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    Who else got an A^? When I tell people my results, their are all like "what's A^". NO ONE has heard of A hat or as some call it, the A* with distinction. I really wish I got an A* on it instead now (could've just missed out a few questions) because that would save me from a lot explaining and what's more- people would actually recognize the grade. I don't even know that much about an A^ myself... I mean, will universities know what that grade is? How many UCAS points is it worth? Is it just the A* equivalent for other subjects (so the A^ in further maths is equivalent to an A* in normal GCSE and A* in FM is equivalent to A in normal GCSE.. and so on)? I have tried searching about this grade online but it has led me to nowhere. Seriously, I have so many questions about this A^ grade. Who else?
    I just made you read me rant about A^... sorry about that
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    Sorry I don't have an answer to your question but I was wondering if I should take further maths ? everyone in top set has been offered We have to have lessons after school if we want to do it. It may be too much for me. Would you recommend it?
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    I got an A^ as well. I feel like you're stressing out a little bit too much about this. When I tell people what it is they usually understand but that's probably because a lot of people in my year have been informed. If people ask just say that further maths has an extra higher grade, nothing else needs to be said.
    Universities will probably understand it and you could just write it as A^(A* with distinction) on your CV. An A* is equivalent to a normal A* in other GCSEs but the A^ just shows that you got a much higher mark. Really further maths probably brings no benefits other than extra help for A levels as GCSEs are generally not that important for university applications but it is definitely still useful to have.

    Look at this link I found for more information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathe...360/why-choose
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    (Original post by mandymoocow)
    Who else got an A^? When I tell people my results, their are all like "what's A^". NO ONE has heard of A hat or as some call it, the A* with distinction. I really wish I got an A* on it instead now (could've just missed out a few questions) because that would save me from a lot explaining and what's more- people would actually recognize the grade. I don't even know that much about an A^ myself... I mean, will universities know what that grade is? How many UCAS points is it worth? Is it just the A* equivalent for other subjects (so the A^ in further maths is equivalent to an A* in normal GCSE and A* in FM is equivalent to A in normal GCSE.. and so on)? I have tried searching about this grade online but it has led me to nowhere. Seriously, I have so many questions about this A^ grade. Who else?
    I just made you read me rant about A^... sorry about that
    I got an A^ also (last year).
    I'd personally tell people that it is an A* with distinction, as that's easier to understand. It's just a grade to show that you really excelled in the qualification, and got a lot more marks than required for an A*, and AQA felt that needed to be rewarded.
    You don't get UCAS points for it, because it is a GCSE, a Level 2 qualification.
    It is not an equivalent like you're suggesting, it is just there to show that you're good at maths. It is only possible to get it in the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths. It is literally a grade above an A*.

    Also, many people take this qualifications, universities will recognise it.
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    (Original post by xxNoodlezxx)
    Sorry I don't have an answer to your question but I was wondering if I should take further maths ? everyone in top set has been offered We have to have lessons after school if we want to do it. It may be too much for me. Would you recommend it?
    I would recommend it.A lot of people can get an A with just GCSE knowledge (assuming that they can get a strong A* in normal maths) so it wouldn't be too much trouble. You get to learn calculus and matrices which you wouldn't otherwise learn about until A levels (matrices is only in further maths A Level).

    It would require quite a bit of work to understand those two topics but once you get the hang of it they're very easy so I would definitely recommend taking the chance to study further maths at GCSE level!
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    (Original post by xxNoodlezxx)
    Sorry I don't have an answer to your question but I was wondering if I should take further maths ? everyone in top set has been offered We have to have lessons after school if we want to do it. It may be too much for me. Would you recommend it?
    I'd say if you're good at maths it's definitely an easy GCSE to get (the grade boundaries are pretty low) . So go for it.
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    (Original post by AspiringUnderdog)
    I would recommend it.A lot of people can get an A with just GCSE knowledge (assuming that they can get a strong A* in normal maths) so it wouldn't be too much trouble. You get to learn calculus and matrices which you wouldn't otherwise learn about until A levels (matrices is only in further maths A Level).

    It would require quite a bit of work to understand those two topics but once you get the hang of it they're very easy so I would definitely recommend taking the chance to study further maths at GCSE level!
    Thank you so much!
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    (Original post by mandymoocow)
    I'd say if you're good at maths it's definitely an easy GCSE to get (the grade boundaries are pretty low) . So go for it.
    Thanks so much! I think I'll do it
 
 
 
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