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Probably shouldn't need to prepare much, just explain to them why you enjoy studying maths (I hope you do or you're in for a **** three years), they might give you a problem to solve.

My friend had a problem to solve, a quadratic with no real solutions, it was pretty straight forward from what he said.
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Probably shouldn't need to prepare much, just explain to them why you enjoy studying maths (I hope you do or you're in for a **** three years), they might give you a problem to solve.

My friend had a problem to solve, a quadratic with no real solutions, it was pretty straight forward from what he said.
sounds like a terrible interview lol. My friend applied to trinity college cambridge and he got way tougher questions.
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What university are you interviewing at?
not interviewing at the moment but planning to apply to any combination of the following:

Oxford, Imperial, Warwick, Durham, UCL, LSE

and as a backup just incase I mess up Exeter or Nottingham
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not interviewing at the moment but planning to apply to any combination of the following:

Oxford, Imperial, Warwick, Durham, UCL, LSE

and as a backup just incase I mess up Exeter or Nottingham
Don't know much about the others but for Oxford expect to be asked a load of hard maths questions.
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not interviewing at the moment but planning to apply to any combination of the following:

Oxford, Imperial, Warwick, Durham, UCL, LSE

and as a backup just incase I mess up Exeter or Nottingham
No cambridge! 😔 Cambridge are mad for maths!
Only ones that interview there are oxford and sometimes imperial. Expect questions that will push your understanding of maths. Key is showing how you think in an interview.


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sounds like a terrible interview lol. My friend applied to trinity college cambridge and he got way tougher questions.
Trinity have a tough test. Not as hard as you think though. Try them, they are on there website.


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Trinity have a tough test. Not as hard as you think though. Try them, they are on there website.


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nah I heard most cambridge colleges include physics as part of their offer and even though I am taking physics I really hate teh mechanics/physics part of maths. I'm more of a pure-math person and I don't mind teh statistics
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nah I heard most cambridge colleges include physics as part of their offer and even though I am taking physics I really hate teh mechanics/physics part of maths. I'm more of a pure-math person and I don't mind teh statistics
Yh mine includes it. Im pretty sure if u take it to A2 oxford would inlclude it aswell.


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nah I heard most cambridge colleges include physics as part of their offer and even though I am taking physics I really hate teh mechanics/physics part of maths. I'm more of a pure-math person and I don't mind teh statistics

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Yh mine includes it. Im pretty sure if u take it to A2 oxford would inlclude it aswell.


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Oxford don't care which of your A levels counts towards your offer, except for maths (and further maths if you took it) have to be A* grades.
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Oxford don't care which of your A levels counts towards your offer, except for maths (and further maths if you took it) have to be A* grades.
He said he is taking physics though so he needs an A in it to meet the min requirement.


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nah I heard most cambridge colleges include physics as part of their offer and even though I am taking physics I really hate teh mechanics/physics part of maths. I'm more of a pure-math person and I don't mind teh statistics
yh but you 'only' need an A in it and not an A*.


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He said he is taking physics though so he needs an A in it to meet the min requirement.


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Not if it is a 4th A level and he gets an offer only involving 3. If he is oly doing 3 then yes, but it being physics doesn't make it special.
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Not if it is a 4th A level and he gets an offer only involving 3. If he is oly doing 3 then yes, but it being physics doesn't make it special.
Ah ok. Im guessing the maths degree at oxford is less physics orientated.


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Not if it is a 4th A level and he gets an offer only involving 3. If he is oly doing 3 then yes, but it being physics doesn't make it special.
I just looked in the Cambridge prospectus and its not required either. Its 'highly desirable'.


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Ah ok. Im guessing the maths degree at oxford is less physics orientated.


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I just looked in the Cambridge prospectus and its not required either. Its 'highly desirable'.


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I think that physics is desireable for any maths degree, though I doubt it is necessary for any of them.
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I think that physics is desireable for any maths degree, though I doubt it is necessary for any of them.
Yh but i think it does help with dynamics and relativity in Part IA in Cam. If the OP's Maths is good enough he will get an offer from either, forget physics.


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I'm more of a pure-math person
Is there even any pure maths in A-Levels?
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Is there even any pure maths in A-Levels?
I guess Proof by Induction is only really needed for pure maths, so that counts.
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