Yeah, with 10 A-Level Maths modules, there are something like 3 or 4 ways I could have split my two A-Levels, completely changing the focus, grades and titles - I could have even put the spare modules into an AS-Level if i needed to.
Modular A-Levels are incredibly easy to pass - if I combined the base modules in all 4 topics, I could have got the same A-Level as if i combined 4 modules of the same type (much harder - P1+M1+T1+D1 is incredibly easy compared to a M1->M4 combination)
And for those of you who didn't take University of London A-Level Exams - that probably made no sense.
It is not a surprise to have an entrance exam. People from outside Europe (especially from Asia) should be used to these. However, I do think it would be good for the College to judge the applicants on a common ground and there is also a question of being in the league of the superior. They should have it structured very soon.
just to update sam, now all maths A-levels are modular and consist of 6 modules. But yes some of those harder more difficult topics did seem to disappear completely when the sylabus was split down into the new modules.
i have to admit to going to a private school, but it's not just private schools who want the high grades, you just needed to chose the right board, and generally, my school chose the more 'difficult' boards.
my dad tutors maths and sciences evenings and weekends and there is a huge difference between different board papers