Legacy or New Syllabus Maths and Edexcel?

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Hi guys!

I sat A level maths along with my other A levels 10 years. I am going to sit A level Maths and Physics in 2018 to better my knowledge and if I put the work in walk away with a nicer grade at the end of it.

I originally sat Edexcel's modular system. C1-4 and M1 S1. At the time, I did appallingly in C3-4 and S1.

As it stands I am inclined to take the last sitting of the old-style modular exams purely out of familiarity. This does require sitting 6 papers though which as an external candidate starts to get a little pricier. I am using Soloman and the plethora of old-style past paoers for practice and using the newest old spec text books, so it feels sensible to take the legacy exams. If any if you have any input though, I really would appreciate your feedback!

Even the classic debate, which is harder?
Is anyone very familiar with the spec and aware of significant differences?

For Physics, the new spec is compulsory. I plan to go with Edexcel too. I have the books and as I am self-teaching it is slightly simpler to go with a board without optional questions/specialist areas.

Again, though. If you believe OCR/AQA would be a better approach, I would love to hear from you.

Finally, I'd like to note how thankful I am for the current generation of students in leaving such brilliant resources to assist in my studies all over YouTube. You lot are just the best.

Kind regards,

Lindsay
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(Original post by BlindPenguin)
Hi guys!

I sat A level maths along with my other A levels 10 years. I am going to sit A level Maths and Physics in 2018 to better my knowledge and if I put the work in walk away with a nicer grade at the end of it.

I originally sat Edexcel's modular system. C1-4 and M1 S1. At the time, I did appallingly in C3-4 and S1.

As it stands I am inclined to take the last sitting of the old-style modular exams purely out of familiarity. This does require sitting 6 papers though which as an external candidate starts to get a little pricier. I am using Soloman and the plethora of old-style past paoers for practice and using the newest old spec text books, so it feels sensible to take the legacy exams. If any if you have any input though, I really would appreciate your feedback!

Even the classic debate, which is harder?
Is anyone very familiar with the spec and aware of significant differences?

For Physics, the new spec is compulsory. I plan to go with Edexcel too. I have the books and as I am self-teaching it is slightly simpler to go with a board without optional questions/specialist areas.

Again, though. If you believe OCR/AQA would be a better approach, I would love to hear from you.

Finally, I'd like to note how thankful I am for the current generation of students in leaving such brilliant resources to assist in my studies all over YouTube. You lot are just the best.

Kind regards,

Lindsay
Hi Lindsay,

I agree with you that taking the old spec is a better decision since there are a lot more resources and there are fewer unknowns. Also if you take A Level maths in 2018 the cohort will be small and will be mostly further maths students. This shouldn't be a disadvantage but it's another unknown that would lead me to suggest the old spec. Here's some more info.

The difficulty hasn't really changed for the new spec - there are a couple of new topics and there is a greater focus on modelling and problem solving in the new spec.

By the way I know you said 10 years ago but when exactly did you take your A Levels? If it was 2009 or after then you would be able to use your old exam grades and the new ones will count as retakes.
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Thank you for your detailed response (especially given that I missed that other thread, oops!). I will take heed of your advice and proceed with the legacy. Unfortunately, it was 2007. That said I recall at the time everyone retaking C1-2 anyway in the hope of pooling a few extra marks. Thanks again for a prompt and helpful response.
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