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What is it with all these people doing A level maths in Year 10? watch


    If you're not doing it early, you obviously are not amazing at Maths.

    I wouldn't worry overly about it - I think the post quoting the uni saying that early A levels can cause knowledge atrophy etc is fair enough. I have two friends doing maths at Oxbridge (one at Cambridge, one at Oxford) and neither did A level Maths pre-year 12, and they both went to decent private schools.

    Not really an impressive feat if you took AS single level maths below year 12 since there's almost nothing in AS(generally speaking A2 is much more difficult than their AS counterpart) There is now a further maths IGCSE available anyway which covers a lot of AS maths. I doubt doing AS maths early will bring you any major advantages unless you are doing questions on the level of AEA/STEP. Also Cambridge hopefuls might want to take AEA/STEP I in year 12 for the experience(as well as preparation for STEP II/III) and you may impress Cambridge if you do well.

    PS I have an offer from Cambridge for maths and I never took any of my official qualifications early other than AEA. My school have produced many Oxbridge mathematicians and none of them did anything early Afaik.

    Given all the negativity about taking exams early, I'll going to speak up and say I took Maths A-level in year 10 and FM / S-levels (STEP equivalent) in year 11. I do think it's important to have a plan about what you're going to do "afterwards", but I certainly didn't find myself "going rusty" in the year before I went to university.

    On the other hand, I do think there's no point taking exams early unless you're going to do well in them, and you certainly don't need to take anything early to get in to any university and do very well.
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