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    (Original post by theking1)
    Was wondering if I should take it.

    If I'm at B/C at GCSE level would I struggle too much?


    To be honest recommended that you have minimum B but to be honest since it's harder and more workload would be advisable for A grade, it depends on if you willing to put max effect for eg: I know some people with A at gcse and get C in a level maths but other way round as well. Could possibly see what it is like in first few weeks and drop if you want but that's hassle : have a look at past papers and would it appeal to you . Good luck
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    (Original post by theking1)
    What grade did you achieve in bottom set? Cause private school standards are quite different to comphehensive ones. And cheers stevo
    Grammar schools are still comprehensive
    I got an A but I know plenty of people who got Bs and a few who got Cs that are doing it and they don't have a problem. You get some people (like a couple of people in my class) who are so intelligent they can get a top grade with no work and no revision (extremely annoying) but for everyone else like me and you, most of what counts is how much work you do. I can guarantee you that if after every lesson you go home and revise what you did in the lesson and make sure you understand it all and you do plenty of past papers as practice for your exams you won't get a grade worse than a B.
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    I got 100% in gcse maths and find a level hard! But if your willing to put to the work in then it's up to you


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    (Original post by theking1)
    Was wondering if I should take it.

    If I'm at B/C at GCSE level would I struggle too much?
    Well, my school REALLY tried to put as many people as possible off doing Maths A-level for some reason and pretty much said that most people in our year wouldn't be able to do Further Maths. - probably to only get the top students = top grades. But anyway, only do it if you are keen and willing to do well, not because of the advantages. I mean, if you're good at any other traditional subjects, do them instead. It's better to have top grades, than subjects which are seen to be top. But do it if you think you can work hard and get a good mark. It's possible.
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    (Original post by theking1)
    Was wondering if I should take it.

    If I'm at B/C at GCSE level would I struggle too much?
    If your willing to put in the work I'm sure you'll be fine. Maths is so much fun!
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    (Original post by theking1)
    Was wondering if I should take it.

    If I'm at B/C at GCSE level would I struggle too much?
    Someone suggested looking at past papers, I would not advise this, if you haven't been taught the math, it will confuse you. Have you ever been shown a trick, you cant understand how it is done, once someone shows you how, it's easy. Math is just like that, just take things steadily and do not rush into the deep end.
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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    If you are B/C at GCSE you should not take A level Maths.
    Mr Dunne is a secondary mathematics teacher.

    His comment was informed by years of experience rather than anecdotal knowledge of one or two unusual cases.
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    DO it that is if you like it
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    I got a B at GCSE, i went to a 'rough' high school where most people messed about and now i'm at a grammar sixth form doing a levels and at the start of the year i felt like crap and even said to my teacher, i dont think i should be doing maths a level as everyone else in my class got A* at gcse.

    But i worked hard, did homework when it was set, revised before the exam. And in January, i got an A in my first a level maths module. and 3/4 of my class came out with U's and E's. So don't judge what you're at for GCSE on A level. It's completely different. If you're willing to work hard, and put the effort in, you will do absolutely fine. The A* GCSE students at my sixth form were too lazy and 'assumed' they'd be fine, clearly they were wrong. :') Take a risk! I did, and now it's my favourite subject I love the challenge. xx
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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    If you are B/C at GCSE you should not take A level Maths.

    (Original post by Mr M)
    Mr Dunne is a secondary mathematics teacher.

    His comment was informed by years of experience rather than anecdotal knowledge of one or two unusual cases.
    Yes however Mr. Dunne has no idea how much work has gone into the grade achieved.

    I don't get why people ask if they are good enough for one subject by giving people a GCSE grade and no other information.

    I got a grade C in Maths, am I good enough for A-level?

    PS. I should probably add that I did no revision, fed my coursework to my dog instead of handing it it. Got pissed off my head on potcheen (which turned out to be bad) the night before my test and suffered the most violent reaction to the stuff just one quarter into the paper before passing out.

    Then for my calculator paper I decided to approach the test sober and without a hangover. So I decided to sort myself out with a escort the night before to keep my mind off the test. Everything was going well, until about 2am when I realised we would probably not get any sleep that night. She made me breakfast at 7am and slipped acid in my cereal because I had sex with her 5 times but only paid for 4. It obviously hadn't worn off by the time I got to the test at 9.15am and couldn't understand a single quesiton. Alledgedly I was so out of it I thought my pens were a knife and fork and I ate the last quarter of the paper for lunch.

    However by Mr.Dunne's logic I shouldn't do A-level maths.


    OP stop asking stupid questions without providing us with the required infomation.

    If you worked your ass off to get a grade C/B then I would say no.

    If you were entered for foundation tier and did no revision to get a C grade I would say yes however enjoy your summer from your bedroom revising higher tier if you want to do well at AS-level

    If you did foundation tier and got a C with loads of work, I think it is pretty self explanitory you shouldn't touch A-level with a barge pole.

    All in all, if you get above a grade C with minimal revision for maths then I say you should do the A-level if you do some revision over the summer to ensure you are at a decent standard for the AS-level. However regardless of the grade, if you don't intend on putting the work in don't do A-level maths. In fact don't do A-levels at all...
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    (Original post by bestofyou)
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    Well that was 15 seconds of my life I will never get back.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Well that was 15 seconds of my life I will never get back.
    lol
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    has any1 got the official link for Maths 2012 noncalc and calc paper without the answers on the actual past paper?
    please display a link
    Many thanks.
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    only do it if you love it and are motivated to get a good result.
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    (Original post by bestofyou)
    Yes however Mr. Dunne has no idea how much work has gone into the grade achieved.
    That's true, I don't.

