Taking maths to A-Level?Watch
Do you think I should go for it or reconsider? Also, if you're doing A-level maths, how hard is it/how do you revise + stay on top of things?
(Also, my wildcard A-level is Geography since I love it SO much even though it's unrelated to anything I want to do, so if any of you know any successful career paths/uses I would appreciate an excuse to squeeze it in my options..)
Thanks so much.
I would say that maths is not necessarily essential for certain STEM subjects at uni and not a prerequisite to do a levels in biology and chemistry although there are certain things in maths which help with the other two. I would advise you to only go for maths if you really enjoy it as whilst many subjects have different and varied topics maths is just maths although there are different aspects such as: differentiation, integration, graphs, logarithms, stats and mechanics.
In terms of how hard I find it I would say it is nicely challenging at as although I am aware second year is a bit harder. I revise by doing textbook questions related to the topic, consolidation homeworks and past exam questions by topic and spend an average of 6 hours outside lessons doing this which is definitely a manageable amount for me and I still have time to do other stuff too.
I had only got a 7 in maths at GCSE and have even had a year out of mathematics all together, going into the course my teacher did warn me that it's going to be hard, which it can be at times. But if you really do want to study it and you enjoy it, like myself, you will definitely succeed. She worried I wasn't going to make it but recently had a test and I was second highest scorer and I'm working ahead of the class I'm in currently, and I don't revise it consistently I do the prep-work (homework basically) she gives us each week for about 3 hours a week and that's it. So go for it, you won't regret it even if it is difficult at times, your definitely capable.
In terms of your other a-levels, very good choice and very ranged. I wish I had done chemistry, as I wish to maybe go onto foundation medicine or biomedical science. Don't put to much stress on yourself about a-levels though at the moment, revise and get your GCSEs and in the first 2 weeks of college they usually give you the option to change if it doesn't appeal to you.
Good luck with your GCSEs!