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I'm in sixth form right now and we regularly have speakers in our school about university, apprenticeships, future careers, etc.

A few current university students (I'm not sure where from) came to speak to us last week, and they were saying something along the lines of "uni is a lot more work, but it's easier than A levels in a lot of ways."

Idk but I'm finding that kinda hard to believe 😂 but they were saying that while being more complicated, the workload did not feel as hard as sixth form and the jump from sixth form to uni was a lot better than from gcse to A level. What?

What do you all think of this? Because I'm having a hard time believing that somehow lmao. Do they maybe just go to a really unbelievably bad uni?
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I disagree.

I did History A-level and now study History at university as half of my degree.

For history A-level, every single fact & argument you needed to know was contained within a relatively short textbook; memorising the textbook was enough to get a good mark.

At university, there is no textbook. I have to read the work of 10-12 historians for each topic (we do a topic a week by the way, not 3 over the course of two years like at A-level) and decide what Ithink is important. A lot of the arguments are highly theoretical; and they're undoubtedly far more complex than at A-level, when we didn't even use historians.


Basically, at university you have to find the arguments and information yourself; it's not handed to you on a plate like at A-level. In my opinion, that makes it harder.
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i don't remember doing any 80hr weeks at sixth form
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Not true uni is harder especially when doing computer science as a degree
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Nonsense. It might be more enjoyable and so give the feeling that it is less of a slog, but that is not the same as it being 'easier'.
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Lol I had a feeling they were talking rubbish :/ thanks everyone, I got a bit concerned for a bit haha
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Tbh I think it depends on the style of learning you do best with and enjoy. If you enjoy shaping your own path through your studies then degree level is probably going to be easier. If you're good at remembering facts in big chunks then A Levels might be easier. I personally found my undergrad much easier than my A Levels.
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No, lol. Plus even it was easier academically which it's not once you throw in looking after yourself, budgeting, sorting out all your health appointments, cleaning, laundry etc it's much harder
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For me (psychology) the jump from A-level was horrendous
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Some people find (at least 1st year) uni easier than A-levels, because they're doing one subject and it's a subject that they're good at. I think this is especially true for people who are doing a subject that they did at A-level but other people didn't. For example, sociology at uni generally takes people who did and didn't do the A-level, and teaches them together. Therefore people who did well in A-level sociology often find the first year fairly easy, because it includes a lot of content that they've already done.

I'm doing Modern Languages, and definitely not finding it easier than A-levels though!!
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Not really.

It might seem harder because you have a wider range of subjects that don't relate to each other but uni level work is challenging. The workload is greater and you're not spoon-fed like you are at A-level, you have to do your own research beyond the course if you want to learn.
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I disagree and agree at the same time.


I think A-level was always harder than my degree because you couldn't really have your own thoughts and opinions without you either being right or wrong. You have to jump through hoops at A-level and you have to write a certain way to get marks. There's too many descriptors at A-level. You've got to do, say this and that to get whatever mark.

Whilst it's similar at uni, it's a lot more flexible to write about what you govern is valid and important. And as long as you do this in a way your subject governs, it's OK. There's a lot more creative control at uni. You can disagree with a statement without being wrong. Whereas at A-level, you always had to be right in order to get the marks.

Workload is horrendous at uni. A-level is a walk in the park compared to uni. I also think A-levels was harder because you had to learn how to write differently for each different subjects which can be very hard for many people. I found it difficult learning 4 different subjects at AS-level.

But I do think it depends on the subject. For English Lit A-level, you HAD to mention certain things to get the marks. So if you missed the descriptors for Band 3 where you had to mention Woolf's stream of consciousness in the extract you analysed in order to hit the marks in the Band 3 criteria. At uni, you don't need to mention certain things to get marks. It's more about skill rather than knowledge. You still have to mention like, say theories at uni. But if it was A-level, you HAD to mention a specific name or criticist to get that mark. Whereas at uni, you can mention whatever you like as long as it validates your argument.
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(Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
I disagree and agree at the same time.


I think A-level was always harder than my degree because you couldn't really have your own thoughts and opinions without you either being right or wrong. You have to jump through hoops at A-level and you have to write a certain way to get marks. There's too many descriptors at A-level. You've got to do, say this and that to get whatever mark.

Whilst it's similar at uni, it's a lot more flexible to write about what you govern is valid and important. And as long as you do this in a way your subject governs, it's OK. There's a lot more creative control at uni. You can disagree with a statement without being wrong. Whereas at A-level, you always had to be right in order to get the marks.

Workload is horrendous at uni. A-level is a walk in the park compared to uni. I also think A-levels was harder because you had to learn how to write differently for each different subjects which can be very hard for many people. I found it difficult learning 4 different subjects at AS-level.

But I do think it depends on the subject. For English Lit A-level, you HAD to mention certain things to get the marks. So if you missed the descriptors for Band 3 where you had to mention Woolf's stream of consciousness in the extract you analysed in order to hit the marks in the Band 3 criteria. At uni, you don't need to mention certain things to get marks. It's more about skill rather than knowledge. You still have to mention like, say theories at uni. But if it was A-level, you HAD to mention a specific name or criticist to get that mark. Whereas at uni, you can mention whatever you like as long as it validates your argument.
AH thank you so much you basically described exactly what I was trynna get across originally but I didn't know how to work it lol.

I think that's what they were getting at, but you've said it in a much clearer way haha.
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lol it depends if you pick an easy course/university or a hard one.

Alevels were easier for me.
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Complete *******s. Unless you do a mickey mouse course like management or history, uni is far harder work wise than A Level
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Hmm, one aspect I found easier at uni than at sixth-form is working efficiently since my sixth form had a lot of ridiculous rules that prevented a lot of students using the method that works for them. We were also being given unrealistic targets, with some punishment if we didn't achieve them (e.g. being forced to stay an hour or two after school to do work, which is worse for those of us who live more than an hour away). The added pressure and lack of guidance (especially if you went to a very poor sixth form) also made it even harder to work.

In terms of work load and responsibility, uni is definitely a lot harder. It gets even worse during 3rd year as you'll be juggling between your insane work-load and graduate scheme. I missed quite a few closing date because of that
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(Original post by Myrtey)
I'm in sixth form right now and we regularly have speakers in our school about university, apprenticeships, future careers, etc.

A few current university students (I'm not sure where from) came to speak to us last week, and they were saying something along the lines of "uni is a lot more work, but it's easier than A levels in a lot of ways."

Idk but I'm finding that kinda hard to believe 😂 but they were saying that while being more complicated, the workload did not feel as hard as sixth form and the jump from sixth form to uni was a lot better than from gcse to A level. What?

What do you all think of this? Because I'm having a hard time believing that somehow lmao. Do they maybe just go to a really unbelievably bad uni?
The only thing that I feel that could make me think that uni is easier is that so far I've been doing three courses a semester instead of all 6 at once, which gives you a lot more time to revise specific aspects of each class
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I find uni so so so much easier than I did A levels, you only have to focus on one subject instead of 2,3 or 4 and you get a lot more time off to study. It's also far more laid back and yeah. I just overall find it so much easier than I did A-levels (I am studying a creative subject however so it might be a bit different)
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Complete *******s. Unless you do a mickey mouse course like management or history, uni is far harder work wise than A Level
WRONG. I'm doing CS and it's 10x easier than A-Level CS
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Uni is 100x harder imo.

((I'm doing languages))
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