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I'm deciding to take a level maths, economics, computer science and further maths (as I believe further maths is basically essential for a CS/finance/Econ related degree in the top Russel group unis). However, I'm still not sure if I have made the right choice as im not sure if I will be able to cope with 4 a levels or am competent enough for further maths. I got a 9 in computer science, maths, physics and chemistry in gcse. Is this a good choice of subjects?
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I'm deciding to take a level maths, economics, computer science and further maths (as I believe further maths is basically essential for a CS/finance/Econ related degree in the top Russel group unis). However, I'm still not sure if I have made the right choice as im not sure if I will be able to cope with 4 a levels or am competent enough for further maths. I got a 9 in computer science, maths, physics and chemistry in gcse. Is this a good choice of subjects?
Also note to take further maths I need to take it as a 4th a level in my sixth form
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Also note to take further maths I need to take it as a 4th a level in my sixth form
I think 4 A-levels is doable if it includes further maths. Studying for maths + further maths is less work than studying for two completely different subjects. Because if you can do integration in further maths (of which there is a lot) you can breeze through integration problems in single - just as an example.
And yeah with CS and economics some universities do prefer you to have further maths. LSE's econ course in particular is heavily maths-based, and if you were to apply to Imperial for computing you'd have to take STEP too.
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I think 4 A-levels is doable if it includes further maths. Studying for maths + further maths is less work than studying for two completely different subjects. Because if you can do integration in further maths (of which there is a lot) you can breeze through integration problems in single - just as an example.
And yeah with CS and economics some universities do prefer you to have further maths. LSE's econ course in particular is heavily maths-based, and if you were to apply to Imperial for computing you'd have to take STEP too.
Thanks, I really needed to hear that! Also what is STEP? And did u take further maths at a levels?
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Thanks, I really needed to hear that! Also what is STEP? And did u take further maths at a levels?
STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) is a series of maths exams (usually you only take two of them) taken around the same time as A-levels. Universities may include it as part of a conditional offer for maths-based courses - e.g. Warwick's standard offer for maths is A*A*A* but if you were to take STEP it would be A*A*A + a grade 1 in STEP. However only Cambridge and Imperial include STEP requirements in their typical offers, and I think Imperial is the only one that requires STEP for straight computing.

I did take further maths. The way my school taught it, we covered all of A-level maths in year 12 and then all of further maths in year 13 but we sat both subjects this year. So in the exam season I barely did any revision for single maths because it wasn't necessary at that point - I was focusing on further. Hence why it was less work than two distinct subjects.
The hardest part about the further maths exams for me was trying to not make basic numerical mistakes because every paper I was pressed for time and wouldn't have time to check. It's not too difficult to learn how to tackle the questions, what does take a lot of practice is being able to get any question right first time.
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