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I am struggling to decide whether to stay at my current Sixth form or not mainly because they do not offer Further Maths. I heard that in order to have a better chance of getting into Cambridge for economics it's better to do Further Maths (a course my Sixth form doesn't offer).

The college I would like to attend has better facilities. But, the is quite far and I don't know if it would be better to stay put due to the fact that the time travelling could be spent studying. Additionally the costs would be high.
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Personally I'm not going to advise you on anything as I don't think I haven't enough knowledge, but just wanted to mention that it is possible to self teach further maths and take the subject as a private candidate
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Personally I'm not going to advise you on anything as I don't think I haven't enough knowledge, but just wanted to mention that it is possible to self teach further maths and take the subject as a private candidate
I don't think I'm smart enough for that lol. Although I have decided to move schools as I got an email this morning from Cambridge saying I should consider doing further maths to strengthen my application.
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I don't think I'm smart enough for that lol. Although I have decided to move schools as I got an email this morning from Cambridge saying I should consider doing further maths to strengthen my application.
If you're going for cambridge, it's likely you're going to have to be smart enough, and have a reasonable amount of self motivation, it's just that having it in your school timetable and people teaching it to you will lower the workload a bit, and might give you a bit more time (but then if you took 3 subjects, you could also just do the fmaths in your frees, so not much difference).
I think there's a fair amount of successful applicants and current students etc that self teach fmaths. Anyway it's good that you've come to a final decision, hope you enjoy the new school and further maths, and best of luck!
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If you're going for cambridge, it's likely you're going to have to be smart enough, and have a reasonable amount of self motivation, it's just that having it in your school timetable and people teaching it to you will lower the workload a bit, and might give you a bit more time (but then if you took 3 subjects, you could also just do the fmaths in your frees, so not much difference).
I think there's a fair amount of successful applicants and current students etc that self teach fmaths. Anyway it's good that you've come to a final decision, hope you enjoy the new school and further maths, and best of luck!
You have A very good point 🤔 I guess I'm just tryna find an excuse for a quick decision at this point.
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You have A very good point 🤔 I guess I'm just tryna find an excuse for a quick decision at this point.
I wouldn't worry about it too much; if it's a decent school, and you work hard and enjoy your subjects, it should be alright. I think not having further maths as an a level could potentially set you back a bit as an applicant to a mathematical subject at Cambridge, or at least that was what I was told about engineering/physics.

However of course do consider the impact of fees, and maybe the commute, although I think you've already got those factors in mind
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