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A level Mathematics - 4 A/A* GCSEs required!? watch

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    I've been looking into taking Mathematics for A level as I really enjoy the subject and relatively good at it. However, after looking at minimum entry requirements, I need an A/A* in Four or more subjects at GCSE!?
    I'm only wanting to take Mathematics and not Further Mathematics as well (I'm not sure if they're a joint A level?).
    I'm sure that if I sweat out the next few weeks/months I may be able to get those A/A* grades but isn't it quite a high requirement for an A level? And would I be of better interest to look into Economics more than Mathematics?

    I'm looking at going to Brockenhurst College in Hampshire in case anyone wants to see other details on that.

    Please let me know your thoughts and feedback. Cheers,

    I've got my Brock interview tomorrow I'm doing maths and further maths at A level but with the other colleges in the area like Symonds and Barton they don't have the same requirements. I think Brock just wants to make sure you're academic enough for it?

    They are two separate full A levels. I can see an A grade required to do maths/further maths, the most likely grade for someone with a B at GCSE is D or U if I recall correctly. It seems like this is a requirement of that particular college, as the requirements are not usually so high so perhaps ask them? Though I will say that conceptually no other subject is even close to the more abstract topics of further maths, and generally people struggle with the abstract and therefore struggle. So it wouldn't be too unfair to call it the 'hardest' A level subject in a sense. If you like maths at GCSE, you'll almost certainly love it at A level as well. Economics isn't mandatory for econ at top universities (all of them if I remember correctly do not NEED econ though of course it's highly recommended) and maths is more broadly applicable to other degrees.
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    Thank you for the feedback, I discussed the topic with a friend today and they had said that their brother took A level Mathematics at Brock and got a B grade at GCSE. It therefore appears that you were right about it being just for Mathematics.
    Thank you for the help --- this was my first post! I'm amazed I got the replies so soon!
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