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What modules to pick for Maths at A-Level, for Engineering?

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    Hello, I've just finished my GCSEs, and got decent grades, so I'm doing Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science, where I will drop C.S

    My future career is on the lines of Engineering, and I want to know which modules do I pick which will match and be useful for further university, and match my career of Engineering. I don't know anything about M1, S1, and those things, can someone really help me out here real quick. ASAP )) :|

    You will 100% need to know mechanics. Mechanics 1 I would say is essential to know, if you don't take the exam, and likewise with M2, it is important to know and understand the content even if you don't talk the exams. S1-2 and D1-2 are easier and you will more likely get a higher mark in them than mechanics. However as everyone tends to find mechanics harder the grade boundaries tend to be lower and with stats and decision the opposite is true, they are easier and so the grade boundaries tend to be higher.

    So if like you, you are taking physics and want to be an engineer you are more likely to do well in mechanics, getting a higher UMS mark might be easier, as you will likely get a similar mark in stats mechanics and Decison, but this equates to higher UMS in mechanics.

    I would advise taking M1 and S1, and then learning the content for M2 (and maybe even M3) as this tends to be taken by more further mathematicians, raising boundaries.

    In the end it doesn't matter which modules you take as long as you are happy and understand the mechanics content before you go to uni - although most assume zero knowledge of this beforehand and teach it to you. But yes I would say M1 and S1, and try and learn M2

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    M1 is mechanics which would be the type of maths you'd be studying during the degree.
    S1 is statistics which is important I think in all maths based degrees so take that as well. They're both AS modules so you'll most likely do one in year 12 and one is year 13 or both together is you chose to do further maths.
    I'd suggest taking mechanics further to M2 as well.
    There is also Decision maths (D1,D2 etc) which you may like to take but I think that's more needed for like Computer Science type degrees, although I have heard it is easier than mechanics and statistics.
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