What subject to take for Uni????? Help please

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    I am currently in the Lower 6th at sixth form. I am taking 5 A levels: Maths, Further Maths, History, English Literature, and music. I'm also doing STEP maths in general studies. For GCSE I achieved 10 A*s and 2As (which may change subject to remarking). The only thing I am decided on is that I want to do Maths or Music at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham etc. or other very top universities (I think my GCSE grades will enable this). However I am really stuck as to whether to do music or maths! I've always been good/interested in maths, and got an A^ in further maths GCSE. On the other hand I play the piano, the guitar to grade 8 standard, and the bassoon to grade 7. I also have music theory at grade 7, and I'm a pretty advanced composer (my favourite being fugues).

    Does anybody have any suggestions/advice/help?
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    (Original post by RedSquirrels)
    I am currently in the Lower 6th at sixth form. I am taking 5 A levels: Maths, Further Maths, History, English Literature, and music. I'm also doing STEP maths in general studies. For GCSE I achieved 10 A*s and 2As (which may change subject to remarking). The only thing I am decided on is that I want to do Maths or Music at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham etc. or other very top universities (I think my GCSE grades will enable this). However I am really stuck as to whether to do music or maths! I've always been good/interested in maths, and got an A^ in further maths GCSE. On the other hand I play the piano, the guitar to grade 8 standard, and the bassoon to grade 7. I also have music theory at grade 7, and I'm a pretty advanced composer (my favourite being fugues).

    Does anybody have any suggestions/advice/help?
    All I can say is that you will figure it out. You have a year to decide. I was undecided at that stage and I quickly realised what I was truly passionate about. Best of luck!

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    With Maths you can go into Music whereas with Music you can't really go into anything Maths related
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    (Original post by RedSquirrels)
    I am currently in the Lower 6th at sixth form. I am taking 5 A levels: Maths, Further Maths, History, English Literature, and music. I'm also doing STEP maths in general studies. For GCSE I achieved 10 A*s and 2As (which may change subject to remarking). The only thing I am decided on is that I want to do Maths or Music at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham etc. or other very top universities (I think my GCSE grades will enable this). However I am really stuck as to whether to do music or maths! I've always been good/interested in maths, and got an A^ in further maths GCSE. On the other hand I play the piano, the guitar to grade 8 standard, and the bassoon to grade 7. I also have music theory at grade 7, and I'm a pretty advanced composer (my favourite being fugues).

    Does anybody have any suggestions/advice/help?
    Something to bear in mind about Maths is that it's very different at A Level than it is at GCSE, and completely different once again when you get to University. It's definitely a good idea to be looking at STEP papers because that's a lot truer to what university-style Maths is than A Level. You've got plenty of time to make your mind up and I think you'll know a lot better in 6 months time.

    If it helps at all, I didn't even know my degree existed when I was at your stage!
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Something to bear in mind about Maths is that it's very different at A Level than it is at GCSE, and completely different once again when you get to University. It's definitely a good idea to be looking at STEP papers because that's a lot truer to what university-style Maths is than A Level. You've got plenty of time to make your mind up and I think you'll know a lot better in 6 months time.

    If it helps at all, I didn't even know my degree existed when I was at your stage!
    Meh tbh the stuff I've done in stats, core 2 and fp1 aren't that bad a step up from f.maths gcse (rather than normal gcse), but thanks for the advice!


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    With Maths you can go into Music whereas with Music you can't really go into anything Maths related
    Yeah my family are saying that I should do maths as it's more likely to get me a good career/job than music


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    I think you need to have a think about which of the two really appeals to you and what it is you might want to do as a career. They are vastly different subjects and will lead in very different directions.*
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    Thanks a lot chaps


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    I just saw your post now, which I also have the question of whether I should do maths or music..

    Have you thought of perhaps doing a joint honours? There are a few universities which offer music and maths as a joint honours if you have a hard time deciding which one to take. That's only if you think you wouldn't want to just study one subject, and want to do both.

    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by RedSquirrels)
    I am currently in the Lower 6th at sixth form. I am taking 5 A levels: Maths, Further Maths, History, English Literature, and music. I'm also doing STEP maths in general studies. For GCSE I achieved 10 A*s and 2As (which may change subject to remarking). The only thing I am decided on is that I want to do Maths or Music at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham etc. or other very top universities (I think my GCSE grades will enable this). However I am really stuck as to whether to do music or maths! I've always been good/interested in maths, and got an A^ in further maths GCSE. On the other hand I play the piano, the guitar to grade 8 standard, and the bassoon to grade 7. I also have music theory at grade 7, and I'm a pretty advanced composer (my favourite being fugues).

    Does anybody have any suggestions/advice/help?
    As someone else has pointed out maths and/with music is a very common combination and worth looking into.

    Alternatively there are courses that combine music and maths/engineering:
    http://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduat...ing-tonmeister is one of the most selective courses in the country (only 29% of applications get offers) while http://www.southampton.ac.uk/enginee...ith_music.page is a more engineering focused use of maths.
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    Ok thanks guys

    Btw update: dropped English lit so doing 4 now

    Physics coursework remarked so tally is 11 A*s

    I think I'll just decide one or the other, as I want to go to Cambridge really.

    Thanks again
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    I was in the same position as you when I was deciding to go to university. I ended up being persuaded Maths would be more useful and I went to University of Birmingham (missed my offer from Imperial by 6 marks in Further Maths, but the remark meant I technically did meet it, but that's another story) and managed 18 months before leaving because I just hated it. I then spent some time working and went back to university and did Music (with English Literature) whilst working in theatre, and I loved it. I'm now doing an MA in Musical Theatre and still working in theatre.

    All I can say is don't let other people persuade you to do something because you'll get more money from the work at the end of it. Unless that's your main aim. I would much prefer to have a career I enjoy than one where I get lots of money, but each to their own.
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    Hmm thought provoking.

    Thanks v much
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    (Original post by RedSquirrels)
    Hmm thought provoking.

    Thanks v much
    Are you part of an orchestra or anything like that? If you do a Maths degree you'll still have music as a hobby, whereas if you did a Music degree, I don't know... I don't know if you could really keep maths as a hobby haha. Unless you like sudoku
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    (Original post by Emilia28)
    Are you part of an orchestra or anything like that? If you do a Maths degree you'll still have music as a hobby, whereas if you did a Music degree, I don't know... I don't know if you could really keep maths as a hobby haha. Unless you like sudoku
    Yes that's my main train of thought atm

    Yep I'm in 2 choirs, 2 orchestras, a band, and a quintet.
 
 
 
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