What do you want to do after a-levels?
What you want to do after may help you decide.
It's a bit of a double-edged sword. If you don't end up liking maths, it'll be a real slog. But if you do, further maths doesn't have as much content as base maths, so you end up doing like 1.5 A-Levels with the contact hours of 2, if that makes sense, so if you are fond of maths, doing both makes doing well a lot easier.
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I'm currently in Year 12, doing maths, further maths and physics as my 3 A Levels. Although there have been points when I've been worried that I've narrowed my options down too much, and also worried that further maths is going to be too hard (it's getting pretty intense right now!), I think if that's what you want to do, then go for it!
There are always other opportunities you can take that will enhance and boost your CV/UCAS application beyond the subjects you do in sixth form. And if you want to do engineering/physics/maths at university, and can only do 3 A Levels, I think further maths is a great third choice because some universities (eg Cambridge) 'strongly advise' you to have both maths and further maths at A Level.
Hope that helps! Good luck with GCSEs and choosing A Levels!
I'm in year 13 after doing further alongisde maths, biology and Phsyics, it is hard...But it supplments phsycis and maths so well, if you are good at maths it is a deffinite pick, and as some peopel have said there is not that much content, it is just the content is hard, it's only feb and my class of 5 have already finished the course and have started revising via past paper questions, and revsing for the Mechanics and Stats resits as WJEC are a pain.
Further maths makes doing normal maths immensely easier so go for it!
If you're looking at doing something maths or engineering related, then further maths is fine and as some posts have said, some of the top ranked universities look for FM if you apply for a maths heavy course. However, if you change your mind and want to do something else, e.g. medicine, vet, dentistry for instance, you'll find some universities not recognising FM as a 3rd subject. Might you be able to persuade your school to let you do 4 subjects to hedge your bets? Most schools will listen to the voice of reason.
Crazy education system in this country to make 16 year olds decide at such an early age. Good luck with your decision.