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Should I do A-level Further maths or English literature?

This is my first time asking a question here, so I don't know what to do but here goes nothing 😅

A little background on this question. I’m a student in my final year of GCSE, I took computer science in GCSE and really liked it so I thought it would be a suitable career path in the future, perhaps I could study it in university. So based on this I picked my A-level subjects Maths, Computer science, and Further maths. Now, I’ve been thinking for a while and I realized that I’m not sure if I’m going to like computer science all that much.

I kept searching for university requirements for computer science and which subjects they prefer and made my choices based on that. I don’t think that’s the best decision to do as I’m really narrowing down the options for myself on what I want to study at university. So I was thinking of something else to do, and I really like English. It’s a subject I’m good at, not the best, but I enjoy it and would like to study it. So I could probably switch it for further maths, but I don’t know if that’s a wise decision.

I know further maths is difficult and people have said that you should only take it if you enjoy math and are particularly good at it. I am good at math and do enjoy it, but I don’t know if I’m really fit to take further maths. I heard universities really like it if you take that subject, but I’m not sure I want to take it. Originally, I chose it because it’s a subject that would help me with computer science, that’s the only reason I picked it.

English Literature I heard that it takes up a lot of your time because of the essays and reading, but it is a highly respected subject in university. I know it is difficult in its own way, however, I do enjoy it,

I want to know which of these two subjects you would recommend and what would I benefit from if I picked English literature or Further maths.

Also, side note, obviously, I’m not in school because of the coronavirus but I just want to pick my subjects for A-level wisely because I’m going to sixth form.
Okay so I'm not going to say 'pick engilsh' or 'pick maths' however, I was in a very similar situation, having taken computer science GCSE, I took maths and physics at A Level so that I could do CS at uni, only to realise too late that I didn't really want to do it and ended up disliking maths and physics because of that. If I could go back, I'd really look at whether I would enjoy the individual subjects and decide whether I'd be able to properly approach the work. Only take it if you genuinely think you are interested in it as a subject, not because you wanted to do computer science and it fits with that.
Original post by lulu_laila
This is my first time asking a question here, so I don't know what to do but here goes nothing 😅

A little background on this question. I’m a student in my final year of GCSE, I took computer science in GCSE and really liked it so I thought it would be a suitable career path in the future, perhaps I could study it in university. So based on this I picked my A-level subjects Maths, Computer science, and Further maths. Now, I’ve been thinking for a while and I realized that I’m not sure if I’m going to like computer science all that much.

I kept searching for university requirements for computer science and which subjects they prefer and made my choices based on that. I don’t think that’s the best decision to do as I’m really narrowing down the options for myself on what I want to study at university. So I was thinking of something else to do, and I really like English. It’s a subject I’m good at, not the best, but I enjoy it and would like to study it. So I could probably switch it for further maths, but I don’t know if that’s a wise decision.

I know further maths is difficult and people have said that you should only take it if you enjoy math and are particularly good at it. I am good at math and do enjoy it, but I don’t know if I’m really fit to take further maths. I heard universities really like it if you take that subject, but I’m not sure I want to take it. Originally, I chose it because it’s a subject that would help me with computer science, that’s the only reason I picked it.

English Literature I heard that it takes up a lot of your time because of the essays and reading, but it is a highly respected subject in university. I know it is difficult in its own way, however, I do enjoy it,

I want to know which of these two subjects you would recommend and what would I benefit from if I picked English literature or Further maths.

Also, side note, obviously, I’m not in school because of the coronavirus but I just want to pick my subjects for A-level wisely because I’m going to sixth form.

Hey
Firstly what are your predicted grades in Maths and English lit? Did you take Further Maths for Gcse?

I think if you want to do computer science, further maths is the better choice but it will obviously be quite hard and it's quite abstract/ not like normal maths. Both Further Maths and English Literature are quite hard subjects to take.

Something my maths teacher told me:
She took maths, further maths, english and economics and got As or A* in maths but in English she got a C. She said that in maths there is one answer whereas in English there are many answers and you never know what the examiner prefers or would give you a better mark for. In maths, there is only one answer and if you have that right then you will get the marks for it.

Another pro for Further Maths: a study was taken where a number of people were sampled. It showed the most lucrative a level subject i.e. which subjects had students earning the most money. Further maths was at the top of the list at number 1. This is why it's a subject that is sought out by companies, employers and universities. Many universities such as Imperial even have it as a recommended subject for some of their courses including computer science. You can find the study here: https://www.tes.com/news/revealed-highest-paying-level-subjects

Personally I'm not a fan of English Lit but if you enjoy it then you should take it. Some universities also don't like when you have 2 similar subjects such as Maths and Further maths but that's usually for things like medicine. For your course, computer science, it is usually recommended that you have further maths. You are at a better position if you have Further maths.

