Is further maths for A-level appreciated in university?

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I would like to take 5 subjects for my A-level, which are Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths and further maths. I heard that FM is really hard, so I would change it for french if the uni's don't appreciate it as much. I want to do either medicine or engineering in Uni by the way? Thank u for the comments :D

Posted Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 20:51 by ilak

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Wow - that's a lot of alevels. Remember that it is quite difficult. The gap between GCSE and alevels is huge. You might be better getting really good grades in chemistry, biology, physics and maths, and not doing any other subjects. 

However, if you are set on doing 5 alevels - do further maths. I do not actually do it- but I know pretty much what you do in it. Further maths has quite a lot of mechanics in it - which most exam boards cover at as level physics. So your maths, further maths and physics will all tie in together, making them easier for you to get good grades in. 

They are great choices for medicine or engineering. With those options you could easily do either.

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 21:03 by Former Member
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for FM, you need to at least get an A/A* at GCSE and do some other maths course alongside with it i.e GCSE Statistics/FSMQ ect. I would rather stick to 4 very strong a-levels where you could acheive the top marks than doing 5 alevels and struggle with them all and get low marks.

If you are very passionate about FM, go for it BUT it demands alot of work/determination!... or if not you could do maths at Alevel and FM AS or do Maths Alevel alongside with AS Statistics, because stats is complimentary with the rest of the sciences you are considering, plus its unique and would definately make you stand out for the rest of the med/engineering applicants for uni 

French is great too because you are enchancing your language/linguistic skills, which is great for both med and engineering degrees

Consider you Alevel options very seriously/relistically and talk to your teachers/parents/friends/alevel students about it, because these two years are going to be VERY HARD but rewarding at the same time. 

hoep that helps ^_^

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 23:05 by Ruby
Edited by Ruby on Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 23:06
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i would look at some uni prospectuses before making any decisions about a-levels. It's no good making a decision now if two years later you find you can't do the course or go to the university you want to. I'm not saying you need your universities set out but if you see that the majority need/don't need fm its better to know now. Looking at your a-levels they all seem heavy subjects and i just think you need to ask yourself: will you be happy dedicating half(ish) your time to maths? Also are you truly happy in maths? Plain maths is difficult and there are times when, if you don't enjoy it, you simply won't get through the difficult times. Therefore you need to ask yourself if you have the motivation to carry that onto fm AND the other sciences. But if you are thinking of engineering/ medicine i would suggest it because it makes you stand out - but see if you can get work experience or extracurriculum activities as well. FM will never be essentiall as not every school/college offers it but it can only improve an application.

Answered Thu 29th November, 2012 @ 16:02 by bronwen :)