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Okay this thread has probably already been made, but I checked around and couldn't find anything similar. I was just wondering what the majority of the people who are studying/have studied Advanced Highers think is the most demanding/difficult subject. In my opinion, it has to be English. :eek3: :yep: It is just a whole new level in comparison to other AH's and others who successfully obtain a good grade in it, deserve to be congratulated.
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From my experience Maths, although the amount of crap you are supposed to be able to remember in Biology is ridiculous.
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From my experience its Biology.
Its like being given an encyclopedia and told to remember every definition in it.
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Chemistry.
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i loved biology and maths advanced highers! all you need to do is learn the stuff in bio and be able to regurgitate it. chemistry was harder i thought but i wouldnt say it was too hard. AH physics is beyond my physics ability (so i didnt do it) but it will have been harder before they introduced the equations data booklet as there was about 4 pages of equations in it for AH
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Actually, I disagree with English. I can see how you might find it difficult if you'd over relied on the close reading to get you an A at higher because it's only essay work at AH, but if you're widely read, I don't think it's the hardest.

What I found hard was history, there's so much to learn and because there isn't a set textbook, you have to make do with the A-level book which is slightly different. I struggled with it all year round.

Does anyone else here agree that AH's are harder than A-levels?
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after this years exam, in my opinion, it's maths
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If you use the 2008 statistics and plot pass rate against the percentage of those passes which were at grades A or B, then you get some interesting results.

Overall, there is a general trend for subjects with higher pass rates to have a greater proportion of those passes be at A/B.

Geography and English are fairly unremarkable in their pass rate - but they are much harder to access the top grades for than similarly ranked subjects. The reverse is true, to a noticeably lesser extent, with maths (i.e. in maths, the top grades are more easily obtained than might be expected - but only slightly).

Music has the highest passing percentage (93.2%) and the highest proportion of those at A or B (82.4%), but these numbers are in the expected relationship to each other (if you assume a linear relationship, which seems reasonable from looking at the plot).

Business Management is apparently savage. It has by far the lowest percentage of passes, and of those, the lowest percentage were A or B (45.3% pass, 22.6% of those A/B). However, these numbers are fairly much as expected w.r.t. each other.

So, depending on how you define 'hardest', I would suggest either Bus.Man. or Geography (although there's little difference between Geography and English).
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(Original post by TheUnbeliever)
If you use the 2008 statistics and plot pass rate against the percentage of those passes which were at grades A or B, then you get some interesting results.

Overall, there is a general trend for subjects with higher pass rates to have a greater proportion of those passes be at A/B.

Geography and English are fairly unremarkable in their pass rate - but they are much harder to access the top grades for than similarly ranked subjects. The reverse is true, to a noticeably lesser extent, with maths (i.e. in maths, the top grades are more easily obtained than might be expected - but only slightly).

Music has the highest passing percentage (93.2%) and the highest proportion of those at A or B (82.4%), but these numbers are in the expected relationship to each other (if you assume a linear relationship, which seems reasonable from looking at the plot).

Business Management is apparently savage. It has by far the lowest percentage of passes, and of those, the lowest percentage were A or B (45.3% pass, 22.6% of those A/B). However, these numbers are fairly much as expected w.r.t. each other.

So, depending on how you define 'hardest', I would suggest either Bus.Man. or Geography (although there's little difference between Geography and English).
Really because SG geography was a piece of piss it was common sense, and the bit of higher I did wasn't exactly difficult.
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Really because SG geography was a piece of piss it was common sense, and the bit of higher I did wasn't exactly difficult.
Remember that those conclusions were based on the statistics of people actually sitting the exam. If people who are poorer academically take Geography, or if people take Geography with no intention of putting any effort in, then that will skew the results ('I don't care what I get so long as I pass'). I personally can't comment since I have never taken NQ Geography.
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Yeah but 70% of AH geography is coursework, and it's difficult to tell whether a piece of work will just pass/ is good/excellent. There's also the case of 6th year-itis where people have unconditionals and can't be bothered doing huge amounts of work on coursework to make it really good (very time consuming) and so just do the bare minimum/ less than they would do otherwise.
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(Original post by TheUnbeliever)
Remember that those conclusions were based on the statistics of people actually sitting the exam. If people who are poorer academically take Geography, or if people take Geography with no intention of putting any effort in, then that will skew the results ('I don't care what I get so long as I pass'). I personally can't comment since I have never taken NQ Geography.
Actually you are right, to be fair half my SG geography class were leaving after s4 and took it as an "easy" subject and didn't care what they got - I guess people like this wont take subjects like maths for example hence better results for it.
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(Original post by CJN)
Actually you are right, to be fair half my SG geography class were leaving after s4 and took it as an "easy" subject and didn't care what they got - I guess people like this wont take subjects like maths for example hence better results for it.
This is about AH though not SG, and SG maths is compulsory:p:
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My hardest has definitely been english....biology and chemistry are sooooo easy compared to it lol


Having said that if i'd worked at it properly it probably wouldn't have been as hard
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This is about AH though not SG, and SG maths is compulsory:p:
Yes I know but still the difficulty carries on eg. sg geography was easy, so was the bit of higher I did. Sg maths was hard (:eek3: ) and so was higher and I assume ah will be.

At our school you don't have to do sg maths ;0
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Yes I know but still the difficulty carries on eg. sg geography was easy, so was the bit of higher I did. Sg maths was hard (:eek3: ) and so was higher and I assume ah will be.

At our school you don't have to do sg maths ;0
Really, that's unusual . Sorry!
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Really, that's unusual . Sorry!
Yeah I know it is - there are some strange things like right now my guidance teacher has me down doing 4 advanced highers and a higher :eek: even though I only want to do 3 :/
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I'd say, from the limited experience of advanced highers that I have (doing chem & bio) that chemistry isn't easy . You can get away with memorising in biology for around 60-70 of the paper, but chemistry is... yeah....

As for the graph, Bus man is meant to be a hard AH, the marking for it is very harsh apparently and you need to write a heck of a lot for a mark. Comparing to one word answers and ticking a box in biology and chemistry, seems kinda hard. Quite surprising as higher bus man shouldn't really count as a real subject.
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"Higher Bus Man"? First Media Studies, now we've got courses on superheroes who fight crime dressed as public transport. Kids these days.
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Anyone else here think that the Biology course is the most excruciatingly boring thing to ever come out of the SQA? I mean Higher was bad, but it did have that one redeeming factor of being piss easy. Sadly at advanced Higher I get no satisfaction from learning about 200 pages of notes and regurgitating them word for word, its not even as if the information is in any sense of the word useful. In the words of my ex-maths teacher Des:

"Biology really is, the poor man's science"
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