If you really can't make up your mind, take 4 subjects. I know it will be a lot of work but it might be worth it in case you change your mind about computer science. It's always good to have a second option. If you do take 4 subjects, you can always drop one at AS level. Also research how your school teaches a levels as some teach just Maths in the first year and for those taking further maths, they teach that in the second year. For those who aren't taking further maths just repeat maths for the next year and revise. Personally I like how there's that option as you can choose whether you want to do just Maths or do further maths in the next year. There's a lot of flexibility. So if you changed your mind you can drop Further Maths e.g. if you think you won't be able to cope.

Hope this helped and made sense:smile:
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Original post by limitlesspuffy
Hey
Firstly what are your predicted grades in Maths and English lit? Did you take Further Maths for Gcse?

I think if you want to do computer science, further maths is the better choice but it will obviously be quite hard and it's quite abstract/ not like normal maths. Both Further Maths and English Literature are quite hard subjects to take.

Something my maths teacher told me:
She took maths, further maths, english and economics and got As or A* in maths but in English she got a C. She said that in maths there is one answer whereas in English there are many answers and you never know what the examiner prefers or would give you a better mark for. In maths, there is only one answer and if you have that right then you will get the marks for it.

Another pro for Further Maths: a study was taken where a number of people were sampled. It showed the most lucrative a level subject i.e. which subjects had students earning the most money. Further maths was at the top of the list at number 1. This is why it's a subject that is sought out by companies, employers and universities. Many universities such as Imperial even have it as a recommended subject for some of their courses including computer science. You can find the study here: https://www.tes.com/news/revealed-highest-paying-level-subjects

Personally I'm not a fan of English Lit but if you enjoy it then you should take it. Some universities also don't like when you have 2 similar subjects such as Maths and Further maths but that's usually for things like medicine. For your course, computer science, it is usually recommended that you have further maths. You are at a better position if you have Further maths.

If you really can't make up your mind, take 4 subjects. I know it will be a lot of work but it might be worth it in case you change your mind about computer science. It's always good to have a second option. If you do take 4 subjects, you can always drop one at AS level. Also research how your school teaches a levels as some teach just Maths in the first year and for those taking further maths, they teach that in the second year. For those who aren't taking further maths just repeat maths for the next year and revise. Personally I like how there's that option as you can choose whether you want to do just Maths or do further maths in the next year. There's a lot of flexibility. So if you changed your mind you can drop Further Maths e.g. if you think you won't be able to cope.

Hope this helped and made sense:smile:


I'm predicted an A in math and English literature, so I guess I'm fine in that department. I got the same advice about English from my mom as well. She took English in university and told me that the examiner either likes your work or doesn't, there isn't one specific answer, which is why I'm kinda scared to take it. But doing 4 subjects might not be a bad idea, I'm just scared the workload would be too much.
Reply 4
Original post by limitlesspuffy
Hey
Firstly what are your predicted grades in Maths and English lit? Did you take Further Maths for Gcse?

I think if you want to do computer science, further maths is the better choice but it will obviously be quite hard and it's quite abstract/ not like normal maths. Both Further Maths and English Literature are quite hard subjects to take.

Something my maths teacher told me:
She took maths, further maths, english and economics and got As or A* in maths but in English she got a C. She said that in maths there is one answer whereas in English there are many answers and you never know what the examiner prefers or would give you a better mark for. In maths, there is only one answer and if you have that right then you will get the marks for it.

Another pro for Further Maths: a study was taken where a number of people were sampled. It showed the most lucrative a level subject i.e. which subjects had students earning the most money. Further maths was at the top of the list at number 1. This is why it's a subject that is sought out by companies, employers and universities. Many universities such as Imperial even have it as a recommended subject for some of their courses including computer science. You can find the study here: https://www.tes.com/news/revealed-highest-paying-level-subjects

Personally I'm not a fan of English Lit but if you enjoy it then you should take it. Some universities also don't like when you have 2 similar subjects such as Maths and Further maths but that's usually for things like medicine. For your course, computer science, it is usually recommended that you have further maths. You are at a better position if you have Further maths.

If you really can't make up your mind, take 4 subjects. I know it will be a lot of work but it might be worth it in case you change your mind about computer science. It's always good to have a second option. If you do take 4 subjects, you can always drop one at AS level. Also research how your school teaches a levels as some teach just Maths in the first year and for those taking further maths, they teach that in the second year. For those who aren't taking further maths just repeat maths for the next year and revise. Personally I like how there's that option as you can choose whether you want to do just Maths or do further maths in the next year. There's a lot of flexibility. So if you changed your mind you can drop Further Maths e.g. if you think you won't be able to cope.

