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    Hello all you Mathe-magicians out there!

    I have just completed a degree BA Hons and am thinking of applying to do a PGCE in Primary Education. I've always enjoyed maths and have a Scottish Higher (A) but from many years ago (1997) I would like to brush up my maths and even consider applying for PGCE in Prim Teaching with Maths Specialism/or potential to be a subject leader, etc.

    But anyway, do you think it'd be possible to self-study/do my A Level Maths? What exam board do folks recommend and how long would it take?

    I've found a local college where I could apply as an external candidate.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
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    It is! (Hopefully). The textbooks are good I’d suggest AQA but only because that’s the one I’m doing and I’m kinda teaching myself one of the modules. But Yeahh you can. One thing you’d need though are websites because sometimes it’s just hard to see exactly what’s going on. I’d recommend mymaths.co.uk as a first choice and maybe underground maths as a second. Good luck !
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    If you are going to self teach for a level maths these websites can help you.
    https://www.examsolutions.net/-videos covering all topics and selected past paper questions are discussed.
    http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com-for notes,practice papers and past papers
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    Hi!

    It would be possible (but would also take a lot of work!) I feel as if you'll run across more issues that many previous self-teachers won't have had to deal with. This being down to the new A-Level specification which only came in very recently, and therefore there being limited resources and past papers etc.

    Textbooks will be a extremely valuable, but somewhat pricey resource. Also I'd advise AQA but purely as that is the exam board I do.

    As for timings it depends how much time you're planning on spending on it. You could easily take all the exams in the same year if you put your mind to it!

    I wish you the best of luck :cute:
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    (Original post by davidm1980)
    Hello all you Mathe-magicians out there!

    I have just completed a degree BA Hons and am thinking of applying to do a PGCE in Primary Education. I've always enjoyed maths and have a Scottish Higher (A) but from many years ago (1997) I would like to brush up my maths and even consider applying for PGCE in Prim Teaching with Maths Specialism/or potential to be a subject leader, etc.

    But anyway, do you think it'd be possible to self-study/do my A Level Maths? What exam board do folks recommend and how long would it take?

    I've found a local college where I could apply as an external candidate.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
    Best,
    David
    The content of AQA, Edexcel and OCR A level maths specifications are now identical. The new specifications are linear meaning all exams are taken at the end of the course (no modular unit exams unless you complete it in the summer 2018 exams). You could do an AS as an intermediate step but the result won't count towards the grade for the full A level if you do it later.
    You'll find an explanation of the revised specifications here
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4840278

    Choose whichever examiner your local college offers, they are unlikely to enter you for an examiner they don't use for their own candidates. In the past I would have recommended EDEXCEL because they are the most widely taken examiner for maths and so there was much more discussion of their exams and availability of resources but as new specifications have just been introduced I don't know if that advantage still exists.

    How long it will take depends on your available time and aptitude. Your previous grade suggests you will be able to do it. If you are in full time work or full time education i would suggest start now and aim for summer 2019 exams. The best free web site to support self study is www.examsolutions.net
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