I got an A (close to an A*) in my maths iGCSE. I'm thinking of doing Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science as my a-levels however I've heard Further Maths is incredibly hard in comparison to the Maths a-level. I have a passion for maths and particularly like the more pure side of maths not percentages and the basic GCSE stuff.
I took A-Level further maths without a second thought...
idek what I'm meant to be expecting for it
I took/am taking maths, further maths & computing for A Level. In my opinion, further maths isn't too difficult because a lot of modules have similar content (e.g: matrices and imaginary numbers in the further pure modules). As long as your teachers aren't awful, I'm sure you'll do fine with the subject choices (if you have bad teachers, it can be a bit of a struggle to teach yourself all the modules for maths/FM).
I personally think further maths is better than normal maths, but that is only if you really enjoy maths and are good at it. Normal maths has a lot of ******** while further maths cuts all of it out and its just pure maths and its amazing because it really expands and you just have to apply prior knowledge to a higher extend and its so fun. So, do further maths if u think you will enjoy it and won't struggle too much.
If you're good at maths and enjoy it, Maths and FM should feel like one and a half A Levels, not two. The only challenging content is in the Further Pure modules - Stats 2 and 3 and Decision 2 are easier than their respective 1 modules, and M2 should be straightforward if you're good at M1, which isn't terribly hard. Be prepared to do lots of past papers, but that should be a doddle.
Edit: I ****ed up, I forgot this will be for the new-spec maths. My advice only applies to old-spec. My bad. The new specification is denser and harder than the one we had, and it has a double-edged sword in terms of AS/A2 separation - screwing up in year 12 won't ruin your year 13 grade, and you should be better at the y12 content by the end of y13, but equally acing y12 will make no positive difference to the final A2 grade either.
Not familiar with the English school system, but I guess Further maths is the equivalent of Advanced Higher Maths in Scotland/First year of uni maths content. In that case, it’s not very hard, it’s doable.
There really isn't a single answer to your question. Apart from the obvious differences in what people find difficult, A-Level Maths and Further Maths from different exam boards are completely different subjects. Sure, they have the same syllabus (they didn't until last year) but the difficulty of the exams they write varies wildly.
OCR and Edexcel's Further Maths exams are the really hard ones, with OCRs Mechanics 2 module being infamous for having the lowest pass rate of any legacy A-level module.
On the other hand, AQA and CEAs Further Maths exams verge on being trivial. CIE is somewhere in the middle.