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    (Original post by Notnek)
    I think the OP plans to start learning a bit of A Level in the summer to get a head start which sounds like a good plan to me.
    I plan to learn as much content as possible so when we go back to school I understand what is going on in lessons so I can use this opportunity to work on even harder aspects of the current topic we are learning.
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    I've never had one bored student - there is always new things they can explore which are not A level.
    I’m mostly in agreement with you and I will suggest e.g. UKMT before A Level. But I don’t see why A Level content has to be untouchable before a student gets to 17 years old. The structure of GCSE/A Level between Y10 and Y13 works well for most students but there will always be some that are held back by it. If a student is finding GCSE extremely easy and have a passion for maths then I would be happy for them to look ahead - you don’t even have to call it “A Level”.

    Taking the exams early is a different thing and not always the best thing to do.
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    GCSE Furthermaths is basically C1 and some C2 algebra I think....
    It's not difficult, you should be fine without it cos you will learn it in A-Levels anywho
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    (Original post by Boss_Rhythm)
    GCSE Furthermaths is basically C1 and some C2 algebra I think....
    It's not difficult, you should be fine without it cos you will learn it in A-Levels anywho
    Ok thank you
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    (Original post by Y11_Maths)
    Ok thank you
    I'm doing it rn... I can send you a document about what it entails if you want

    I'm in year 11 too btw
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    (Original post by Boss_Rhythm)
    I'm doing it rn... I can send you a document about what it entails if you want

    I'm in year 11 too btw
    Of course!
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    (Original post by Y11_Maths)
    Of course!
    http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/student...eo-guides.html

    You can see the topics for the AQA one in the link
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    (Original post by Boss_Rhythm)
    http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/student...eo-guides.html

    You can see the topics for the AQA one in the link
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Y11_Maths)
    Ok thank you
    Yeah, I'm doing GCSE Further Maths too, and choosing Maths and Further Maths in my A-Levels. I'm in Year 11. It's actually really easy if you are confident with the normal GCSE. I've had two lessons of Further Maths, and already nailed down 90% of the spec, as it's so similar, just a few extra things to learn. It's quite manageable
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    (Original post by Boss_Rhythm)
    http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/student...eo-guides.html

    You can see the topics for the AQA one in the link
    I feel like I'm reading the spec for AS maths when reading through that, there's definitely a big overlap between GCSE further maths and AS (normal) maths. Things that strike me as odd are: it's missing integration and it has matrices which is an A Level further maths topic (and it's the only one on there).

    So to reiterate what others have said for OP, nearly none of GCSE further maths will directly help with A Level further maths, maybe for AS maths but even then, I think you'll probably pick it up fast enough to not need this.
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    (Original post by I hate maths)
    I feel like I'm reading the spec for AS maths when reading through that, there's definitely a big overlap between GCSE further maths and AS (normal) maths. Things that strike me as odd are: it's missing integration and it has matrices which is an A Level further maths topic (and the only one on there).

    So to reiterate what others have said for OP, nearly none of GCSE further maths will directly help with A Level further maths, maybe for AS maths but even then, I think you'll probably pick it up fast enough to not need this.
    Yeah you are right... weirdly integration is not there even though it is easy and legit the opposite of differentiation

    Matrix questions are very easy though, nothing tooooo difficult in the exams
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    (Original post by Y11_Maths)
    Ok I will ask, thanks
    If you are going to buy A level Maths/Further Maths books, I would personally buy the CGP books. These would act like back-up revision books.

    Your normal revision book would obviously be one which your teacher will recommend.

    If you don't like CGP books, then I personally rcommend these:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AQA-Level-M...a+hodder+maths

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AQA-Level-M...6CFPR8CXCZ9W6Z

    However they are bloody expensive. The good thing about thse books is that they have tonnes of questions for you to answer and it explains stuff pretty well.

    ALSO, at this stage I wouldn't even worry about further maths A level if I where you. I completed most of A level maths (as we do A level maths in the first year) and only now have I started to think about the topics that I will cover in further maths.

    If you want a head start in A level maths by doing some stuff in GCSE further maths, then I would recommend this book as a I used it myself:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-GCSE-Ma...her+maths+gcse
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    (Original post by Boss_Rhythm)
    GCSE Furthermaths is basically C1 and some C2 algebra I think....
    It's not difficult, you should be fine without it cos you will learn it in A-Levels anywho
    No, last I looked [we don't teach it] it had some topics like Matrices in it.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    I’m mostly in agreement with you and I will suggest e.g. UKMT before A Level. But I don’t see why A Level content has to be untouchable before a student gets to 17 years old. The structure of GCSE/A Level between Y10 and Y13 works well for most students but there will always be some that are held back by it. If a student is finding GCSE extremely easy and have a passion for maths then I would be happy for them to look ahead - you don’t even have to call it “A Level”.

    Taking the exams early is a different thing and not always the best thing to do.
    When you teach GCSE you are 'looking over the wall' to see where this might lead in the Sixth Form - nothing formal though. I really don't think there is any need to look at an A level textbook before the Sixth Form. I've taught many able mathematicians and none of them have regretted waiting ... so much good Maths that is not met at school.
 
 
 
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