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I am currently in the 10th Grade (CBSE) but I'm going to transfer to the international curriculum to do A-Levels.

I looked at a few IGCSE Schools in Chennai and all of them are still following the old AS/A Level Format. Additionally, many of them have fixed streams not unlike CBSE 11/12 Grade and don't allow students to pick whichever A-Levels they prefer. The only school that allowed students to pick and choose A-Levels told me that I couldn't take both Maths and Further Maths and as someone looking to major in Economics at Uni, almost all Unis I have my eye on (Cambridge,LSE,Warwick) stress preference towards students with a Further Math A-Level. I have also tried to look into the whole AQA/EDEXEL thing and I've gotten more and more confused seeing none of the schools have anything about this on their website.
So I guess my questions are..
1> Is there a major difference between the way Indian and UK schools do the A-Levels?
2> Is it possible for me to take both Math and FM?
3> Is the whole picking A-Levels not a thing in India?
4> What's the whole AQA/EDEXEL thing and does it really matter?
5> Is an EPQ and an IPQ the same thing?
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(Original post by hadeelmm2406)
Hi,
I am currently in the 10th Grade (CBSE) but I'm going to transfer to the international curriculum to do A-Levels.

I looked at a few IGCSE Schools in Chennai and all of them are still following the old AS/A Level Format. Additionally, many of them have fixed streams not unlike CBSE 11/12 Grade and don't allow students to pick whichever A-Levels they prefer. The only school that allowed students to pick and choose A-Levels told me that I couldn't take both Maths and Further Maths and as someone looking to major in Economics at Uni, almost all Unis I have my eye on (Cambridge,LSE,Warwick) stress preference towards students with a Further Math A-Level. I have also tried to look into the whole AQA/EDEXEL thing and I've gotten more and more confused seeing none of the schools have anything about this on their website.
So I guess my questions are..
1> Is there a major difference between the way Indian and UK schools do the A-Levels?
2> Is it possible for me to take both Math and FM?
3> Is the whole picking A-Levels not a thing in India?
4> What's the whole AQA/EDEXEL thing and does it really matter?
5> Is an EPQ and an IPQ the same thing?
So, I'm not going to be incredibly useful but I'm a tamil living in the UK and have family in chennai.
As far as I know, most International schools in chennai do IB and not A levels so they do different things.
Also I have heard of ppl apply with 12th results to university in the UK but I'm not 100% certain. Email the university admissions.
IB will not have AQA and Edexcel I think. They're slightly different but nonetheless, you will be able to successfully apply with IB.

1) definitely there is some difference in terms of learning perhaps not the content but a far as I know, the UK learning is more application based whilst in India its more textbook knowledge. But ofc I'm going off second hand knowledge.
2) you should be able to but you will actually come to learn that in India maths is much difficult than the UK. Your CBSE maths will probably both FM and maths here.
3) Not sure. I've heard that they split you into science and arts ?
5) yes as said previously EPQ is the A level version and IPQ is the IB version.

all of this is just interpreted knowledge. I don't know any specifics and I hope it helps somehow.
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Aqa and Edexcel are just exam boards - it doesn’t matter which exam board you chose but the content may vary slightly. You still get the same a level at the end though.
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So, I'm not going to be incredibly useful but I'm a tamil living in the UK and have family in chennai.
As far as I know, most International schools in chennai do IB and not A levels so they do different things.
Also I have heard of ppl apply with 12th results to university in the UK but I'm not 100% certain. Email the university admissions.
IB will not have AQA and Edexcel I think. They're slightly different but nonetheless, you will be able to successfully apply with IB.

1) definitely there is some difference in terms of learning perhaps not the content but a far as I know, the UK learning is more application based whilst in India its more textbook knowledge. But ofc I'm going off second hand knowledge.
2) you should be able to but you will actually come to learn that in India maths is much difficult than the UK. Your CBSE maths will probably both FM and maths here.
3) Not sure. I've heard that they split you into science and arts ?
5) yes as said previously EPQ is the A level version and IPQ is the IB version.

all of this is just interpreted knowledge. I don't know any specifics and I hope it helps somehow.
Yeah, I know that a lot of international schools in Chennai do IB and not the A-Levels but the schools I have searched up do offer A-Levels.
I know that CBSE is a lot more memorization based, I am looking to switch over from CBSE to IGCSE mainly for that reason but additionally CBSE has an attendance criteria which is very hard to meet because I aim to play cricket professionally and there is a lot of travelling involved.
Thanks for your help anyway
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Aqa and Edexcel are just exam boards - it doesn’t matter which exam board you chose but the content may vary slightly. You still get the same a level at the end though.
Is there a preference to either exam board by unis?
Thanks for your help
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Is there a preference to either exam board by unis?
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No preference on exam board
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Yeah, I know that a lot of international schools in Chennai do IB and not the A-Levels but the schools I have searched up do offer A-Levels.
I know that CBSE is a lot more memorization based, I am looking to switch over from CBSE to IGCSE mainly for that reason but additionally CBSE has an attendance criteria which is very hard to meet because I aim to play cricket professionally and there is a lot of travelling involved.
Thanks for your help anyway
My cousins go to IB, I would say its more standardised for Indian education. But good luck
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Unis don’t care about the exam board mainly the subject - so either is fine
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My cousins go to IB, I would say its more standardised for Indian education. But good luck
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