    If you are on the B/C borderline for GCSE maths then you a looking at getting something like 50% of the GCSE questions wrong. This is a very weak foundation for the requirements of A level maths. All I can tell you from experience is that the majority of B/C borderline GCSE students who choose A level maths drop it by half term when they can still switch to other options.

    Some students who work extremely hard do make a big improvement and are happy with an overall C or D at AS that enhances their University application. There are a few students who turn things around and do well at A level despite a modest GCSE, these are few and far between and usually there's a good explanation behind it.
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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    That's true, I don't.

    If you are on the B/C borderline for GCSE maths then you a looking at getting something like 65% of the GCSE questions wrong. This is a very weak foundation for the requirements of A level maths. All I can tell you from experience is that the majority of B/C borderline GCSE students who choose A level maths drop maths by half term when they can still switch to other options.

    Some students who work extremely hard mark a big improvement and are happy with an overall C or D at AS that enhances their University application. There are a few students who turn things around and do well at A level despite a modest GCSE, these are few and far between and usually there's a good explanation behind it.
    While I am certainly not arguing here as you obviously know what you are talking about, I am just saying that there are people who do no work for GCSE other than maybe the night or two nights at the most before the test and come out with grade Cs and Bs. I don't think they would struggle more than someone that put the work in and got an A, provided of course the put in the extra work to get up to A grade GCSE in a few weeks.
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    (Original post by theking1)
    Was wondering if I should take it.

    If I'm at B/C at GCSE level would I struggle too much?
    If you enjoy maths, and have the determination to work hard by practicing questions everyday, you won't have a problem. If you got grade C at GCSE, even if you worked extremely hard, then you will have problems. Remember in A-level, you can't just revise maths, you need to actually do maths.


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    (Original post by bestofyou)
    Yes however Mr. Dunne has no idea how much work has gone into the grade achieved.

    I don't get why people ask if they are good enough for one subject by giving people a GCSE grade and no other information.

    I got a grade C in Maths, am I good enough for A-level?

    PS. I should probably add that I did no revision, fed my coursework to my dog instead of handing it it. Got pissed off my head on potcheen (which turned out to be bad) the night before my test and suffered the most violent reaction to the stuff just one quarter into the paper before passing out.

    Then for my calculator paper I decided to approach the test sober and without a hangover. So I decided to sort myself out with a escort the night before to keep my mind off the test. Everything was going well, until about 2am when I realised we would probably not get any sleep that night. She made me breakfast at 7am and slipped acid in my cereal because I had sex with her 5 times but only paid for 4. It obviously hadn't worn off by the time I got to the test at 9.15am and couldn't understand a single quesiton. Alledgedly I was so out of it I thought my pens were a knife and fork and I ate the last quarter of the paper for lunch.

    However by Mr.Dunne's logic I shouldn't do A-level maths.


    OP stop asking stupid questions without providing us with the required infomation.

    If you worked your ass off to get a grade C/B then I would say no.

    If you were entered for foundation tier and did no revision to get a C grade I would say yes however enjoy your summer from your bedroom revising higher tier if you want to do well at AS-level

    If you did foundation tier and got a C with loads of work, I think it is pretty self explanitory you shouldn't touch A-level with a barge pole.

    All in all, if you get above a grade C with minimal revision for maths then I say you should do the A-level if you do some revision over the summer to ensure you are at a decent standard for the AS-level. However regardless of the grade, if you don't intend on putting the work in don't do A-level maths. In fact don't do A-levels at all...
    I don't even know you, but I have come to the conclusion you're the biggest faggot I've ever encountered on TSR. Your post was arrogant, and biased. You must be quite a miserable person to have written all this. You sound like a pretencious A* hole, get off the thread.
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    (Original post by maleeha1)
    I got a B at GCSE, i went to a 'rough' high school where most people messed about and now i'm at a grammar sixth form doing a levels and at the start of the year i felt like crap and even said to my teacher, i dont think i should be doing maths a level as everyone else in my class got A* at gcse.

    But i worked hard, did homework when it was set, revised before the exam. And in January, i got an A in my first a level maths module. and 3/4 of my class came out with U's and E's. So don't judge what you're at for GCSE on A level. It's completely different. If you're willing to work hard, and put the effort in, you will do absolutely fine. The A* GCSE students at my sixth form were too lazy and 'assumed' they'd be fine, clearly they were wrong. :') Take a risk! I did, and now it's my favourite subject I love the challenge. xx
    Thank you x
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    (Original post by theking1)
    I don't even know you, but I have come to the conclusion you're the biggest faggot I've ever encountered on TSR. Your post was arrogant, and biased. You must be quite a miserable person to have written all this. You sound like a pretencious A* hole, get off the thread.
    guess I hit a nerve somewhere in there to get a reaction like this from you. I don't think that my sexuality has anything to do with anything here you homophobic piece of crap.

    How was my post remotely biased?

    How was it arrogant?

    bitch....please

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