Ok. I'll butt in then since you have asked for teacher input. So far I have been reluctant to get involved since - although there are two sides to every story - anything I might say about h/w would very likely be seen as "she would say that, wouldn't she?" and I really don't think it sensible to comment on situations (ie your schools) with which I am not familiar.
As far as AS/A2 is concerned do remember that you will be studying approximately half the number of subjects you are doing for GCSE so you can anticipate having roughly twice the amount of h/w for History that you get now.
At any school I have ever taught in there has always been a h/w timetable for GCSE and below (eg History always set on Wed night). At A Level there is no timetable as such , but teachers are expected to set slightly longer deadlines for written work and to attempt to liase with other staff so that the sort of 'bunching up' of work you talk about doesn't happen too often.
I would anticipate that you will find that you are given more control over your own learning at A Level too in the sense that some tasks are absolutely required and that others are 'advised'. From my own experience A2 is much more demanding than AS. You won't do really well at A2 if all you do is the bare minimum and the key factor will lie in reading around the subject as much as you can - which can be time consuming.
Another factor to consider is that you will be doing 3 Modules (Papers) in each of your AS and A2 years. If each of these is taught (especially if simultaneously) by different teachers the h/w load may be higher since there will be 3 different lots each week/fortnight.
Regarding coursework, then some exam boards have this at AS - others don't., but if you do the full A Level then one of the Modules will be coursework - and YES it's demanding in terms of time and effort. It's supposed to be!! Teacherish bit coming up!
In my experience if you plan your time and start work set sooner rather than later then it is all quite manageable especially for people who are anticipating A/A* for GCSE. None of the bright people I have ever taught have found the work a major problem and indeed the people who have done the most in terms of extra curricular commitments have always been the ones who have coped the best. Why? Because they have good time management skills.
Edited by Mrs Faithorn, 26 February 2004 - 10:21 PM.