Hope this helped and made sense:smile:

Also, your advice helped a lot so thank you! :smile:
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So do you think that if I take eng lit with math and computer science it could take a lot of my time and I won't be able to focus on math and computer science?
Original post by lulu_laila
This is my first time asking a question here, so I don't know what to do but here goes nothing 😅

A little background on this question. I’m a student in my final year of GCSE, I took computer science in GCSE and really liked it so I thought it would be a suitable career path in the future, perhaps I could study it in university. So based on this I picked my A-level subjects Maths, Computer science, and Further maths. Now, I’ve been thinking for a while and I realized that I’m not sure if I’m going to like computer science all that much.

I kept searching for university requirements for computer science and which subjects they prefer and made my choices based on that. I don’t think that’s the best decision to do as I’m really narrowing down the options for myself on what I want to study at university. So I was thinking of something else to do, and I really like English. It’s a subject I’m good at, not the best, but I enjoy it and would like to study it. So I could probably switch it for further maths, but I don’t know if that’s a wise decision.

I know further maths is difficult and people have said that you should only take it if you enjoy math and are particularly good at it. I am good at math and do enjoy it, but I don’t know if I’m really fit to take further maths. I heard universities really like it if you take that subject, but I’m not sure I want to take it. Originally, I chose it because it’s a subject that would help me with computer science, that’s the only reason I picked it.

English Literature I heard that it takes up a lot of your time because of the essays and reading, but it is a highly respected subject in university. I know it is difficult in its own way, however, I do enjoy it,

I want to know which of these two subjects you would recommend and what would I benefit from if I picked English literature or Further maths.

Also, side note, obviously, I’m not in school because of the coronavirus but I just want to pick my subjects for A-level wisely because I’m going to sixth form.


Hey! I took Maths, Further Maths & Computer Science and was due to take my exams this year. I'm going to be taking Maths & Computer Science at uni next year. Personally, I wouldn't take Further Maths unless you really do enjoy the subject, as taking it will result in 2/3 of your lessons being maths and that is a big, big jump from GCSE - you also generally expected to work through standard Alevel Maths faster if you take Further Maths. If you enjoy English, I really think you should take it - 3 A-Levels isn't usually too heavy a workload, though of course it is a step up from GCSE.
If you are looking to do say, computer science, maths or physics then FM makes sense but is only a hard requirement for a few maths courses.

Really - if you take maths you'll be able to apply to any CS course, so if you want to continue English, I would take that instead. If you are unsure, you might be able to start with 4 then drop down to 3.

How do you find GCSE maths?
Original post by DoNotMove
Hey! I took Maths, Further Maths & Computer Science and was due to take my exams this year. I'm going to be taking Maths & Computer Science at uni next year. Personally, I wouldn't take Further Maths unless you really do enjoy the subject, as taking it will result in 2/3 of your lessons being maths and that is a big, big jump from GCSE - you also generally expected to work through standard Alevel Maths faster if you take Further Maths. If you enjoy English, I really think you should take it - 3 A-Levels isn't usually too heavy a workload, though of course it is a step up from GCSE.

Only if the school takes maths in y12 and does FM in y13, otherwise this shouldn't be as much the case.

That said - sometimes things do come up in FM that haven't been covered yet in single maths. It depends on what order topics are taught, there's a prescribed order to avoid this.
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Original post by _gcx
If you are looking to do say, computer science, maths or physics then FM makes sense but is only a hard requirement for a few maths courses.

Really - if you take maths you'll be able to apply to any CS course, so if you want to continue English, I would take that instead. If you are unsure, you might be able to start with 4 then drop down to 3.

How do you find GCSE maths?


I'm good at math, I enjoy it so I don't think I would hate further maths but I'm not sure I want to take 2 math subjects.
Original post by _gcx
Only if the school takes maths in y12 and does FM in y13, otherwise this shouldn't be as much the case.

That said - sometimes things do come up in FM that haven't been covered yet in single maths. It depends on what order topics are taught, there's a prescribed order to avoid this.

Very true - at my school we did Year Maths and FM in first year, and the second half of both in second.
hey! im thinkig of taking chemistry, physics, maths, and further maths or english? what do you think I should do based on your experience? I dont necessarily love doing my english work at the moment but I deeply appreciate it as a subject and feel like I learn a lot from it and enjoy pariticipating in the class discussions. further maths is probably better idea as it goes better with other subjects but what if I get bored doing science all day? id probably only take english to AS but still, is it worth it or too much work?

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