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Hello, im in Y11 and I'm thinking of doing A levels in Bio, History and an AS in Economics. For my 3rd A-level I want to do either Chem/Maths. what do you learn in in Maths and how hard is it on average. (on track to get a 9/high 8, but don't rly enjoy it other than statistics and geometry)

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well, a-level maths is quite difficult to be honest, there is a fair bit of statistics and geometry, but there is also mechanics and trigonometry

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well, a-level maths is quite difficult to be honest, there is a fair bit of statistics and geometry, but there is also mechanics and trigonometry

**nm12345**)well, a-level maths is quite difficult to be honest, there is a fair bit of statistics and geometry, but there is also mechanics and trigonometry

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I would defiantly take it, interesting + unis like it, what are u predicted for GCSE?

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I would defiantly take it, interesting + unis like it, what are u predicted for GCSE

**a_l_f**)I would defiantly take it, interesting + unis like it, what are u predicted for GCSE

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Ive been getting 9 almost all tests, but some recent ones are 8 (recently we've done a lot of functions and transformations)

**Payel123**)Ive been getting 9 almost all tests, but some recent ones are 8 (recently we've done a lot of functions and transformations)

You do calculus, differential equations, parametics, trig, graph stuff and that

I did OCR MEI B so cant speak for other exam boards

have a look at some past papers to get a feel for content if unsure

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Are there a lot on functions, they're the bane of my existence?

**Payel123**)Are there a lot on functions, they're the bane of my existence?

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Hello, im in Y11 and I'm thinking of doing A levels in Bio, History and an AS in Economics. For my 3rd A-level I want to do either Chem/Maths. what do you learn in in Maths and how hard is it on average. (on track to get a 9/high 8, but don't rly enjoy it other than statistics and geometry)

**Payel123**)Hello, im in Y11 and I'm thinking of doing A levels in Bio, History and an AS in Economics. For my 3rd A-level I want to do either Chem/Maths. what do you learn in in Maths and how hard is it on average. (on track to get a 9/high 8, but don't rly enjoy it other than statistics and geometry)

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On the one hand, A-level Maths is somewhat different in style to GCSE Maths (or at least that was the case when I did GCSE, and then later studied the A-level topics). I found the GCSE material quite dull, but A-level more interesting and enjoyable.

Note that following my post on your other thread, this is then probably also indicative that you might not enjoy or do well in an economics based degree, as the maths on an economics degree is far more than "just" statistics and even the statistics you do on an economics degree (which is normally "proper" stats i.e. mathematical statistics) is more similar to those other topics above and A-level Maths, than the kind of statistics you do in GCSE Maths.

*But*the topics you indicate you liked at GCSE are probably the least representative or related to the A-level material. The stuff on trigonometry, algebra, functions, graphs (inc coordinate geometry) and vectors (I can't remember if we did vectors at GCSE tbh) is more the kind of maths done in A-level. If you didn't like those topics so much, then you probably won't enjoy (and quite possibly do well in) A-level Maths.Note that following my post on your other thread, this is then probably also indicative that you might not enjoy or do well in an economics based degree, as the maths on an economics degree is far more than "just" statistics and even the statistics you do on an economics degree (which is normally "proper" stats i.e. mathematical statistics) is more similar to those other topics above and A-level Maths, than the kind of statistics you do in GCSE Maths.

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Are there a lot on functions, they're the bane of my existence?

**Payel123**)Are there a lot on functions, they're the bane of my existence?

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On the one hand, A-level Maths is somewhat different in style to GCSE Maths (or at least that was the case when I did GCSE, and then later studied the A-level topics). I found the GCSE material quite dull, but A-level more interesting and enjoyable.

Note that following my post on your other thread, this is then probably also indicative that you might not enjoy or do well in an economics based degree, as the maths on an economics degree is far more than "just" statistics and even the statistics you do on an economics degree (which is normally "proper" stats i.e. mathematical statistics) is more similar to those other topics above and A-level Maths, than the kind of statistics you do in GCSE Maths

**artful_lounger**)On the one hand, A-level Maths is somewhat different in style to GCSE Maths (or at least that was the case when I did GCSE, and then later studied the A-level topics). I found the GCSE material quite dull, but A-level more interesting and enjoyable.

*But*the topics you indicate you liked at GCSE are probably the least representative or related to the A-level material. The stuff on trigonometry, algebra, functions, graphs (inc coordinate geometry) and vectors (I can't remember if we did vectors at GCSE tbh) is more the kind of maths done in A-level. If you didn't like those topics so much, then you probably won't enjoy (and quite possibly do well in) A-level Maths.Note that following my post on your other thread, this is then probably also indicative that you might not enjoy or do well in an economics based degree, as the maths on an economics degree is far more than "just" statistics and even the statistics you do on an economics degree (which is normally "proper" stats i.e. mathematical statistics) is more similar to those other topics above and A-level Maths, than the kind of statistics you do in GCSE Maths

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Thanks, What if I do a BA eco course, the less maths heavy one. I am relatively good at maths, and apart from functions I am capable of doing them, but if there's only a bit of maths here and there, I won't find it that boring. I'm doing Eco AS bc my school lets me swap it for another in first month if I don't like it/ find it hard. I'm not planning on doing a pure eco course, I like the sound of it but have never studied it.

**Payel123**)Thanks, What if I do a BA eco course, the less maths heavy one. I am relatively good at maths, and apart from functions I am capable of doing them, but if there's only a bit of maths here and there, I won't find it that boring. I'm doing Eco AS bc my school lets me swap it for another in first month if I don't like it/ find it hard. I'm not planning on doing a pure eco course, I like the sound of it but have never studied it.

If you are interested in the effect of economic policy and institutions on society then you might find a degree more suited to your tastes would be something else in the social sciences, like politics, sociology, or anthropology. In those subjects you will think about those things (and aspects of "armchair" economic theory actually form the bases of some very central sociological and anthropological theories stemming from Weber and Marx). Alternately something like archaeology, where considering how ancient peoples might have traded with each other and formed local economies based on the material remains of those cultures, is something of a great deal of interest in that field.

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brooo do maths, chemistry a level is hell on earth

**oana1389**)brooo do maths, chemistry a level is hell on earth

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Nahh chem is easier than maths by far, at least for aqa

**Ooef**)Nahh chem is easier than maths by far, at least for aqa

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