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1. Is the following combination acceptable?

Maths: C1,C2,C3,C4,FP1,FP2
Further Maths: S1,S2,S3,M1,M2,D1
2. (Original post by dell1234)
Is the following combination acceptable?

Maths: C1,C2,C3,C4,FP1,FP2
Further Maths: S1,S2,S3,M1,M2,D1
No. The first combination would be OK for a qualification called Pure Maths, but not many people take that.

If you swap FP1 and FP2 with M1 and M2, you could do the same units and that would be OK for both qualifications.
3. (Original post by dell1234)
Is the following combination acceptable?

Maths: C1,C2,C3,C4,FP1,FP2
Further Maths: S1,S2,S3,M1,M2,D1
No. There are numerous allowable combinations from that set of units and the examiners would combine them in the way that gives the best possible qualification results. The combination rules are clearly explained in the examiners specification.

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4. (Original post by Pangol)
No. The first combination would be OK for a qualification called Pure Maths, but not many people take that.

If you swap FP1 and FP2 with M1 and M2, you could do the same units and that would be OK for both qualifications.
okay thanks
instead of m1 and m2, can I swap s1 and s2 or s1 and s3?
basically, the statistics modules must be all together or it doesnot matter?
5. Swap your FP1 & FP2 with 2 of M1/S1/D1
6. (Original post by dell1234)
okay thanks
instead of m1 and m2, can I swap s1 and s2 or s1 and s3?
basically, the statistics modules must be all together or it doesnot matter?
All of the modules of a particular subject are supposed to be in the same qualification, yes, but I don't think this is enforced too rigorously.

In any case, it is usually the exam boards who shuffle the units so that you get the best possible outcome.
7. (Original post by dell1234)
okay thanks
instead of m1 and m2, can I swap s1 and s2 or s1 and s3?
basically, the statistics modules must be all together or it doesnot matter?
The examiner will decide what goes where. From your chosen units, Maths has to have C1-4 plus any 2 from D1/M1/S1 or either pair of S1S2 or M1M2.

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8. It is possible on results day to have your modules re-juggled to maximise your grade in both exams. For one or two candidates each summer we have to do this. The exam-boards algorithm looks to maximise your UMS mark from the optional modules in A-level first then the rest go towards the FMaths grade.

As an example you score
C1 = 80
C2 = 80
C3 = 90
C4 = 90
M1 = 80
D1 = 100

FP1 = 80
FP2 = 80
FP3 = 80
S1 = 80
S2 = 80
M2 = 60

This gives you A*B overall with largest UMS possible at A-Level, however swapping D1 and M2 gives you A*A for the same overall UMS total. As a centre we ring up (via exams officer) and request these variations to their published results.
9. (Original post by Pangol)
All of the modules of a particular subject are supposed to be in the same qualification.
No.
10. From JCQ and Ed Excel's websites they say...

GCE Mathematics Must have: C1, C2, C3, C4 then one of the following combinations (M1 and S1) or (M1 and D1) or (S1 and D1) or (S1 and S2) or (M1 and M2) or (D1 and D2)
GCE Further Mathematics FP1 and either FP2 or FP3 then any three or four modules from the applied course S, M D

So you couldn't have a M2 S1 combination for your A-Level if S1 scored higher than your M1 score and M2 was better than M1 and S1

For example you sat C1 to 4 S1, D1 and sat FP1 to 3 and M1 to 4 (so you have a spare module in the bag)

Lets say C1 to 4 S1, D1 gives the best combination for the A-Level grade)
They would count FP1, and the better of the FP2 and 3 modules as the compulsary units, they would include M1 and then the best three from the uncounted FP2or3, and M2 to M4
11. (Original post by Phil_C)
It is possible on results day to have your modules re-juggled to maximise your grade in both exams. For one or two candidates each summer we have to do this. The exam-boards algorithm looks to maximise your UMS mark from the optional modules in A-level first then the rest go towards the FMaths grade.

As an example you score
C1 = 80
C2 = 80
C3 = 90
C4 = 90
M1 = 80
D1 = 100

FP1 = 80
FP2 = 80
FP3 = 80
S1 = 80
S2 = 80
M2 = 60

This gives you A*B overall with largest UMS possible at A-Level, however swapping D1 and M2 gives you A*A for the same overall UMS total. As a centre we ring up (via exams officer) and request these variations to their published results.
If you re-cash in any of AS Maths, A level Maths or AS FM that were cashed in the previous year, the exam board will automatically give you the best two grades from any allowable combination without having to ring up on results day. They only maximise the UMS for Maths once the best possible pair of grades have been determined.
12. (Original post by tiny hobbit)
If you re-cash in any of AS Maths, A level Maths or AS FM that were cashed in the previous year, the exam board will automatically give you the best two grades from any allowable combination without having to ring up on results day. They only maximise the UMS for Maths once the best possible pair of grades have been determined.
That hasn't been the experience for every candidate at my centre. So as a department we do check for these inconsistencies each year.
13. (Original post by Phil_C)
That hasn't been the experience for every candidate at my centre. So as a department we do check for these inconsistencies each year.
We check but haven't had any problems.

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