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I have recently really found a passion for astrophysics ect but also know that it is a hard area to get a job in especially in the UK. For a-levels I was thinking maths further maths and physics but have recently come across people that say you should take 4 with further maths. I'm hardworking so it would ne possible but idk. Chemistry would be the next best I think. Would an as-level be recommended? Or the full a-level? Thanks for helping
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(Original post by Naomibrand)
I have recently really found a passion for astrophysics ect but also know that it is a hard area to get a job in especially in the UK. For a-levels I was thinking maths further maths and physics but have recently come across people that say you should take 4 with further maths. I'm hardworking so it would ne possible but idk. Chemistry would be the next best I think. Would an as-level be recommended? Or the full a-level? Thanks for helping
You don't really need 4 - maths, further maths and physics is fine for anywhere. Chemistry would be a good option for another subject.

There are few jobs in astrophysics itself but its a great skillset for employment in other areas, such as data analysis.
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For physics and similar courses physics and double maths is fine (and very common). It's just some less mathematically inclined courses (e.g. medicine) which aren't satisfied by taking double maths as part of a three A-level combination due to the lack of breadth.

It may be worth noting the vast majority of graduates go on to jobs completely unrelated to their degree subject. As noted above, the main reason employers look for degrees are for the transferable skills - usually grad schemes etc are happy with any degree subject. Some schemes will prefer or require a "numerate" degree though, which physics is anyway.

A friend of mine did their MPhys then joined the Met Office as a software developer, and specialised in astrophysics in her MPhys otherwise (and did an internship in the aerospace industry as well). I know someone else who did his PhD in Astrophysics then became a data scientist at a major insurance company when he decided he didn't wanted to continue in academia.
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