What's more difficult, further maths AS or the full maths A level?

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ColtTheWolf
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I'm just curious as I have a year or two out of school before uni to work and get experience, and I'm always very bored and whenever I am bored I enjoy to learn something, but I won't have anything to do!

Would it be easier to learn a full maths A level, or just do an AS in further maths?
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You could do AS which is a lot easier and then decide whether to do A level. I think they are different, I would say both equally difficult.
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Further maths AS will assume you know normal maths AS by the end, so you'd have to learn some normal maths anyway. I think the maths in further maths AS is about the same level as year 2 normal maths, but the topics are a bit more interesting in further (and potentially therefore trickier seeming until you grasp the general idea of what you're doing). If you aren't planning to sit the exam then you could just mix between the both, skipping out the boring chapters to focus on the fun ones
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(Original post by Interea)
Further maths AS will assume you know normal maths AS by the end, so you'd have to learn some normal maths anyway. I think the maths in further maths AS is about the same level as year 2 normal maths, but the topics are a bit more interesting in further (and potentially therefore trickier seeming until you grasp the general idea of what you're doing). If you aren't planning to sit the exam then you could just mix between the both, skipping out the boring chapters to focus on the fun ones
I think I may write the exam. So I'm guessing it's easier to just do A level maths?

God it sounds so sad that I'm scared of not having exams lol, but I like having a big date to work towards
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I think I may write the exam. So I'm guessing it's easier to just do A level maths?

God it sounds so sad that I'm scared of not having exams lol, but I like having a big date to work towards
Haha that doesn't sound sad to me at all, I'm constantly learning new things (and I generally pick languages so I can really feel that constant progress and keep setting myself goals to work towards). But yes, probably easier to just do A level maths, and keep the further maths for fun extra study, since it builds on the normal maths content. Or if you end up taking two years out before uni, it's definitely very doable to do both if you really can't pick
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I think I may write the exam. So I'm guessing it's easier to just do A level maths?

God it sounds so sad that I'm scared of not having exams lol, but I like having a big date to work towards
I was in the same boat, initially I was thinking of sitting further maths as an AS level alongside my A Level exams in 2021 but then I found out my school dont accept private candidate exam entries anymore due to covid guidelines so I just did not bother with it. I did cover complex number and argand diagrams. I am gonna continue covering content as it does seem interesting and some relatives tend to drop me messages every now and then cuz they need help with maths. Whenever it is FM, I have had to turn them down lol
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