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    I’ve just finished my GCSEs and I am about to do my A Levels, after which I hope to do PPE at Oxford

    On the Oxford website, it says that maths is not a required subject to study in order to apply, however it does say that many successful applicants have completed mathematics up to AS Level or A2.I sat my maths GCSE in November and achieved an A* and then went on to study for an Additional Mathematics qualification which I sat in the summer (and I am pretty confident that I have passed, hopefully gained a merit

    As I don’t wish to continue doing mathematics at A Level (I’ve chosen French, German, History and Government & Politics), would my A* at GCSE and pass or merit in Additional Mathematics be sufficient to stand a chance against other applicants?

    There’s always an opportunity to do an AS in Maths, although I don’t really want to do 5 AS levels and 4/5 A2s but it’s always a route to go down.

    If you're asking purely in terms of university admissions, I think it's not taking mathematics that makes you more likely to be accepted, but the fact that mathematics develops the analytical skills required for one to be a successful candidate at Oxford.

    Here's a wild idea, why not do philosophy?
    I don't know much about the A-Level, but from my personal studies of philosophy I have found that I am pretty much using the same skills I use when solving a maths or physics problem, but in a completely different context. I am not suggesting that philosophy is an alternative to mathematics, nor am I suggesting that Oxford would be happier or equally happy if you did philosophy instead of it, but I think that philosophy will help you develop the sort of problem-solving analytical skills* you're hoping to achieve through mathematics, but at the same the context is a different one that you might enjoy.
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    Thanks, I’ll take that in to consideration
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