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    I've seen a lot of people saying that top universities will not look at applicants who have maths studies instead of maths SL.

    Is this true? Even if your degree will be in a subject completely unrelated to maths - for example, English, or languages?

    Surely they'd rather you'd get a better score overall? And compared to A level students who don't even have to have any maths...it just doesn't make much sense! :confused:
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    (Original post by bazoolium)
    I've seen a lot of people saying that top universities will not look at applicants who have maths studies instead of maths SL.

    Is this true? Even if your degree will be in a subject completely unrelated to maths - for example, English, or languages?

    Surely they'd rather you'd get a better score overall? And compared to A level students who don't even have to have any maths...it just doesn't make much sense! :confused:
    For the most competitive degrees, maths at SL will simply look better than maths studies, because it shows that you're challenging yourself. maths is generally regarded as a "respected academic subject" or whatever, at places like Cambridge and LSE.

    This would be a tiny difference though. To illustrate my belief an example: i would think that someone applying to do history, having done an AS level in maths would have a similar advantage to someone who did SL maths over maths studies (also applying for history). I really wouldn't worry about it, chances are that the admissions tutors won't even realise that there's a difference between studies and SL
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    ^^ Agreed.

    But I think that if you're going for a degree that has limited relation to maths, it shouldn't matter all that much. A 6 or 7 in MSSL would probably be seen as better than scraping a 4 or 5 in SL Maths.

    But if you do find that you end up wanting to take a degree where SL Maths is "Recommended" or "Required", you can always do an external course that says you can handle the SL content.
 
 
 
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