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September 7th, 2014, 09:24 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2013 From: Earth Posts: 827 Thanks: 36  Choosing A level Subject.
I'm deciding to choose Maths, further maths, physcis and economic for my Cambridge A level. Can anyone give me some idea and guidance for it?

September 11th, 2014, 03:38 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2013 From: Earth Posts: 827 Thanks: 36 
Can anyone answer my question? 
September 11th, 2014, 07:38 AM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Apr 2010 Posts: 2,780 Thanks: 361 
I would make my choice based on what you like most, what you would do with it after finishing, the curriculum and what you think you can do in that order.

September 11th, 2014, 08:00 AM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,164 Thanks: 736 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions 
What you already have sounds excellent! I did maths, further maths, physics and computing at Alevel and the extra maths Alevel gave me a headstart when I started my degree course in physics because there's lots of maths modules in the first year of a physics degree. I'm not 100% sure but it wouldn't surprise me if a further maths Alevel gives you a headstart in economics, computing, engineering or any other technical discipline if you decide to go onto a degree course, because it's just so useful. As for guidance? Just do your best! My personal motto is "work hard, play hard" and also remember that making mistakes is fine, not learning from them is not! Last edited by Benit13; September 11th, 2014 at 08:04 AM. 
September 11th, 2014, 08:29 AM  #5 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2013 From: Earth Posts: 827 Thanks: 36 
I heard that further maths is very hard. I scare I can't cope with it.

September 12th, 2014, 07:04 AM  #6 
Math Team Joined: Apr 2010 Posts: 2,780 Thanks: 361 
Do you know what subjects will be discussed? Maybe you can get a preview.

September 13th, 2014, 08:44 AM  #7 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2013 From: Earth Posts: 827 Thanks: 36 
Here is the 2013 papers. http://papers.xtremepapers.com/CIE/C..._s13_qp_11.pdf http://papers.xtremepapers.com/CIE/C..._s13_qp_12.pdf http://papers.xtremepapers.com/CIE/C..._s13_qp_13.pdf http://papers.xtremepapers.com/CIE/C..._s13_qp_21.pdf http://papers.xtremepapers.com/CIE/C..._s13_qp_22.pdf http://papers.xtremepapers.com/CIE/C..._s13_qp_23.pdf Hope you guys can help me to check whether is it very hard. Thanks 
September 13th, 2014, 08:59 AM  #8 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,689 Thanks: 2669 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
Further maths was not significantly harder than other maths Alevels when I did it (over 20 years ago). Much of the course was shared with other maths Alevels (pure maths, applied maths and statistics). I would expect it to be no more difficult than it was then. Since you have three other Alevels, I see no problem in trying to stretch yourself to a fourth as long as you don't let the others suffer should this one turn out to be difficult. If you do find that further maths is too hard, you should talk to your teachers and the headteacher or tutor at your school or college. It is part of their job to make sure that you don't harm you chances by trying to do too much. But you must take the responsibility of raising the issue with them should it become reality. Finally, I differ slightly from Hoempa. I would say that, if you have a definite idea about what career you want to do, that should dictate the subjects you take. After that, you shold pick subjects that you like and that you are interested in. 
September 15th, 2014, 02:01 AM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,164 Thanks: 736 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions 
v8Archie's advice is excellent. Also, don't be scared! It may seem like it's going to be really hard, but the truth the difficulty of a subject mainly comes down to how much effort you put in. Just work hard and do your best and what you'll probably find is that you'll be learning some awesome stuff that'll look really fancy/complicated to your peers (they'll think you're a genius) and you can then mock/tease the media students! 

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