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    (Original post by Bobeth)
    No problem, and you!

    I would HIGHLY recommend Further Maths as a fellow maths lover though. It's really great - you do a far wider span of maths and the core stuff goes to a really high level which is just a good challenge
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    (Original post by soundgirl)
    Hi, I'm just a very stressed girl about to do her GCSEs in a few months and still isn't sure what A - levels to take (a.k.a. life is crazy right now so please help ahh)

    I would probably like to do an Economics degree as hopefully a top university like LSE etc.

    So I will definitely be taking Economics as an A-level. (also because i find it interesting)

    Maths is my strongest subject, i am predicted an 8/9 in my exams (A*) so I will definitely be taking Maths for A-level.

    And then I don't know what to do...

    Option 1: Take Geography as a third A-level although I find it interesting and fun I am not particularly good at it.
    Predicted a 6 (B) for Geography at GCSE so I feel like if I can't even get an A* at GCSE, i won't be able to get an A* or even an A at A-level

    Option 2: Take Further Maths as a third A-level, this would probably be the most secure option but from what I have heard and read, Universities don't like the combination of maths, further maths and eco as it is not a wide variety of subject etc.

    Option 3: Take Maths, Eco, Geography and Further Maths for A - level.
    Pros - Very attractive by universities, full range of subjects, can chose from more different degrees with these options
    Cons - Very hard. Although I good at Maths, I fear that taking geo which I am not too confident in as well as further maths which is definitely going to be a challenge will be too much. This could take a toll on all my A - levels.

    So whats better? Taking 4 A - levels and getting ok grades in all 4? Or taking 3 A - levels but getting better grades in the 3?

    If you are currently doing A -level or are in University, any and all advice would be very very appreciated.

    Thank you so much for reading.
    If u are taking maths then u should definitely take physics as well
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    Hey!

    I do Further Maths A Level, honestly if you're getting 8s and 9s at GCSE then you should be capable of handling the demands of Maths and FM A Level later down the line, I would highly suggest you take it if you really enjoy Maths and have an enjoyment of it.

    That being said, many unis I know, and many people I know who have applied, usually applied with Maths, FM and one other subject, for Engineering for instance, typically Physics, so if it's lack of variation you're worried about, don't, since a lot of people apply with 3, some with 4, but it's probably better to get A*A*A than A*AAB. Either way, you won't get any genuine advantage, so just choose to the degree of how hard you can work, and whichever maximizes your end-grades so to speak. Personally the Maths, FM, Econ, Geog combo is a very good selection of options for what you want to do, and gives you a wide range of subjects and topics in which to diverge, whilst also keeping specialised.

    As opposed to the subject itself, yes it is a challenge, but I shall explain how such challenge is well managed.

    1) Your school may have a policy in which you do all of A Level Maths in the first year and all of A Level FM in the second, so really it feels like 3.5 A Levels the whole time.

    2) When doing work in FM, work in other subjects, particularly single Maths, becomes easier comparatively, I can say that from experience having doing FM, Maths and 2 other sciences.

    Any other questions, shoot.
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    (Original post by AryanGh)
    Hey!

    I do Further Maths A Level, honestly if you're getting 8s and 9s at GCSE then you should be capable of handling the demands of Maths and FM A Level later down the line, I would highly suggest you take it if you really enjoy Maths and have an enjoyment of it.

    That being said, many unis I know, and many people I know who have applied, usually applied with Maths, FM and one other subject, for Engineering for instance, typically Physics, so if it's lack of variation you're worried about, don't, since a lot of people apply with 3, some with 4, but it's probably better to get A*A*A than A*AAB. Either way, you won't get any genuine advantage, so just choose to the degree of how hard you can work, and whichever maximizes your end-grades so to speak. Personally the Maths, FM, Econ, Geog combo is a very good selection of options for what you want to do, and gives you a wide range of subjects and topics in which to diverge, whilst also keeping specialised.

    As opposed to the subject itself, yes it is a challenge, but I shall explain how such challenge is well managed.

    1) Your school may have a policy in which you do all of A Level Maths in the first year and all of A Level FM in the second, so really it feels like 3.5 A Levels the whole time.

    2) When doing work in FM, work in other subjects, particularly single Maths, becomes easier comparatively, I can say that from experience having doing FM, Maths and 2 other sciences.

    Any other questions, shoot.
    Thank you so much for your reply, so helpful! What do you mean by the second point you made about Further Maths?
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    (Original post by soundgirl)
    Hi, I'm just a very stressed girl about to do her GCSEs in a few months and still isn't sure what A - levels to take (a.k.a. life is crazy right now so please help ahh)

    I would probably like to do an Economics degree as hopefully a top university like LSE etc.

