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I’m doing History, Geography and Physics for A-Level and got a 6 in GCSE Maths.

So far I’ve enjoyed Physics, because I find it interesting and for some reason I enjoy applied maths but despise pure maths (the reason why I didn’t take Maths). So far I haven’t struggled and I’m up to SUVAT equations.

I enjoy my subjects a lot and particularly like the fact that they’re all quite different. I picked these subjects because I enjoyed them at GCSE and they were also my best grades (well, highest marks as I got all A’s besides Maths). I’m also very motivated to do well in it, despite not being able to do anything STEM/Physics related at university.

Since I’m doing 3 subjects I’ll have more time to practice the maths side of Physics, but do you think I’d struggle without Maths?

So far I’ve enjoyed Physics, because I find it interesting and for some reason I enjoy applied maths but despise pure maths (the reason why I didn’t take Maths). So far I haven’t struggled and I’m up to SUVAT equations.

I enjoy my subjects a lot and particularly like the fact that they’re all quite different. I picked these subjects because I enjoyed them at GCSE and they were also my best grades (well, highest marks as I got all A’s besides Maths). I’m also very motivated to do well in it, despite not being able to do anything STEM/Physics related at university.

Since I’m doing 3 subjects I’ll have more time to practice the maths side of Physics, but do you think I’d struggle without Maths?

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It's not that physics w/o maths is signif harder, it's that those who take both tend to be better at maths/sci (self selecting).

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If you look at the specification, you'll see that the difficulty of the maths involved is greatly overexaggerated. It does not assume that you have studied A-level maths.

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**skinthelongbate**)No.

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I did Physics AS and Maths as a full A Level and only one topic was covered in both subjects - mechanics

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I’m doing History, Geography and Physics for A-Level and got a 6 in GCSE Maths.

So far I’ve enjoyed Physics, because I find it interesting and for some reason I enjoy applied maths but despise pure maths (the reason why I didn’t take Maths). So far I haven’t struggled and I’m up to SUVAT equations.

I enjoy my subjects a lot and particularly like the fact that they’re all quite different. I picked these subjects because I enjoyed them at GCSE and they were also my best grades (well, highest marks as I got all A’s besides Maths). I’m also very motivated to do well in it, despite not being able to do anything STEM/Physics related at university.

Since I’m doing 3 subjects I’ll have more time to practice the maths side of Physics, but do you think I’d struggle without Maths?

**Fonzworth**)I’m doing History, Geography and Physics for A-Level and got a 6 in GCSE Maths.

So far I’ve enjoyed Physics, because I find it interesting and for some reason I enjoy applied maths but despise pure maths (the reason why I didn’t take Maths). So far I haven’t struggled and I’m up to SUVAT equations.

I enjoy my subjects a lot and particularly like the fact that they’re all quite different. I picked these subjects because I enjoyed them at GCSE and they were also my best grades (well, highest marks as I got all A’s besides Maths). I’m also very motivated to do well in it, despite not being able to do anything STEM/Physics related at university.

Since I’m doing 3 subjects I’ll have more time to practice the maths side of Physics, but do you think I’d struggle without Maths?

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I personally wouldn't take physics without maths. I don't know what you want to do at uni but I take it you understand that any course that will ask for physics will also ask for maths. It's your decision, though.

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The maths in A-level physics isn’t that challenging, a lot of it is just plugging numbers into a formula. There may be a bit of algebra manipulation but that’s what you would find in GCSE maths. I would say however that if you don’t do A-level maths, the only way you could do physics at uni is if you find a foundation course that doesn’t require maths. One of my friends who did physics got a B and he didn’t take maths at A-level.

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I personally wouldn't take physics without maths. I don't know what you want to do at uni but I take it you understand that any course that will ask for physics will also ask for maths. It's your decision, though.

**SwayzieExpress**)I personally wouldn't take physics without maths. I don't know what you want to do at uni but I take it you understand that any course that will ask for physics will also ask for maths. It's your decision, though.

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I may do Geology which asks for 2 sciences, Geography counts as 1

**Fonzworth**)I may do Geology which asks for 2 sciences, Geography counts as 1

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Just take maths with mechanics. It helps

**Ladkus**)Just take maths with mechanics. It helps

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Why not take Maths as a fourth?

**Exceptional**)Why not take Maths as a fourth?

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The maths in A-level physics isn’t that challenging, a lot of it is just plugging numbers into a formula. There may be a bit of algebra manipulation but that’s what you would find in GCSE maths. I would say however that if you don’t do A-level maths, the only way you could do physics at uni is if you find a foundation course that doesn’t require maths. One of my friends who did physics got a B and he didn’t take maths at A-level.

**Andrew Dainty**)The maths in A-level physics isn’t that challenging, a lot of it is just plugging numbers into a formula. There may be a bit of algebra manipulation but that’s what you would find in GCSE maths. I would say however that if you don’t do A-level maths, the only way you could do physics at uni is if you find a foundation course that doesn’t require maths. One of my friends who did physics got a B and he didn’t take maths at A-level.

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I personally wouldn't take physics without maths. I don't know what you want to do at uni but I take it you understand that any course that will ask for physics will also ask for maths. It's your decision, though.

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**skinthelongbate**)No.

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You'll fail Physics.

**06moca1**)You'll fail Physics.

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How so?

**Fonzworth**)How so?

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As someone who took A level physics without maths. Only two people got decent grades and both did A level maths. Everyone else screwed up.

**06moca1**)As someone who took A level physics without maths. Only two people got decent grades and both did A level maths. Everyone else screwed up.

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As long as you feel very confident with the content you covered in GCSE Maths then I don't see any reason why you should struggle with the mathematical content in A Level Physics. The reason why people not taking A Level Maths often do worse at A Level Physics is probably less to do with them not taking Maths and more to do with them more likely being weaker at maths/physics in the first place.

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As long as you feel very confident with the content you covered in GCSE Maths then I don't see any reason why you should struggle with the mathematical content in A Level Physics. The reason why people not taking A Level Maths often do worse at A Level Physics is probably less to do with them not taking Maths and more to do with them more likely being weaker at maths/physics in the first place.

**Plagioclase**)As long as you feel very confident with the content you covered in GCSE Maths then I don't see any reason why you should struggle with the mathematical content in A Level Physics. The reason why people not taking A Level Maths often do worse at A Level Physics is probably less to do with them not taking Maths and more to do with them more likely being weaker at maths/physics in the first place.

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