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    I'm taking gap year and would like to self study a-level maths and take the exams in 2018. I got an A in GCSE and would like an A/A* in a-level but i'm not sure if this would be too difficult as I haven't studied it in over 2 years.

    I'm also not sure if I would have to take the new specification or old specification which has the last exams in 2018, so as I'm doing it all in once year would it be possible to take all six modules of the old spec next summer?

    Also, could someone clarify how the modules work? Are C1, C2, C3 and C4 compulsory and then I can chose any from S1, S2, S3, M1, M2, M3, D1, D2? Also, are there some modules which are easier or work better together and which revision books/ websites are the best?

    Sorry for the long question but any help would be really appreciated!
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    (Original post by modnar)
    I'm taking gap year and would like to self study a-level maths and take the exams in 2018. I got an A in GCSE and would like an A/A* in a-level but i'm not sure if this would be too difficult as I haven't studied it in over 2 years.

    I'm also not sure if I would have to take the new specification or old specification which has the last exams in 2018, so as I'm doing it all in once year would it be possible to take all six modules of the old spec next summer?

    Also, could someone clarify how the modules work? Are C1, C2, C3 and C4 compulsory and then I can chose any from S1, S2, S3, M1, M2, M3, D1, D2? Also, are there some modules which are easier or work better together and which revision books/ websites are the best?

    Sorry for the long question but any help would be really appreciated!
    Hi modnar,

    If you got an A in GCSE then it sounds like you have the ability to do well in A Level. I recommend looking back over GCSE textbooks / exams and refresh your knowledge, especially algebra.

    If you plan to do the whole A Level in 2018 then you can take the old spec and I recommend this instead of the new spec. You will also have a resit opportunity in 2019 if you need it.

    Yes C1 - 4 are compulsary then you choose two applied modules. It's hard to say which ones you will prefer / do better in. It may be a good idea to start with both M1 and S1 and then you can decide later to focus on just mechanics/statistics (or maybe decision).

    Many students who have self-studied A Level maths (including myself) use the TSR maths forum to get free help whenever they are stuck. Also the Examsolutions videos (old spec at the bottom) are excellent and contain video guides for every topic.

    If you have any more questions, let us know
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    Hi modnar,

    If you got an A in GCSE then it sounds like you have the ability to do well in A Level. I recommend looking back over GCSE textbooks / exams and refresh your knowledge, especially algebra.

    If you plan to do the whole A Level in 2018 then you can take the old spec and I recommend this instead of the new spec. You will also have a resit opportunity in 2019 if you need it.

    Yes C1 - 4 are compulsary then you choose two applied modules. It's hard to say which ones you will prefer / do better in. It may be a good idea to start with both M1 and S1 and then you can decide later to focus on just mechanics/statistics (or maybe decision).

    Many students who have self-studied A Level maths (including myself) use the TSR maths forum to get free help whenever they are stuck. Also the Examsolutions videos (old spec at the bottom) are excellent and contain video guides for every topic.

    If you have any more questions, let us know
    Thank you!!!
 
 
 
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