    So I will definitely be taking Economics as an A-level. (also because i find it interesting)

    Maths is my strongest subject, i am predicted an 8/9 in my exams (A*) so I will definitely be taking Maths for A-level.

    And then I don't know what to do...

    Option 1: Take Geography as a third A-level although I find it interesting and fun I am not particularly good at it.
    Predicted a 6 (B) for Geography at GCSE so I feel like if I can't even get an A* at GCSE, i won't be able to get an A* or even an A at A-level

    Option 2: Take Further Maths as a third A-level, this would probably be the most secure option but from what I have heard and read, Universities don't like the combination of maths, further maths and eco as it is not a wide variety of subject etc.

    Option 3: Take Maths, Eco, Geography and Further Maths for A - level.
    Pros - Very attractive by universities, full range of subjects, can chose from more different degrees with these options
    Cons - Very hard. Although I good at Maths, I fear that taking geo which I am not too confident in as well as further maths which is definitely going to be a challenge will be too much. This could take a toll on all my A - levels.

    So whats better? Taking 4 A - levels and getting ok grades in all 4? Or taking 3 A - levels but getting better grades in the 3?

    If you are currently doing A -level or are in University, any and all advice would be very very appreciated.

    Thank you so much for reading.
    Maths and Further Maths is a popular option and if you're really good at Maths, I would recommend taking both. Though Maths A-Level would suffice if you feel that Further Maths is a step too far. Economics is a more essay based subject whereby you need to apply and adapt the economic theories you've learnt in class and it involves a bit of GCSE Maths skills when you're looking at things such as PED which is % change in quantity demanded divided by % change in price. Geography is another essay based subject and well respected by universities. Personally I do History A-Level and I got a Grade B/6 at GCSE but it doesn't mean you can't get that A/A* at A-Level. If you work hard anything is possible, on't doubt yourself. Hope that helps.
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    (Original post by CoffeeAndPolitics)
    Maths and Further Maths is a popular option and if you're really good at Maths, I would recommend taking both. Though Maths A-Level would suffice if you feel that Further Maths is a step too far. Economics is a more essay based subject whereby you need to apply and adapt the economic theories you've learnt in class and it involves a bit of GCSE Maths skills when you're looking at things such as PED which is % change in quantity demanded divided by % change in price. Geography is another essay based subject and well respected by universities. Personally I do History A-Level and I got a Grade B/6 at GCSE but it doesn't mean you can't get that A/A* at A-Level. If you work hard anything is possible, on't doubt yourself. Hope that helps.
    thank you so much. considering there seems to be so many essays to write, do you think I would be at a disadvantage as I am not the best at English and my essay writing skills arent really the best either
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    (Original post by soundgirl)
    Honestly I don't know, I love human Geography and am not so keen on the Physical side so perhaps thats whats bringing my grade down.
    Have you checked the A level Geog specification for content?

    Remember no-one on here in Year 13 or older has actually done the new Maths A level so take their advice with some caution.

    Why LSE? I'd stick to 3 A levels ...
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    (Original post by Muttley79)
    Have you checked the A level Geog specification for content?

    Remember no-one on here in Year 13 or older has actually done the new Maths A level so take their advice with some caution.

    Why LSE? I'd stick to 3 A levels ...
    thank you so much for the advice, i have seen the geography spec, seems okay will consider taking 3 a - level probably
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    I would suggest you go with Option 3. I am personally doing 5 1/2 A-levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Economics, Greek and I'm doing the Further Maths As also. I've done an EPQ as well last year (while I was taking my As). I believe if you stay consistent with your studying 4 A-levels are not that hard especially since 2 (Maths and Further Maths) are after all quite similar. Yes, it's true that most universities don't really accept the Maths-Further Maths combination but after you get your offers, which will definitely be on 3 of these, you can focus on those 3 more. If I was to do 4, I wouldn't combine Maths and Further Maths to be honest cause they'll most likely require in their offer that your achieved grades are in the 3 different ones, thus it's as if you have done 3 A-levels initially. I hope all these make some sort of sense.:bigsmile:
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    (Original post by vevgeniou)
    I would suggest you go with Option 3. I am personally doing 5 1/2 A-levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Economics, Greek and I'm doing the Further Maths As also. I've done an EPQ as well last year (while I was taking my As). I believe if you stay consistent with your studying 4 A-levels are not that hard especially since 2 (Maths and Further Maths) are after all quite similar. Yes, it's true that most universities don't really accept the Maths-Further Maths combination but after you get your offers, which will definitely be on 3 of these, you can focus on those 3 more. If I was to do 4, I wouldn't combine Maths and Further Maths to be honest cause they'll most likely require in their offer that your achieved grades are in the 3 different ones, thus it's as if you have done 3 A-levels initially. I hope all these make some sort of sense.:bigsmile:
    it totally makes sense, thank you so much for the advice
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    Hi, as someone who ****ed up in her first year when she picked her A levels, and then had to turn that around in her second year, I know quite a bit about picking subjects and what mistakes people can make!

