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Hello guys,

Sorry I've been pestering these forums all weekend. I was wondering whether I would need a physics A Level to do a Maths degree at top unis like Oxbridge (may as well aim high while I can eh?). I know that Physics A Level isn't necessary but I was worried that not taking it would disadvantage my application.

For the reference, if I were to drop Physics, my subjects would be Maths, Further Maths (self-studied), English, and German. My course of choice would be Oxford's Mathematics and Philosophy course

Thanks for all the support so far!
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Nope, I’m sure physics isn’t a requirement nor is it something you need for a maths degree, even at top universities. Although if you’ve looked at the course specifications and there are some modules that include physics, you should consider still reading about it briefly beforehand.
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No need for Physics for Oxbridge. I’ve never heard of any university requiring it for a Mathematics degree.
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Nope just maths and further maths
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(Original post by Starlesscosmos)
Hello guys,

Sorry I've been pestering these forums all weekend. I was wondering whether I would need a physics A Level to do a Maths degree at top unis like Oxbridge (may as well aim high while I can eh?). I know that Physics A Level isn't necessary but I was worried that not taking it would disadvantage my application.

For the reference, if I were to drop Physics, my subjects would be Maths, Further Maths (self-studied), English, and German. My course of choice would be Oxford's Mathematics and Philosophy course

Thanks for all the support so far!
Nope, A level Physics isn’t a formal requirement. Since you’re doing two other proper academic subjects, it’s not a problem. However, some Cambridge colleges want the 3rd A level to be a science and some specifically want it to be Physics. The other Cambridge colleges don’t care and you won’t be disadvantaged at all. No Oxford college specifically requires physics either. Whilst it is true that many applicants to Oxbridge maths take a level physics, not taking it doesn’t disadvantage you. On the regular maths courses, there is at least 1 compulsory physics course but since you’re applying for maths and philosophy, I don’t think there is any physics module in any year. In fact, essay based subjects will probably make you a stronger applicant for maths and philosophy at Oxford.
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No. It might help with any mechanics based options (which you usually will have at least some content for in first year) but is not a formal requirement and even for those, they are taught in a calculus based way (actually usually a differential equations based way) so A-level Physics (which is all algebra based) is not even that useful other than maybe having slightly more physical intuition about the problems posed.
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No. It might help with any mechanics based options (which you usually will have at least some content for in first year) but is not a formal requirement and even for those, they are taught in a calculus based way (actually usually a differential equations based way) so A-level Physics (which is all algebra based) is not even that useful other than maybe having slightly more physical intuition about the problems posed.
Op wants to do maths and philosophy at Oxford, which has no dynamics/mechanics/physics. So she doesn’t even have to worry about that!
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Op wants to do maths and philosophy at Oxford, which has no dynamics/mechanics/physics. So she doesn’t even have to worry about that!
Yes but other maths courses they apply to may have that content so something to be aware of in general
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Yes but other maths courses they apply to may have that content so something to be aware of in general
Yeah that’s true
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A-level physics involves so little mathematics that it isn't really helpful, even for undergraduate applied modules such as electromagnetism, dynamics and relativity.
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I think the only reason i did physics was bc I knew id be doing mech in maths and fm and so I thought the subjects would overlap so it would be less work.
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