should i take up further maths (cie)Watch
im about to begin my as/a levels this september (phys maths and computer science) but ive been pondering whether i should also do further maths. im comfortable enough with pure maths 1 and 3 for normal maths to do past papers. i havent done as much for physics or cs but i think they should be at least easier than what i found maths to be. do yall think i should take up further maths, do another subject entirely, or just stick with my 3 subjects. also i want to do more computer science in uni. would further maths be possible largely self studied? thanks!
It depends, really. Do you enjoy maths? Are you getting A’s/A*s in normal maths A level? If so, then you can probably take it. Maths, Physics and CS are not content heavy subjects (not too sure about CS but maths and physics definitely aren’t) and further maths won’t be too much additional work. It pairs really well with your current A levels. Also, if you want to study CS at Oxbridge/Imperial, the further maths with help you a lot, not only will it make you a more competitive applicant but it will also help you once you start your degree. With CIE, if you’ve done mechanics and Statistics 1 for regular maths, then you’ll have to go over some of the content in statistics 2 in order to do further probability and statistics. If you haven’t done mechanics, then you’ll have to do the entirety of mechanics before you can do further mechanics. So, I would recommend that you take mechanics and stats 1 in standard A level maths. CIE is known to be harder for maths than other boards, keep that in mind. Also, with further maths you must actually understand the content instead of just memorising techniques if you want to get an A*. You can get an A* in a level maths by just having a very superficial understanding, memorising all the methods and doing past papers. You can do the same for further maths as well, but it will be much harder to achieve an A*. If you don’t enjoy maths a lot , then you shouldn’t take FM and you should reconsider whether a CS degree is really for you.