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Im new to the forum. I'm in lower sixth and trying to decide what degree to choose between Maths and English. I'd really appreciate any advice from Maths and English Students or anyone who's been in a similar situation and what they did or anyone at all. I'm doing Maths Further Maths English Lit History and Psychology at AS level and will probably carry 4 of these through to A level with General studies. I really enjoy both Maths and English but am not sure I am good enough at English, but in Maths I find the applied bits quite difficult. English has the advantage of links with Drama which I really enjoyy doing outside of school.
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Im new to the forum. I'm in lower sixth and trying to decide what degree to choose between Maths and English. I'd really appreciate any advice from Maths and English Students or anyone who's been in a similar situation and what they did or anyone at all. I'm doing Maths Further Maths English Lit History and Psychology at AS level and will probably carry 4 of these through to A level with General studies. I really enjoy both Maths and English but am not sure I am good enough at English, but in Maths I find the applied bits quite difficult. English has the advantage of links with Drama which I really enjoyy doing outside of school.
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I'd say English. I chose to do chemistry (at A level) and just a few weeks into the first term wished more than anything I'd chosen to study English Literature, except that I realised this a week after my school stopped allowing us to change subjects. If you think about it, I'd find English to be a much more satisfying thing to study than maths (which I also do).

I also found when applying to universities that I would really have loved to do their English courses, but it wasn't open to me. I always found English more and harder work, but much more worthwhile.
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Wow stuck between 2 ends of the spectrum, dunno which do you prefer?

Do maths, its for kool kids - and it has good job prospects
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Im new to the forum. I'm in lower sixth and trying to decide what degree to choose between Maths and English. I'd really appreciate any advice from Maths and English Students or anyone who's been in a similar situation and what they did or anyone at all. I'm doing Maths Further Maths English Lit History and Psychology at AS level and will probably carry 4 of these through to A level with General studies. I really enjoy both Maths and English but am not sure I am good enough at English, but in Maths I find the applied bits quite difficult. English has the advantage of links with Drama which I really enjoyy doing outside of school.
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Katherine
Well I'm going to be prejudiced because I love maths and detest essays. Having said that I really loved the creative writing and literature studying side of English GCSE.

I say maths, they're in high demand because most people don't have the ability to do maths at degree level. Don't worry about the applied, you can specialise in pure maths and be a 'true' mathematician.
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Well I'm going to be prejudiced because I love maths and detest essays. Having said that I really loved the creative writing and literature studying side of English GCSE.

I say maths, they're in high demand because most people don't have the ability to do maths at degree level. Don't worry about the applied, you can specialise in pure maths and be a 'true' mathematician.
Thanks everyone for your advice.
Another thing that worries me about Maths is the teaching. My cousin did maths at Oxford and hated the teaching style and another friend did it at Warwick and didn't like it there either.
Is is very different from A level?

Also job prospects after a Maths Degree seem a little limited and boring ie finance accounting etc.
Whereas with English the options seem more open.
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Thanks everyone for your advice.
Another thing that worries me about Maths is the teaching. My cousin did maths at Oxford and hated the teaching style and another friend did it at Warwick and didn't like it there either.
Is is very different from A level?

Also job prospects after a Maths Degree seem a little limited and boring ie finance accounting etc.
Whereas with English the options seem more open.
That last thing you said is a bit of a myth I'd say.

I'd also say go for Maths, but only because I am :P Really though, unless you're absolutely positively in love with Maths, maybe go for English, because I get the feeling that unless you love what you're doing it will drive you into the ground.
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That last thing you said is a bit of a myth I'd say.

I'd also say go for Maths, but only because I am :P Really though, unless you're absolutely positively in love with Maths, maybe go for English, because I get the feeling that unless you love what you're doing it will drive you into the ground.
Yeah ive herad maths i hard That's why despite liking maths best out of my four A-level subjects I'm not doing it as a degree, i wouldn't cope.
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do both
apply to manchester for maths and english course
then if u cant do both change in course
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my friend is doing maths at imperial, in his first year....and he is suffering!!
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i study maths, but i did two essay a-levels and i'm changing to philosophy next year.

interest in a subject is of course a personal matter, but bear in mind the following:

maths is a very prescriptive subject where you will occasionally find that the method of learning is just an extension of school. the subject matter is different and more interesting than a-level, but the format of lecture, examples sheet, lecture etc. is quite constraining. i don't feel that i use the resources of the incredible university i go to because i'm not sitting in rooms discussing things with clever people and coming to conclusions, or even using libraries to glean knowledge for myself.

while i appreciate it may be a case of grass-is-greener, most students studying english find that, after a point (i mean, you still have to study to a syllabus) you are freer to pursue what you want to pursue and that this is a good thing.

it comes down to whether you want to be spoon-fed or are good at independent learning.


if you have a social conscience, study maths. the subject needs more people or within ten years half of graduates will have to become teachers simply to sustain the subject.
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Apparently Maths at University is the hardest subject, and English is one of the easiest.
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Actually, maths pretty much has a standard difficulty level, whereas English is as easy or as difficult as you make it.
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(Original post by *Katherine*)
Hi
Im new to the forum. I'm in lower sixth and trying to decide what degree to choose between Maths and English. I'd really appreciate any advice from Maths and English Students or anyone who's been in a similar situation and what they did or anyone at all. I'm doing Maths Further Maths English Lit History and Psychology at AS level and will probably carry 4 of these through to A level with General studies. I really enjoy both Maths and English but am not sure I am good enough at English, but in Maths I find the applied bits quite difficult. English has the advantage of links with Drama which I really enjoyy doing outside of <a href="http://www.ntsearch.com/search.php?q=school&v=55">school </a>.
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if ur doin further maths then maybe ur better doing that and doing acctury at uni.....
jobs are geetin tougher to get so ur best looking where there is a shortage of skills
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if ur doin further maths then maybe ur better doing that and doing acctury at uni.....
jobs are geetin tougher to get so ur best looking where there is a shortage of skills
phoned up board of actuaries and they happy with any maths based degree
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Or better still...go into research. do 10 years at a city firm and make loadsa money, do a phd and then retire.
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