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I need to apply to at least one university that will allow me to get a B in my maths A-level and still be allowed to study maths.

The only one i've found so far that is half-decent is Plymouth!
Can anyone help me out and throw some suggestions of other uni's with BBB requirements (or lower)?
I need them to be within about 3 - 4 hours of Birmingham.

Thanks.
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I don't mean to be rude, but if you got just a B at A level, can you really do it at Uni? I'd say re-take your A level or consider another degree.
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I heard it's a very big jump from A level to degree, even for people getting A's and A*'s struggle, are you sure you really want to go down the route of doing maths at Bsc level?
There's places like Manchester met, 240-280 points, so really like BCC-ish.
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I don't mean to be rude, but if you got just a B at A level, can you really do it at Uni? I'd say re-take your A level or consider another degree.
I was gonna type this.
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I don't mean to be rude, but if you got just a B at A level, can you really do it at Uni? I'd say re-take your A level or consider another degree.
It's not that I expect to get a B, I am actually aiming for A*, but just think a back up plan would be a good idea. It's in case something goes seriously wrong, as I have some health problems to deal with.

But thanks for your reply, and sorry for not making myself clear at first

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It's not that I expect to get a B, I am actually aiming for A*, but just think a back up plan would be a good idea. It's in case something goes seriously wrong, as I have some health problems to deal with.

But thanks for your reply, and sorry for not making myself clear at first

Ahh I see my apologies, I thought you had already gotten a B which is why you are asking. In that case, I understand you and that you need a back up plan, I would say just do your best and chances are if you are good at maths and enjoy it you'll get an A/A*
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getting a grade B for maths is fine, all you have to do is work hard in the first year to catch up with the others (the first year is to get everyone on an even keel for second year).

PS Plymouth Maths is very hard with fanatastic lecturers well recommended (just graduated from it myself). You wont be disapointed the uni is amazing.

I think places like UWE, Oxford Brookes, Chester, Derby all do maths but BY FAR Plymouth just beats them all in terms of course quality and Uni experience.
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getting a grade B for maths is fine, all you have to do is work hard in the first year to catch up with the others (the first year is to get everyone on an even keel for second year).

PS Plymouth Maths is very hard with fanatastic lecturers well recommended (just graduated from it myself). You wont be disapointed the uni is amazing.

I think places like UWE, Oxford Brookes, Chester, Derby all do maths but BY FAR Plymouth just beats them all in terms of course quality and Uni experience.
I completely agree with this comment that a 'B' for maths is fine, I got that at A-level went to UWE and now I've got a first in BSc Mathematics. I personally think that UWE is great for Maths, the lecturers are amazing they really help you out if your struggling in certain areas or if your just below a certain classification they'll help you to reach the grade you want. UWE also offer a lot of options in terms of module choices so if there's certain parts of maths you hate you can often avoid them. I think another thing to remember with universities is that it also about getting a job, and UWE have the best connections in the west with all kinds of businesses I got a placement with LTSB through UWE's placement office and I've been offered a job back there, so they really are great for making sure you get a good job after you've graduated as well.

Good Luck by the way I'm sure you'll do great.
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(Original post by rachaelizabeth)
I need to apply to at least one university that will allow me to get a B in my maths A-level and still be allowed to study maths.

The only one i've found so far that is half-decent is Plymouth!
Can anyone help me out and throw some suggestions of other uni's with BBB requirements (or lower)?
I need them to be within about 3 - 4 hours of Birmingham.

Thanks.
You live in Birmingham no? How well educated were you, if your education was poor, and you are suffering from personal problems which you claim to be apply for the A2B scheme as I am. I have already got an A in full maths come this summer, and although they require an A in maths, they reduce the AB to BC for the other 2 subjects. Just something to consider. You'd almost be guaranteed an offer.

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students...a2b/index.aspx

More information at their website.
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I don't mean to be rude, but if you got just a B at A level, can you really do it at Uni? I'd say re-take your A level or consider another degree.
Don't be ridiculous! My A level grades were disastrous, but two years on and I'm averaging 80% in my uni exams, looking at MSc and PhD places. Getting a B at A level is nothing to be ashamed of and you can still make a great success out of a maths degree.

OP, I know its not the most glamorous place in the world and isn't followed by an amazing reputation, but take a long look at Northumbria. The university as a whole isn't one of the greats, but the maths course is something special. The staff are really outstanding at go a lot further than most to do their jobs. We have lecturers that studied and researched at places like Durham or Oxford and we send quite a few people off to complete masters degrees. Also we have a great reputation for employability and send more students than most uni's off on placements.

The most important thing about Northumbria is if you think your grades might not be the strongest then Northumbria won't turn you down. They routinely take students with less than stellar grades (inc. myself) and in fact think it's wrong to have to write students off just based on a grade.
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Crazy Horse is right! Of course you can be successful with a B grade in Mathematics, please ignore the replies that say otherwise.

A good university which you may wish to consider is Kent. They are a strong mathematics department, reasonable size with recognised strengths in Statistics. The course will provide you with a well-rounded degree, so you needn't worry if you dislike Statistics. You can also take a year in Industry which will greatly increases your career prospects.

