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Hi, so I'm currently choosing my ib diploma subjects and finding it hard. I know I either want to go into PPE at uni or Physics with philosophy (quite different I know).
I'm currently thinking of taking:
HL
Physics
Global politics
Maths

SL
History
English
Spanish

However I don't know if taking such a mix of subjects (considering I'm not great at maths- just enjoy it) will lower my overall score too much to do either uni course, would it be better to just focus on one?
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What do you mean focus on one? The IB is designed to ensure that you take a mix of subjects.

Personally I'd say your subjects are fine, although I may switch Global Politics with economics/philosophy (or the IB equivalent to philosophy).If you aren't very good at maths you may find HL math quite challenging, as the topics are rather complex.

Beyond A-level further maths I believe. Also apparently the curve for HL maths is quite steep (in that it is harder to get a 7 in HL math, than it is in SL math, because most of the better mathematicians will do HL).

Also, if you aren't very good at maths will a physics degree not be rather difficult considering they're quite math heavy.

Finally, I advise you check the entry requirements for these courses on some of the unis you could imagine yourself going to.
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What do you mean focus on one? The IB is designed to ensure that you take a mix of subjects.

Personally I'd say your subjects are fine, although I may switch Global Politics with economics/philosophy (or the IB equivalent to philosophy).If you aren't very good at maths you may find HL math quite challenging, as the topics are rather complex.

Beyond A-level further maths I believe. Also apparently the curve for HL maths is quite steep (in that it is harder to get a 7 in HL math, than it is in SL math, because most of the better mathematicians will do HL).

Also, if you aren't very good at maths will a physics degree not be rather difficult considering they're quite math heavy.

Finally, I advise you check the entry requirements for these courses on some of the unis you could imagine yourself going to.
Thanks for the advice, the college I’m applying to doesn’t offer economics or philosophy as part of the ib unfortunately so global politics is the next best thing. I’m currently sitting on a grade 7 at gcse maths, but if I did standard level maths I wouldn’t know which 2 subjects to swap in (I would have to swap out physics completely as they only offer HL and HL maths is recommended alongside it).
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Thanks for the advice, the college I’m applying to doesn’t offer economics or philosophy as part of the ib unfortunately so global politics is the next best thing. I’m currently sitting on a grade 7 at gcse maths, but if I did standard level maths I wouldn’t know which 2 subjects to swap in (I would have to swap out physics completely as they only offer HL and HL maths is recommended alongside it).
Okay, so I believe that since your college doesn't offer econ or philosophy your subjects are good. However, when they're writing your uni reference you should ask them to mention how they don't offer economics and/or philosophy, depending on what degree you pick.

Have you checked whether the courses require HL or SL maths? Since you already have an idea of what you want to do at uni and have picked your subjects accordingly, imo it would be advisable to make sure yu are doing them at the right level.

Is it compulsory to do physics with HL maths or only recomended?

After checking at Imperial a Physics degree requires 7,6, 6 with HL physics and maths.
At Oxford a Physics and Philosophy degree requires 7,6, 6 with HL physics and maths.
At Sheffield uni a Physics and Philosophy degree requires 5,5 HL physics and maths for the BSc and a 6,6 HL physics and maths for the MSc.

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosop.../physics#tab00
http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...and-philosophy
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/...t/physics-bsc/

From this I'd say HL maths would be advisable if you plan on/ are thinking about doing any form of physics course at uni.
I think if you aren't the best at maths it may be a good idea to think critically about how much work you are willing to put in both in the IB and at uni as HL maths is very demanding afaik and I'd presume the maths in a physics degree would be too. Perhaps you should talk to your college's careers adviser.

For PPE, Oxford requires 7,6,6 at HL in any subject but says:

You may apply for PPE having done any combination of subjects at school; it is not necessary to have studied Politics, Philosophy or Economics. History and Mathematics are useful backgrounds, but are not essential.
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Although a background in Mathematics is not formally required for admission, PPE applicants should have sufficient interest in, and aptitude for, mathematics to cope with the mathematical elements of the course. Mathematics is a particular advantage for the Economics component of the course, as well as for the first year logic course in philosophy, and for understanding theories and data in politics. It is useful to have learnt the basics of differentiation before starting your university course in PPE. Many successful applicants have studied Maths to at least AS-level, or another equivalent.

You may like to consider taking Maths to AS-level, or an equivalent qualification such as IB Standard Level, even if you do not pursue it further. However, we do understand that these qualifications may not be available to all students, and they are not essential. Extra tuition will be available to students that have not studied Maths A-Level who require any assistance. See PPE admission statistics in 2018 and earlier for information on the success rates for applicants applying with different A-level subjects.

Manchester uni requires 6, 6, 6 at HL and says

Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Studies at Standard or Higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at SL or HL and students must achieve a minimum of Grade 5

LSE requires 7, 6, 6 in Higher level subjects, including 7 in Higher level Mathematics



http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...-and-economics
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...-requirements/
http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Un...-and-Economics


For PPE, depending on where you plan on applying HL maths may or may not be required.
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Okay, so I believe that since your college doesn't offer econ or philosophy your subjects are good. However, when they're writing your uni reference you should ask them to mention how they don't offer economics and/or philosophy, depending on what degree you pick.

Have you checked whether the courses require HL or SL maths? Since you already have an idea of what you want to do at uni and have picked your subjects accordingly, imo it would be advisable to make sure yu are doing them at the right level.

Is it compulsory to do physics with HL maths or only recomended?

After checking at Imperial a Physics degree requires 7,6, 6 with HL physics and maths.
At Oxford a Physics and Philosophy degree requires 7,6, 6 with HL physics and maths.
At Sheffield uni a Physics and Philosophy degree requires 5,5 HL physics and maths for the BSc and a 6,6 HL physics and maths for the MSc.

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosop.../physics#tab00
http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...and-philosophy
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/...t/physics-bsc/

From this I'd say HL maths would be advisable if you plan on/ are thinking about doing any form of physics course at uni.
I think if you aren't the best at maths it may be a good idea to think critically about how much work you are willing to put in both in the IB and at uni as HL maths is very demanding afaik and I'd presume the maths in a physics degree would be too. Perhaps you should talk to your college's careers adviser.

For PPE, Oxford requires 7,6,6 at HL in any subject but says:



and




Manchester uni requires 6, 6, 6 at HL and says




LSE requires 7, 6, 6 in Higher level subjects, including 7 in Higher level Mathematics



http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...-and-economics
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...-requirements/
http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Un...-and-Economics


For PPE, depending on where you plan on applying HL maths may or may not be required.
Thankyou so much for your advice and research it has genuinely helped me. I think I am going to take both maths and physics at higher as I am so unsure as to what to go into and it keeps my options open. I have a genuine interest in them and I will take global politics or history at higher alongside them. Here's to two years of working my ass off 😅
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