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Hi, I am a private candidate self teaching a-level mathematics, physics, and further mathematics. I have not learned/refreshed any mathematics over the past 2 years, and today I decided to re-cap gcse mathematics and physics content so I can prepare to self teach mathematics.

I don't know where to begin and I am kind of panicked. I have the resources to teach myself gcse and a level mathematics but I don't know where to start with preparing for university. I know I want to apply for mathematics at university but I don't know what sort of opportunities are accessible for private candidates or what I need to do. I am planning on applying in 2022 after sitting my a level mathematics exam in the summer of 2022.

Any help is appreciated.
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Are you a mature student? I suppose you would just go through the UCAS website perhaps? Or directly to the university itself.

My husband self taught himself 3D art, and applied directly to Buckinghamshire New University via their website as a mature student. He didn't have any qualifications to show for himself, but he sent them his portfolio and received an unconditional offer.

Sorry that's not a massive amount of help, but I'd probably start with looking at the uni you're interested in and seeing if you can apply directly. If not, then tackle UCAS.
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(Original post by PinkMobilePhone)
Are you a mature student? I suppose you would just go through the UCAS website perhaps? Or directly to the university itself.

My husband self taught himself 3D art, and applied directly to Buckinghamshire New University via their website as a mature student. He didn't have any qualifications to show for himself, but he sent them his portfolio and received an unconditional offer.

Sorry that's not a massive amount of help, but I'd probably start with looking at the uni you're interested in and seeing if you can apply directly. If not, then tackle UCAS.
I don't really know what a mature student is but I am 18 and planning to start university at the age of 20. Thank you for the help nonetheless, I'll check UCAS.
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20 isn't strictly old enough to class as a mature student (which is, rightly or wrongly, around 21)

You would just use UCAS for most academic subjects. I was 24 ish and used UCAS.
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Have a look at Oak Academy - they are have amazing free lessons from UK teachers and the lessons are broken down by key stage and curriculum that way you can see what you need to have covered and they go up to year 13. Look at the specific topics covered specifically for your examining board - you might not know who they are yet so work backwards: how will you take exam/ which examining board do they use/ look at what they expect you to know.. there is loads on the internet to then help you . If you can afford it get a tutor and drill practice papers -you need someone to mark them - if you can’t afford a tutor - go on linked in and find someone who is your area of specialism and ask them- trust me you can find someone .. stay organised and remember to teach yourself to the examining board’s criteria - work smart .. good luck
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Have a look at Oak Academy - they are have amazing free lessons from UK teachers and the lessons are broken down by key stage and curriculum that way you can see what you need to have covered and they go up to year 13. Look at the specific topics covered specifically for your examining board - you might not know who they are yet so work backwards: how will you take exam/ which examining board do they use/ look at what they expect you to know.. there is loads on the internet to then help you . If you can afford it get a tutor and drill practice papers -you need someone to mark them - if you can’t afford a tutor - go on linked in and find someone who is your area of specialism and ask them- trust me you can find someone .. stay organised and remember to teach yourself to the examining board’s criteria - work smart .. good luck
Thank you for all of the amazing advice!!! Will do!!
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You’re very welcome and good luck !
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