How hard is Maths and Further Maths A-level?

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nyameye-bentil23
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I want to do physics at uni and i enjoy physics very much. I'm pretty good at maths (expecting 7/8 in gcse) but im not as good at maths as i am in physics (expecting 8/9 in gcse) would i struggle taking further maths? What GCSE grades would you say would be the best in order for me not to struggle?
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Qxi.xli this woman can help you. She also has the same interest as you.
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Maths isnt that hard. You should do decent if you get 7/8.but further maths is much harder. If you put in lots of work if you could do it.
For context,I think most people in my highschool who got a 6/7 in gcse maths are getting B in a level maths and those who got 8/low 9 in gcse maths get A/loe A* in maths and low A/B in further maths
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A grade 8 or 9 would be great. 7 isn't bad.
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Depends how good you are, really. Some people struggle on further maths "just" with a 7. This can be partly because they have shaky foundations. If you are very confident with the algebra (and to a lesser extent trigonometry) topics at GCSE and enjoy the subject, go for it. My school had a soft-requirement of an 8 but allowed some people who only got a 7 onto the course.

If you are unsure whether you could cope with FM (and even if not, imo) you should start on 4 subjects then possibly drop down to 3 if you find it too much or don't like a subject. Some schools require this anyway because of the lower retention rate (number of people who see the course to the end) for FM. A lot of people drop out early on, including some people who got 9s at GCSE. (while some other people with 7s and 8s cope fine, GCSE grades aren't excellent predictors, but they can suggest when someone may struggle)

8/9 for physics is obviously perfectly fine. The maths in physics does not extend much beyond algebra (you may have to combine multiple equations and do some extended algebraic manipulation - whereas GCSE physics is generally just plugging numbers in) and trigonometry. There are some basic exponential/logarithmic calculations in there.
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(Original post by _gcx)
Depends how good you are, really. Some people struggle on further maths "just" with a 7. This can be partly because they have shaky foundations. If you are very confident with the algebra (and to a lesser extent trigonometry) topics at GCSE and enjoy the subject, go for it. My school had a soft-requirement of an 8 but allowed some people who only got a 7 onto the course.

If you are unsure whether you could cope with FM (and even if not, imo) you should start on 4 subjects then possibly drop down to 3 if you find it too much or don't like a subject. Some schools require this anyway because of the lower retention rate (number of people who see the course to the end) for FM. A lot of people drop out early on, including some people who got 9s at GCSE. (while some other people with 7s and 8s cope fine, GCSE grades aren't excellent predictors, but they can suggest when someone may struggle)

8/9 for physics is obviously perfectly fine. The maths in physics does not extend much beyond algebra (you may have to combine multiple equations and do some extended algebraic manipulation - whereas GCSE physics is generally just plugging numbers in) and trigonometry. There are some basic exponential/logarithmic calculations in there.
i love algebra and it's easily the maths topic i do best in and genuinely enjoy which is why i like physics so much as it has the maths i like. The only reason i'm worried about FM is my grades tend to fluctuate and i'm not the best at problem solving questions.
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If by any chance, you are from Ghana?
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Imo A Level maths is very hard. It's a huge jump from GCSE. I got an A in GCSE maths, after that I only did AS maths and I failed very badly then I moved on to do a level 3 instead of A Levels. However, it's definitely easier to some than others and if you're really confident that you'll be good at it and it's something you like then definitely go for it.
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(Original post by nyameye-bentil23)
i love algebra and it's easily the maths topic i do best in and genuinely enjoy which is why i like physics so much as it has the maths i like. The only reason i'm worried about FM is my grades tend to fluctuate and i'm not the best at problem solving questions.
Many schools require at least a grade 8 to allow you to start FMaths.
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yes!
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(Original post by nyameye-bentil23)
yes!
That is nice, I noticed from your username (also from there as well). Doing the same subject as you for a level.
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