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    Ok guys im just about to start a levels in maths, further maths, economics and physics (i know im going to die) im not to happy about physics but im good at it and its more mathematical at a level so hopefully i WILL get that A...

    Anyways.. the main reason i started this thread was im so confused about the NEW a level scheme, the one were a levels have only 4 units and there is this new extended paper thing... so how does it all work?

    and also what is the process of a levels, like when do you sit exams, whens the best time to write your PS, when to start applying, etc...

    and also ive heard there's a new A* grade so whats the UMS for that gonna be??? and is it gonna start this sept???

    and does anyone have any advice on how to effectively and efficiently study these subjects, practice them and pass them will really good grades???

    if anyone can give me any info on any of my questions it will be greatly appreciated,

    (ps sorry if these questions have been answered before i thought it would be better to have them all answered here instead of searching through thousands of threads)

    1) Most qualifications are now only comprised of 4 units, however, Physics and other Science subjects remain at 6 units. Therefore Maths, Further Maths and Economics will be 4 and Physics will be 6. There isn't an extended paper; questions designed to stretch the most able of candidates will be incorporated into the A2 units.

    2) In the past, you could sit exams in both January and May/June of Years 12 and 13; however, I've heard that they may remove the January option for the new A level syllabuses. This is something you'll have to check with your exams officer at school.

    As for your PS, you'll find that you won't properly have enough time to start thinking about writing it until after you've finished your AS exams in May/June. Strictly speaking you're allowed to send off your application at any time between September 1st 2009 and January 2010, but your school may have internal deadlines for applying. To be safe, it's a good idea to aim to start thinking about your personal statement in June/July, and aim to have it completed for when you go back to school in September 2009. When to apply completely depends on whether your school has its own deadlines or not, and if you're applying to Oxbridge or for Dentistry/Medicine/Veterinary Medicine you'll need to apply by October 15th.

    3) In theory the A* will come into effect from this September, as in it will apply to those starting AS levels at that time. However, you can only achieve an A* if you gain over 90% UMS over AS and A2 at the end of the course.

    4) I'm no mathematician :p: but as a piece of general advice I'd say make sure you keep all of your notes organised, so you can refer back to any past topics if needed. Also, if you don't understand something you're covering in class at the time, ask. This is very important at A level, as you tend to build on core concepts more than at GCSE, and if you don't understand those, you will find difficulties at later stages of the course.

    Good luck!
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    wow thanks for such a detailed answer..... and yeah i think i need it

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