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Harry Langley
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Hi all,
I really want to do Astrophysics at uni and I've heard FM is very useful for physics courses,
I would definitely do A level maths but I'm not sure if an A* in IGCSE maths (predicted grade) would be good enough to do FM at A-Level.
Does anyone have any experience of this situation?
And is it really necessary to do FM for Astrophysics at UCL/Bath/Edinburugh.
Thanks a lot
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Yes, definitely. I got an A* at GCSE, but I didn't do GCSE FM; many schools are aware that GCSE FM isn't always offered. They usually ask for an A* in GCSE maths and you might have to do an entrance test, but that's it. It's not necessary, but it is preferred by many top universities.
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It's not offered at most school so no.
Apparently GCSE FM is just a combination of the A/A* GCSE questions and a little bit of content from AS so it's not much. If you want, you could probably self-teach the content lol
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That's great thanks a lot.
Does anyone know if Astrophysics at top unis is more or less maths intensive than a normal physics course?
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Yes just get an A or A* at GCSE Maths
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Thanks for all the help guys keep it coming
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(Original post by drowzee)
Yes, definitely. I got an A* at GCSE, but I didn't do GCSE FM; many schools are aware that GCSE FM isn't always offered. They usually ask for an A* in GCSE maths and you might have to do an entrance test, but that's it. It's not necessary, but it is preferred by many top universities.
Top universities prefer GCSE FM?
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Top universities prefer GCSE FM?
I should have been more clear. :lol: I meant A Level FM, since he was wondering if he needed it.
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(Original post by drowzee)
I should have been more clear. :lol: I meant A Level FM, since he was wondering if he needed it.
Ah okay yeah

Yep definitely worth taking AL FM for most things maths/physics/engineering related at uni
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Ok, would AS FM level be sufficient?
Because I think in my A level year(2 years from now) I have the 2 year courses for all ALs with no AS,
So unis would have no proof of my FM "AS"/ half a level
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(Original post by Harry Langley)
Ok, would AS FM level be sufficient?
Because I think in my A level year(2 years from now) I have the 2 year courses for all ALs with no AS,
So unis would have no proof of my FM "AS"/ half a level
They will have proof that you're taking the 2 year course thanks to your school. And you will report it on your UCAS application
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Harry Langley
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Ok so 1 year would be sufficient?
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(Original post by Harry Langley)
Ok so 1 year would be sufficient?
What do you mean?
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DOn't know about astrophysics, but some students at my son's school who decided at the end of hte lower sixth that they could do with a bit more maths, for engineering courses, did an AS in FM, in the upper sixth.

As others have said, no need for GCSE FM or advance maths - my kids' school didn't offer it, my son did maths, FM, and then an extra AS in additional FM (ie he had some modules left over). Not a problem. FM is very useful for most numerate courses including physical sciences and engineering, as well as Maths.
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Would doing FM for 1 year then dropping it and carrying on with let's say Physics Maths Spanish if I didn't enjoy it be good enough for a decent AAA/A*AA uni?
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