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I love physics and would love to take it as an A-Level but have been told that it's unwise if I don't take maths with it. I'm good at maths but not passionate or really skilled enough to take it as an A-Level. Is anyone doing this? Thanks
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Yes it is completely fine because the current Alevels are designed in such a way that no A level depends on any other A level, so you should be good.
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Great thank you!
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Yes it is completely fine because the current Alevels are designed in such a way that no A level depends on any other A level, so you should be good.
are u sure
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are u sure
100%. Look it up.
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100%. Look it up.
where can i?
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I love physics and would love to take it as an A-Level but have been told that it's unwise if I don't take maths with it. I'm good at maths but not passionate or really skilled enough to take it as an A-Level. Is anyone doing this? Thanks
There is someone in my class who doesn't take the A Level and although it can be quite a struggle at first for him as A2 maths content is used in equations, he's predicted an A* so it can be done!
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where can i?
Look at the physics specification, or a textbook.

Most of the maths is only really GCSE-level.
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where can i?
Google seems like a good start.
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Thank you! My physics teacher say it's fine but he is obviously more bias in his opinion so I was very unsure
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I love physics and would love to take it as an A-Level but have been told that it's unwise if I don't take maths with it. I'm good at maths but not passionate or really skilled enough to take it as an A-Level. Is anyone doing this? Thanks
You don't have to take A level maths at all! The only reason that it's really recommended so often, is that any uni course that is physics related, will most likely require maths also.

But content wise, you can get through Physics without AS level maths at all! You might get a bit stuck on mechanics and stuff at first, but it's not too bad and you could definitely do it.
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Yes you will be fine as long as you put the work in. There's a couple of people in my physics class who do not do maths and they are coping fine.
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Great!
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As above, the reasoning has nothing to do with the A-level content, but what comes after. You cannot continue in Physics (or engineering, CS, etc, etc) without A-level Maths 99% of the time. Hence, those who take Physics normally take Maths.

If you like Physics there's no reason you shouldn't like Maths - particularly when you get to the more relevant and interesting topics in A-level which help you understand the underlying physics (plus physics is realistically just applied maths...). Maths at GCSE tends to be very dull and uninteresting, it's considerably different at A-level.

So the question isn't whether you can take A-level Physics without Maths, it's whether you should take it without Maths.
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As somebody who takes physics and not maths, its definetly doable, the maths is explained in some textbooks, and there are books out there that are just full of the all the maths needed for physics, e.g. cgp have one. Just gotta stay ontop of it, i’d say the most difficult part of physics is knowing what parts of maths to apply, it is generally gcse level tho
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Thank you everyone! Just what I needed to know/hear!
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I just finished year 13 and came out with an A overall in physics A2 and i did the new spec for OCR, I honestly really would not recommend doing physics without maths, i think in AS you might be fine but you will really struggle in A2, there was only 1 person in my year of about 50 students taking physics who didn't do maths and he dropped out after a couple of months. I know this probably isn't what you want to hear but having done the new spec I really would say doing this isn't wise.
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It will be noticeably harder if you don’t do maths but not impossible
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There are plenty of people at my school doing A-level physics without maths, me included, but I think that you will be fine doing it without maths, especially if your teacher would be willing to give you extra help if you are lagging on the maths part, which no doubt they would be!
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