The jump between GCSE maths to AS maths is small, there's no "holy **** this is a real step up" the second you start the course, as with some other A-level subjects. In my opinion the maths A-level courses are structured really well to gradually break you into the harder maths. Just aim to ace the AS, as A2 is a step up and is a lot more challenging, so good scores in the AS modules will mean you have a much easier time when things get trickier.
You'll be fine, my school didn't even let me sit the subject despite getting an A in GCSE as I failed an entrance test by a mark, so their logic was that I was incapable of getting even an E. I was taught independently, and went on to get an A at AS, and having just sat my A2s am on target to get an A overall.
Last edited by Nickini; 03-07-2012 at 15:34.
I have no idea what your ability is or why you might not have met your A grade target. There may be good reasons and you may be entirely capable of turning it around, some people do. Take some advice from the teachers who know you best rather than strangers who are commenting from their anecdotal experience. Be prepared to work very hard to catch up your algebra and trigonometry skills if you decide to take A level maths.
(Original post by chelseafan)
Thanks, my other subjects are all essay subjects which is why i want to pick maths but im starting to doubt my ability.
I don't aim to put you off maths and I get negative responses every time I share the following comments but you need some balance to the 'of course you can' posts that always appear. I have a lot of experience with other students. Even with the best intention and best teaching it can be hard to put in the effort required when you have a big workload from other subjects as well. Very few with a B grade at GCSE go on to achieve an A/A* grade (around 1 in 20). Many drop maths after AS, a good a / b grade at AS could well enhance your job/uni application. From those that continue, most (75%) achieve a C-E grade.
Last edited by gdunne42; 03-07-2012 at 17:59.