# A levels mathsWatch

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Is it possible to do A levels maths Pure 1 and 3 without studying Pure 2?
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#2
(Original post by ge36dal)
Is it possible to do A levels maths Pure 1 and 3 without studying Pure 2?
Not for the edexcel IAL specification
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#3
Could you elaborate because I am not very into the whole system?
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6 days ago
#4
(Original post by ge36dal)
Is it possible to do A levels maths Pure 1 and 3 without studying Pure 2?
Which exam board is this, please? I'm looking at Edexcel at the moment: there are 3 papers in the A-level (Paper 1 and 2 which share the same pure maths content, and Paper 3 which is combined mechanics and statistics).
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#5
Well, I just look in the syllabus that Cambridge provided. It is said that Paper 1 and 3(Pure Mathematics 1 and 3) are compulsory.
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6 days ago
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(Original post by ge36dal)
Well, I just look in the syllabus that Cambridge provided. It is said that Paper 1 and 3(Pure Mathematics 1 and 3) are compulsory.
In which case, I have now called up the CIE Maths A-level.

Okay, when you take the Cambridge International A-level, you take Pure 1 and Pure 3, as well as your choice of mechanics and/or statistics papers.

The point is, though, that Pure 2 is a subset of Pure 3. Although you don't sit the Pure 2 paper if you take the full A-level, you do need to know the content of Pure 2 in full. I quote from page 9:

Unit P3 is also sequential to unit P1, and may not be used for certification unless P1 is being (or has already
been) used. The subject content of unit P2 is a subset of the subject content of unit P3; otherwise, the
subject content for different units does not overlap, although later units in each subject area assume
knowledge of the earlier units.
Last edited by 学生の父; 6 days ago
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#7
Thank you!
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6 days ago
#8
(Original post by ge36dal)
Could you elaborate because I am not very into the whole system?
For future reference there are 3 separate independent international A level specifications for maths (AQA Oxford, CIE Cambridge and Pearson Edexcel). There are 4 specifications in England (AQA, Edexcel, OCR A, OCR B). There are 2 others from CCEA and WJEC. They are all fairly similar in content but have different exam structures and different recommended text books, variation in question style etc. When asking a question it can be useful to state your examiner in order to get the right advice.
Last edited by gdunne42; 6 days ago
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#9
Not forgetting the Ofqual regulated spec from Eduqas, which is used in schools in England.
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