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Maths A Level - How hard is it?

Hi
I'm almost finished sitting my GCSES and I'm in year 11 and I need to decide what A Levels to take
I really want to take physics and have always got 9s in it but I was unsure about taking maths because I usually get 8s rather than 9s
But I think the maths real GCSE went really well so hopefully I will get a 9
But basically I've heard a lot of people saying I won't be able to cope with Physics without doing Maths but I'm scared it will be too hard for me because I didn't do add maths GCSE
Can someone pls tell me if its possible to get an A* in maths a level if you didn't do add maths GCSE and you're not in top set (I'm in set 2) also how hard is it to grasp the concepts

Thanks!!
Reply 1
Original post by aaefggf
Hi
I'm almost finished sitting my GCSES and I'm in year 11 and I need to decide what A Levels to take
I really want to take physics and have always got 9s in it but I was unsure about taking maths because I usually get 8s rather than 9s
But I think the maths real GCSE went really well so hopefully I will get a 9
But basically I've heard a lot of people saying I won't be able to cope with Physics without doing Maths but I'm scared it will be too hard for me because I didn't do add maths GCSE
Can someone pls tell me if its possible to get an A* in maths a level if you didn't do add maths GCSE and you're not in top set (I'm in set 2) also how hard is it to grasp the concepts
Thanks!!
Hey!

Well done on your maths GCSE (and all of the others)!

Maths A Level can be pretty tricky, but if you are getting 9s in physics and 8s in maths all the time, you are definitely going to be capable enough! It is super useful to have done ad maths GCSE, so maybe you want to have a look at that content over summer (as a maths teacher from your school for a textbook or something), but either way you will be fine without it.

It might just require a little more work but seriously if you like maths now you'll be okay, and you're right about maths and physics going really well together, so they'll make each other easier!

Good luck with GCSE results!
Reply 2
Original post by lkempo
Hey!
Well done on your maths GCSE (and all of the others)!
Maths A Level can be pretty tricky, but if you are getting 9s in physics and 8s in maths all the time, you are definitely going to be capable enough! It is super useful to have done ad maths GCSE, so maybe you want to have a look at that content over summer (as a maths teacher from your school for a textbook or something), but either way you will be fine without it.
It might just require a little more work but seriously if you like maths now you'll be okay, and you're right about maths and physics going really well together, so they'll make each other easier!
Good luck with GCSE results!

Thanks so much for the advice :smile:
Icl I think you should take it. It's definitely manageable if you put the work in. I don't think you'll really struggle much if you stay on top of the work I'll be honest, as the concepts begin to make sense after lots of practice.
Reply 4
Original post by aaefggf
Hi
I'm almost finished sitting my GCSES and I'm in year 11 and I need to decide what A Levels to take
I really want to take physics and have always got 9s in it but I was unsure about taking maths because I usually get 8s rather than 9s
But I think the maths real GCSE went really well so hopefully I will get a 9
But basically I've heard a lot of people saying I won't be able to cope with Physics without doing Maths but I'm scared it will be too hard for me because I didn't do add maths GCSE
Can someone pls tell me if its possible to get an A* in maths a level if you didn't do add maths GCSE and you're not in top set (I'm in set 2) also how hard is it to grasp the concepts
Thanks!!


I got a 7 in maths and was also in set 2, at the start of alevel maths I wasnt putting in the work like doing the minimum and was basically failing but when AS came I did all the past papers and scraped a B. Im not even good at maths but at the start of yr 13 I just did all the textbook questions after we finished a topic and got A* in my second mocks
My point is alevel maths is the easiest to manage if u put in the work and its not as hard as everyone makes it (coming from a very average student)
If ur getting 8s n 9s in gcse maths ur already better then me and will do much better then me just go for it
Reply 5
Original post by mehhhx1
I got a 7 in maths and was also in set 2, at the start of alevel maths I wasnt putting in the work like doing the minimum and was basically failing but when AS came I did all the past papers and scraped a B. Im not even good at maths but at the start of yr 13 I just did all the textbook questions after we finished a topic and got A* in my second mocks
My point is alevel maths is the easiest to manage if u put in the work and its not as hard as everyone makes it (coming from a very average student)
If ur getting 8s n 9s in gcse maths ur already better then me and will do much better then me just go for it


