Maths AS Level Watch

limegreenjello
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Hi. Is it possible to teach one's self maths AS/A level?
I studied the arts for my A levels and have found myself tantalised by the prospect of studying for a mathematics qualification.

I only got a B grade at GCSE, and I took the intermediate, not higher, paper. With hard work, is it possible to close the gap between intermediate & higher maths understanding to go on to do AS level?

Any recommendations for self-teaching materials would be greatly received.
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(Original post by limegreenjello)
Hi. Is it possible to teach one's self maths AS/A level?
I studied the arts for my A levels and have found myself tantalised by the prospect of studying for a mathematics qualification.

I only got a B grade at GCSE, and I took the intermediate, not higher, paper. With hard work, is it possible to close the gap between intermediate & higher maths understanding to go on to do AS level?

Any recommendations for self-teaching materials would be greatly received.
The answer is yes

But the reality is

  • You did the GCSE a long time ago
  • You did not study much of the algebra that is needed for A Level
  • You have not studied any maths in a while


I recommend that you search amazon for the books called "bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level Maths"

There are a few of them and I suggest that you buy the one that has the most questions for you to practice

Working through this book will give you a better understanding of your current ability and allow you to make a decision about whether continuing will be worth while
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Thank you very much.
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Wouldn't recommend it personally. With only getting a B you will have missed out on the higher tier topics which AS/A2 maths is based around and develops further. I sat the AQA GCSE Further Maths which bridges the gap between GCSE and AS so it might be worth having a look at textbooks/revision guides for that also. The other problem with Maths is you pick an optional module such as Decision (Computing)/Mechanics (Physics)/Statistics (Data Analysis) which you may not have had experience with before. On our exam board (OCR MEI) there's also coursework in Core 3 and I don't know how that works for self teaching.
Whatever you decide, best of luck though .
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