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Hey! I'm planning on taking Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology at A Level.

At the moment I am slightly concerned about how my performance in Maths A Level will go based on my current Maths GCSE results.

In my Maths mock exam which I held in March, I got
- 42% in Paper 1
- 78% in Paper 2
- 78% in Paper 3
This was an Edexcel GCSE Spring 2020 mock paper.

I have just had my final Maths GCSE in the form of Internal Assessments today. For some reason they gave an IGCSE paper and having looked at the grade boundaries I am averaging a high 7/low 8 at the moment. This is on par with what my maths teacher said during my parents evening where he said that I am guaranteed a 7 however he hopes I get a 8.

I would like to do Medicine in the future and so I would like to get at least an A in Maths at A Level. I know a 7-8 might sound like a high grade at GCSE Level however like what I said earlier I need to get at least an A for Maths at A Level. I'm probably overreacting but I really don't know.

Is there anybody in a similar situation to me or has been? And for those who got a 7-8 in Maths GCSE and continued for A Level how did you find it?
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Hey! I'm planning on taking Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology at A Level.

At the moment I am slightly concerned about how my performance in Maths A Level will go based on my current Maths GCSE results.

In my Maths mock exam which I held in March, I got
- 42% in Paper 1
- 78% in Paper 2
- 78% in Paper 3
This was an Edexcel GCSE Spring 2020 mock paper.

I have just had my final Maths GCSE in the form of Internal Assessments today. For some reason they gave an IGCSE paper and having looked at the grade boundaries I am averaging a high 7/low 8 at the moment. This is on par with what my maths teacher said during my parents evening where he said that I am guaranteed a 7 however he hopes I get a 8.

I would like to do Medicine in the future and so I would like to get at least an A in Maths at A Level. I know a 7-8 might sound like a high grade at GCSE Level however like what I said earlier I need to get at least an A for Maths at A Level. I'm probably overreacting but I really don't know.

Is there anybody in a similar situation to me or has been? And for those who got a 7-8 in Maths GCSE and continued for A Level how did you find it?
Maths is quite an easy a level it’s just about practise
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Maths is quite an easy a level it’s just about practise
kinda feel like thats biased lmfao
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kinda feel like thats biased lmfao
A grade 7 is an A ... I'm concerned you are thinking of taking 4 A levels - this is not recommended.
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A grade 7 is an A ... I'm concerned you are thinking of taking 4 A levels - this is not recommended.
Yes I'm considering dropping Psychology and probably will.
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Yes I'm considering dropping Psychology and probably will.
Do some prep work for Maths over the summer - this is a great website:

Great coverage of GCSE: https://www.drfrostmaths.com/sow.php...eets&term=GCSE

A level: https://www.drfrostmaths.com/sow.php...2017&term=Main
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kinda feel like thats biased lmfao
You're definitely using the word "biased" wrong.
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kinda feel like thats biased lmfao
its not easy, I easily got an 8 at GCSE with no maths revision or practise but had to work my butt off to get to A* level at A-level. You don't have to take A-level maths to do med btw, take bio chem psychology if you want since thats also a very popular combo now.
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Hey! I'm planning on taking Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology at A Level.

At the moment I am slightly concerned about how my performance in Maths A Level will go based on my current Maths GCSE results.

In my Maths mock exam which I held in March, I got
- 42% in Paper 1
- 78% in Paper 2
- 78% in Paper 3
This was an Edexcel GCSE Spring 2020 mock paper.

I have just had my final Maths GCSE in the form of Internal Assessments today. For some reason they gave an IGCSE paper and having looked at the grade boundaries I am averaging a high 7/low 8 at the moment. This is on par with what my maths teacher said during my parents evening where he said that I am guaranteed a 7 however he hopes I get a 8.

I would like to do Medicine in the future and so I would like to get at least an A in Maths at A Level. I know a 7-8 might sound like a high grade at GCSE Level however like what I said earlier I need to get at least an A for Maths at A Level. I'm probably overreacting but I really don't know.

Is there anybody in a similar situation to me or has been? And for those who got a 7-8 in Maths GCSE and continued for A Level how did you find it?
Hi there,

I am currently a student at Portsmouth University.

I studied maths at A-level. It is a big jump from GCSE and often good GCSE grades will not guarantee good A-level grades. A-level maths is achievable, you just have to commit more revision time and work. To achieve an A it will be hard, but certainly doable if you put the work in. I would recommend being on top of things from day 1 and doing as many questions and past papers as possible to succeed.

I hope this helps.
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Hello!

I got an 8 at GCSE maths from doing the bare minimum, my teacher told me if i ever wanted to do maths a level, id need to put in alot more effort that i had already been doing. Safe to say she was right, Maths a level is no joke. The questions are alot different than GCSE and the jump is large. First year was hell for me but second year got slightly better, Maybe its because i did it during the corona outbreak so my revision and motivation was at an all time low, either way heres my advice:

If you want to do maths a level, make sure you love maths. theres nothing worse than trying to revise for a subject that you hate especially when that subject is difficult.
Study, things look like common sense but believe me, its alot different when youre taking the exam
Really think about if you want to do it, you can have other choices to get into medicine

Any questions, ill be happy to help

Good luck, youll need it
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