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Hey guys,
I have been given the option to do ad-maths FSMQ but I’m not sure if it is worth doing. Has anyone got any advice?
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I am of the opinion that ad-maths is not useful if you intend to go onto maths a level or further maths a level. Because it simply teaches you more which is then recapped in the a level syllabus.
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As someone who did an additional Maths qualification, it does put a bit more pressure on you, but it certainly makes things a lot easier to understand in Year 12 if you’re studying it at A-Level. It covers quite a bit of unit 1, and helps bridge the gap between GCSE and A-Level, where you’re answering extended questions. The decision is yours, you won’t be at any disadvantage if you don’t do it, but it might help take some of the pressure off of you next year. It did help me though and can help you decide whether or not you want to take on Maths at A-Level if you’re still deciding
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If you're on for a pretty easy grade 9 at GCSE then take it. It honestly made my first year at A level the easiest thing, in pure I learnt like 1.5 topics and all the rest was on the FSMQ. They've changed the spec now so I think you'd learn even less. Having less to learn in year 12 is definitely a good thing, you can concentrate on other things while keeping up without too much effort

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looks better on your CV
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If you wanna do maths for A-level then yeah, why not.
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Depends on your teacher & how much support you'll get for the actual Further Maths spec.
In terms of CV, if you go on the do A-Level maths & get a decent grade (A,A*) then any GCSE qualification will be pretty redundant for CV purposes.

Essentially the only thing that will actually mean something is the number of GCSEs you have, especially the number of A,A* (9s, these days).

In terms of A-Level, I'd roughly agree with other posters, but with less enthusiasm. Much really depends on the way that the extra spec/topics are presented to you.

IMO the only really valid argument is that it should consolidate your grade 9 at GCSE. Studying F maths will help you improve your algebra (massively), assuming you have a decent conceptual understanding of algebra already. It will also help to improve/consolidate trig, functions, quadratics.

I did F Maths as an extra O-Level. Yes, THAT long ago. I got an A (A* as an award was not even a twinkle in the eyes of the chief examiner back then). I can truly say that neither the experience, nor the qualification helped me any any way whatsoever with A-Level Maths, UCAS apps, or ANY job apps since. I don't wish to appear negative, just honest.
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Hi, I am in year 11 and currently doing Additional Maths.

My Maths teachers have told us that it has no actual use in future, unlike Further Maths.

However, it is a Level 3 Qualification that is above a GCSE, more like an A-Level, and so it carries some UCAS Points. Apparently, if you fail it, no one's going to care. But if you do well in it, it'll look great on your CV and give you extra UCAS points too. It's fine both ways, really.

I'd say go for it!
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