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The two experiences are different, but it is not necessarily hard.

Caveat: I do humanities, so very different from STEM, etc.

I didn't notice a change in workload. At A-Level i did history, geography and maths. At uni, history. It was what I'd always wanted to do, and I am how a postgrad at Oxford. The major change for me was (1) knowing what / how much to read on reading lists, and (2) motivating myself to do it. Humanities is a very personal subject, so it is easy just to say 'I'll do that tomorrow'. I did that a lot, but at the end I was placed 5th out of 400 in my department.

What I really would have benefitted from during my degree would have been somebody telling me that it would be ok in the end, even when I wasn;t feeling motivated and felt like everybody else was doing more work and doing better than me.

Are you going to uni this Sept/Oct? If not, I would recommend doing an EPQ. It very much acts as a bridge between school work and uni work.

I am in year 13 in a levels and got C C C in my mocks (Film, Media, and Art) but I am going to open days such as Birmingham City, and Staffordshire University to see if I want to go through with the design route
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Maths is certainly harder than engineering!

Not my fault you couldn't achieve an A* in Maths due to your reading skills or the fact you missed a negative sign, that's just you making stupid mistakes then?
Who said I didn't get an A*? I said the effort needed to do so is greater. And you're missing the point. Some student missing a negative sign in an exam doesn't mean they're bad at maths. It doesn't mean they don't grasp the concepts. It doesn't mean they're unable to solve the question. It does means they had a lapse in concentration for a few seconds. This shouldn't spoil an entire years of hard work. A Levels punish you by lowering an entire grade (or more)

University's provide you a safety net because 70% is a First Class. I can mess something up and still feel easy knowing I won't get dropped by 1-2 entire grades since I still know what I'm doing. That's why it's easier for me.

Also again, If maths is harder than engineering then why is it literally the easiest subject in the country to get a First in?
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No i don't think HESA, is that accurate
Mate it's data. If what you're saying was true, it would be reflected there. Nothing else to add.

Even if you wanted to disregard objective data and go with subjetive anecdotes, I don't understand how you reading slides/speaking to people with experience in 1 course trumps me actually studying Aerospace, MechEng and Civil units for 3 years lol. Every semester I've certainly found geotechnics harder to grasp than anything Mech related thrown at me. It's to the point where I'm scared to specialise in it in the future. I'd be worried signing off on any documents in a field that has so many uncertainties. I used to think it was only physics that had unexplained phenomena lol. But hey-ho
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I am in year 13 in a levels and got C C C in my mocks (Film, Media, and Art) but I am going to open days such as Birmingham City, and Staffordshire University to see if I want to go through with the design route
I have friends who do similar courses, and they tend to say they don't find it a difficult step up. Different to be sure, but not 'Oh my god I'm going to fail'. Good luck
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Ah, this old chestnut, which has been around for years and is propogated by teachers. They only say it to make students feel better.

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Hi Ratchet Hoe
I hope you get everything you need from the Staffs Open Day. If you have any worries about entry requirements or degree choices, feel free to get in touch via [email protected]
Best wishes, ^SK

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I am in year 13 in a levels and got C C C in my mocks (Film, Media, and Art) but I am going to open days such as Birmingham City, and Staffordshire University to see if I want to go through with the design route
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Hi Ratchet Hoe
I hope you get everything you need from the Staffs Open Day. If you have any worries about entry requirements or degree choices, feel free to get in touch via [email protected]
Best wishes, ^SK
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For most subjects at A level it's just one big memory test, at degree level your intelligence is tested somewhat (depending on course).
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Depends on your course and learning style. Personally, I found uni loads easier because I could set my own timetable, learn things in my own time and just email my lecturers with questions and things I didn't understand. Most of the stuff I was graded on I could just work on at home. I had maybe 10 contact hours a week for a full course?

That said, I know a lot of people really struggled with my course because it was so laid back. If you didn't put the effort in yourself, you wouldn't pass. Its not like GCSE and some A-levels where you can just coast it and still get a relatively decent grade, at uni if you don't take the time to teach yourself the material then it might be a bit more of a struggle.

My other half did maths at the same uni as me, and he found it harder than A-levels. I think his learning style wasn't as adaptable to uni life as mine is. He was fine when he was at uni, but couldn't motivate himself to work when at home, whereas I prefer to work at home. Literally nothing makes me happier than sitting at my desk with a cuppa writing an essay. Sad, right? :P
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A-level was a pisstake in comparrison lol. Rare situation where my contact hours increased from sixth form tho and the amount of work I had to do each work at least doubled if not tripled/quadrupled.
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First year is a piss take tbh.

Second and Third year are slightly harder than A-levels but not something unbearable.

-Eng student.
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I have friends who do similar courses, and they tend to say they don't find it a difficult step up. Different to be sure, but not 'Oh my god I'm going to fail'. Good luck
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And if it is, how much harder is it?
I think this definitely depends on your situation, but the easy answer is yes. Degrees are a higher level of education, so they're gonna be more difficult. Were your A Levels harder than your GCSEs?

But, there are some things about uni that makes it easier than college. For example, though the subject is more in depth and difficult, you'll only be studying one subject. You will have different modules to juggle, but it'll all be related to that one subject. At A Levels, having four completely different things to study was something I found really difficult. But in uni, your different modules all inform each other in one way or another.

You'll also be (hopefully) studying the something you're really passionate about, which usually isn't the case for every one of your a levels. So that helps.

But yes, the work is usually gonna be a big step up, and juggling that with having to look after yourself if you move away from home can make it harder.

In my experience, uni work was harder, and did really challenge me, but it was more enjoyable and more manageable.

Hope this helps!

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And if it is, how much harder is it?
Hey, if im honest i actually found A-levels harder than uni. Im not sure if i just worked better doing less exams and more coursework or if i got my degree subject more or i just matured but for me i found uni better
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I think this definitely depends on your situation, but the easy answer is yes. Degrees are a higher level of education, so they're gonna be more difficult. Were your A Levels harder than your GCSEs?

But, there are some things about uni that makes it easier than college. For example, though the subject is more in depth and difficult, you'll only be studying one subject. You will have different modules to juggle, but it'll all be related to that one subject. At A Levels, having four completely different things to study was something I found really difficult. But in uni, your different modules all inform each other in one way or another.

You'll also be (hopefully) studying the something you're really passionate about, which usually isn't the case for every one of your a levels. So that helps.

But yes, the work is usually gonna be a big step up, and juggling that with having to look after yourself if you move away from home can make it harder.

In my experience, uni work was harder, and did really challenge me, but it was more enjoyable and more manageable.

Hope this helps!

- Gee
Yeah my A levels are WAAY harder than my GCSE’s
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