Applying For A Maths Course Watch
I am currently in Year 12 at school and am studying the AS Levels; Maths. Further Maths, Economics and Chemistry. I have the interest of doing Maths at university after my A Levels. I would like to know whether Unis would take preference of candidates who study Further Maths at A2. Also i am unsure as to if I take Further Maths at A2 level would this firstly lower an offer if given and would taking Maths and Economics as my other two subjects be acceptable or would I have to take all 4 subjects through to a2 to get into uni?
Top universities for maths like Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Imperial etc. want Further Maths to A2 if at all possible. Not only does it show your interest in maths, but it means you learn more maths and won't spend too much time catching up when you get to uni. Check the typical offers for the universities' websites and on UCAS course search if you're really unsure.
Most unis don't mind which other subjects you do, but both Chemistry and Economics are very useful and they will like whichever one you do.
About whether to drop a subject - if you only do three subjects, they can only ask you to get certain grades in those three subjects but you cannot afford to miss out on a grade. However, if you take four subjects you may have a lifeline if you slip a grade in one subject, but on the other hand they may give you an offer involving all four subjects.
Ultimately, it's your decision, but make sure you keep all the options open so you can make the right decision.
Also, whereas Cambridge doesn't recommend more than 3 A2s for Arts/Humanities subjects, for maths/sciences they say:
Further Maths is thus a particular case which should be considered separately from others. In many ways it is effectively not a fourth, distinct A level, but grows out of work done for A level Maths. The combination of Maths and Further Maths is not, for those strong in the subject, as heavy a burden as combinations of Maths with any other A level.