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i'd love to have someone tell me what to pick for a-level and have it over with, but it's never that simple )

I'm in year 11, choosing my a-levels. When I say I want to do further maths, everyone winces a bit, say it's too hard or narrows my prospects too much (in context, im looking at maths, physics and further maths for my 3, and the school doesn't allow 4 subjects). then there's the hippies that say do what you want to do and it looks like im leaning torwards them. what do you think?

--and sorry if this has been asked before, i couldnt sift through 2000 or so pages of search results (except this thread only adds to that, oops). you could link a past thread if you find one?

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What do you want to do after a-levels?
What you want to do after may help you decide.
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(Original post by odjoo)
i'd love to have someone tell me what to pick for a-level and have it over with, but it's never that simple )

I'm in year 11, choosing my a-levels. When I say I want to do further maths, everyone winces a bit, say it's too hard or narrows my prospects too much (in context, im looking at maths, physics and further maths for my 3, and the school doesn't allow 4 subjects). then there's the hippies that say do what you want to do and it looks like im leaning torwards them. what do you think?

--and sorry if this has been asked before, i couldnt sift through 2000 or so pages of search results (except this thread only adds to that, oops). you could link a past thread if you find one?

Thanks.
I'm not a hippy but I think that maths, further maths and Physics is fine, as long as you want to do something like Maths, Physics or Engineering at Uni
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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!
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(Original post by Emma:-))
What do you want to do after a-levels?
What you want to do after may help you decide.
i have no idea, and i think thats the cause of all this ((: probably something to do with maths and engineering .
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(Original post by odjoo)
i'd love to have someone tell me what to pick for a-level and have it over with, but it's never that simple )

I'm in year 11, choosing my a-levels. When I say I want to do further maths, everyone winces a bit, say it's too hard or narrows my prospects too much (in context, im looking at maths, physics and further maths for my 3, and the school doesn't allow 4 subjects). then there's the hippies that say do what you want to do and it looks like im leaning torwards them. what do you think?

--and sorry if this has been asked before, i couldnt sift through 2000 or so pages of search results (except this thread only adds to that, oops). you could link a past thread if you find one?

Thanks.
I'm in year 12 and am finding further maths ok. You'd probably find it hard at first but when you get used to it it's fine. If you want to do maths or physics or something like that at uni then it'd be good.
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(Original post by TheNewLad)
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.
ive never heard that doing further maths would be easier lol. But I see what you mean, i'll definately remember this argument, thanks !
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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.
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(Original post by odjoo)
i'd love to have someone tell me what to pick for a-level and have it over with, but it's never that simple )

I'm in year 11, choosing my a-levels. When I say I want to do further maths, everyone winces a bit, say it's too hard or narrows my prospects too much (in context, im looking at maths, physics and further maths for my 3, and the school doesn't allow 4 subjects). then there's the hippies that say do what you want to do and it looks like im leaning torwards them. what do you think?

--and sorry if this has been asked before, i couldnt sift through 2000 or so pages of search results (except this thread only adds to that, oops). you could link a past thread if you find one?

Thanks.
I'm in year 13 doing maths, further maths and French. I'd say that doing further maths is definitely a good idea if you want to do something maths-related at uni, and you will struggle to get on to any maths-related courses at top unis without FM
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I'm not a hippy but I think that maths, further maths and Physics is fine, as long as you want to do something like Maths, Physics or Engineering at Uni
hippy might have been the wrong word lol sorry
i agree though, thanks (:
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(Original post by odjoo)
hippy might have been the wrong word lol sorry
i agree though, thanks (:
It's fine, I know what you meant
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Further maths makes doing normal maths immensely easier so go for it!
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further maths is difficult especially in year 12 when the jump from gcse to a level further maths is really big. however if you really like maths it is a lot of fun because the concepts are really cool and more interesting that maths you’ve probably covered before. also, it makes normal maths much easier.
unless you have a specific subject you want to go for your third that isnt FM (like, chemistry if you want to do chem eng) then it’s a good choice because it puts you in a good position for maths and engineering courses.
i am in year 13 taking maths, physics, further maths and chemistry
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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.
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