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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Has your teacher given you the resources from the AQA teacher website? There are some good topic worksheets. I can't link to them as you need a password.

    Personally I'm not a fan of the course as it includes a fairly 'random' set of topics.
    Random topics but I think it's not a serious qualification anyway, but surely introducing concepts that are quite different from normal GCSE is a good thing - opens up people minds about the subject.
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    (Original post by B_9710)
    Random topics but I think it's not a serious qualification anyway, but surely introducing concepts that are quite different from normal GCSE is a good thing - opens up people minds about the subject.
    Good teachers should do that anyway. The problem is it 'dips' into topics and gives a superficial idea of what they're about - topics like matrices are far better left until A level.

    I've also helped students who have picked up major misconceptions as they have not been given the 'background' to such topics.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Good teachers should do that anyway. The problem is it 'dips' into topics and gives a superficial idea of what they're about - topics like matrices are far better left until A level.

    I've also helped students who have picked up major misconceptions as they have not been given the 'background' to such topics.
    I get what you're saying.
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Personally I'm not a fan of the course as it includes a fairly 'random' set of topics.
    I agree that the matrices topic is random and shouldn't be included. Although if it included methods for solving systems of equation using matrices then I think that would be a nice extension to GCSE.

    Other than matrices, I think it's quite a nice set of topics that help with A Level if taught well i.e. the background is taught (like it would be in A Level) and the teacher doesn't try to teach everything in a few months. I know a school that is teaching AQA FM in 4 weeks to a set 2 class who averaged 7's in their GCSE mocks - that can't be a good idea!
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    (Original post by notnek)
    I agree that the matrices topic is random and shouldn't be included. Although if it included methods for solving systems of equation using matrices then I think that would be a nice extension to GCSE.

    Other than matrices, I think it's quite a nice set of topics that help with A Level if taught well i.e. the background is taught (like it would be in A Level) and the teacher doesn't try to teach everything in a few months. I know a school that is teaching AQA FM in 4 weeks to a set 2 class who averaged 7's in their GCSE mocks - that can't be a good idea!
    In the school I know that teaches it,[ not mine] it is taught in a rush to children who are exactly as you describe - more likely to put them off doing A level imho.

    I'd rather enrich my GCSE classes than do this level 2.
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    (Original post by fleky6910)
    Thanks, I've started revising now!

    I only have two exams on a few days but mostly one a day.

    Are A-levels much harder??
    Ah good luck with it!

    Yeah I was the same, it's more manageable than you think, you'll be fine

    Yeah, there's definitely a bit of a jump. Didn't notice it much with maths or further maths (this will undoubtedly change next year) but with physics it's like a completely new subject and I find it hard to keep up a lot of the time. I can't speak for any other subjects though unfortunately!
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    (Original post by NiamhM1801)
    No worries! I did FM last year and got an A* (only 4 marks off the A^ :cry:) so if you have any more questions feel free to ask
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    - No. That's the best thing about FM GCSE, it bridges the gap really nicely.
    - I got 3 A*s, 5As, 2Bs and a C/D in Year 11 mocks and then 7 A*s, 1A, 2Bs and a D in the real thing, so yes in most things.
    - I approached my GCSEs in completely the wrong way, I started revising after Easter and a lot of what I did was last-minute cramming. Don't do this, you'll only get incredibly stressed like I did. I would recommend starting between February half term and the Easter holidays and just doing a couple of hours a day. You don't need to be doing as much as you think, trust me :lol:
    - I personally set myself very high expectations so there was a fair bit of pressure. I was nervous before my first exam but when I got in there it felt just like a mock. I think you'll be okay if you pace yourself well with revision and try not to get too stressed over them.
    - Wow, that's tons! I had 23 papers for 11 GCSEs and I thought that was a lot. Have you got days where you have multiple exams? They're the worst so you need to be prepared for them (one reason why I missed the A^ in FM was because the second paper was my last exam and it was straight after physics so my brain was fried be wary of this!)

    In all honesty though, GCSEs aren't as bad as you think. As long as you do some revision and preparation I'm sure you'll be fine :yep:
    I just did a further maths mock paper and was 10 marks off of an A* ( because of some stupid mistakes ). Hope I can improve from my mocks like you did
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    (Original post by NiamhM1801)
    - No. That's the best thing about FM GCSE, it bridges the gap really nicely.
    - I got 3 A*s, 5As, 2Bs and a C/D in Year 11 mocks and then 7 A*s, 1A, 2Bs and a D in the real thing, so yes in most things.
    - I approached my GCSEs in completely the wrong way, I started revising after Easter and a lot of what I did was last-minute cramming. Don't do this, you'll only get incredibly stressed like I did. I would recommend starting between February half term and the Easter holidays and just doing a couple of hours a day. You don't need to be doing as much as you think, trust me :lol:
    - I personally set myself very high expectations so there was a fair bit of pressure. I was nervous before my first exam but when I got in there it felt just like a mock. I think you'll be okay if you pace yourself well with revision and try not to get too stressed over them.
    - Wow, that's tons! I had 23 papers for 11 GCSEs and I thought that was a lot. Have you got days where you have multiple exams? They're the worst so you need to be prepared for them (one reason why I missed the A^ in FM was because the second paper was my last exam and it was straight after physics so my brain was fried be wary of this!)

    In all honesty though, GCSEs aren't as bad as you think. As long as you do some revision and preparation I'm sure you'll be fine :yep:
    I swear the level 2 FM qualification is harder than core 1?
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    (Original post by fleky6910)
    I swear the level 2 FM qualification is harder than core 1?
    It is, so it makes the start of A Level really easy as a) most of Core 1 you already know and b) Core 1 is easier than FM
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    (Original post by NiamhM1801)
    It is, so it makes the start of A Level really easy as a) most of Core 1 you already know and b) Core 1 is easier than FM
    I was just doing a FM paper and it was harder then the core 1 I did yesterday , lol
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    (Original post by fleky6910)
    I was just doing a FM paper and it was harder then the core 1 I did yesterday , lol
    C1 papers are always so similar, and the content isn't hard enough to make it difficult to practice these questions.

    Level 2 FM papers have much more varied questions from more topics so I would agree that Level 2 FM is harder than C1. And some could argue that the new Edexcel GCSE papers are harder than current C1.
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    (Original post by Retsek)
    Do you guys know any good Level 2 Further Maths resources (specifically AQA). I've been using Mr Barton maths but could do with a few more sites, thanks in advance!
    Have a look at the past papers OCR have for their similar FSMQ qualification. The content is not identically similar, but there is a significant overlap to make it worthwhile looking at.


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