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Hi!

I have been considering taking A Level Maths as a private candidate, purely because I didn't meet the entry requirements to study it at a sixth form.

I have 3 other A levels I will be taking (Physics, Psychology and Geography) as a normal sixth form candidate, however they wouldn't let me take Maths (which I need for my career aspiration as an engineer).

Should I take A Level Maths privately at the same time as my other A levels, or should I wait until these A Levels are finished and then start it?

Also, how would I get started in Maths, independent learning or going somewhere for teaching?

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(Original post by Haider_A)
Hi!

I have been considering taking A Level Maths as a private candidate, purely because I didn't meet the entry requirements to study it at a sixth form.

I have 3 other A levels I will be taking (Physics, Psychology and Geography) as a normal sixth form candidate, however they wouldn't let me take Maths (which I need for my career aspiration as an engineer).

Should I take A Level Maths privately at the same time as my other A levels, or should I wait until these A Levels are finished and then start it?

Also, how would I get started in Maths, independent learning or going somewhere for teaching?

Thanks
Engineeering is an extremely maths heavy degree, if you didn't get the required GCSE grade to study it at A-level, there's no way you'll cope with it at degree level. People who got A and A* grades at GCSE struggle with A-levels maths, it's time to start thinking about another career.
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Engineeering is an extremely maths heavy degree, if you didn't get the required GCSE grade to study it at A-level, there's no way you'll cope with it at degree level. People who got A and A* grades at GCSE struggle with A-levels maths, It's time to start thinking about another career.

I was thinking that, however I did have a good pass in Maths but it was short of their entry requirements.

Do you have any tip/advice for taking maths privately?
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I'd say go for it,

edexcel have a private centre locator, take a look:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...s.html/student
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Do lots of past papers. Also which exam board? Old spec or new spec? Have u sorted out an exam centre?

Also i think the best way is to work through the approved textbooks for your exam board and then do past papers etc
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I was thinking that, however I did have a good pass in Maths but it was short of their entry requirements.

Do you have any tip/advice for taking maths privately?
I wouldn't let a not-so-good grade in maths put you off. As well as sitting A-level maths privately, have you also looked into apprenticeships?
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Do lots of past papers. Also which exam board? Old spec or new spec? Have u sorted out an exam centre?

Also i think the best way is to work through the approved textbooks for your exam board and then do past papers etc
I have't considered any of that, but do I have a choice of which specification to take?

And do I teach myself at home and take the exam at a centre or can I be taught by someone at a centre and also take my exam there?
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I wouldn't let a not-so-good grade in maths put you off. As well as sitting A-level maths privately, have you also looked into apprenticeships?
Yes!! I've considered taking the Rolls-Royce Engineering Apprenticeship after completing my A Levels or the Monarch Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship after A Levels.
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I have't considered any of that, but do I have a choice of which specification to take?

And do I teach myself at home and take the exam at a centre or can I be taught by someone at a centre and also take my exam there?
Some centres may let u do the old spec, however u would have to do all the exams in one year, and u may be able to do some retakes the year after. Not too sure about this tho.

As to your second point, i dont have a clue. I would assume that u have to teach yourself at home but im not sure
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