    If you do maths, further maths and economics, you may get sick of doing the same thing all the time....but if maths is what makes you happiest, then go for it!

    However, if you enjoy geography, you may miss it at A level and then miss your chance to take the subject - if you regret not taking further maths, you'll still have maths and economics so you won't be missing out on anything ...but if you don't take geography and realise you regret not taking this subject you enjoy, this will be a trickier situation cos there's no other geography subjects on your timetable...also having a variety of subjects is more refreshing and fun than doing the same thing allll the time (I do all art subjects and it can drive you mad doing the same thing a lot, you have to reallyyy enjoy it lol)

    I wouldn't advise taking 4 subjects, cos you'll get better grades and have less stress if you do 3 <3 Universities would prefer 3 subjects with better grades than 4 subjects with lower grades, if you see what I mean.

    I hope this helps, and wishing you luck! <3
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    (Original post by vevgeniou)
    I would suggest you go with Option 3. I am personally doing 5 1/2 A-levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Economics, Greek and I'm doing the Further Maths As also. I've done an EPQ as well last year (while I was taking my As). I believe if you stay consistent with your studying 4 A-levels are not that hard especially since 2 (Maths and Further Maths) are after all quite similar. Yes, it's true that most universities don't really accept the Maths-Further Maths combination but after you get your offers, which will definitely be on 3 of these, you can focus on those 3 more. If I was to do 4, I wouldn't combine Maths and Further Maths to be honest cause they'll most likely require in their offer that your achieved grades are in the 3 different ones, thus it's as if you have done 3 A-levels initially. I hope all these make some sort of sense.:bigsmile:
    What year are you in? Most unis DO accept Maths and Further Maths as separate subjects - just a few e.g. for medicine don't - please don't post wrong information. I teach in a selective school and no-one is allowed to do what you are doing as it's not sensible,
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    Yes it’s for medicine, my bad. I’m doing med that’s why. All people at my school are doing 4 A levels. I’m doing Greek outside of school as it’s my mother tongue. It still requires some work but it’s not as hard. Also, I’m the first person at my school to ever do an EPQ cause I did it in my free time with the help of my teacher as the superivisor and my director as the coordinator. Sorry for the wrong info got confused with med.
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    What year are you in? Most unis DO accept Maths and Further Maths as separate subjects - just a few e.g. for medicine don't - please don't post wrong information. I teach in a selective school and no-one is allowed to do what you are doing as it's not sensible,
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    Hi, as someone who ****ed up in her first year when she picked her A levels, and then had to turn that around in her second year, I know quite a bit about picking subjects and what mistakes people can make!

    If you do maths, further maths and economics, you may get sick of doing the same thing all the time....but if maths is what makes you happiest, then go for it!

    However, if you enjoy geography, you may miss it at A level and then miss your chance to take the subject - if you regret not taking further maths, you'll still have maths and economics so you won't be missing out on anything ...but if you don't take geography and realise you regret not taking this subject you enjoy, this will be a trickier situation cos there's no other geography subjects on your timetable...also having a variety of subjects is more refreshing and fun than doing the same thing allll the time (I do all art subjects and it can drive you mad doing the same thing a lot, you have to reallyyy enjoy it lol)

    I wouldn't advise taking 4 subjects, cos you'll get better grades and have less stress if you do 3 <3 Universities would prefer 3 subjects with better grades than 4 subjects with lower grades, if you see what I mean.

    I hope this helps, and wishing you luck! <3
    this advice is amazing thank you!
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    this advice is amazing thank you!
    np! <3
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    My opinion might not be as useful cuz I’m choosing my alevels this year too but from what I’ve heard universities don’t really care too much about a fourth a-level and doing at least one essay based subject is important. Even if ur predicted a 6 for geography just go for it because if u enjoy it u might just end up motivating urself to work hard for it. Good luck
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    i would say do an an art like graphics so the stress load is relieved. It is like taking two a levels at times.
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    (Original post by soundgirl)
    Hi, I'm just a very stressed girl about to do her GCSEs in a few months and still isn't sure what A - levels to take (a.k.a. life is crazy right now so please help ahh)

    I would probably like to do an Economics degree as hopefully a top university like LSE etc.

