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    I achieved an A in SQA Higher maths last year, but chose not to study advanced higher maths. I would like to study computing science at University and am currently choosing between St Andrews and Edinburgh but am undecided (I have received an unconditional from both). Edinburgh say that they "strongly recommend" that I study Advanced Higher maths but St Andrews makes no mention of it. Obviously I've been accepted now, so that's not the worry. I'm just worried that I would struggle to keep up with the maths part of the course if I missed out on Advanced Higher. I've also not touched Higher maths in a year which could be a slight concern, but I imagine I could refresh my memory without TOO much trouble.

    I'm also studying Advanced Higher Physics, which of course involves some maths too, just not to the same level of difficulty.

    I've heard that a large portion of first year maths in university is just repetition of AH. Is this true?

    I'm really regretting my decision to not study AH maths this year. Am I getting worried over nothing or have I made a mistake? Anybody got opinions to share?
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    I achieved an A in SQA Higher maths last year, but chose not to study advanced higher maths. I would like to study computing science at University and am currently choosing between St Andrews and Edinburgh but am undecided (I have received an unconditional from both). Edinburgh say that they "strongly recommend" that I study Advanced Higher maths but St Andrews makes no mention of it. Obviously I've been accepted now, so that's not the worry. I'm just worried that I would struggle to keep up with the maths part of the course if I missed out on Advanced Higher. I've also not touched Higher maths in a year which could be a slight concern, but I imagine I could refresh my memory without TOO much trouble.

    I'm also studying Advanced Higher Physics, which of course involves some maths too, just not to the same level of difficulty.

    I've heard that a large portion of first year maths in university is just repetition of AH. Is this true?

    I'm really regretting my decision to not study AH maths this year. Am I getting worried over nothing or have I made a mistake? Anybody got opinions to share?
    Hey, I applied to the exact same course and university's as you. I myself have taken adv maths this year. Yes, next year you will take compulsory algebra and calculus modules regardless of which uni you choose. They assume that you know everything up to higher maths level so you'll just be learning what I've already learned this year. So nothing to be worried about, you'll just need to do a bit more work. I've firmed Edinburgh


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    Thanks for the input! I talked to my brother about it a little bit (he studies maths) and he said the same thing. I'm studying AH Computing Science so the programming part of the course will probably be easier (at least the earlier stages). That might balance out the extra maths difficulty a little. I'll just have to make sure I refresh my memory of higher maths over the summer, as it's a little hazy. I'm sure that won't be too hard though.

    And congrats on the placement!
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    Hi,

    Many of our Scottish students do not have Advanced Higher Mathematics, so I would not worry too much about this. You can take first-year modules in Mathematics which will help.
 
 
 

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