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    Hi, I'm part of a small group of people in Year 11 who are doing a further maths GCSE. And we get to decide what exam board we want to do it with.

    What exam board is the easiest?
    And what exam board is the most respected?

    Thank-you
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    I don't know about 'easiest'. However I did AQA further maths last year and my class found than the exam board was quite good.
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    (Original post by OwlOfFire)
    I don't know about 'easiest'. However I did AQA further maths last year and my class found than the exam board was quite good.
    What was the specification like? What topics were the hardest and did anything catch you out? Thanks for replying
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    (Original post by Retsek)
    Hi, I'm part of a small group of people in Year 11 who are doing a further maths GCSE. And we get to decide what exam board we want to do it with.

    What exam board is the easiest?
    And what exam board is the most respected?

    Thank-you
    Whatever you do, do NOT do edexcel for FM! I would recommend AQA for FM. I didn't actually do FM at gcse, however I had a few friends who did it with AQA and they said it was very good!
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    (Original post by sunshine774)
    Whatever you do, do NOT do edexcel for FM! I would recommend AQA for FM. I didn't actually do FM at gcse, however I had a few friends who did it with AQA and they said it was very good!
    Thanks for replying! Do you know why I shouldn't do edexcel?
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    I did AQA for FM and it was quite good
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    (Original post by Retsek)
    Thanks for replying! Do you know why I shouldn't do edexcel?
    You're welcome! I've just heard some really bad things about the type of questions edexcel tend to ask (I guess they can screw you over sometimes!)... But I did gcse edexcel maths and I guess they were OK. But I still recommend AQA! Also, AQA is good for other subjects too. At gcse I did AQA triple science and AQA spanish, and I just feel like they are the 'nicest' exam board...
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    (Original post by Retsek)
    Hi, I'm part of a small group of people in Year 11 who are doing a further maths GCSE. And we get to decide what exam board we want to do it with.

    What exam board is the easiest?
    And what exam board is the most respected?

    Thank-you
    I would not advise this qualification at all - go for the GCSE grade 9 as that will be a better option.

    It has a strange collection of topics and many schools reject it on those grounds. If you want to study maths at uni then doing well in UKMT challenges or reading maths books would be more more beneficial. [btw I teach maths]
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    I would not advise this qualification at all - go for the GCSE grade 9 as that will be a better option.

    It has a strange collection of topics and many schools reject it on those grounds. If you want to study maths at uni then doing well in UKMT challenges or reading maths books would be more more beneficial. [btw I teach maths]
    Did you do GCSE Further Maths?
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    (Original post by Oxidation)
    Did you do GCSE Further Maths?
    It did not exist at GCSE when I was at school.

    It's more important to get the top GCSE grade and read around the subject.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    It did not exist at GCSE when I was at school.

    It's more important to get the top GCSE grade and read around the subject.
    Oh ok. How do I revise for GCSE Maths?
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    I would not advise this qualification at all - go for the GCSE grade 9 as that will be a better option.

    It has a strange collection of topics and many schools reject it on those grounds. If you want to study maths at uni then doing well in UKMT challenges or reading maths books would be more more beneficial. [btw I teach maths]
    Do you have any tips on how to revise efficently for a level maths? I am finding the step up from gcse quite hard...
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    (Original post by Oxidation)
    Oh ok. How do I revise for GCSE Maths?
    PAST PAPERS! Please, just do every single past paper! They help immensely with maths- alll you need to do is practise the questions (they tend to be repetitive!) Or at least written in the same style...
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    AQA.
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    (Original post by sunshine774)
    PAST PAPERS! Please, just do every single past paper! They help immensely with maths- alll you need to do is practise the questions (they tend to be repetitive!) Or at least written in the same style...
    Alright thanks! If you don't mind me asking, what did you get in GCSE Maths?
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    (Original post by Oxidation)
    Alright thanks! If you don't mind me asking, what did you get in GCSE Maths?
    I got an A this year! If I'd worked harder, I could've got an A*...oh well! What are you aiming for in maths?
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    (Original post by sunshine774)
    I got an A this year! If I'd worked harder, I could've got an A*...oh well! What are you aiming for in maths?
    Oh nice! I'm aiming for an A* but I'm around a B grade. How can I boost this? As in should I do past papers then practice the questions that I don't know?
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    (Original post by sunshine774)
    Do you have any tips on how to revise efficently for a level maths? I am finding the step up from gcse quite hard...
    Do all the questions in the texbook before you tackle past papers - it's too early for them now.

    Make sure you are on top of the A* GCSE material e.g. manipulating surds, equations, indices ...
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    I am fairly certain that the only GCSE level Further Maths option is the AQA Level 2 certificate so you haven't actually got a choice.
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    I did OCR Additional Maths but it's a Level 3 FSMQ qualification, not a GCSE, so you have to spend half an hour explaining its worth to anywhere you ever apply to. It does give UCAS points and is technically ranked higher than GCSE FM courses but the fact that it's so uncommon makes it harder to use for applications.
 
 
 
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