My DD, currently Y11 and considering doing medicine at the Uni., she couldn't decide whether to take Economics or Further Maths for her A level, as she enjoys and is good at both subjects. She has already chosen Maths, Chemistry, and Biology. Any advice or suggestion would be appreciated! Thanks.
Further maths. Two reasons: 1. Earning power. Increases with level of mathematics qualifications. Whereas economics A Level isn’t even a requirement for an economics degree. 2. Economics is an essay subject. Long, open-ended pieces of work. If she got an A* at GCSE then there’s a good chance she’ll find the Further Maths workload lighter than any of her other A levels.
Another point of view: DD is applying for medicine. Some universities like a non science subject as an A level alongside the science subjects because it shows breadth of education. Also all the medical schools we looked at class maths and further maths as one subject, so if your daughter starts with 4 subjects then drops down to 3 she will need to drop a maths subject. They won't accept chemistry plus maths and further maths. They will only accept further maths as a 4th A level.
If she is fairly set on medicine I say economics. It will be more useful- there are essays to be written in medicine and the people who haven’t done this since GCSE usually struggle much more. Also medicine is a real ‘all rounder’ qualification so better to develop (and show) breadth.
I think you should read this link from the Medic Portal. Some medical schools don't want further maths. Other medical schools state that subjects with overlapping content are often not considered – or only considered as one. This includes Maths and Further Maths.
In view of that I would go with economics.
Kitten I'm curious to know why doing further maths would allow more time for work experience. At DD's school the students doing further maths along with 3 other level subjects really struggled with the workload.
Is she really intending to take all 4 to A level? Dc school which is always high in the league tables (so pretty academic) and gets lots of kids into medicine/oxbridge really doesn’t encourage 4 anymore unless one is further maths.
As to which one to take - she will need to research the medical schools that interest her and see what their selection criteria are. As pp have pointed out, there is no one solution that will be right for all medical schools.
All you need is biology and chemistry. Medical colleges are not really fussed about what you take as 3rd/ 4th subjects It is easy if she knows that she definitely want to do medicine but otherwise makes sense to keep Maths and further maths.
If I recall correctly your daughter is exceptionally gifted in maths Kitten The students at DD's school who are having to devote a lot of time to maths and further maths aren't as gifted, and TBH the maths teacher isn't that good. DD had him for GCSE and couldn't follow him, so I ended up sending her to a tutor. She ended up with a very respectable A* in iGCSE maths in the January of year 11.
I think the Medic Portal gives the best advice and, having sat through quite a few medicine subject talks, I would only do further maths as a fourth A level if doing maths as well. A levels in chemistry, maths and further maths won't gain entry into medical school.