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Best board to sit exams??__A level Maths and A-Level English

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pabm9 Mon 30-Mar-20 22:07:44

I want to self-study A level Maths and A-Level English Language ONLINE (private candidate)
I need to study these subjects to be able to find a job in the financial sector.
I was wondering what is the best board to sit both exams?

I've heard OCR is reputed to be harder for Maths than AQA or Edexcel and that for GCSE AQA is by far the easiest for sciences and maths, and Edexcel for A level.
Is this true?
And what about A-Level English Language? Which is the best board?

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Ellmau Tue 31-Mar-20 17:08:19

Do you actually need A level English?

LIZS Tue 31-Mar-20 17:10:40

English language is an unusual subject to pick. What is the actual wording of the entry requirement?

catndogslife Tue 31-Mar-20 18:20:55

Sorry I don't really understand your post. Do you mean GCSE or A level.
At GCSE English language is a core subject and there is lots of help out there for adults who don't have this qualification. As a private candidate you would need to take iGCSE.
At A level English language is a very different subject to the GCSE and is taken by fewer people, it's English Literature that's the most common subject.
I don't recognise your definition of easy and hard exam boards either. For the new 9-1 GCSEs there isn't that much difference to be honest.

pabm9 Tue 31-Mar-20 19:25:54

Hi, Thanks for your reply, and pinpointing I need an IGCSE for English Language.

I need to get a GCSE for Maths and A-Level for English Language (not interested in English Literature at the moment)

When I say hard/easy I mean how clear/helpful the materials/books provided for each exam board are.

I also meant the level of difficulty of the papers of each exam board.

Asking this because I didn't study any Science GCSE in the past, so my maths skills/knowledge are basically rusty now.

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titchy Tue 31-Mar-20 20:09:06

I think you need to post exactly what the requirements are. I'd be very very surprised if you needed A level English. As others have said it's far more likely you'd need both at GCSE or iGCSE for English).

Why don't you have a look on Amazon for revision guides. Or look at the specification on the exam board websites. All exam boards are equal - if one has slightly harder questions, then the pass mark will be lower. So there's no such thing as an easier board.

Piggywaspushed Wed 01-Apr-20 07:42:41

I don't believe there is anyone in the world who 'needs' A Level English language for anything, let alone a job in finance. This is very confusing.

A Level English is an increasingly rare offer in schools, so there aren't that many people with it .

If you want to do it, of course that's another matter. There is no real difference between the boards. Textbooks are often useful, but a bit muddled as they were all rushed out a few years ago and lacked good editing. Reading the specification, looking at past exam papers, and seeing what resources you can access on the exam board website are useful things.

Piggywaspushed Wed 01-Apr-20 07:44:01

Private candidates do not need to take an IGCSE. No idea where that assertion comes from.

clary Wed 01-Apr-20 10:47:33

Yh what Piggy says. Agree, private candidates can do regular GCSEs, student of mine was doing AQA GCSE this year privately.

Op are you sure you need A level English language? GCSE of that and maths much more likely, as these are indeed requirements for many jobs. Never heard of anyone having to produce A level Eng lang.

Boards all pretty much alike, certainly none that are a lot easier.

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