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    I want to take a degree in pure mathematics (the end goal is to do research in analytic number theory), but the school I go to, a private school (which means that they do not follow the government and teach in their own way), does things in a very frustrating way. Instead of doing further maths in the first year as well as the second year, they do only AS maths in the first year and further maths (for people who want to take it) and A2 maths they bunch up in the second year. I know... pretty stupid right? I asked many times whether I could just take the exam for further maths (as they know I am capable due to the fact that I taught myself the further maths course during GCSE, with a little help from one of the maths teachers). But I fear that universities may not take me seriously as a candidate, how can I explain to them? And will they even take me seriously?
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    I want to take a degree in pure mathematics (the end goal is to do research in analytic number theory), but the school I go to, a private school (which means that they do not follow the government and teach in their own way), does things in a very frustrating way. Instead of doing further maths in the first year as well as the second year, they do only AS maths in the first year and further maths (for people who want to take it) and A2 maths they bunch up in the second year. I know... pretty stupid right? I asked many times whether I could just take the exam for further maths (as they know I am capable due to the fact that I taught myself the further maths course during GCSE, with a little help from one of the maths teachers). But I fear that universities may not take me seriously as a candidate, how can I explain to them? And will they even take me seriously?
    When you apply, you can ask your referee to include the school policy in your reference - UCAS guidance suggests they do this so they may already be aware. Then if you are asked at interview, you just explain that it is your school's policy. Avoid saying things like "it's pretty stupid" and just explain the facts of the situation.
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    (Original post by mathogram)
    I want to take a degree in pure mathematics (the end goal is to do research in analytic number theory), but the school I go to, a private school (which means that they do not follow the government and teach in their own way), does things in a very frustrating way. Instead of doing further maths in the first year as well as the second year, they do only AS maths in the first year and further maths (for people who want to take it) and A2 maths they bunch up in the second year. I know... pretty stupid right? I asked many times whether I could just take the exam for further maths (as they know I am capable due to the fact that I taught myself the further maths course during GCSE, with a little help from one of the maths teachers). But I fear that universities may not take me seriously as a candidate, how can I explain to them? And will they even take me seriously?
    Most universities don't interview for Maths.

    Schools do maths in various ways. Your school is unusual but it's not really problematic. Presumably you also do an AS in a 4th subject in Y12 but don't carry that to A2. So the overall workload remains the same for Y12 and Y13.

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