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Hi our school has told us to start thinking about our options after school. I definitely want to do biology, chemistry and maybe history but they say it’s advisable to study as level Core Maths alongside the science subjects but I really don’t want to study maths as a separate qualification. Is it really that helpful and will chemistry be manageable without doing the core maths? Thank you
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Hi our school has told us to start thinking about our options after school. I definitely want to do biology, chemistry and maybe history but they say it’s advisable to study as level Core Maths alongside the science subjects but I really don’t want to study maths as a separate qualification. Is it really that helpful and will chemistry be manageable without doing the core maths? Thank you
It depends what you want to study for uni but lots of science courses involve maths at certain extent. So for example I am studying biomedical sciences and we have statistic module which is mostly Alevel maths and other modules such as biochemistry or genetics also involve mathematical content. Hence I honestly would say doing maths would be really helpful for your future. But don't worry! It would be helpful and allow you be ahead of others but the lecturers still explain from the basics so even if you didn't do the maths A level, you would be able to learn from start. (not expected for all the students to have done Alevel maths.
Hope this helps!
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What you learn in A level is actually quite different from GCSE. The overlap between GCSE and A level maths I found is mostly in AS. So from GCSE to AS shouldn't be too bad but A2 maths IS very different (lots of new stuff) so could be hard too (big jump for some people).
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From my friend who did Core Maths due to her Biology grade being slightly lower than expected by the college.

She said core maths is the easiest thing she does, it doesn't really challenge you it's just essentially a higher GCSE maths paper.

If your maths and science grades are high enough you probably won't have to do core maths but also remember if you are doing Core Maths of your free will it will add an extra 4 hours or so of lessons in your timetable.
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Level 3 Maths Studies is only the size of an AS and significantly easier than one (though it gets you the same UCAS points). It will be quite helpful and shouldn't be much of a strain.
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It depends what you want to study for uni but lots of science courses involve maths at certain extent. So for example I am studying biomedical sciences and we have statistic module which is mostly Alevel maths and other modules such as biochemistry or genetics also involve mathematical content. Hence I honestly would say doing maths would be really helpful for your future. But don't worry! It would be helpful and allow you be ahead of others but the lecturers still explain from the basics so even if you didn't do the maths A level, you would be able to learn from start. (not expected for all the students to have done Alevel maths.
Hope this helps!
Hi thank you, I’m hoping to do medicine and I understand there will be aspects of maths within the degree but I don’t know if I can face another 2 years of studying maths separately I find quite boring. I might look into the maths first before I decide. Thank you
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From my friend who did Core Maths due to her Biology grade being slightly lower than expected by the college.

She said core maths is the easiest thing she does, it doesn't really challenge you it's just essentially a higher GCSE maths paper.

If your maths and science grades are high enough you probably won't have to do core maths but also remember if you are doing Core Maths of your free will it will add an extra 4 hours or so of lessons in your timetable.
Hi thank you I will definitely look at the spec to see what it includes. But yes that’s one reason I don’t want to do core maths because it will take some of my frees when I could potentially revising my main Alevels. And the degree I want to do only looks at the grade not at ucas points so I can’t see it been heavily important for me to do it.
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