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My ranking:

1. FP1, FM1
2. FP1, FS1

3. FM1, FS1
4. FP1, FP2


5. FM1, FM2


6. FS1, FS2


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Anything involving a D
If you don't mind explaining why do you hate Decision maths and like FP1?
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We are doing FS1 the 1st year and FD1 the 2nd but D1 may change.
Interesting that your teacher decided to do it that way, the options are designed to be taught over two years.
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Are you taking single or double maths?
If by double you mean further maths then double
What exam board are you on?
MEI
Are you being entered in for any exams this year?
Nope all next year
What's your favourite topic so far?
Probably the calculus that we haven't done yet eg chain rule and u substitution. I studied it in my free time.
What do you want to study at uni?
Theoretical physics or Engineering
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If you don't mind explaining why do you hate Decision maths and like FP1?
I was being a bit tounge-in-cheek but I've never liked decision because it's not very useful for further study, which is why universities usually don't like it. Plus often the methods are tedious and it is very easy to slip up and make mistakes in the exam even if you are an expert. If it was taught alongside computer science (i.e. you program the algorithms) then I probably wouldn't mind it.

Having said this, I haven't looked at the new spec D1,2 at all so maybe they've improved it?
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I was being a bit tounge-in-cheek but I've never liked decision because it's not very useful for further study, which is why universities usually don't like it. Plus often the methods are tedious and it is very easy to slip up and make mistakes in the exam even if you are an expert. If it was taught alongside computer science (i.e. you program the algorithms) then I probably wouldn't mind it.

Having said this, I haven't looked at the new spec D1,2 at all so maybe they've improved it?
Why is FP1 the best option according to your list?
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(Original post by Notnek)

Having said this, I haven't looked at the new spec D1,2 at all so maybe they've improved it?
For D1, I looked at the content mapping document, there seems to be quite a few new topics, with most of the rest being from the old D1, with a few (further linear programming and travelling salesman) being from the old D2. D2 is mostly just old D2 topics, with a few new additions. (recurrence relations too, odd to include that in both FP2 and D2)
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Interesting that your teacher decided to do it that way, the options are designed to be taught over two years.
This is the first time hearing about this. I thought they were 1 year each do you think it'll have a negative impact. It could be because the Further maths class is just me and a friend. There is only 2 of us.
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Why is FP1 the best option according to your list?
Useful for further study and I like pure. This is all personal preference - the other applied units are just as good. I like a balance instead of sticking to one thing so I wouldn't recommend FP1+FP2 for example.
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This is the first time hearing about this. I thought they were 1 year each do you think it'll have a negative impact. It could be because the Further maths class is just me and a friend. There is only 2 of us.
nah you'll just be taught stuff in a different order. just thought it was interesting that your teacher was going with that format
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Are you taking single or double maths?
Well, I'm taking it for A Level, but not further maths!

What exam board are you on?
Edexcel
Are you being entered in for any exams this year?
Nope
What optional modules are you doing for further maths (if applicable)?
None
What's your favourite topic so far?
Simultaneous equations
What do you want to study at uni?
Idk, originally but we'll just see how good I am this year i guess
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Hi!

I'm taking Pre-U Maths and FM.

Although I thought I would go for maths at university, I am in the process of potentially changing to economics. I'm thinking of doing this because although maths is a great subject I would like to apply it to real world scenarios. Also, the main part of maths that I really enjoy is calculus and I don't really mind a bit of stats (mechanics can bore me quite a bit)!

We've currently been doing STEP 1 questions in lessons and although I may not do maths, I'm currently finding them relatively straightforward and so I might take STEP 1 this summer depending on how it goes!
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Are you taking single or double maths?
Maths + FM
What exam board are you on?
Edexcel
Are you being entered in for any exams this year?
Probably
What optional modules are you doing for further maths (if applicable)?
FP1 & FP2 (or maybe FP1 and FS1)
What's your favourite topic so far?
Complex numbers (they're not really that deep and yet I find them so interesting)
What do you want to study at uni?
Computer Science
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Just in case anyone is already thinking about STEP, the STEP specification will be changing to reflect the changes in the A-level specs. Hopefully the new STEP spec will be available before Easter 2018.

If you are thinking of applying to study maths at a university that requires (or recommends) STEP, you might like to look at the "STEP support programme" foundation modules. The first few only technically require GCSE maths, but do be aware that they are HARD!
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Are you taking single or double maths?
Double
What exam board are you on?
AQA
Are you being entered in for any exams this year?
Further Maths AS (I'll drop it afterwards)
What's your favourite topic so far?
Complex numbers are pretty fun
What do you want to study at uni?
Economics
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(Original post by Drogo Baggins)
Just in case anyone is already thinking about STEP, the STEP specification will be changing to reflect the changes in the A-level specs. Hopefully the new STEP spec will be available before Easter 2018.

If you are thinking of applying to study maths at a university that requires (or recommends) STEP, you might like to look at the "STEP support programme" foundation modules. The first few only technically require GCSE maths, but do be aware that they are HARD!
Really? Wow thanks for letting us know, though I doubt there will be anything more than a few trivial changes, specification-wise.

What do you think?
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Really? Wow thanks for letting us know, though I doubt there will be anything more than a few trivial changes, specification-wise.

What do you think?
Zacken provided some info here. I don't know if any plans have been made since then.
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Zacken provided some info here. I don't know if any plans have been made since then.
Let's hope this means more pure questions in II
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Are you taking single or double maths?
Double
What exam board are you on?
Edexcel
Are you being entered in for any exams this year?
Yes - AS for both
What optional modules are you doing for further maths (if applicable)?
Pure, Stats and Decision
What's your favourite topic so far?
Complex conjugates are quite fun - I despise all things to do with series
What do you want to study at uni?
Medicine
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Are you taking single or double maths?
Double (but Further Maths is self-taught)
What exam board are you on?
Edexcel.
Are you being entered in for any exams this year?
No
What optional modules are you doing for further maths (if applicable)?
Further Mechanics 1 and Decision 1
What's your favourite topic so far?
I am really not sure. We haven't covered a lot yet.
What do you want to study at uni?
Computer Science and Maths
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Are you taking single or double maths?
Double (but Further Maths is self-taught)
What exam board are you on?
Edexcel.
Are you being entered in for any exams this year?
No
What optional modules are you doing for further maths (if applicable)?
Further Mechanics 1 and Decision 1
What's your favourite topic so far?
I am really not sure. We haven't covered a lot yet.
What do you want to study at uni?
Computer Science and Maths
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