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    How different/ much harder is an joint honours maths degree from A2 maths like (c3 and c4) ? Also - how much harder is a maths AND blah degree compared to a maths WITH blah degree?

    In the first year at most universities (that I know of), the difference is practically neglible if the university offers both a straight maths and a joint maths course.

    However, if a university only offers a joint course (e.g. LSE), you tend to find the pure maths is a lot easier than straight maths courses offered elsewhere. Step up from C4 to LSE Maths + Economics isn't too large provided that you put in sufficiently many hours to understand the material yourself rather than relying on teaching. I would definitely advise you to look over FP1 - FP3 over the summer though (we covered complex numbers in 1 lecture, where as at A-level we took over half a term I think).

    I did a Maths with, which was a 2:1 ratio. A straight Maths module will mean doing all final year Maths modules, and I had a choice of some final year Maths modules, and some final year Economics modules, plus the possibility of one or two second year ones, which was nice. Plus you may not have to do a dissertation with a joint honours.

    It's not worth comparing to C3 and C4. Uni Maths is taught in a certain way, and it's not really comparable to A Level.
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    The difficulty ratio between my degree course and my A-levels is approximately 1:0.

    (I consider this a good thing.)

    As above, it's qualitatively different. Comparisons on their respective 'difficulties' don't really work.
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