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Hey, I'm thinking about A level physics I don't want to take A level Maths I really enjoy gcse physics, I know it's easy compared to A level, and enjoy learning about the theories and topics such as astrophysics. I'm not amazing at maths I'm targeted a 6 gcse but I'm getting 8/9s in physics do you think I'll be alright without being really good at maths or taking it at A level?
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Hey, I'm thinking about A level physics I don't want to take A level Maths I really enjoy gcse physics, I know it's easy compared to A level, and enjoy learning about the theories and topics such as astrophysics. I'm not amazing at maths I'm targeted a 6 gcse but I'm getting 8/9s in physics do you think I'll be alright without being really good at maths or taking it at A level?
Yes definitely! As long as you revise it effectively during A Levels
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That's what I wanted to hear! 😂😂 I am just concerned I will struggle with the involved maths
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That's what I wanted to hear! 😂😂 I am just concerned I will struggle with the involved maths
I don’t take Physics at A Level, so I’m sorry I can’t exactly help you on that but maybe look at the A Level syllabus across exam boards so you’re aware of how much maths is included in physics and the level of it ☺️
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omg I'm in the same situation as you!!
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I do AQA physics a level, I’m currently in year 13, and maths is a HUGE part of the a level! There still is theory, but there’s far more marks for maths than any of the other sciences. I don’t do a level maths but most of my physics class do and they don’t stop going on about how much it helps them. As much as I’d love to say ‘oh no you’ll be fine just do physics’, there is a great deal of maths involved so you’ll need to think carefully about whether it’s a good idea to do. However, if you’re achieving 8s and 9s in gcse physics, year 12 AS physics is genuinely just gcse equations with extra bits thrown in so you should be fine with that, but year 13 A2 content gets SO SO much more difficult. Hopefully by then you’ll be used to the slightly greater level of difficulty and the maths aspect won’t be a problem.
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I do AQA physics a level, I’m currently in year 13, and maths is a HUGE part of the a level! There still is theory, but there’s far more marks for maths than any of the other sciences. I don’t do a level maths but most of my physics class do and they don’t stop going on about how much it helps them. As much as I’d love to say ‘oh no you’ll be fine just do physics’, there is a great deal of maths involved so you’ll need to think carefully about whether it’s a good idea to do. However, if you’re achieving 8s and 9s in gcse physics, year 12 AS physics is genuinely just gcse equations with extra bits thrown in so you should be fine with that, but year 13 A2 content gets SO SO much more difficult. Hopefully by then you’ll be used to the slightly greater level of difficulty and the maths aspect won’t be a problem.
Do you find it challenging without the benefit of maths? and if you don't mind me asking, what grades do you normally get?
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omg I'm in the same situation as you!!
(Original post by Torigracex)
I do AQA physics a level, I’m currently in year 13, and maths is a HUGE part of the a level! There still is theory, but there’s far more marks for maths than any of the other sciences. I don’t do a level maths but most of my physics class do and they don’t stop going on about how much it helps them. As much as I’d love to say ‘oh no you’ll be fine just do physics’, there is a great deal of maths involved so you’ll need to think carefully about whether it’s a good idea to do. However, if you’re achieving 8s and 9s in gcse physics, year 12 AS physics is genuinely just gcse equations with extra bits thrown in so you should be fine with that, but year 13 A2 content gets SO SO much more difficult. Hopefully by then you’ll be used to the slightly greater level of difficulty and the maths aspect won’t be a problem.
Yeah I'm really weighing up my decision because Im trying to be realistic, I'm doing well in physics gcse and I find the maths in gcse physics easy and I'm mid range maths gcse, and being optimistic im hoping I'll pick up the maths during A level physics because I really enjoy the theory in physics aswell as doing the calculations I just don't enjoy hardcore maths so much where it isn't actually proving anything, do you think achieving my target of a 6 in maths would be sufficient for physics?
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If I remember correctly, math work is meant to make up around 40% of the marks, but if you're handling GCSE Physics fine you should be able to get through the A-Level*. It's just more of manipulating equations, handling data and interpreting graphs. Anything that you will have missed by not taking A-Level maths should be covered by your teachers, for example logarithms.

Do consider, though, what you might want to do with an A-Level in Physics down the line. If you're considering university, keep in mind that all engineering or physics/astrophysics courses will require A-Level maths.

*with a bit of hard work
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If I remember correctly, math work is meant to make up around 40% of the marks, but if you're handling GCSE Physics fine you should be able to get through the A-Level. It's just more of manipulating equations, handling data and interpreting graphs. Anything that you will have missed by not taking A-Level maths should be covered by your teachers, for example logarithms.

Do consider, though, what you might want to do with an A-Level in Physics down the line. If you're considering university, keep in mind that all engineering or physics/astrophysics courses will require A-Level maths.
Hi thanks for the help, yeah tbh I'm taking physics because I find the theory fascinating and I've always enjoyed it, yeah I am considering uni but I will be going down the Geography route and I thought that A level physics alongside would be a good strong A level and look good for my uni? Am I right😂 I really don't know much about applying or anything
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Do you find it challenging without the benefit of maths? and if you don't mind me asking, what grades do you normally get?
Solid A/A* in physics. I got a 9 in GCSE maths and A in GCSE further maths and I’m finding physics pretty challenging just because there’s differentiation and Integration and things which obviously I’ve still got no idea what they are, you just get told to learn the equations. However, it takes a bit more work without a level maths but it’s in no way a necessity to have maths as well as physics
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Solid A/A* in physics. I got a 9 in GCSE maths and A in GCSE further maths and I’m finding physics pretty challenging just because there’s differentiation and Integration and things which obviously I’ve still got no idea what they are, you just get told to learn the equations. However, it takes a bit more work without a level maths but it’s in no way a necessity to have maths as well as physics
But overall would you recommend taking maths with it? or is it possible to self teach the mathematical techniques needed in physics?
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But overall would you recommend taking maths with it? or is it possible to self teach the mathematical techniques needed in physics?
Since I don’t do maths I can’t recommend taking it (I hate maths with a passion so I’d never tell anyone to take it) but you shouldn’t be self teaching yourself the maths anyway, that’s your teacher’s job. You don’t particularly need to know the complex maths behind deriving equations, it’s generally not even in textbooks but my teacher likes to teach it to us if we do maths already
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