How difficult is A level Maths?

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I'm predicted a high B grade for Maths at GCSE and think that Maths A level would be a valuable qualification to have so was wondering if I would be able to cope with it..is is a big step from GCSE? have any of you heard of people that got a B at gcse and failed or passed at AS and A2?

any advice would be reaaaally apprieciated because i have to make up my mind soon!

Posted Sun 7th April, 2013 @ 17:12 by Alexa

7 Answers

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Hi there, I got an A* in GCSE and I am looking to finish with an A* in A Level Maths, however that's what I want to study in University as I really enjoy it, so I put loads of time and effort into it.

Being really honest, it's not easy and you need to be ready to dedicate time and effort to A Level Maths, as it is quite difficult. It is a big step from GCSE but there's gonna be a step from GCSE to A Level with every subject, it just depends on how big the jump is. Personally, the jump wasn't too big for me, there is a lot more things that are taught at A Level which you will not have come across in GCSE, and everyone takes to this subject differently. With some people, the jump can be too big, as some of my friends have experienced, and as a result they've had to drop it, however for others, they take it on as a challenge and go with it, which is essentially what you should do with maths as it's a challenging subject.

I wouldn't worry too much about your GCSE grade if I were you. You should talk to your maths teachers about whether they think you could take the subject on, and ask yourself too. Are you prepared to put the time and effort in? Would you be able to deal with a relatively big jump from GCSE to A Level? ... Also think about whether you enjoy the subject. I think that's one of the most important things, as people who tend to enjoy a subject will willingly put time and effort into it, and with maths being rather difficult, i think having that sense of enjoyment when studying it really helps!!

Good luck with your decisions :D

Answered Sun 7th April, 2013 @ 20:49 by Aimee
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I'm doing AS maths at the moment. It's a lot harder than GCSE and there's quite a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but I really enjoy it.

There are quite a few people at my school who got a B at GCSE and are doing well at AS.

If you enjoy maths, its probably a good choice.

Answered Sun 7th April, 2013 @ 20:49 by KatieL
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Im studying A level maths and i got an A at gcse. Im not going to lie but im finding it really hard at AS level but dont let what i say put you down, if you enjoy maths and really want to do it, go ahead. You'll have to work really hard though as with any subject.

Answered Sun 7th April, 2013 @ 17:53 by A.Ss
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i'm doing AS maths at the moment, and i got an A* in maths at GCSE. It is really hard, however a lot of it is what you have already done at GCSE just harder, but some of the stuff is knew.

try looking on mymaths or something at some of the stuff...

Answered Mon 8th April, 2013 @ 15:23 by Marianne Shields
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I'm about to take my GCSE Additional Maths exams in May. A lot of the things that are in the Additional Maths papers are in the AS level papers, and I wont lie - it's very hard. I've been studying it for 2 years and my predicted grade is an A (but I hope to get an A*). My friend, who is doing foundation tier maths and  will only get a C at the most, hopes to do A level Maths. I warned him how hard it will be but he seems very dedicated, so if you are as dedicated as him I think you would be absolutely fine. Just keep in mind that there is a lot of work involved, remembering formulas and techniques, because most of it is very new and different from GCSE maths. I hope you make up your mind soon and good luck :)

Answered Mon 8th April, 2013 @ 18:29 by Erin
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thanks a bunch everyone! i think i will be taking maths, hopefully ill maintain my dedication to the subject :)

Answered Thu 18th April, 2013 @ 21:08 by Alexa
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thank you!

Answered Sun 7th April, 2013 @ 18:32 by Alexa