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Hi, I'm starting online Alevels in September (started at college last year but had to drop out for health issues, I'm restarting alltogether this September) I really want to do physics but I heard you have to take alevel maths alongside it to do well in physics, I'm not that great at maths I got a 5/6 in GCSE, I purchased an 'Essential maths for physics Alevel book' so do you think if I went over everything in that book then I wouldn't need to take Alevel maths? And would I understand physics at university without Alevel maths? I'm not just meaning entry requirements because I'm assuming the maths in uni level physics will be harder..pls let me know your thoughts )

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Hiya, I think A level maths is essential to do physics at uni because I wanted to do physics A level but I was advised to do A level maths along side it, however I didn't have the grades to do a level maths. I got a 5. Also if you do a level physics you might not understand some of the content because a level maths teaches some stuff that you may be expected to know in a level phyiscs. Sorry I don't know that much but I did explore my optjons 2 years ago when starting college. I think it would be best to ask the tutor who's teaching a level physics.

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You dont need A level maths to do well in A level physics as you can teach yourself the mechanics part yourself. However, I think you would find it hard to find a physics course that doesnt require A level maths.

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As someone who's doing a physics degree now: physics at uni is more like a continuation of A-level maths and further maths than it is a continuation of A-level physics. So you have to get used to doing maths.

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Hi, I'm starting online Alevels in September (started at college last year but had to drop out for health issues, I'm restarting alltogether this September) I really want to do physics but I heard you have to take alevel maths alongside it to do well in physics, I'm not that great at maths I got a 5/6 in GCSE, I purchased an 'Essential maths for physics Alevel book' so do you think if I went over everything in that book then I wouldn't need to take Alevel maths? And would I understand physics at university without Alevel maths? I'm not just meaning entry requirements because I'm assuming the maths in uni level physics will be harder..pls let me know your thoughts )

**Jezzy557**)Hi, I'm starting online Alevels in September (started at college last year but had to drop out for health issues, I'm restarting alltogether this September) I really want to do physics but I heard you have to take alevel maths alongside it to do well in physics, I'm not that great at maths I got a 5/6 in GCSE, I purchased an 'Essential maths for physics Alevel book' so do you think if I went over everything in that book then I wouldn't need to take Alevel maths? And would I understand physics at university without Alevel maths? I'm not just meaning entry requirements because I'm assuming the maths in uni level physics will be harder..pls let me know your thoughts )

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**Jezzy557**)

Hi, I'm starting online Alevels in September (started at college last year but had to drop out for health issues, I'm restarting alltogether this September) I really want to do physics but I heard you have to take alevel maths alongside it to do well in physics, I'm not that great at maths I got a 5/6 in GCSE, I purchased an 'Essential maths for physics Alevel book' so do you think if I went over everything in that book then I wouldn't need to take Alevel maths? And would I understand physics at university without Alevel maths? I'm not just meaning entry requirements because I'm assuming the maths in uni level physics will be harder..pls let me know your thoughts )

it is possible! I’m currently in an engineering and science foundation year at UON and will next year go onto the Physics course.

They go through the maths content quite fast but in the open day they actually told us that the people who did the foundation got on much better next year than the majority (probably because you don’t have that large chunk of time off before starting the course as you would with alevels)

The maths we do is the full Alevel plus some further maths that is relevant

I’m so glad I decided to do this because maths is way less daunting when it’s the only thing i’m focussing on for a year!

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**Jezzy557**)

Hi, I'm starting online Alevels in September (started at college last year but had to drop out for health issues, I'm restarting alltogether this September) I really want to do physics but I heard you have to take alevel maths alongside it to do well in physics, I'm not that great at maths I got a 5/6 in GCSE, I purchased an 'Essential maths for physics Alevel book' so do you think if I went over everything in that book then I wouldn't need to take Alevel maths? And would I understand physics at university without Alevel maths? I'm not just meaning entry requirements because I'm assuming the maths in uni level physics will be harder..pls let me know your thoughts )

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I'm self-studying Physics degree now. I scheduled to finish it in few months time.

Having a "mathy" brain is absolutely essential. I highly advice you to take Maths in Alevels. Something has to be a base minimum for your math knowledge, and it's definitely not O-levels.

I can't imagine one doing complex derivatives, integrals, complex analysis, 3d vectors without having Alevel maths. Because if one could, he wouldn't have decided against taking math in the first place. It's such a fundamental subject.

You are still young. I'm sure you'll find new priorities, inspiration and dreams. Even in that context, having math under your belt will be practical and safer to say the least.

Having a "mathy" brain is absolutely essential. I highly advice you to take Maths in Alevels. Something has to be a base minimum for your math knowledge, and it's definitely not O-levels.

I can't imagine one doing complex derivatives, integrals, complex analysis, 3d vectors without having Alevel maths. Because if one could, he wouldn't have decided against taking math in the first place. It's such a fundamental subject.

You are still young. I'm sure you'll find new priorities, inspiration and dreams. Even in that context, having math under your belt will be practical and safer to say the least.

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