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    Hi everyone,

    I'm in year 13 and have just received my offers, and my first choice specifies they want an A in further maths.. which is a bit of a pain as I was taking it as a bit of a "extra" 4th A level.

    But now I'm going to have to complete the whole A level this year. I have prepared D1, FP1 and M2 for January exams.

    However, to boost my chances of getting an A in both normal maths and further maths, I was wondering whether I could switch modules about.. eg. do M2 for normal maths and M1 for further maths? etc etc

    My exam board's Edexcel.. reckon this would be a problem?
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    You don't have a say in how your modules are arranged, it's all done automatically by the exam board. It's done in such a way that you get the best possible grade pairing subject to various constraints (e.g. C1-4 must be in A-level Maths). It uses some algorithm which I'm not entirely sure about, but there are explanations of it on most exam board websites... either way, it's automatic, and you can't choose, but it will work in your favour. I don't think you can have M2 in A-level Maths and M1 in A-level Further Maths, though.

    The exam board will swap the modules around to give you the best possible pair of grades, where AC is considered better than BB.

    There are various constraints however:
    C1-c4 must be in Maths
    the applied modules in Maths must be m1m2, s1s2, d1d2 or 2 level 1 modules, e.g. M1s1.

    So the applied modules in FM will be "higher" modules than in Maths. You could however have M1m2 in Maths and S1s2 in FM.

    Once they have got the best pair of grades, they will then check that you have the highest possible score on Maths.
    • Thread Starter

    cheers guys! looks like I'll just have to nail the exams as best I can and edexcel'll make me look good, aha
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