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Will my Further Maths AS screw me over?

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    Before I say anything else, I'm not applying to super high places like Oxbridge/Warwick, I know those places are extremely strict. The unis I'm applying to are AAB-AAA levels of grades.

    Long story short, my Mechanics teacher at school was pretty bad, he would spend weeks on momentum (basically the easiest topic) but would brush aside really difficult topics beacuse he said they were "easy" (despite out class disagreeing). I did my A2 during the UK election and he just ranted politics a lot, and didn't exactly give us a good learning environment, and one more where we just chatted a lot.

    A mix of that and me not naturally being adept at Mechanics caused my grades to be pretty low (D/E in M1/M2 respectively). During my A2 year I also did AS FM, but didn't revise enough in general but did super well on S1, with A/C/C in S1/D1/FP1. After resitting some maths grades (not mechanics) during my first gap year I got A/A/A/A/A/C for my AS+A2 maths modules (the C being D1) with very high UMS in C3/C4/S1.

    But this means my AS FM grade was given my Mechanics modules. Meaning I got a D in FM. I have an A in my A2, and a comfortable one at that. But I worry that my unis will just see my D in FM and question my ability at all. I presume I have to include all my grades onto my application. My unis don't require FM grades, only tend to require a grade in maths or an A grade specifically (which I have).

    TL;DR Mechanics caused my AS FM to be a D, despite getting a good A in my A2 maths. Will this screw me over for a maths degree at places like Bham, Cardiff and Aston?

    You should be fine with unis that don't need the As grade but will struggle if you don't meet the requirements for unis that need it. Who is your referee and are they aware of the situation? Maybe ask them to mention it?
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