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Could I do edexcel As maths exam on january 2018 and A2 exam at June ?
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Could I do edexcel As maths exam on january 2018 and A2 exam at June ?
nah fam, all exams are in june. Not even GCSE exams can be taken in January anymore.
Also, the AS doesn't contribute to the new Linear A Level, so I would question why you would do it?
You can't take the old AS anymore in 2018
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nah fam, all exams are in june. Not even GCSE exams can be taken in January anymore.
Also, the AS doesn't contribute to the new Linear A Level, so I would question why you would do it?
You can't take the old AS anymore in 2018
Because I havent got any A-level maths and I will need it to get in uni next year, if I dont AS can I do A2 instead ?
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nah fam, all exams are in june. Not even GCSE exams can be taken in January anymore.
Also, the AS doesn't contribute to the new Linear A Level, so I would question why you would do it?
You can't take the old AS anymore in 2018
y cant you take the old as next june?
can u do both as and a2 in june 18?
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y cant you take the old as next june?
can u do both as and a2 in june 18?
I'm not sure whether I can handle both 6 exams in two months...But if I dont do A-level will be difficulty to get in uni.
Besides, if i only do As math do you think that might help me to get in uni ?
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Could I do edexcel As maths exam on january 2018 and A2 exam at June ?
If you are an international candidate you can do edexcel international A level exams in January or summer 2018. You could do AS in January and A2 in the summer if you want to.
If you are not an international candidate you can do both AS and A2 in summer 2018 using the current modular specification (6 exams for the full A level) or you can do the full A level in the new linear specification (3 exams)
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I'm not sure whether I can handle both 6 exams in two months...But if I dont do A-level will be difficulty to get in uni.
Besides, if i only do As math do you think that might help me to get in uni ?
There are so many unknowns in this question. You're gonna need to give some details for us to help you. What course, which unis etc.
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If you are an international candidate you can do edexcel international A level exams in January or summer 2018. You could do AS in January and A2 in the summer if you want to.
If you are not an international candidate you can do both AS and A2 in summer 2018 using the current modular specification (6 exams for the full A level) or you can do the full A level in the new linear specification (3 exams)
I'm not international candidate ,so in this case, means the new linear specification exam is covering the whole A-level maths for 3 exams in june ?
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There are so many unknowns in this question. You're gonna need to give some details for us to help you. What course, which unis etc.
Im currenlty studying Btec Dip.Sub Electrical & Electronice Eng. Level 3 year 2, my aim is to study Mechanical Eng.
I wish to get in Uni in London like , UCL, Queen Mary etc. But they all required or prefered an A-level maths or physical with 3 D*.
So I'm wondering if I should take the full A-level maths or just AS maths becasue I only have one year to complete before the Uni start.
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Im currenlty studying Btec Dip.Sub Electrical & Electronice Eng. Level 3 year 2, my aim is to study Mechanical Eng.
I wish to get in Uni in London like , UCL, Queen Mary etc. But they all required or prefered an A-level maths or physical with 3 D*.
So I'm wondering if I should take the full A-level maths or just AS maths becasue I only have one year to complete before the Uni start.
If they require A Level maths (the ones you mentioned do and most others will also) then you'll need to do the full A Level. So as has already been mentioned, your choice is to do the old modular spec (6 modules = 6 exams) or do the new linear spec (3 exams). If you want guidance about which spec to do please let us know.
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If they require A Level maths (the ones you mentioned do and most others will also) then you'll need to do the full A Level. So as has already been mentioned, your choice is to do the old modular spec (6 modules = 6 exams) or do the new linear spec (3 exams). If you want guidance about which spec to do please let us know.
Yes please, which spec should I do is better for me ? Thank you so much for your help..
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Yes please, which spec should I do is better for me ? Thank you so much for your help..
The difficulty hasn't changed so there isn't a spec that is the obvious choice. A few things to consider:

- There are more exams for the old spec (6 vs 3). But for the old spec, each exam concentrates on smaller parts of the spec. For the new spec pure exams the whole of the pure content is examined in both exams.

- For the new spec you have to do mechanics and statistics. For the old spec you can choose only stats (S1 & S2) or only mechanics (M1 & M2).

- Schools/teachers are used to the old spec a lot more than the new spec. So you may be disadvantaged if you self-teach as opposed to being in a school where the teacher will be able to "teach for the exam". This won't occur as much for the new spec.

- There are loads of past papers for the old spec exams. There aren't any for the new spec but there will be specimen/practice papers. But everyone taking the new spec exams in 2018 will be in the same boat.

gdunne42 I'm thinking that the ability level of the average student taking the new spec in 2018 will be high (they will mostly be FM students) but I'm assuming that the average student won't be disadvantaged by this i.e. because of high grade boundaries?
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The difficulty hasn't changed so there isn't a spec that is the obvious choice. A few things to consider:

- There are more exams for the old spec (6 vs 3). But for the old spec, each exam concentrates on smaller parts of the spec. For the new spec pure exams the whole of the pure content is examined in both exams.

- For the new spec you have to do mechanics and statistics. For the old spec you can choose only stats (S1 & S2) or only mechanics (M1 & M2).

- Schools/teachers are used to the old spec a lot more than the new spec. So you may be disadvantaged if you self-teach as opposed to being in a school where the teacher will be able to "teach for the exam". This won't occur as much for the new spec.

- There are loads past papers for the old spec exams. There aren't any for the new spec but there will be specimen/practice papers. But everyone taking the new spec exams in 2018 will be in the same boat.

gdunne42 I'm thinking that the ability level of the average student taking the new spec in 2018 will be high (they will mostly be FM students) but I'm assuming that the average student won't be disadvantaged by this i.e. because of high grade boundaries?
Thank you so much for your information, really appreciate. In this case I might take 6 exams instead of 3... it will be more spec on small part like c1 c2 s1...
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gdunne42 I'm thinking that the ability level of the average student taking the new spec in 2018 will be high (they will mostly be FM students) but I'm assuming that the average student won't be disadvantaged by this i.e. because of high grade boundaries?
You are right, I suspect the cohort will be relatively small and most people taking the summer 2018 new specification full A level exams will be those more able students also taking further maths the following year. There will be some candidates of varying ability taking an accelerated full A level in a single year but I'd expect most people in this position would stick with the safer option of old specification. Examiners have had to consider this situation in the past when introducing new maths specfications so they have models they can use for setting appropriate boundaries. However, I think it remains risky for self study private candidates to go for new spec in 2018.
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You are right, I suspect the cohort will be relatively small and most people taking the summer 2018 new specification full A level exams will be those more able students also taking further maths the following year. There will be some candidates of varying ability taking an accelerated full A level in a single year but I'd expect most people in this position would stick with the safer option of old specification. Examiners have had to consider this situation in the past when introducing new maths specfications so they have models they can use for setting appropriate boundaries. However, I think it remains risky for self study private candidates to go for new spec in 2018.
Thanks I assumed they must do something about the boundaries otherwise it would be unfair for the 2018 students taking A Level maths. The good thing about the 2018 exams is that there will be a set of past papers/grade boundaries for the 2019 students. Although I don't know how well the 2018 boundaries could be used to predict the 2019 boundaries...
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