Offer levels

A/AS level 300 points (3.5 A level equivalents) inc BB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points inc 5 in HL Mathematics or IB Diploma with 15 points at Higher inc 5 in HL Mathematics, except for Mathematics inc a Foundation Year (G108) (individual consideration).

Required subjects

A level Mathematics grade B, inc the core syllabus of Pure Mathematics.
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I can't imagine a Maths degree where you're allowed on with a B to be anything like one at a "good" university, I know people at my uni with A*s/STEP papers etc who really struggle.
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I can't imagine a Maths degree where you're allowed on with a B to be anything like one at a "good" university, I know people at my uni with A*s/STEP papers etc who really struggle.
I agree, but the job prospects differ immensely between these universities. The students that come from places like RHUL, Kent, City, Surrey, UEA, York, Exeter are far less likely to get the Investment Banking opportunities that students from Warwick, UCL, LSE, Imperial, Manchester, Oxbridge and the well known russel groups will get.

There's an even greater divide between the former establishments and places like UWE, LSBU, Oxford Brookes, Chester and Derby.

Unless you're looking to work for NASA or go into something equally as challenging like Investment Banking, the mid/higher mid ranked unis are perfectly acceptable for a great start in financial services, professional services and any other area where numerate individuals flourish.

Once you're in work, not many people give a **** about what university you studied at unless it's in passing conversation, like if you were discussing actuarial exams and you heard that Joe was sailing through.

Here is a small extract of a play in my head that may or may not hit the big screens at some point in 2045:

"What uni did Joe go to, anyway?"
"He did maths at Oxford."
"Oh, I see," said Rachel, who studied maths at Edinburgh but still managed to work her way up to the same company as Joe after a little hard graft and determination.
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Aston University want a B in A level Maths and is probably your best bet.
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I agree, but the job prospects differ immensely between these universities. The students that come from places like RHUL, Kent, City, Surrey, UEA, York, Exeter are far less likely to get the Investment Banking opportunities that students from Warwick, UCL, LSE, Imperial, Manchester, Oxbridge and the well known russel groups will get.
I'm curious, I thought York and Exeter were as respected as much as the higher band of Russell Groups?
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Crazy Horse is right! Of course you can be successful with a B grade in Mathematics, please ignore the replies that say otherwise.

A good university which you may wish to consider is Kent. They are a strong mathematics department, reasonable size with recognised strengths in Statistics. The course will provide you with a well-rounded degree, so you needn't worry if you dislike Statistics. You can also take a year in Industry which will greatly increases your career prospects.
Unfortunately for my year of entry (2012) they've changed the entry requirements to an A in Mathematics, but thanks very much for your suggestion. I'm still going to go to an open day at Kent.
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Unfortunately for my year of entry (2012) they've changed the entry requirements to an A in Mathematics, but thanks very much for your suggestion. I'm still going to go to an open day at Kent.
Aww, well sorry about my mistake. I think it's pretty reasonable that Kent are asking for an A in Mathematics; they aren't a bad department really.

I'm not sure many good departments nowadays offer Mathematics with a B at 'A' Level. About two years ago, Exeter offered Mathematics for as low as BBB but they are looking for A*AA-AAB at 2012 entry. Many departments had significantly lower entry requirements a few years back; it's really a case of demand.

Probably one of the strongest departments you could apply, is Queen Mary, University of London. The course looks very good with loads of different options in the second and third year.

320 points including grade B in A-Level Mathematics for most BSc programmes
Swansea also offer BSc Mathematics, but the entry requirements are still quite high. The course structure looks quite standard with many interesting options in the third year.

Typical offers for single honours BSc schemes in Mathematics are AAB at A-level, including at least a B in Mathematics, while for the MMath Mathematics scheme we usually require AAA at A-level with an A in Mathematics. Special cases will be considered.
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Again, Queen Mary University London have changed theirs to AAB or something for 2012. Everything is going up, boooo!

As some people on here seem to have made me realise, i don't think i'd go to uni with just a B. I'm obviously going to work my backside off this year to get at least an A and just hope my health doesn't get in the way again.


Thanks for your responses everyone.
Really? I specifically checked that I went through the 2012 undergraduate course pages this time.

I had to check through their department pages, and it seems you are correct. (boooo indeed!) An "A" grade in Maths opens up a lot of doors it appears - nevertheless, there are still courses out there that will accept you - less recognised mathematics departments such as Plymouth, UWE etc.

Portsmouth has "world-leading" research from their Cosmology/Gravitation and Nonlinear and Complex Systems research groups. The undergraduate course is heavily influenced by their research strengths, so it's absolutely important that you want to specialise (or have a strong interest) in Applied Mathematics. The course structure does not appear to provide a well-rounded degree unfortunately.

You could always apply for 'A' grade courses, and if you do happen to achieve a 'B', you can go through clearing where the entry grades are sometimes lower. It's a risk, but there is always something available in Clearing. I could see departments like Kent being leniant if you miss the grade, but it's hard to say.

Hopefully all this worry will be for nothing, and you'll get the grades you need.
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