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    Hey.

    Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

    Background - I'm 22 and I'm looking to go into uni. After a lot of consideration, I think it's best for my career to take this path.

    Done a few searches on this forum, but just want to confirm a few things.

    So I've registered as a private candidate with my previous school. They suggested that I do AQA GCSE Maths as it would be cheaper for me (£35!!)

    I've registered for the higher tier paper. I'm quite bad a math, and I've decided that I will try learn it by myself (on BBC Bitesize) and maybe try find a tutor to help occasionally. Embarrassingly, I attempted to do an evening course for GCSE last year in September with my local college. They made me do a test to see which section to put me in, and I done so badly on it they said they can't accept me and I should try functional skills.

    Should I continue with the higher paper, even though I am bad at math? I heard the percentage ratio higher than foundation so I would more likely get above C grade? I have the option to switch back to Foundation at no additional cost by this month if so.

    Does anyone know how I would find an official AQA GCSE Maths book? I've seen a few on Amazon but I'm not sure which one.

    Thanks!
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    do you think you are capable of passing the higher tier paper? based on what your local college said i’d maybe opt for the foundation tier instead but it all depends on how much effort you’re willing to put in - will you have access to any tutoring from your previous school? do you know anyone who can tutor you or can you afford to hire one for a couple of sessions? it might be useful for you if you struggle with the subject.

    i find the cgp books good for revision - i used the edexcel 9-1 book for my gcse and gained a 7 (an a in old money) last year purely from that and practising past papers. i’m going to assume they’ll have an aqa version too? there should be two, a revision guide and a workbook.

    hope this helps!
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    this is the cgp revision guide for your course:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/178...YXL&ref=plSrch

    you can also find the work book and answer book in the ‘previously bought together’ and they’re not overly expensive
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    Use this site to learn GCSE maths: https://www.examsolutions.net/gcse-maths/.

    I think that due to the syllabus changes, past papers may be a bit more rare, but there are 3 examples of each here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/math...ment-resources.

    In respect of the papers, the reason the pass ratio is higher is because the students that are better at maths do it, not because the paper itself is easier.

    If you have the time, you can grind out a decent grade on a higher paper.

    I would even recommend going way back to basics if your math really is as bad as you say it is.. When I was getting ready for college(then uni?), I was trying to complete as much stuff on Khan Academy as possible. This even included stuff like telling the time on an analogue clock lol.
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    Don't touch Khan academy - it's American and has some different vocabulary,
    Look here: https://diagnosticquestions.com/Quizzes/GCSE and here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJ...UYO2tOEcXe1mHA and here:http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/students/gcse/
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    Hey i’m an external candidate with a maths tutor (GCSE) and through research it’s easier to get above a C grade in the Higher tier than in foundation. This is because the mark limit for foundation is only C, meaning you’d be aiming for the highest grade. (My exams cost £150!!)
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