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I'm in year 11, and I want to stay at my current school for sixth form, however they don't offer further maths, one of my original options. I want to do physics at uni, so will not doing further maths make me 'worse' applicant?
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I'm in year 11, and I want to stay at my current school for sixth form, however they don't offer further maths, one of my original options. I want to do physics at uni, so will not doing further maths make me 'worse' applicant?

Physics at uni isn't that competitive to get in (outside of Oxford/Cambridge/Imperial), so as long as you have the right A-level grades for the unis you want there's not much to worry about. Getting conditional offers is easy enough; meeting them is harder. Even then, further maths isn't required for those aforementioned unis' physics courses.

Further maths would be helpful in the first term or two of your course. Especially topics like complex numbers, vectors & matrices, polar co-ordinates and differential equations. After first year it won't matter much whether you did further maths or not.
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Okay thanks : ) That actually really helps. Do you think oxbridge will be much harder to get into without further maths?
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(Original post by Oófie)
I'm in year 11, and I want to stay at my current school for sixth form, however they don't offer further maths, one of my original options. I want to do physics at uni, so will not doing further maths make me 'worse' applicant?
Hi there,

I am currently a student at Portsmouth University.

To study physics at university you do not need further maths. It may help an application, however the focus is on physics and maths. It is better to have solid top grades in them rather than a lower grade and further maths. A university will make you an offer of three A-levels and this is what is important. If you achieve the entry requirements with physics and maths and your other subject, you will be fine.

I hope this helps.
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