Should I take a level maths if I want to study physics at university

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I’m struggling to decide whether or not I should pick maths, I was predicted around a grade 6-7 in maths at gcse but an 8 in physics. I want to study astrophysics at university but I think I need maths to get in on that course... what do I do?
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I’m struggling to decide whether or not I should pick maths, I was predicted around a grade 6-7 in maths at gcse but an 8 in physics. I want to study astrophysics at university but I think I need maths to get in on that course... what do I do?
You will generally need A Level maths to study physics at most universities. Furthermore university level physics - including astrophysics - will be very maths heavy and contain mathematical methods modules.
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Math is essential. You should even consider taking further math!
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I’m struggling to decide whether or not I should pick maths, I was predicted around a grade 6-7 in maths at gcse but an 8 in physics. I want to study astrophysics at university but I think I need maths to get in on that course... what do I do?
I've just chosen a few RG unis at random and googled their Physics entry requirements which are typically A*AA with at least an A in either Maths or Physics, which is what I would expect.

As the other posters have said, a typical Physics degree (and especially an Astrophysics module) is going to be pretty maths heavy and involve concepts such as calculus that aren't covered in GCSE.

Can you put in some extra effort in Maths to try to improve your grade or talk to your teacher about extra support?
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I’m struggling to decide whether or not I should pick maths, I was predicted around a grade 6-7 in maths at gcse but an 8 in physics. I want to study astrophysics at university but I think I need maths to get in on that course... what do I do?
Definitely. Most universities require an ALevel in maths as well as physics to get into astrophysics.
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I've yet to see a physics course that has a higher required grade for physics than maths. Physics isn't even a required A Level for most of them. A Level physics is completely unrepresentative of degree-level physics. Especially astrophysics which is typically more mathematical...
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As has been pointed out by others, physics (especially astrophysics) is maths-heavy. You should consider whether you really want to study physics at uni if you don't want to study maths now.
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