And also I took gcse post corona and lots of things got taken out of our syllabus but it didn’t effect alevel maths for the other ppl in my class
Original post by mehhhx1
I got a 7 in maths and was also in set 2, at the start of alevel maths I wasnt putting in the work like doing the minimum and was basically failing but when AS came I did all the past papers and scraped a B. Im not even good at maths but at the start of yr 13 I just did all the textbook questions after we finished a topic and got A* in my second mocks
My point is alevel maths is the easiest to manage if u put in the work and its not as hard as everyone makes it (coming from a very average student)
If ur getting 8s n 9s in gcse maths ur already better then me and will do much better then me just go for it

what grade you think you on so far? (after p1 and 2)
Original post by aaefggf
Hi
I'm almost finished sitting my GCSES and I'm in year 11 and I need to decide what A Levels to take
I really want to take physics and have always got 9s in it but I was unsure about taking maths because I usually get 8s rather than 9s
But I think the maths real GCSE went really well so hopefully I will get a 9
But basically I've heard a lot of people saying I won't be able to cope with Physics without doing Maths but I'm scared it will be too hard for me because I didn't do add maths GCSE
Can someone pls tell me if its possible to get an A* in maths a level if you didn't do add maths GCSE and you're not in top set (I'm in set 2) also how hard is it to grasp the concepts
Thanks!!

i would say its all exam board specific. I am probably slightly biased because i do further maths also, but I think OCR MEI is very manageable. Nothing stopping students who work hard from getting a good grade. Ive seen edexcel papers and they look the same. I think OCR A is quite challenging relative to other exam boards although I still find their questions easy. From what I have seen from friends everyone finds MEI quite easy. So before picking any alevels I would ask your school about what exam boards you do. You probably wouldnt enjoy physics exams in the future if your school does AQA 🤣.
Reply 8
Original post by mehhhx1
I got a 7 in maths and was also in set 2, at the start of alevel maths I wasnt putting in the work like doing the minimum and was basically failing but when AS came I did all the past papers and scraped a B. Im not even good at maths but at the start of yr 13 I just did all the textbook questions after we finished a topic and got A* in my second mocks
My point is alevel maths is the easiest to manage if u put in the work and its not as hard as everyone makes it (coming from a very average student)
If ur getting 8s n 9s in gcse maths ur already better then me and will do much better then me just go for it

yeah I'm thinking hopefully it would be manageable because I want to do 4 a levels (probably latin, Spanish, maths, physics) or something like that but I'm scared ill get burnt out with all the work but yh
Reply 9
Original post by aaefggf
yeah I'm thinking hopefully it would be manageable because I want to do 4 a levels (probably latin, Spanish, maths, physics) or something like that but I'm scared ill get burnt out with all the work but yh


Honestly I do bio and chem which are so heavy content and exam practice wise but i have spent the least time on maths and get the best grades.
But if u still doubt it I suggest try taking in for the first term If u find it hard to manage then drop out
Reply 10
Original post by jamest0394q
what grade you think you on so far? (after p1 and 2)


Looking at the unofficial mark scheme I did pretty good wbu?
Original post by mehhhx1
Looking at the unofficial mark scheme I did pretty good wbu?

Good to hear. Yh I second that tbh.
Reply 12
Original post by aaefggf
Hi
I'm almost finished sitting my GCSES and I'm in year 11 and I need to decide what A Levels to take
I really want to take physics and have always got 9s in it but I was unsure about taking maths because I usually get 8s rather than 9s
But I think the maths real GCSE went really well so hopefully I will get a 9
But basically I've heard a lot of people saying I won't be able to cope with Physics without doing Maths but I'm scared it will be too hard for me because I didn't do add maths GCSE
Can someone pls tell me if its possible to get an A* in maths a level if you didn't do add maths GCSE and you're not in top set (I'm in set 2) also how hard is it to grasp the concepts
Thanks!!

i got an 8 in GCSE and didn't do add maths

i think getting an A in a level maths is easy. i didn't study hard enough for an A* becasue i only need an A and im a bit lazy... but i think if you work consistently over the 2 years and study hard during exam time it's fine

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