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    ok well basically when I was in year 9 my school were really restricted on class sizes for some subjects and if the class was filled it was tough so you couldnt do it. This was a problem for geography and history. Therefore I did business which was ok but I dont want to take it to a higher level. Thing is I want to do history but of course I didnt do it at gcse. My school have no problem with that and im quite good at english so they said that if i want to do it i should. I really enjoy history and if i enjoy things i usually enjoy revising for them and want to do well.
    But yesterday I was visiting family and they asked what my options were and I told them (History, Biology, Chemistry, Maths) and they were like
    'but you didnt do gcse history'....i tried to explain that my school does not find this a problem but they were like 'they say you have to get an A to do well at a-level'. It upset me a bit as I think they doubt me some what. I hope to achieve an A in biology and maths, chemistry I might get a B because to be honest I didnt put that much effort in them at the start, so if i did i hope i could do a lot better at a-level.
    I just wanted to know what you thought about doing history without the gcse and getting B's in subjects you want to do at a-level. Any experiences would be good to hear!
    Sorry for the long post!
    p.s. if anyone had any websites and practice essay writing for history...just so im not completely new to doing history essays I would be very grateful.
    Thanks x
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    I have just done a gcse in history and i am taking it for a level, i won't lie it was hard work but im sure you would be able to cope, as the things that you study in a level are totally different to the ones you do at gcse!

    Also, i am taking a subject for a level that i didn't do at gcse but my school said that it was fine, i just know i will have to work that little bit harder!!

    also getting a B in a subject at GCSE that you want to take for A level is fine as if it was that much of a problem then your school wouldn't want you to take the course as they would know that you wouldn't cope. a GCSE grade isn't really an indecation of how well you will do at a level!
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    What you can do is up to your school, if they say it's okay then don't worry. Remember; You've spoken to the school, not them.
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    (Original post by kim10893)
    I have just done a gcse in history and i am taking it for a level, i won't lie it was hard work but im sure you would be able to cope, as the things that you study in a level are totally different to the ones you do at gcse!

    Also, i am taking a subject for a level that i didn't do at gcse but my school said that it was fine, i just know i will have to work that little bit harder!!
    are you on AQA? if so do you know what the topics will be on as the specification is changing! x
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    I wouldn't worry. There are so many options of 'new' subjects to take a A-level at our school as opposed to GCSE. For example, we didn't have psychology GCSE, but a lot of people did really well in it at A-level, despite having no previous experience of it. Same with things like Product Design and Government and Politics. If you are worried, you could just go over any GCSE stuff which may be background to the A-level syllabus you're going to be studying. If you have a good teacher for A-level it shouldn't be too much of a problem that you didn't take it as GCSE.

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    Mate, whatever they tell you about having to do well at GCSE to do well at A Level, is quite frankly bull****.

    Don't get yourself down, they haven't done exams in at least a decade, and they have no idea how the system works. As long as you work your arse off, I can't see any reason why you couldn't succeed at History as much as the next guy!
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    (Original post by The Mute)
    Mate, whatever they tell you about having to do well at GCSE to do well at A Level, is quite frankly bull****.

    Don't get yourself down, they haven't done exams in at least a decade, and they have no idea how the system works. As long as you work your arse off, I can't see any reason why you couldn't succeed at History as much as the next guy!
    Thanks x x x
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    I did geography A level and didn't do GCSE. I'd agree its bull****.
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    (Original post by indie_couture)
    are you on AQA? if so do you know what the topics will be on as the specification is changing! x
    No, sorry my school does OCR! I would suggest looking on the AQA website for next years specification as it should tell you the topics!
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    (Original post by Ewan)
    I did geography A level and didn't do GCSE. I'd agree its bull****.
    the subject or about not doing it as you didnt at gcse? x
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    (Original post by kim10893)
    No, sorry my school does OCR! I would suggest looking on the AQA website for next years specification as it should tell you the topics!
    thanks x p.s. do you have any help on how to write/strucutre history essays. I want to have a little practice etc. The last time i did one was year 9 and i have only written english essays since! x
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    If the school say it's okay then there no need to worry. My brother did GCSE history and got an A* and I think he only got a B at A-level. Dont worry though they go over everything again anyway so you wont miss out; it will just be extra work for you but if you put the work in then you should be able to get the same grades as the other people in your class.
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    (Original post by animallover222)
    If the school say it's okay then there no need to worry. My brother did GCSE history and got an A* and I think he only got a B at A-level. Dont worry though they go over everything again anyway so you wont miss out; it will just be extra work for you but if you put the work in then you should be able to get the same grades as the other people in your class.
    Thanks. Welcome by the way...i see its your first post!
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    History A-level is hard work but, in my opinion, GCSE history isn't thorough enough. It doesn't really encourage the student to develop the strong essay writing skills and analytical skills required. GCSE English is more relevant.

    You'll probably be looking at different issues and eras of history.
    I don't think you'll be at ny great disadvantage. Let it be known that I only studied history at AS-level though.
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    someone i know didn't do business/econ for GCSE and will easily get an A at A-level this year

    history is probably harder, and you'll have to learn essy structure stuff, but its a perfectly good choice. go for it.
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    indie_couture: ignore the family, they clearly don't know what they're talking about :p: If the school says it's fine, then it's fine.

    If you want some practice, go online and get some practice GCSE papers and treat it like an open-book exam just to give yourself the practice. Don't give yourself a time limit and allow yourself to use relevant materials, and just tackle the questions to give yourself a feel for how to answer them. Then perhaps (if you feel the need) take some of what you've done to school with you in September and show it to a history teacher who can tell you what you've done right or wrong.
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    (Original post by Angelil)
    indie_couture: ignore the family, they clearly don't know what they're talking about :p: If the school says it's fine, then it's fine.

    If you want some practice, go online and get some practice GCSE papers and treat it like an open-book exam just to give yourself the practice. Don't give yourself a time limit and allow yourself to use relevant materials, and just tackle the questions to give yourself a feel for how to answer them. Then perhaps (if you feel the need) take some of what you've done to school with you in September and show it to a history teacher who can tell you what you've done right or wrong.
    thanks. I might do that and then use a mark scheme to see what i can improve on x x x
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    Do what you want to do, just remember History is very hard work and if you haven't done it at GCSE you might be surprised by the workload.
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    (Original post by Angelil)
    If you want some practice, go online and get some practice GCSE papers and treat it like an open-book exam just to give yourself the practice. Don't give yourself a time limit and allow yourself to use relevant materials, and just tackle the questions to give yourself a feel for how to answer them. Then perhaps (if you feel the need) take some of what you've done to school with you in September and show it to a history teacher who can tell you what you've done right or wrong.
    not sure how good that would be. even with a textbook, it would be so hard to write essays on topics you know nothing about. you wouldn't kow what pages to look at, what arguments to include.

    Personally it would probably be better to just read up on how to structure essays at GCSE and A-level, perhaps go out of your way to learn some of the A-levle syllabus and write essyas on that over summer?

    i'm sure just asking the teacher for a bit of extra help could be worthwhile as well.
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    Someone I know does History A level and managed to even get 100% on an AS module. She's going to Cambridge now to study Geography. Anyway, she never did GCSE History, either.
 
 
 

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