A-Levels are one of those courses that people often believe are very hard to study and take a lot of commitment on the student’s part. This isn’t strictly true and the study of A-Levels can be very straight forward and rewarding for people. The qualification itself is Level 3, which means the syllabus is created and designed to give students a solid foundation understanding of the topic to then go on and study it at a higher level.
Whether a student will find A-Levels hard depends on a number of factors. For example, if you’re a student with no previous experience of secondary education (such as GCSEs), then chances are, it will take you some time to get to grips with how best to answer exam questions and how best to prepare and revise ready for examination. However, if you have had some experience of GCSEs or equivalent, then the progression onto A-Level study should be smooth and very doable.
One A-Level subject takes the average student, someone with some experience of secondary education but no A-Levels, approximately 350 hours of study. These hours of study can be divided over one or two years depending on the student’s goal. Which means that the study of an entire subject can be covered with as little study time as a couple of hours per week. Really not a lot to ask, right?
Depending on the A-level subject itself, the detail and difficulty of the course will vary and there are some A-Level subjects that carry a reputation for being harder than the rest. For example, some of the top 5 tricky A-Levels to study are as follows:
But of course, what you have to keep in mind, is that for some students Physics and Maths are a breeze, but the thought of having to write a five page essay relating to History would be horrific. It all depends on the student themselves. So when considering A-Levels and the study of them, do keep in mind which subjects you enjoy the most and make your selections based on that.
If you would like any help or advice on selecting A-Levels or whether you are ready to begin studying them, get in touch with our helpful team and we will be more than happy to help and advise you further.