Maths at UniversityWatch
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I currently take A level Maths, Physics and Chemistry. I took maths because I was quite good at it at GCSE (I got a 9) but not because I had any real interest and due to the fact I wanted to take chemistry, I therefore didn't take further maths. However, at A level, the abstract nature of higher maths has really caught my interest to the point I want to take it at university. Seeing as I don't take Further Maths, how much difficuilty will I have in a) getting a place at a university and b) cope without the further maths knowledge?
a) You don't need to worry about getting offers from many maths courses. If you have the right predicted grades, you will get an offer from most universities you apply to. (possible exceptions being oxbridge, imperial, durham, st andrews off the top of my head)
b) If a university does not require FM it won't assume FM knowledge and will cover the content from scratch. Even those who do will re-cover some A-level content in a more brief and university-style way assuming some existing familiarity. For example, you might be given an integration/differentiation identity and a proof (technically covering it from scratch) but you won't have loads of examples accompanying it similar to A-level, they'll assume you basically know how to use them and move on. (not sure if I'm being clear here so lmk) They will therefore accommodate to some extent people who didn't do FM. You might find that quite a few people will have FM regardless, so some prior exposure (say reading of important topics over the summer) will allow you to hit the ground running.
I did read Oxford didn't specifically need Further Maths although it said it is highly desirable, so I guess I could technically go to a top uni although I doubt I would ever get into Oxford or suit the style of learning due to my relaxed approach to work.