How difficult and time consuming is AS Level Further Mathematics?

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Hi, I was considering choosing an AS Level to accompany my 3 current A Levels, Maths, History, and Economics. I am attending a very regimental college who will drill me to do well hopefully - but I am unsure whether an AS Level to accompany my 3 A Levels will be a little too much of a workload? How gruelling and difficult is the AS Level and how much do you think it could aid me in trying to get into a good university for Degree level Politics / Economics / PPE? Thanks a lot.
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Well I don't do the subject myself, but a lot of my friends do. They say it is very difficult. There's not getting around that. However, a lot of AS Further Maths is A-Level Maths (second year). So even if it cannot help your degrees (which it should bonus UCAS points are always good), it will definitely help A-Level Maths.

In terms of unis, it should be ok, just check the entry requirements. It's rare, but I have seen some that don't accept Further and Single maths together. Again rare, but worth a look

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Not sure about the other questions but it is very difficult. I woudn't say that it's particularly time consuming, but you'll still want to spend a fair amount of time on it to wrap your head around it
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Here is the Edexcel AS Further Mathematics Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...cification.pdf

If you do Edexcel, the books have solutions by the textbook authors who are usually the examiners. You have to do Core Pure Maths paper which has topics such as: Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors and it is a 1 hour and 40 minutes paper and then 2 papers from the following:

Students take one of the following ten options:
2A: Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Further Pure Mathematics 2
2B: Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Further Statistics 1
2C: Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Further Mechanics 1
2D: Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1
2E: Further Statistics 1 and Further Mechanics 1
2F: Further Statistics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1
2G: Further Statistics 1 and Further Statistics 2
2H: Further Mechanics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1
2J: Further Mechanics 1 and Further Mechanics 2
2K: Decision Mathematics 1 and Decision Mathematics 2


Option 2F: Further Statistics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1 OR 2H: Further Mechanics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1 is the best choice.

Most people I know do Further Mechanics 1 and Decision 1 Mathematics. By the way, remember Decision 1 Mathematics used to be an AS-Level option and questions have not changed much as the topics in Decision 1 Mathematics are mostly the same.

Further Mechanics 1 has only a few topics: Momentum and Impulse, Work, energy and power and Elastic collisions in one direction.

Decision 1 Mathematics: Algorithms, Critical Path Analysis and Linear Programming. It is not too difficult if you do past papers from January 2001. They are all similar questions.

Good luck and don't forget to use ExamSolutions, TLMaths and HegartyMaths. Physicsandmathstutor.com is also a useful website.
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(Original post by llxke)
Hi, I was considering choosing an AS Level to accompany my 3 current A Levels, Maths, History, and Economics. I am attending a very regimental college who will drill me to do well hopefully - but I am unsure whether an AS Level to accompany my 3 A Levels will be a little too much of a workload? How gruelling and difficult is the AS Level and how much do you think it could aid me in trying to get into a good university for Degree level Politics / Economics / PPE? Thanks a lot.
If you’re self teaching it’ll be quite difficult but if you’re being taught it it’s very doable, at least in my opinion. The topics seem impossible at first but after a bit they seem easy
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(Original post by llxke)
Hi, I was considering choosing an AS Level to accompany my 3 current A Levels, Maths, History, and Economics. I am attending a very regimental college who will drill me to do well hopefully - but I am unsure whether an AS Level to accompany my 3 A Levels will be a little too much of a workload? How gruelling and difficult is the AS Level and how much do you think it could aid me in trying to get into a good university for Degree level Politics / Economics / PPE? Thanks a lot.
How good are you at Maths? An AS in F Maths might be useful and would complement your A levels. Further Maths is the only A level we allow as a 4th option.

Will you be taught it or self-studying it?
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How good are you at Maths? An AS in F Maths might be useful and would complement your A levels. Further Maths is the only A level we allow as a 4th option.

Will you be taught it or self-studying it?
Hi, I’m a little erratic at maths as I show a good skill, and have got either a 7 or 8 in GCSE but I tendance to make stupid mistakes. I believe I will be taught it but I have contacted my college about it.
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Hi, I’m a little erratic at maths as I show a good skill, and have got either a 7 or 8 in GCSE but I tendance to make stupid mistakes. I believe I will be taught it but I have contacted my college about it.
We look for an 8 to take FMaths...

Have you been set A level prep work for Maths?

I'd revise the GCSE from here: https://www.drfrostmaths.com/sow.php...eets&term=GCSE

Have a look at the AS here: https://www.drfrostmaths.com/sow.php...2017&term=Main
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Hi, I’m a little erratic at maths as I show a good skill, and have got either a 7 or 8 in GCSE but I tendance to make stupid mistakes. I believe I will be taught it but I have contacted my college about it.
What do you think you would’ve got if u sat the actual exam? If not a 9 the fm topics esp mechanics might be a bit much imo. My school didn’t let anyone without a high 9 take it and for good reason
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I do further maths alongside maths (obviously), physics and history and I would say that for me personally it doesn't take up too much of my time and I can say that it helps me a lot in normal a level maths and physics so I would say go for it. Btw I personally did not get a 9 in maths gcse and only got a middle 8 and I would say it is definately challenging but as long as you are willinmg to work at it you will be good
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