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    I want to do maths and further maths for a level but in my school you have to do maths a level in the first year and then further maths in the 2nd year. I don't know if i'm capable of achieving high grades if I do the whole maths a level in one year and then further maths in the next year especially with exams becoming really hard now. Should I just go for it or just not do further maths?
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    Further maths is really difficult in A-Level and very few people get stellar grades in it. Stick with something else imo, universities will often treat all A-levels as if they are all equal whether its A-Level further maths/ physics or BTEC Finance/ IT. Choose wisely, I made the mistake of choosing 4 very demanding subjects because I thought I was smart enough to be able to do anything - my gcse's were impeccable. Its a nice subject but dont expect special treatment for doing it - be smart and think about what is next after A-Levels.

    fyi: I had to take a gap year and do my a-levels over 3 years.
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    (Original post by .unknown)
    I want to do maths and further maths for a level but in my school you have to do maths a level in the first year and then further maths in the 2nd year. I don't know if i'm capable of achieving high grades if I do the whole maths a level in one year and then further maths in the next year especially with exams becoming really hard now. Should I just go for it or just not do further maths?
    You’ll be learning the same amount of maths and going at the same pace if you learn maths/FM in parallel or if you learn them sequentially. So this shouldn’t be a reason to not choose FM.
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    Yep, it's standard for those who take maths and further maths (I assume you did well at GCSE and didn't find it particularly taxing). I even did maths A2 and the whole of further maths in one year.
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    (Original post by yoink)
    Further maths is really difficult in A-Level and very few people get stellar grades in it. Stick with something else imo, universities will often treat all A-levels as if they are all equal whether its A-Level further maths/ physics or BTEC Finance/ IT. Choose wisely, I made the mistake of choosing 4 very demanding subjects because I thought I was smart enough to be able to do anything - my gcse's were impeccable. Its a nice subject but dont expect special treatment for doing it - be smart and think about what is next after A-Levels.

    fyi: I had to take a gap year and do my a-levels over 3 years.

    The thing is further maths is highly recommended for the course I want to take in university. Also may I ask what other subjects you did? I'm planning to do physics maths further maths and Spanish.
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    (Original post by math42)
    Yep, it's standard for those who take maths and further maths (I assume you did well at GCSE and didn't find it particularly taxing). I even did maths A2 and the whole of further maths in one year.
    I'm in year 11 now but the lowest i've ever got in maths was an 8 so i'm pretty good at it. Should I perhaps teach myself some of the a level contents of maths whenever I have free time?
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    (Original post by .unknown)
    I'm in year 11 now but the lowest i've ever got in maths was an 8 so i'm pretty good at it. Should I perhaps teach myself some of the a level contents of maths whenever I have free time?
    I wouldn't say that you need to trouble yourself with A-level maths during year 11, but doing some over next summer would certainly be reasonable.
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    (Original post by math42)
    I wouldn't say that you need to trouble yourself with A-level maths during year 11, but doing some over next summer would certainly be reasonable.
    Alright thanks
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    (Original post by .unknown)
    The thing is further maths is highly recommended for the course I want to take in university. Also may I ask what other subjects you did? I'm planning to do physics maths further maths and Spanish.
    I did maths, physics, biology and further maths. After 3 years I managed to get A*ABB and am going to uni this year. What is really annoying is that I knew someone do 3 BTEC subjects something along the lines of IT, finance, and sociology and he went on to do computer science at Uni of Leeds whilst I was stuck having to retake a year because I didn't achieve AAA. I was given no special treatment for having to done Physics and Further maths which were both really challenging and they didnt care I did 4 A-Levels as opposed to 3.

    I guess it depends on what you want to do at uni, but if you're set on doing further maths I would drop physics and stick with the 3 A-Levels. Trust me.
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    (Original post by math42)
    I wouldn't say that you need to trouble yourself with A-level maths during year 11, but doing some over next summer would certainly be reasonable.
    You said you did the whole of maths A2 and further in a year, how did you find it? I'm in the same situation at the moment and I'm undecided whether I should take the whole A level or just an AS (still relevant for me). What do you think?
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    (Original post by yoink)
    I did maths, physics, biology and further maths. After 3 years I managed to get A*ABB and am going to uni this year. What is really annoying is that I knew someone do 3 BTEC subjects something along the lines of IT, finance, and sociology and he went on to do computer science at Uni of Leeds whilst I was stuck having to retake a year because I didn't achieve AAA. I was given no special treatment for having to done Physics and Further maths which were both really challenging and they didnt care I did 4 A-Levels as opposed to 3.

    I guess it depends on what you want to do at uni, but if you're set on doing further maths I would drop physics and stick with the 3 A-Levels. Trust me.
    I can't drop physics as it is required for the course i wanna take. I think I might just do maths physics and spanish
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    You said you did the whole of maths A2 and further in a year, how did you find it? I'm in the same situation at the moment and I'm undecided whether I should take the whole A level or just an AS (still relevant for me). What do you think?
    It was completely fine. I did spend loads of time on it, but I certainly could have gotten away with significantly less. I still had a reasonable amount of free time and it didn't really hurt my other subjects much (admittedly my grades in those were borderline, but had I slipped under said borders I'd have still gotten into uni).
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    (Original post by yoink)
    Further maths is really difficult in A-Level and very few people get stellar grades in it.
    Nah that's a lie.

    About 60% of further maths students get A-A*

    Only very capable students take the qualification, and people know exactly what they are getting into when they pick it up.

    It's also not-impossible to just brute force past papers.
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    (Original post by .unknown)
    I want to do maths and further maths for a level but in my school you have to do maths a level in the first year and then further maths in the 2nd year. I don't know if i'm capable of achieving high grades if I do the whole maths a level in one year and then further maths in the next year especially with exams becoming really hard now. Should I just go for it or just not do further maths?
    Its like the GCSE course so it is covered over 2 years
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    (Original post by vicvic38)
    Nah that's a lie.

    About 60% of further maths students get A-A*

    Only very capable students take the qualification, and people know exactly what they are getting into when they pick it up.

    It's also not-impossible to just brute force past papers.
    I cant explain the statistic, maybe lots of kids from private schools pick it up and it's not available at some public schools. I don't know. All I know is that I went to a public school regarded as one of the best in my city (admittedly its not a big city, but not small either) and out of a further maths class of 20 only ~3/4 got A* or an A. Thats 15-20% that got at least an A.

    A lot of kids also dropped it when going into year 2, as further maths back then was done over 2 years alongside normal maths, also over 2 years.
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    I've just started year 13 and I'm doing my maths the way your school does it. I'm doing maths, further maths, physics, eng lit. it's really not that hard, I say go for it. If you're looking at top unis for maths heavy degrees it will be very very advantageous. doing fm now will make your life in uni a lot easier. also doing 4 a levels is not that daunting, besides when you're doing maths and fm in this way it feels like you're only ever juggling 3 subjects at any one time.
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    (Original post by math42)
    It was completely fine. I did spend loads of time on it, but I certainly could have gotten away with significantly less. I still had a reasonable amount of free time and it didn't really hurt my other subjects much (admittedly my grades in those were borderline, but had I slipped under said borders I'd have still gotten into uni).
    Glad to hear you got into uni. I will probably end up doing the whole A-level course, just wanted to hear someone else's opinion.
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    got a C in gcse maths in 2015, re took it and got a B. Took new spec a level maths last year in just one year and got an A. It is proper maths unlike the GCSE bull ****, you will be fine. Work hard though
 
 
 

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