn't have enough motivation to revise and work as hard as I needed to in all honesty. I don't regret it because maths is less applicable to my uni course than sociology anyways and I couldn't have done a second year with how grumpy I was aha. My teacher was very patronising as well which didn't help, whereas my GCSE teacher was so lovely.
oh I see A level math simply wasn't "your cup of tea"
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I will be doing AQA Philosophy and EDEXCEL Gov. & Politics. Could you give me your best advice on getting ahead, hitting the top marks, and in general anything that you personally did to revise/excel at these two subjects.

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oh I see A level math simply wasn't "your cup of tea"
lol pretty much, did you find the whole A Level okay though?
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lol pretty much, did you find the whole A Level okay though?
yes

except that I found the exam questions boring
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Did you study the AQA course too? I found it really interesting, it's a big course like loadsss of content but the content itself isn't necessarily difficult, and we obviously live in a society so everything is relevant. I found the Education unit the best, it was the most debate-y and the exams aren't too bad either they're structured nicely and once you knack the essay style you're good because it's consistent across all three papers. I also loved my teachers they definitely made the course more interesting for me, I think if I'd had someone who just worked off of textbooks it'd have really ruined the course for me. What about yourself?

And thank you, good luck to you too!
No, I studied Law at AQA, sociology wasn't an option at my previous college. Law has lots of content as well, lots of cases and acts to remember and we needed to write loads of essays for the exams. Yes, I agree, my teacher was great! I think trying to self-study law can work but having a teacher to mark your work and check your answers helps a lot.
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No, I studied Law at AQA, sociology wasn't an option at my previous college. Law has lots of content as well, lots of cases and acts to remember and we needed to write loads of essays for the exams. Yes, I agree, my teacher was great! I think trying to self-study law can work but having a teacher to mark your work and check your answers helps a lot.
Yeah I think just the class discussions etc can help things stick in your head more than if you were alone learning a subject. But I'm glad law went well, they teach it at my college but I think its a different exam board.
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Yeah I think just the class discussions etc can help things stick in your head more than if you were alone learning a subject. But I'm glad law went well, they teach it at my college but I think its a different exam board.
True, self-studying can be quite daunting and you need a lot of motivation. Thanks, I'm glad sociology went well for you too, Law was my favourite subject at A level and I'd definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to study law as a degree or for anyone who's thinking of getting a law-related career.
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