M124 Essential Mathematics is equivalent to A level?

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Hi, I'm considering doing this course/module in Open University next year, however, I'm not sure if this module will be equivalent to A level Maths for universities such as Exeter, Bath, Loughborough, and others?
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Hi, I'm considering doing this course/module in Open University next year, however, I'm not sure if this module will be equivalent to A level Maths for universities such as Exeter, Bath, Loughborough, and others?
You would need to check with those universities whether they would accept it or not.
It is not an equivalent qualification but some universities will accept instead of the a-level requirements however there are a lot that will not.
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Upto the individual unis to say yes or no, but the content list https://mcs-notes2.open.ac.uk/files/MST124syllabus.pdf suggests it covers a pretty decent chunk of the standard pure maths content of A-level, you'll be missing out a couple of topics (nothing mentioned about differential equations, partial fractions, parametric equations, implicit differentiation just off the top of my head) but equally you'll cover some topics that are traditionally the domain of further maths (matrices, complex numbers, Taylor series etc).

I imagine doing MST125 as well would cover the rest (and also a good chunk of the further maths content, along with a bit of mechanics by the looks of it) - the topic list for that is here: https://mcs-notes2.open.ac.uk/files/MST125syllabus.pdf

I guess some of it depends on what it is you actually want to do at uni i.e. are you looking to do a maths degree or just something that needs you to have A-level Maths to get in.

Worth remembering that some unis also offer their own foundation year too for people to 'convert' into subjects they don't have the standard set of A-levels for.

Also there's the option of doing A-levels remotely e.g. https://www.nec.ac.uk/courses/maths-a-level/ - this is a fair bit cheaper than going down the OU route.
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(Original post by WhyNotThree)
Upto the individual unis to say yes or no, but the content list https://mcs-notes2.open.ac.uk/files/MST124syllabus.pdf suggests it covers a pretty decent chunk of the standard pure maths content of A-level, you'll be missing out a couple of topics (nothing mentioned about differential equations, partial fractions, parametric equations, implicit differentiation just off the top of my head) but equally you'll cover some topics that are traditionally the domain of further maths (matrices, complex numbers, Taylor series etc).

I imagine doing MST125 as well would cover the rest (and also a good chunk of the further maths content, along with a bit of mechanics by the looks of it) - the topic list for that is here: https://mcs-notes2.open.ac.uk/files/MST125syllabus.pdf

I guess some of it depends on what it is you actually want to do at uni i.e. are you looking to do a maths degree or just something that needs you to have A-level Maths to get in.

Worth remembering that some unis also offer their own foundation year too for people to 'convert' into subjects they don't have the standard set of A-levels for.

Also there's the option of doing A-levels remotely e.g. https://www.nec.ac.uk/courses/maths-a-level/ - this is a fair bit cheaper than going down the OU route.
Thanks for the detailed answer. I actually have BTEC (reformed with exams) in Computer Science D*D*D* and 7 in maths. However, I assume computer science at university might be maths heavy and quite a lot of universities require A level Maths B or A grade. I have absolutely zero knowledge about the OU system. I thought it might be equivalent to A level Maths since it has a lot of content, MST135 will be way too hard for me, however, I might consider taking it as well. Foundation year is much more expensive than this course, in fact, I want to pick this course because I want to be prepared for the computer science degree at reputable university such as Nottingham, Leeds, Bath (Exeter if they accept it)
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You would need to check with those universities whether they would accept it or not.
It is not an equivalent qualification but some universities will accept instead of the a-level requirements however there are a lot that will not.
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You need to contact the universities and see whether they will accept it but it is not an equivalent.
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