Results are out! Find what you need...fast. Get quick advice or join the chat
Hey there Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Edexcel vs. AQA

Announcements Posted on
Applying to Uni? Let Universities come to you. Click here to get your perfect place 20-10-2014
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I might need to change centres and take edexcel instead. is it harder?
    • 19 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Need more help? You could get help with this question at MarkedbyTeachers.com
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Dunno in my view AQA are 10 times better because i find thier questions are more clear, i am revising Physics with edexcel and am almost going insane because when i do a past paper i go to mark it and some of thier answers dont seem to make any sense at all. But thats just my view, you should complain to the school about this transition as studying for you A2 exams is probably going to be more difficult if you change exam boards.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    edexcel often have 5+ mark q's which seems absent in the AQA question papers.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I also do Edexcel for Further Maths but I did once have a look at the AQA MPC4 paper (June 2006 I think) and found it rather easy , much easier than a lot of the Edexcel papers.That was one exam though and the others might not be as straightforward.

    I do agree though the AQA papers seem more "led" , the questions are a lot shorter and there's more part-questions.[/font]
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vinsta)
    edexcel often have 5+ mark q's which seems absent in the AQA question papers.
    Almost at least 2 or 3 of them 8 mark questions per paper...
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    As to AQA being easier, I do not know, I think it may actually depend on whether you are asking for the level of difficulty in the pure section, or the mechanics section or the stats section or any other section.

    As far as I am concerned, I have only done Edexcel and from my point of view, since I have seen some AQA and OCR papers, I'd rather stick to Edexcel... I mean, I had a choice of taking either AQA or Edexcel at the beginning of the year, since I was almost going to teach myself, so basically Edexcel appealed more to me than AQA, probably the format of the exams and the wide variety of Mechanics modules which I like... Basically I would say the higher Edexcel Mechanics Modules are real killers, you won't want to do those if you're going for further Maths, however generally speaking C1-C4 is almost the same accross the few exam boards.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Oo this is a tricky one, I don't think for all subjects Aqa is easier, I think for languages the Edexcel course is a lot easier, however for subjects like maths, Aqa is a definately harder, because some further maths modules im doing, like fp4, which is supposed to be linked to a first year degree module, edexcel don't even do it, so I would say it is totally dependant on which subject good luck with ur transition lol
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by piano123)
    Oo this is a tricky one, I don't think for all subjects Aqa is easier, I think for languages the Edexcel course is a lot easier, however for subjects like maths, Aqa is a definately harder, because some further maths modules im doing, like fp4, which is supposed to be linked to a first year degree module, edexcel don't even do it, so I would say it is totally dependant on which subject good luck with ur transition lol
    I was always under the impression that FP1 to FP4 (for AQA) was just FP1 to FP3 (for EDEXCEL) spread out over 4 modules....
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Horizontal 8)
    I was always under the impression that FP1 to FP4 (for AQA) was just FP1 to FP3 (for EDEXCEL) spread out over 4 modules....
    It is hence AQA ARE easier for maths
    • 4 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    It is hence AQA ARE easier for maths
    I disagree.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Simplicity)
    I disagree.
    Could you fill us in with some arguments then?
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xinolisss)
    Could you fill us in with some arguments then?
    of course he/she can't because edexcel is the harder board.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vinsta)
    of course he/she can't because edexcel is the harder board.
    :laugh: yeah well, obviously that's why I asked
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    AQA FP4 seems to be about determinants of matrices , vectors (but in more detail than Edex) and something else which I can't remember but isn't in the Edexcel spec but I can't particularly remember.

    I can answer most of the questions of AQA FP1 - 4 though , AQA does have a bit more than Edexcel in it's four modules such as improper integrals but not as much as an additional unit would suggest.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Exam-board loyalty. Only on TSR...

    The FP1 module for AQA can basically be ignored - pretty much everything in it is covered in more detail in the later further pure modules. Since it's an AS module it doesn't really make sense to compare it to the corresponding Edexcel module.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by coolgra101)
    Dunno in my view AQA are 10 times better because i find thier questions are more clear, i am revising Physics with edexcel and am almost going insane because when i do a past paper i go to mark it and some of thier answers dont seem to make any sense at all. But thats just my view, you should complain to the school about this transition as studying for you A2 exams is probably going to be more difficult if you change exam boards.
    Edexcel Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths are not tend to be as easy as others because it equips a student with the most knowledge and practical skills.
    • 5 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I prefer edexcel - In my opinion, for C1, there method of asking questions is a lot.. simpler.

    Also, for C1, you don't have to learn about circles until C2, but in AQA you have to learn it. So, I guess that's good

    Although, I can't make an overall judgement on the exam boards because I haven't seen ALL of their papers for myself..
    • 19 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Mercutio)
    I might need to change centres and take edexcel instead. is it harder?
    exam boards are mostly the same its just the wording of the question. For science i'm doing AQA because the questions are easier to understand. For maths i'm doing edexcel because it jsut tells you all need and it mostly uses numbers and not that much writing. AQA tends to explain it in sentences.

    Only difference is how they present the question
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Mercutio)
    I might need to change centres and take edexcel instead. is it harder?
    I think Edexcel is a little easier but it doesnt make much of a difference which one you do they are very similar

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: January 17, 2013
New on TSR

What is sixth form like?

Share your story!

Article updates
Reputation gems:
You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.