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1. I think I've understood the unit combinations, but I just want to check, as what I've researched conflicts with things some of my maths teachers have said.

My modules are C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, D1, FP1, FP2, M3, M1, M2, S2. According to the unit combinations on the specification from the MEI website, this is a valid combination:

Maths: C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, D1
Further maths: FP1, FP2, M3, M1, M2, S2

However, some of my maths teachers have asserted that S1 and S2 need to be in the same qualification, although it doesn't say that in the specification as far as I can tell.

To get an A* in further maths, according to the MEI website (as far as I can tell), you need to get an A overall, plus 90% UMS average over your best 3 A2 modules. So, as a hypothetical example, if I were to get 100/100 UMS in FP1, M3, M1, M2, S2, but 0 UMS in FP2, I would still get an A* in further maths, because it totals 500 UMS overall (which is an A) and my best 3 A2 modules - M3, M2, S2 - average over 90 UMS.

My further maths teacher asserted that one of the best 3 modules for the A* in further maths must include either FP2 or FP3. Again, I can't find any evidence for this, unless it has changed recently...

Am I correct?
2. (Original post by Bunderwump)
I think I've understood the unit combinations, but I just want to check, as what I've researched conflicts with things some of my maths teachers have said.

My modules are C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, D1, FP1, FP2, M3, M1, M2, S2. According to the unit combinations on the specification from the MEI website, this is a valid combination:

Maths: C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, D1
Further maths: FP1, FP2, M3, M1, M2, S2

However, some of my maths teachers have asserted that S1 and S2 need to be in the same qualification, although it doesn't say that in the specification as far as I can tell.

To get an A* in further maths, according to the MEI website (as far as I can tell), you need to get an A overall, plus 90% UMS average over your best 3 A2 modules. So, as a hypothetical example, if I were to get 100/100 UMS in FP1, M3, M1, M2, S2, but 0 UMS in FP2, I would still get an A* in further maths, because it totals 500 UMS overall (which is an A) and my best 3 A2 modules - M3, M2, S2 - average over 90 UMS.

My further maths teacher asserted that one of the best 3 modules for the A* in further maths must include either FP2 or FP3. Again, I can't find any evidence for this, unless it has changed recently...

Am I correct?
You are correct and your maths teachers are wrong on both counts.

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3. (Original post by Bunderwump)
I think I've understood the unit combinations, but I just want to check, as what I've researched conflicts with things some of my maths teachers have said.

My modules are C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, D1, FP1, FP2, M3, M1, M2, S2. According to the unit combinations on the specification from the MEI website, this is a valid combination:

Maths: C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, D1
Further maths: FP1, FP2, M3, M1, M2, S2

However, some of my maths teachers have asserted that S1 and S2 need to be in the same qualification, although it doesn't say that in the specification as far as I can tell.

To get an A* in further maths, according to the MEI website (as far as I can tell), you need to get an A overall, plus 90% UMS average over your best 3 A2 modules. So, as a hypothetical example, if I were to get 100/100 UMS in FP1, M3, M1, M2, S2, but 0 UMS in FP2, I would still get an A* in further maths, because it totals 500 UMS overall (which is an A) and my best 3 A2 modules - M3, M2, S2 - average over 90 UMS.

My further maths teacher asserted that one of the best 3 modules for the A* in further maths must include either FP2 or FP3. Again, I can't find any evidence for this, unless it has changed recently...

Am I correct?
For the fp2 and fp3 point, i believe your teacher means that they are the modules which have similar questions in past papers so are easiest to revise for - maximising your chance of getting an a*

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4. (Original post by gdunne42)
You are correct and your maths teachers are wrong on both counts.

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Thanks. Not sure where they're getting their info from... I'll ask/complain to the head of maths.
For the fp2 and fp3 point, i believe your teacher means that they are the modules which have similar questions in past papers so are easiest to revise for - maximising your chance of getting an a*

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Not sure about that - S2 and M2 have very repeatable papers, and FP2 and FP3 have a tendency to throw up unexpected questions (this year's FP3 had a 7 mark question that had never been asked before which I couldn't figure out in the exam).

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