Further maths modules and UCAS Watch
The head of maths at my school wanted me to do S2 in May (so it'll be at the same time as his statistics class (I'm in the mechanics class (yay brackets!))), but I said it might be better to do C4 instead, so that I can put on my UCAS form that I've done A2 maths.
So, two questions:
1: Is having 7 modules but not C4 (meaning no A2) not as good as having 7 modules including C4, or are they just as good? (hopefully that made sense )
2: In your opinion, which is better: C4 or S2?
So universities would prefer C4 over S2?
undoubtedly. They only like 1 statistics unit in a maths A level anyway, I checked (as I almost applied for maths at oxbridge). Only if you do further maths is S2 ok, really. M2 is more preferable than S2, though.
Well it depends, I asked at some of my unis when applying for economics and they said S1/S2 was better than S1/D1 or S1/M1 because statistics makes up a large part of economics and econonometrics. Thats why im doing (well, done them now) S1/S2 for A-Level Maths.
OP, you're really lucky to have been able to be taking maths early... *curses stupid comprehensive schools* my school doesn't let anyone take anything early, or let anyone move up a year *wishes he'd gone somewhere where it's possible* - it was all I could do to get them to enter me for German GCSE when I proved to them I'd been teaching it to myself.
Make sure you don't waste this really good opportunity. I'd think that with a 95 in core 1, easy as it is, taken very early, you'd be ultimately aiming for Oxbridge/London or a good maths uni like Warwick.
If you enjoy pure maths and are a natural mathematician, you might even find core 4 easier than stats 2, which is just computation and number crunching (I found core 3 more interesting, and therefore easier, than stats).
Do C$ over S2, but if possible, why not just do S2 as well?
Plus it'll help you more if you have any admission tests to do than S2 would.
One advantage that doing the C4 module could give you though is that you would be better prepared for the AEA at the end of Y12.
I timetable C1-C4, M1,S1 + AEA in Y12
FP1-FP3,M2,M3,S2 + optionally STEP2/3 In Y13
For the reasons mentioned in a previous post, we do not Cash in Any A-level modules in Y12.