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    Tomorrow I get my GCSE results. In terms of what I want to do for A level, I've already decided upon Maths and Physics. However, I have constantly been on the fence about Further maths. In the future I feel like I want to do something computer science/engineering related so it seems like Further maths along with physics would be a good fit for that.

    However, there are two reasons why I am skeptical about further. Firstly, a lot of people have told me that I'm limiting my options by only doing Maths and physics stuff, and that I am likely to change my mind when I get to university. A second reason is because everyone is telling me how difficult my subjects are. Apparently picking Maths, further and physics all together is too much and further in particular is apparently very difficult.

    Also, I have some doubt in my ability to get an A* in Maths tomorrow. I started year 11 on a low B grade for Maths, and I was a weak student in Maths most of my secondary school life. However towards mid year 11, my brother really motivated me and encouraged me. By the time I got to mock exams, I was getting A*'s which I was really proud about. It made me kind of realize that maths wasn't so bad and I could do well in it. However now I'm worried that I'll only get a A tomorrow, and I'm also doubting my ability to do further.

    Could anyone who studies Further give me some advice on this?
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    (Original post by Mish2000)
    Tomorrow I get my GCSE results. In terms of what I want to do for A level, I've already decided upon Maths and Physics. However, I have constantly been on the fence about Further maths. In the future I feel like I want to do something computer science/engineering related so it seems like Further maths along with physics would be a good fit for that.

    However, there are two reasons why I am skeptical about further. Firstly, a lot of people have told me that I'm limiting my options by only doing Maths and physics stuff, and that I am likely to change my mind when I get to university. A second reason is because everyone is telling me how difficult my subjects are. Apparently picking Maths, further and physics all together is too much and further in particular is apparently very difficult.

    Also, I have some doubt in my ability to get an A* in Maths tomorrow. I started year 11 on a low B grade for Maths, and I was a weak student in Maths most of my secondary school life. However towards mid year 11, my brother really motivated me and encouraged me. By the time I got to mock exams, I was getting A*'s which I was really proud about. It made me kind of realize that maths wasn't so bad and I could do well in it. However now I'm worried that I'll only get a A tomorrow, and I'm also doubting my ability to do further.

    Could anyone who studies Further give me some advice on this?
    Don't worry about what people say about physics, maths and FM limiting your options. They're typically from people studying Micky mouse A levels. Maths is probably the most desirable A Level of them all.

    Regarding FM, I would be cautious in taking it if you don't get an A*. I know there's people who have done well in it with an A at GCSE, but the odds are against you on it. Does your school have a trial period where you can try out a subject for a few weeks than change if you want? If so, trying taking FM and see if the pace of the lessons are okay.
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    Its OK, I was on a mid B with my mock GCSE results, I got my A* at GCSE maths and I just got an A in further maths last week on results day.

    As long as you're willing to put the time in and work, its fine. The content isn't that difficult, its just about approaching it sensibly and keeping up a good pace.
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