Hello, so I am currently an AS student studying Math,further maths,physics,chemistry and economics. In further maths, I am studying mechanics 1 and 2 along with fp1. I am currently studying further maths externally as my school does not have enough teachers qualified to teach the subject. I was wondering whether or not there is a point in taking the subject as I would like to apply to aeronautical engineering and a top 10 university. I thoroughly enjoy the subject and I am working towards an A grade in it. Is there a point in taking further maths if I can handle the workload of 5 AS subjects.
Thanks in advance.
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- 30-11-2014 22:16
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- 30-11-2014 22:17
If you really believe you can handle it, then the sky's the limit to how many a levels you take
- 30-11-2014 22:27
Universities (including Oxbridge) do not offer any advantages for candidates studying more than 3 subjects at A2 level. If you enjoy them, do them, but keep in mind that if you do not meet minimum requirements for a course (A*A*A or something) then they will not say, "Oh well this person did 5 A levels so even though they got AAAAB they obviously are very academic!"
Do you feel like you can honestly do 5 A levels to the same standard that you would do 3 or 4?
- 30-11-2014 22:36
i kind of agree with both other repliers
SOME snootier members of snootier institutions will look favourably upon 5 As at AS, of course they would!
AS is a BIG step up from GCSE. I know people who took 5 confident in their ability, and no, they did not get 5 As at AS.
it is tough to learn a subject independently, especially when you have 4 others
there is NO requirement to have 5 AS from anywhere no matter how good it looks.
If you really want to push yourself you may just want to not drop one going into A2, once you have got to grips with A levels and know you can cope with the pressure.
i do know people who have done 5 and were miserable and it did compromise the quality of their grades - at the and of the day, it will be harder to reach an A*AA requirement with an initial ABBBB for example than AAAA.
that said, i dont know you, i dont know how excellent your brain is, and yes, getting top grades with 5 AS IS possible. but just make sure you think it truly is worth it for the extra strain. it will impress some, but only if you can pull it off. and trust me, i dont blaim you if you cant, i wouldnt be able to
- 30-11-2014 22:59
I'm studying five A levels too: maths, further maths (FP1, M1, D2), geography, history and economics (I'm studying economics privately as there's not enough teaching staff, also).
Anyway, I want to do economics at a top uni: Cambridge, LSE, Warwick etc.
- I have a weekend job: 12 hours over 2 days.
- I'm also learning German second language.
- I am doing volunteering and guitar lessons for my Duke of Edinburgh.
- I'm doing National Citizenship Service.
- I'm mentoring maths at my school as well.
- I also got to the gym 4/7 times a week, and a run 5/7 times too.
- It also takes me 2 hours to get to and from school.
Anyway, I could go on, but my answer is yes, it's totally manageable. Just create a strict and adhereable timetable and you'll be fine
- 30-11-2014 23:02
Well for aeronautical engineering further maths isn't required but it is very useful and it is valued by lots of universities. If you were to drop any subjects it really ought to be economics as it really isn't relevant to what you want to do.