Do I need Further Maths to do physics at Oxford?

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I've just started my as levels and I applied to do Maths with mechanics, Physics, Chemistry and product design. I achieved 3A*s 7A's at GCSE standard. A*=Maths, physics, product design. A=Textiles, R.E, biology, chemistry, English language, English literature.

My problem is that I don't know if I really need to do Further Maths when I'm already doing Maths with mechanics. My dream job is an astrophysicist and i would love to go to Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Holloway university...But if I do further maths then that means I will have 5 A levels and I don't know if I can handle all that pressure. I enjoy product design alot and it allows me to release all my stress so I'm reluctant to drop it and I definitely cannot drop maths or physics so that leaves us with chemistry. Because I want to be an astrophysicist, would it be wise if I dropped chemistry?

As mentioned before, if I applied to Oxford/Cambridge/royal Holloway would they reject me if I didn't have further maths? Also, how hard is further maths compared to GCSE level.

Instead of doing 5 A levels could I leave product design and further maths as an As level instead so I would be doing 3 A levels and 2 As levels?

What's your experience and views?

Thank you for taking the time to read all this.
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(Original post by Jas1947)
Hi,

I've just started my as levels and I applied to do Maths with mechanics, Physics, Chemistry and product design. I achieved 3A*s 7A's at GCSE standard. A*=Maths, physics, product design. A=Textiles, R.E, biology, chemistry, English language, English literature.

My problem is that I don't know if I really need to do Further Maths when I'm already doing Maths with mechanics. My dream job is an astrophysicist and i would love to go to Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Holloway university...But if I do further maths then that means I will have 5 A levels and I don't know if I can handle all that pressure. I enjoy product design alot and it allows me to release all my stress so I'm reluctant to drop it and I definitely cannot drop maths or physics so that leaves us with chemistry. Because I want to be an astrophysicist, would it be wise if I dropped chemistry?

As mentioned before, if I applied to Oxford/Cambridge/royal Holloway would they reject me if I didn't have further maths? Also, how hard is further maths compared to GCSE level.

Instead of doing 5 A levels could I leave product design and further maths as an As level instead so I would be doing 3 A levels and 2 As levels?

What's your experience and views?

Thank you for taking the time to read all this.
The official advice from their website is that "Further Mathematics can be helpful to candidates in completing this course, although it is not required for admission". So no, you do not need to have Further Maths to be accepted for Physics but you do need to understand that Physics, particularly at somewhere like Oxford, is an extremely maths intensive course so you need to take it particularly seriously at A Level if you're not taking Further Maths.

It depends on what modules you take but at least in my case, I thought AS Maths was similar in difficulty to AS Further Maths but A2 Further Maths is a lot harder than A2 Maths.

I wouldn't recommend taking 5 AS Levels. If you desperately want to take Product Design then I'd probably suggest you leave your subject choices as they are rather than adding an extra subject because as you point out, the extra workload is potentially risky.
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(Original post by Plagioclase)
The official advice from their website is that "Further Mathematics can be helpful to candidates in completing this course, although it is not required for admission". So no, you do not need to have Further Maths to be accepted for Physics but you do need to understand that Physics, particularly at somewhere like Oxford, is an extremely maths intensive course so you need to take it particularly seriously at A Level if you're not taking Further Maths.

It depends on what modules you take but at least in my case, I thought AS Maths was similar in difficulty to AS Further Maths but A2 Further Maths is a lot harder than A2 Maths.

I wouldn't recommend taking 5 AS Levels. If you desperately want to take Product Design then I'd probably suggest you leave your subject choices as they are rather than adding an extra subject because as you point out, the extra workload is potentially risky.
Thank you very much!
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