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1. This may seem like a dumb question, but is Core Maths an A lvl or BTEC? The site states it is a 'level 3' so I'm really not sure.
Please tell me whether it is an A level or BTEC, thanks.
2. Level 3 suggests it is a BTEC, but core 1, core 2 and decision 1 make up A-level maths
3. (Original post by Snazzymacguy)
This may seem like a dumb question, but is Core Maths an A lvl or BTEC? The site states it is a 'level 3' so I'm really not sure.
Please tell me whether it is an A level or BTEC, thanks.
Is it possible to link us to the site? Core Maths as far as I'm aware is usually understood to be the 4 units that everybody has to take in A Level Maths, i.e. distinct from the 2 other optional units that you can choose.
4. (Original post by Plagioclase)
Is it possible to link us to the site? Core Maths as far as I'm aware is usually understood to be the 4 units that everybody has to take in A Level Maths, i.e. distinct from the 2 other optional units that you can choose.
Thank you for the reply, here is the site:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathe...l-studies-1350
5. (Original post by crystalsss)
Level 3 suggests it is a BTEC, but core 1, core 2 and decision 1 make up A-level maths
Ah okay, so it isn't a full A level?
6. (Original post by Snazzymacguy)
Thank you for the reply, here is the site:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathe...l-studies-1350
Oh right. I've not seen this qualification before but it looks like it's a qualification that's at the same 'level' as an A Level but it's not equivalent to A Level Maths and the fact that it's assessed only by one exam (apparently) means it's not going to be worth as much as a full A Level. It looks like this qualification is targeted more at functional maths. I wouldn't recommend taking this qualification instead of a full A Level in Maths if you have an intention to study a mathematical subject at university.
7. (Original post by Plagioclase)
Oh right. I've not seen this qualification before but it looks like it's a qualification that's at the same 'level' as an A Level but it's not equivalent to A Level Maths and the fact that it's assessed only by one exam (apparently) means it's not going to be worth as much as a full A Level. It looks like this qualification is targeted more at functional maths. I wouldn't recommend taking this qualification instead of a full A Level in Maths if you have an intention to study a mathematical subject at university.

I intend to study dentistry at university, would taking core maths be acceptable?
8. (Original post by Snazzymacguy)

I intend to study dentistry at university, would taking core maths be acceptable?
Honestly I would not recommend it. Whilst Maths A Level probably isn't strictly required for Dentistry, you really want to be taking as many 'facilitating' (e.g. maths, chemistry, physics, biology, languages etc.) subjects as possible. Given that this qualification probably isn't even equivalent to an A Level, I would not recommend taking it if you're applying for something as competitive as Dentistry unless it's in addition to 3 or 4 other hard A Levels (and in that case I still honestly wouldn't recommend it because it's probably a waste of your time).
9. (Original post by Plagioclase)
Honestly I would not recommend it. Whilst Maths A Level probably isn't strictly required for Dentistry, you really want to be taking as many 'facilitating' (e.g. maths, chemistry, physics, biology, languages etc.) subjects as possible. Given that this qualification probably isn't even equivalent to an A Level, I would not recommend taking it if you're applying for something as competitive as Dentistry unless it's in addition to 3 or 4 other hard A Levels (and in that case I still honestly wouldn't recommend it because it's probably a waste of your time).
Okay tysm for your quick replies and info.
I guess I will end up retaking my Maths GCSE in Novemeber then

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