    So I will definitely be taking Economics as an A-level. (also because i find it interesting)

    Maths is my strongest subject, i am predicted an 8/9 in my exams (A*) so I will definitely be taking Maths for A-level.

    And then I don't know what to do...

    Option 1: Take Geography as a third A-level although I find it interesting and fun I am not particularly good at it.
    Predicted a 6 (B) for Geography at GCSE so I feel like if I can't even get an A* at GCSE, i won't be able to get an A* or even an A at A-level

    Option 2: Take Further Maths as a third A-level, this would probably be the most secure option but from what I have heard and read, Universities don't like the combination of maths, further maths and eco as it is not a wide variety of subject etc.

    Option 3: Take Maths, Eco, Geography and Further Maths for A - level.
    Pros - Very attractive by universities, full range of subjects, can chose from more different degrees with these options
    Cons - Very hard. Although I good at Maths, I fear that taking geo which I am not too confident in as well as further maths which is definitely going to be a challenge will be too much. This could take a toll on all my A - levels.

    So whats better? Taking 4 A - levels and getting ok grades in all 4? Or taking 3 A - levels but getting better grades in the 3?

    If you are currently doing A -level or are in University, any and all advice would be very very appreciated.

    Thank you so much for reading.
    Coming from an independent school, whose population wanting to be a prospective applicant at LSE for economics, are dominated by Chinese. They do the same 4 subjects, regardless; Maths, Further maths, physics and economics. Win Gold in mathematical olympiads, compete in the Kangeroo etc.. So the competition is strong.
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    (Original post by soundgirl)
    Hi, I'm just a very stressed girl about to do her GCSEs in a few months and still isn't sure what A - levels to take (a.k.a. life is crazy right now so please help ahh)

    I would probably like to do an Economics degree as hopefully a top university like LSE etc.

    So I will definitely be taking Economics as an A-level. (also because i find it interesting)

    Maths is my strongest subject, i am predicted an 8/9 in my exams (A*) so I will definitely be taking Maths for A-level.

    And then I don't know what to do...

    Option 1: Take Geography as a third A-level although I find it interesting and fun I am not particularly good at it.
    Predicted a 6 (B) for Geography at GCSE so I feel like if I can't even get an A* at GCSE, i won't be able to get an A* or even an A at A-level

    Option 2: Take Further Maths as a third A-level, this would probably be the most secure option but from what I have heard and read, Universities don't like the combination of maths, further maths and eco as it is not a wide variety of subject etc.

    Option 3: Take Maths, Eco, Geography and Further Maths for A - level.
    Pros - Very attractive by universities, full range of subjects, can chose from more different degrees with these options
    Cons - Very hard. Although I good at Maths, I fear that taking geo which I am not too confident in as well as further maths which is definitely going to be a challenge will be too much. This could take a toll on all my A - levels.

    So whats better? Taking 4 A - levels and getting ok grades in all 4? Or taking 3 A - levels but getting better grades in the 3?

    If you are currently doing A -level or are in University, any and all advice would be very very appreciated.

    Thank you so much for reading.
    If you take 4 you can still get good grades. I'm in y11 and will be doing maths, further maths and physics. Once my GCSEs finish I will try and go through the a-level physics revision guide (I already have it). My further maths GCSE should set me up nicely for starting college as I will have started learning (well, self-teaching) matrices and calculus. If you take 4 then do this - try and cover everything between finishing the GCSEs and starting college for 1 or 2 of your subjects so everything you do in college will be revision for you.
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    Further Maths is a bit variable - however LSE notably requires a fourth subject with Further Maths for Economics, although as I recall Cambridge (and quite likely Oxford) are quite happy with Maths + FM and one other (usually Economics) for Economics.

    Geography is a fine choice, and relevant on the human side. The physical side is perhaps less so, and if you dislike this and are mainly interested in the human side you may want to consider say, Government & Politics or Sociology which each consider some related areas.

    As above, for the "top" courses (e.g. Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick and similar) Further Maths is a huge benefit - it's well worth considering taking 4 subjects to include it. It's worth taking into account that Maths + Further Maths is usually considered to be less work, qualitatively, than two "unrelated A-levels.

    That said, there aren't any "wrong" choices provided you're doing Maths firstly (and for those few at the top of the heap, Further Maths) - just take those you are most interested in/enjoy the most, as this will usually translate to you doing well in them.
 
 
 
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