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'A' level maths -> degree

  1. Jul 3, 2007 #1
    Good evening guys.

    OK, I'm a 6th form student about to go to year 13. I took Maths Physics and English Language this year but I'm certain I've failed English Language. I won't be resitting it next year, but will be taking AS further maths.

    Firstly, is it worth taking an AEA in Maths? I'm thinking about it but incase I don't pass that, would that be viewed as a negative.

    Secondly, does anyone have any advice on unis to look at. At this stage I'm expecting to be looking at A maths, B or C Physics E 'AS' English and I have no idea about 'AS' FM yet.
     
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  3. Jul 3, 2007 #2

    cristo

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    Unless you're looking to apply to one of the top universities, I wouldn't bother and would just concentrate on your a levels.

    Well, you're only going to have two a levels and two as levels, so I wouldn't say you'd be able to get into many of the top unis (they tend to require ABB as a minimum). I don't know though; look on the UCAS website for entry requirements.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2007 #3

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    If I remember correctly you can enter the AEA and if you don't pass then theres nothing really of it. It doesn't appear as a fail on anything like a certificate, so as I was encouraged to do have a go but don't worry about it. That is don't sacrifice your a-level studies for it.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2007 #4
    Yeah thanks guys. I'm not expecting to go to any of the top ones, esp. with failing one of my ASs. Are there any reccomendations of universities that I might get into with slightly lower grades?

    As far as I understand, AEAs follow the same syllabus as normal Alevel maths and so preparig for my normal maths exams would be pretty much the same process, am I correct in this?
     
  6. Jul 4, 2007 #5

    Kurdt

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    As far as I can remember they do follow the syllabus but they are obviously very hard questions. There are plenty of resources on the exam board web sites.

    Here is a sample paper from edexcel the main body for a-level maths.

    http://www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/aea/9801

    Have a look and see what you think.
     
  7. Jul 4, 2007 #6
    Looks fun...

    So the main challenge is using maths from all modules together, as opposed to learning small bits of maths for small exams, right?
     
  8. Jul 4, 2007 #7

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    Yes its just bringing everything together. Like I said previously don't worry too much about it and have a go at the practise exam.
     
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