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    How does A-Level differ from GCSE?
    Couldn't say. I sat GCSE maths after not having maths GCSE lessons and being out of education for awhile.
    How are you ssessed?
    Modular Examinations.
    What skills have you developed?
    Logic and problem solving.
    What does doing maths lead to, either in careers or further education?

    (Original post by Fox Corner)
    Hello mathematicians,

    If you're doing/have done maths or further maths at A-Level or above, me and The Learn Ranger want to know why you picked it, and what you love about it.

    You don't have to write loads, but we thought up a few questions to get you going :cookie:

    What does maths involve?

    How does A-Level differ from GCSE?

    How are you assessed?

    What skills have you developed?

    What does doing maths lead to, either in careers or further education?

    Do you have any advice for people thinking of picking maths?

    Feel free to answer as many or as little questions as you like. We're thinking about writing a little guide to particular subjects - if we use any of your answers you will be credited

    So answers are below (this was when I started A Levels 7 years ago )

    What does maths involve?

    For A level, you have to do a number of core modules and depending on what path you go down you end up doing different applied modules. Within the core modules, I would argue that at A Level anyway the core stuff isn't really "pure" as such (although there is some coordinate geometry which you could end up going down the route of algebraic geometry at university if you go down that route ), but more providing the tools that you can apply to other fields. For example, I found that the use of integral calculus allowed me to apply it to more interesting problems within mechanics and statistics for example.

    Within core, you learn a number of key concepts which include calculus, numerical approximation of complex problems (I'm thinking binomial here), and basic function analysis (stuff around logarithms ring a bell here). Then for mechanics and stats, you just have more applied problems based around real life scenarios. Personally I preferred applied modules in normal A Level maths.

    For Further maths, you do start looking at more "abstract" concepts, but I use the term loosely because doing a maths degree taught me very quickly what pure maths really is You do start touching linear algebra which does have practical applications, but it's as "abstract" as you get I feel. For me, I fell in love with differential equations when doing further maths :love: I now pretty much do them on a day to day basis

    How does A-Level differ from GCSE?

    Honestly, it's just more dense content within a shorter period of time. You also have a bit more freedom (depending on your school) of what path you want to go down regarding topics You also get to understand why concepts work as opposed to "this is how you do it". That was the thing I felt was different to GCSE.

    How are you assessed?

    Edexcel modular exams

    What skills have you developed?

    Really being able to appreciate a subject for what it is :love: (all of the differential equations :love: ) But I've felt that my analytical skills really improved and you start to question how things work

    And Greek :ahee:

    What does doing maths lead to, either in careers or further education?

    So I went onto doing a degree in Maths at KCL, where I gained a first class honours. I am now currently doing a PhD at Leeds in Meteorology I also work alongside the Met Office as one of their research students

    Do you have any advice for people thinking of picking maths?

    Be open minded, enjoy the concepts and use TSR as a resource when you're stuck on problems
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