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    Anyone who does maths and/ or Physics can advise with whether if:

    1. A level maths is hard?
    2. A level physics is manageable without a level maths?

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    (Original post by Alicezworld)
    Anyone who does maths and/ or Physics can advise with whether if:

    1. A level maths is hard?
    2. A level physics is manageable without a level maths?

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    A-Level Maths is not hard provided you put the effort in, i.e. past papers etc.

    I know someone who did A-Level Physics and didn't do A-Level maths - So it's perfectly manageable. Based on my AS Physics experience, and also from speaking to A2 Physicists, there isn't a lot of maths in physics anyway (At least nothing out of the ordinary. For example, there isn't any calculus in A-Level Physics).
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    Firstly, if you do alevel physics, I strongly recommend taking maths. If you do take maths, then I also recommend taking mechanics.

    You can succeed in physics without maths but more effort will be required.

    Alevelmaths is not difficult provided you put the effort in. However, good work ethic is not always enough in maths and so you need to have a genuine interest and curiosity for maths. By this, I mean extending your studies outside the classroom.

    I did this by taking the UKMT and participating in various local maths challenges. These improved my problem solving skills greatly, a skill you need in alevel much more than GCSEs.
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    Don't bother doing Physics without Maths. I know 3 people that didn't do it thinking that they could handle it and they all have either dropped Physics or are basically on track for **** grades.
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    Honestly, core maths won't help too much, it's the mechanics that will bump you to an A/A*. I wouldnt recommend doing As level without - M1 it's very hard to get an A otherwise. And I wouldn't recommend A2 physics without M2 and M3. If you do A2 with no maths then you pretty much are saying goodbye to an A*/A (unless you really study hard, like really hard). What I don't understand is that, if you enjoy physics it's very likely you should enjoy maths, anything related to physics in the future - engineering and physics require heavy maths so even a basic understanding from a level is required. Overall I would say, just to make your life easier during a levels, do both maths and physics. In the end your competing against people who will already have basic knowledge in mechanics which is huge in physics so don't be putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage.
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    Thanks so much guys, I now have a clear understanding of my A level choices and beyond.
 
 
 
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