Is it better to get a bad grade on a extra A-level, or to not take it at all?

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ml.1612
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Suppose the courses I want to apply for don't require Further Maths for the entry requirements.

Would I be better to take FM as a fourth A level and show a strong mathematical background, but run the risk of getting a bad grade?

If my application was otherwise all A*s, would a B in Further Maths add to, or detract from my application?

Would love to hear some opinions on this.
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Suppose the courses I want to apply for don't require Further Maths for the entry requirements.

Would I be better to take FM as a fourth A level and show a strong mathematical background, but run the risk of getting a bad grade?

If my application was otherwise all A*s, would a B in Further Maths add to, or detract from my application?

Would love to hear some opinions on this.
Either or. You dont need the B so I would just focus on 3.
Normally for subjects that require FM you need an A. I dont think a B does you any harm other than requiring extra effort, but am not sure it does you any massive favours either.
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Suppose the courses I want to apply for don't require Further Maths for the entry requirements.

Would I be better to take FM as a fourth A level and show a strong mathematical background, but run the risk of getting a bad grade?

If my application was otherwise all A*s, would a B in Further Maths add to, or detract from my application?

Would love to hear some opinions on this.
Depends on the course you're looking at tbh, what is it you're looking to do?
From my understanding people only pick 4 subjects because of personal preference, not because of any academic advantage you might gain in the admissions process.
If anything why don't you drop one of your other 4 subjects and keep FM and the other?
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