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Taking Further Maths as a 5th A level?

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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    I'm thinking natural sciences, medicine or just physics. I got 10 A*s at GCSE but i've heard that its like 10x harder at A level so i'm a 7-8/10 for top grade
    For medicine there will not be any benefit in taking further maths. You already have 4 subjects and many unis don't recognise FM as separate to just maths.

    I actually did all 5 to A2 but I only stuck with FM because it was a tiny and very enjoyable class. If you're doing it just for fun then no one can fault you but bear in mind for medicine you'll be needing: lots of work experience and voluntary work, you'll need to do the UKCAT, you might need to do the BMAT, and you'll (hopefully) have up to 4 interviews to prepare for and attend. You also need to ensure you meet any offers you get, which can be up to A*A*A (and will be at least AAA). The free time you describe now would be very useful!

    For physics it probably is worth taking further maths - its a recommended subject at a number of unis.

    (Original post by carolinehj)
    Firstly, medicine is one of the most competitive courses to possibly apply for, doing 4 a levels would definitely give you the edge over others.
    That is not the case.

    For some evidence, we can look at one of the most competitive unis in terms of applicant to offer ratios: Oxford. You can see from the data on their page below that the average offer holder actually has less A-levels than the average applicant, and that more than half of offer holders are only doing 3 A-levels.

    https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics
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    For medicine there will not be any benefit in taking further maths. You already have 4 subjects and many unis don't recognise FM as separate to just maths.

    I actually did all 5 to A2 but I only stuck with FM because it was a tiny and very enjoyable class. If you're doing it just for fun then no one can fault you but bear in mind for medicine you'll be needing: lots of work experience and voluntary work, you'll need to do the UKCAT, you might need to do the BMAT, and you'll (hopefully) have up to 4 interviews to prepare for and attend. You also need to ensure you meet any offers you get, which can be up to A*A*A (and will be at least AAA). The free time you describe now would be very useful!

    For physics it probably is worth taking further maths - its a recommended subject at a number of unis.



    That is not the case.

    For some evidence, we can look at one of the most competitive unis in terms of applicant to offer ratios: Oxford. You can see from the data on their page below that the average offer holder actually has less A-levels than the average applicant, and that more than half of offer holders are only doing 3 A-levels.

    https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics
    What did you get at the end of A2.
    Do you have any tips/advice for me when taking these subjects?
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    What did you get at the end of A2.
    Do you have any tips/advice for me when taking these subjects?
    I got 5As. I would have got 3A* 2A if A*s had existed in my time :shakecane:

    Nothing in particular. The normal advice about using past papers etc. They have a reasonable amount of overlap which is useful.
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    I got 5As. I would have got 3A* 2A if A*s had existed in my time :shakecane:

    Nothing in particular. The normal advice about using past papers etc. They have a reasonable amount of overlap which is useful.
    Do you think you would have got 4 A*s if you hadn't of taken further maths
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    Probably no point, 5 subjects is overkill, most unis only give offers for 3 a levels so even 4 would probably be overkill. You need work experience etc for medicine not someone who studies all day and has no work experience
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    Do you think you would have got 4 A*s if you hadn't of taken further maths
    Probably not - I only just scraped an A in biology.

    It might have improved my grade a bit though, who knows. This is about you and your specific circumstances, not mine.
 
 
 
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