I am currently studying BTEC Level 3 Business Extended Diploma. I have one more year to go and then I will start university. Even though my predicted grade is a D*D*D, I want to get into a university such as LSE and I cannot get in without an a-level in maths. For this reason, I want to self study for the exam and partake in it, which will hopefully mean i can get into a good university if i get a good grade. I have never really struggled in school work, however, i took the wrong route (BTEC). Now, I have heard that some a-level maths exams require courseworks, meaning I cannot do these as I will not be taking any courses. Which a-level maths exams can I sit without taking the courses?
I never did coursework doing Edexcel Maths
LSE requires you to be come in with strong academic subjects. The following list is published on their website of what subjects make an applicant less competitive... It appears Business studies is included. Maybe looking at doing subjects from the preferred subject list, if LSE is your main goal?
List of common non-preferred subjects:
Any Applied A levelAccountingArt and DesignBusiness StudiesCitizenship StudiesCommunication and CultureCreative WritingDesign and TechnologyDrama/Theatre StudiesFilm StudiesHealth and Social CareHome EconomicsInformation and Communication TechnologyLawLeisure StudiesMedia StudiesMusic TechnologyPhysical Education/Sports studiesTravel and Tourism
List of common traditional academic/”generally preferred” subjects:
Ancient HistoryBiologyClassical CivilisationChemistryComputingEc onomicsEnglish (English Language, English Literature and English Language and Literature)Further Mathematics*GeographyGovernment and PoliticsHistoryLanguages: Modern Foreign, Classic and Community**MathematicsMusicPhilo sophyPhysicsPsychologyReligious StudiesSociology
The only maths A-level which includes coursework is OCR MEI, normal OCR and all other boards are fine. If your school/college offers A level maths I'd advise doing the exam board they do, so teachers can easily help you if you need it. If not I'd recommend edexcel as the the textbooks they do are great- lots of examples covering every question type and pages of exam questions. I found self teaching some of their modules quite straightforwards.
My top tips for self teaching maths are to set up some kind of schedule for when you want to be finished each unit (I'd recommend completely finishing teaching by the Easter before the exams) and to do all the exercises in the textbook. Exercises sometimes start with really easy questions which can be skipped but you need to be doing most questions from all exercises- that's the best way to get good at it.
Doing a whole A-level in one year is quite ambitious. Since A levels usually take two years think of it as equivalent in terms of workload to doing maths and further maths. I don't know how much spare time a BTEC leaves you but you might want to consider doing just an AS, or going to uni a year later. I'd email any universities you're interested in to explain your circumstances and ask about the least amount of maths they require.