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    I'll be applying for Uni soon but need to resit my Maths GCSE to get the C grade I need.

    However, I've been told that the GCSE I will be sitting is the Maths Numeracy GCSE (a relatively new one) and not the Maths GCSE.

    I emailed a couple of my first choice Universities and I've been told that it will be considered a "non standard qualification".
    What does this mean? And am I better off (qualification wise) asking to sit the actual Maths GCSE instead? Thanks
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    That's a bit bizarre - y'know, considering it's a GCSE...does that make my Human Physiology & Health GCSE a "non standard" qualification then - my college accepted it as a real GCSE despite the fact that most places don't offer it, and I only did it because I was home educated?

    It's always worth asking, but if you're being taught in a class where everyone is taking the Maths Numeracy paper it might be difficult as you will be being taught the syllabus for that specific qualification.

    If it's a GCSE how can it be "non standard"? I don't understand...
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    (Original post by a.little.bird)
    That's a bit bizarre - y'know, considering it's a GCSE...does that make my Human Physiology & Health GCSE a "non standard" qualification then - my college accepted it as a real GCSE despite the fact that most places don't offer it, and I only did it because I was home educated?

    It's always worth asking, but if you're being taught in a class where everyone is taking the Maths Numeracy paper it might be difficult as you will be being taught the syllabus for that specific qualification.

    If it's a GCSE how can it be "non standard"? I don't understand...
    I was a little confused too. I guess I would have to speak to someone at my college about it. The Maths Numeracy GCSE is pretty much the Maths without the algebra etc. Any scientific kind of maths is removed from the syllabus.

    For the sake of convenience (and not worrying if it would effect my offers or not) I really wouldn't mind even teaching myself that. I was thinking maybe it's because it's not considered one of the three "standard" GCSE's (the English, "Maths" (the one everyone will sit) or Science).
 
 
 
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