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    (Original post by Dafock)
    are ou talking about further maths? nothing to the scale your talking about comes around in normal maths unless its M2 i guess.
    no hahaha i´m doing normal edexcel maths; C1, C2, S1, C3, C4 and D1. I guess I´m just not good at them and find them boring. but many of my friends have also dropped. I just don´t believe someone who got a C at GCSE could cope with A-level maths. I´s so much more difficult, really
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    I agree I tried a level with a c and failed big time.
    I'm doing it again after getting an a* at gcse, found c1 extremely easy, strugged with c2 and doing alright on fp1.
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    (Original post by cdg964103886)
    no hahaha i´m doing normal edexcel maths; C1, C2, S1, C3, C4 and D1. I guess I´m just not good at them and find them boring. but many of my friends have also dropped. I just don´t believe someone who got a C at GCSE could cope with A-level maths. I´s so much more difficult, really
    Oh yeah i agree, i think i had 24 people in my AS maths... now there's 5 of us :/
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    I got a B at GCSE maths, and my maths teacher (who was also head of the department) took a chance on me because I really wanted it, and was performing well to GCSE level.

    But, I failed... just like half of my class did, and ending up dropping it.

    That doesn't mean to say that you will fail -- but be sure that you are able and willing to commit fully to the workload, completing all the relevant exercises and most definitely asking for help when it gets hard (believe me it does).

    Whatever you do, consider the impact of choosing maths over another subject and the types of grades you will get, future university applications and your overall happiness. Good luck
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    (Original post by Dafock)
    Oh yeah i agree, i think i had 24 people in my AS maths... now there's 5 of us :/
    Blimey! :eek:
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    (Original post by NotNotBatman)
    This is quite old, but for students who achieved grade C in GCSE maths, at A level the results were
    A* - 1%
    A - 4%
    B - 10%
    C - 21%
    D - 27%
    E - 24%
    U -12%

    The last bit is not true, the majority of people who get a B at GCSE pass A level maths.
    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure those figures ignore the fact that a lot of those people will drop out before taking the A-level.

    Pretty sure Mr M has commented (negatively) before about taking Maths A level without at least an A at GCSE.
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    (Original post by DFranklin)
    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure those figures ignore the fact that a lot of those people will drop out before taking the A-level.

    Pretty sure Mr M has commented (negatively) before about taking Maths A level without at least an A at GCSE.
    Well it's all numbers now but anyone with a 4 or a 5 in maths who wants to continue to study maths should be steered towards one of the new Core Maths qualifications in my opinion. In the past, I'd have expected someone who attained a C at GCSE to get between 0% and 20% at AS level and then drop out. Now that we have a two year reformed linear A Level, I think providers would be doing a student operating at this level a great disservice to allow them on to the course.
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    I'm in A2 maths at the moment and I'm going to give some truths about maths... C1, C2 and D1 are simple and you can pass them at a C without any revision whatsoever. C3 and C4 are much harder (imo) and are the reason why I would say don't do maths unless you have an A at GCSE.

    AS would be easy do-able with a C at GCSE but A2 (for most people) is a damn sight harder and the reason why many colleges will not let you study maths with a C... at my college you must get a an A (if the course isn't full they accept a B) because A2 is difficult
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Well it's all numbers now but anyone with a 4 or a 5 in maths who wants to continue to study maths should be steered towards one of the new Core Maths qualifications in my opinion. In the past, I'd have expected someone who attained a C at GCSE to get between 0% and 20% at AS level and then drop out. Now that we have a two year reformed linear A Level, I think providers would be doing a student operating at this level a great disservice to allow them on to the course.
    I found a Cambridge Assessments document from 2010. Assuming I'm reading it right, the sobering statistics:

    Of people with GCSE grade B who took the AS level, roughly 3/4 failed to even take the A-level.
    With a GCSE C,that rises to 6/7. [Last figure is really rough as it's based on 1 - 0.7%/0.1% and the percentages were only given to 1 dp]. Edit: I mean 1 - 0.1%/0.7% of course.

    The actual dropout rate (including those who don't take the AS) is probably a lot higher.
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    (Original post by DFranklin)
    I found a Cambridge Assessments document from 2010. Assuming I'm reading it right, the sobering statistics:

    Of people with GCSE grade B who took the AS level, roughly 3/4 failed to even take the A-level.
    With a GCSE C,that rises to 6/7. [Last figure is really rough as it's based on 1 - 0.7%/0.1% and the percentages were only given to 1 dp].

    The actual dropout rate (including those who don't take the AS) is probably a lot higher.
    That is much higher than I expected, since most people in my A level class got a B at GCSE.
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    If you really want to do maths alevel then DO IT! That C grade in gcse is telling you that u need to improve , so work even harder. Keep on solving problems and learn from your mistakes. If i can do maths alevel then so can you!

    Dont let statistics scare you aswell .
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    (Original post by DFranklin)
    I found a Cambridge Assessments document from 2010. Assuming I'm reading it right, the sobering statistics:

    Of people with GCSE grade B who took the AS level, roughly 3/4 failed to even take the A-level.
    With a GCSE C,that rises to 6/7. [Last figure is really rough as it's based on 1 - 0.7%/0.1% and the percentages were only given to 1 dp]. Edit: I mean 1 - 0.1%/0.7% of course.

    The actual dropout rate (including those who don't take the AS) is probably a lot higher.
    Yes you're right that most grade C candidates would not have even made it to the AS examination point. Dropping out a month or two into the course would be typical.
 
 
 
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