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Hello, I am a current y11 and thinking about doing further maths for A level.

So, I am predicted an 8 (I probably won't get a 9, but who knows) in GCSE Maths.
What would you say is the minimum grade for doing further maths at a-level?

I am thinking of doing further maths as currently in GCSE Maths my only barrier between my 8 and a 9 is memory, which can be helped with revision. There's nothing I don't "get" or understand. So I am cruising calmly through the GCSE maths.

So the thing is, although I know A level maths is a huge jump from GCSE I don't want to only take maths and then feel like I get everything first, or at very least second try.

What do think? Should I risk it? Also if I do take further maths I will be doing 4 A levels.

PS. another reason for not choosing further maths is that im scared that it'll take away too much time from my revision time to the point where it hinders my other grades (Business and Computing)
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I'd say you defo need at minimum an 8 at GCSE to do further maths.
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Depends on the college, some colleges require you to have a 7 whereas others require you to have a 9. I am currently also a level 8 and I am going to apply for further maths. If you like maths then go for it.
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Yeah I agree, at least an 8 with a 9 preferable. Getting any lower and the workload would probably be too intense, only if the GCSE result was completely out of character like you were ill or something. I got a 9 at GCSE but I’m still finding it very hard. Hope this helps
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my school allow you if you have an 8 but only really encourage you if you are predicted a 9.
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Can't really answer your exact question but when I started college it was standard practice to take four so that you could drop one if it turned out not to be for you. They had a rule that you could swap 1 course up to 6 weeks in as long as it could be done with the timetabling restrictions. Find out if your college would let you do that at you could always pick somethimg else and swap onto it or pick it and swap off it should you find it too difficult.
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I got a 9 in Maths, but the minimum requirement was an 8, some schools in my area a 9! so it was really down to the wire. But if you really like Maths to the point of considering FM you'll probably not find attaining that 8/9 a particular chore.
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(Original post by abcDEFG667)
Hello, I am a current y11 and thinking about doing further maths for A level.

So, I am predicted an 8 (I probably won't get a 9, but who knows) in GCSE Maths.
What would you say is the minimum grade for doing further maths at a-level?

I am thinking of doing further maths as currently in GCSE Maths my only barrier between my 8 and a 9 is memory, which can be helped with revision. There's nothing I don't "get" or understand. So I am cruising calmly through the GCSE maths.

So the thing is, although I know A level maths is a huge jump from GCSE I don't want to only take maths and then feel like I get everything first, or at very least second try.

What do think? Should I risk it? Also if I do take further maths I will be doing 4 A levels.

PS. another reason for not choosing further maths is that im scared that it'll take away too much time from my revision time to the point where it hinders my other grades (Business and Computing)
Before they reformed GCSE grades, most sixth forms had a requirement of an A*. So safe to say a Grade 8 under the new system should be sufficient.
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I'm in year 12 and doing further maths. At the start of the year, there was 9 of us in the class - 7 of us had a level 9 and 2 had a level 8. It's much harder than A level maths but if you're prepared to work then it's not too bad. Saying that, one person with an 8 has dropped out and even those with 9s find it tough. I'd say go for it but be prepared to practice and if you get a few weeks in and can't cope, you can always drop it. It's by far my favourite subject and the most important thing is being passionate about maths.
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Depends on the college, some colleges require you to have a 7 whereas others require you to have a 9. I am currently also a level 8 and I am going to apply for further maths. If you like maths then go for it.
I don't really LOVE maths, but all the good Uni's prefere F. Maths to do computing science. Also, I don't mean like if they'll let me, I mean if I'll be able to get a decent grade (at least an A) with an 8
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(Original post by S.H.Rahman)
I'd say you defo need at minimum an 8 at GCSE to do further maths.
So, I get my 8, and will I be able to cope? Do I stand a chance of getting an A? (I want something like A*AA or AAAA)
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My previous school required a 7 but they were allowing people was level 6. My current school wants a 7. In the a level maths class most people got level 7’s and they’re coping fine.
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(Original post by ecila21)
I'm in year 12 and doing further maths. At the start of the year, there was 9 of us in the class - 7 of us had a level 9 and 2 had a level 8. It's much harder than A level maths but if you're prepared to work then it's not too bad. Saying that, one person with an 8 has dropped out and even those with 9s find it tough. I'd say go for it but be prepared to practice and if you get a few weeks in and can't cope, you can always drop it. It's by far my favourite subject and the most important thing is being passionate about maths.
Aight, I think im going to go for it and if it's too hard then dropout of it.

As a side note, what GCSE Results do you need to get something like A*AA or AAA at A level? I wanna go to a good university but my GCSE Grades are 2 9s, 38s, 2 7s, 2 6s, 1 5
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(Original post by abcDEFG667)
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I don't really LOVE maths, but all the good Uni's prefere F. Maths to do computing science. Also, I don't mean like if they'll let me, I mean if I'll be able to get a decent grade (at least an A) with an 8
Yes, a level 8 is equivalent to the old A* so you should be fine.
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8/9. Don't bother if you get lower. Most FM students do FM GCSE as well, so look into that.
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I believe the general consensus is a strong 8. However, further Maths is quite hard (trust me; especially the later modules) but for linear spec (which you're going to be doing), it's even harder I believe. Honestly, I think unless you get a 9 in GCSE Maths (or improve a lot in terms of work ethic in A level), f. Maths is hard to grasp.

If you're asking - you are motivated and want to do it hence I think you will be a fine candidate (even if you end up getting an 8).
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I'm going to go against the grain and say for AS, there's not really a significant difference in difficulty between Maths and Further Maths. It only really ramps up at A2. Nevertheless, you're looking at a strong 8/9 to be sure.

I got an A* at GCSE, close to full raw marks, and found Further Maths hell. I actually dropped out and self taught it towards the end of Y13. It's a subject which requires a lot of work.
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Depends on college, mine needed A for core, A* for further
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(Original post by abcDEFG667)
Aight, I think im going to go for it and if it's too hard then dropout of it.

As a side note, what GCSE Results do you need to get something like A*AA or AAA at A level? I wanna go to a good university but my GCSE Grades are 2 9s, 38s, 2 7s, 2 6s, 1 5
You don't need specific GCSE grades to get specific A level grades, and the vast majority of universities don't care much about your GCSES. Generally, people with almost all of their grades at A* are more likely to get A*s at A level but it all depends on how hard you work in sixth form. Most of the people that I know who got all As and A*s at A level had a large number of A*s at GCSE.
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(Original post by abcDEFG667)
Aight, I think im going to go for it and if it's too hard then dropout of it.

As a side note, what GCSE Results do you need to get something like A*AA or AAA at A level? I wanna go to a good university but my GCSE Grades are 2 9s, 38s, 2 7s, 2 6s, 1 5
GCSE's results are not always a good indicator of how someone will do at A-Levels as you could get a 9's and 8's at the subjects you wish to continue to A2 but get 5's and 4's in your other subjects at GCSE but since at A-Levels you usually specialise on those subjects you got 8's and 9's, you never know how you may do.

Take me for example, I didn't do the most amazing in my GCSE's and got A's and A*'s in the subjects I chose to continue onto A-Levels but B's, A's and 1 C in my others. If you were to base my A-Level grades based on my performance at GCSE someone would probably say I'd get ABB but instead, I'm in the minority of people at my school doing 4 A-Levels and am predicted A*A*AA

Hope this has helped
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