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Hello,

I really want to apply to do Maths at university. However, I don't have A levels in Further Maths, Physics or Chemistry, therefore meaning I can only apply to a select few Russel Group unis.

However, I'm open to doing a Geography degree - I enjoy the subject - however I'm concerned about the job prospects. Nevertheless, if I chose Geography I could apply to the top unis.

My A levels were:

- Mathematics A*
- Geography A*
- History A*

With an AS in Economics at grade D.

I'm currently doing a gap year and so hope to apply later next month.

Thanks for your time, I appreciate it
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What can you do with a geography degree? I would rather do mathematics.
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Don't close maths off as an option. If you were unable to take it (as opposed to chose not to take it) as your establishment didn't offer it, then very good unis will not say no. UCL for example doesn't require further, but that's a very good uni to study at for maths. Only apply for maths though if you're willing to do something mathematical during your gap year, either to retain the knowledge you have already or make up for the lack of further maths (which most will probably expect of you to be honest). If you feel you could do STEP then this also helps with the problem of not having further maths, as you'll sit it at the end of the academic year so it will show your mathematical thinking after you've had nearly a year out.
Best advice though would be to choose what you have a genuine interest in, which is sometimes more than just enjoying it at a level. What excites you?Or maybe you could try and find a degree that incorporates both?
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(Original post by hhattiecc)
Don't close maths off as an option. If you were unable to take it (as opposed to chose not to take it) as your establishment didn't offer it, then very good unis will not say no. UCL for example doesn't require further, but that's a very good uni to study at for maths. Only apply for maths though if you're willing to do something mathematical during your gap year, either to retain the knowledge you have already or make up for the lack of further maths (which most will probably expect of you to be honest). If you feel you could do STEP then this also helps with the problem of not having further maths, as you'll sit it at the end of the academic year so it will show your mathematical thinking after you've had nearly a year out.
Best advice though would be to choose what you have a genuine interest in, which is sometimes more than just enjoying it at a level. What excites you?Or maybe you could try and find a degree that incorporates both?
UCL require an A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics if STEP isn't offered. They still require an A in Further Mathematics even with STEP achievement. I'm open to doing AS/ A level Further Maths during my gap year; I'll look more into doing the STEP.

My college did offer Further Maths to A2 however I chose not to do it, giving me no consolation.

Geography excites me more; I naturally prefer social sciences. I would do Economics however my D at AS will look ridiculous.

Thanks for your help
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What can you do with a geography degree? I would rather do mathematics.
I don't want to go into a field relevant to my degree. I'm open to doing a Mathematics/ Geography degree and then going into an industry like retail or accounting.

Geography also boasts some of the highest employment ratios of all the degrees offered. However, I acknowledge demand for Mathematicians is much greater than that for Geographers.
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(Original post by Syncronisation)
Hello,

I really want to apply to do Maths at university. However, I don't have A levels in Further Maths, Physics or Chemistry, therefore meaning I can only apply to a select few Russel Group unis.

However, I'm open to doing a Geography degree - I enjoy the subject - however I'm concerned about the job prospects. Nevertheless, if I chose Geography I could apply to the top unis.

My A levels were:

- Mathematics A*
- Geography A*
- History A*

With an AS in Economics at grade D.

I'm currently doing a gap year and so hope to apply later next month.

Thanks for your time, I appreciate it
There's the option of doing FM in a year.
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I know Durham lets you combine maths and geography in their Natural Sciences degree (but you need an AS in Further Maths). Or you could do a completely new subject which includes elements of geography and maths, geophysics for example.
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