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Hello, I was thinking of taking chemistry at university as I really enjoy it. My current a-levels are biology, chemistry and french. I feel like I won’t get in as I don’t take a level maths and I only got a 6 in GCSE maths. However they were predicted grades and I got 7s in bio and chem yet I’m currently getting A's in exams. I don’t know what to do, please help.
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(Original post by Josiegotswag)
Hello, I was thinking of taking chemistry at university as I really enjoy it. My current a-levels are biology, chemistry and french. I feel like I won’t get in as I don’t take a level maths and I only got a 6 in GCSE maths. However they were predicted grades and I got 7s in bio and chem yet I’m currently getting A's in exams. I don’t know what to do, please help.
Hi there.

It may be best to search for unis individual entry criteria for Chemistry
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Somebody in my A-level chemistry class went on to study Chemistry at university, and is currently studying for a PhD (last I checked), and he didn't have Maths A-level (nor was it a particularly strong subject for him at GCSE! I suspect he got a B or C, which is the same as a 6 or 5 I think).
There may be some universities that require mathematics, but not all of them.

If you can get a good grade at A-level chemistry, you're in with a good chance.
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Most unis don't require A-level Maths for entry to a chemistry degree. However, as with all sciences, chemistry is necessarily mathematical at degree level (the artificial divide between maths and the sciences in school is just that - artificial). Chemistry is also reasonably mathematical in its own right, so you do need to be able and willing to learn more maths and do a fair bit of mathematical work. If you don't have A-level Maths you will usually take a module or two in first year covering the content of A-level Maths (and some topics from further maths) to prepare you for the content of the degree (particularly physical chemistry).

CheeseIsVeg might be able to offer some advice about chemistry at uni and the mathematical content of it?
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I’m doing chemistry at oxford and there’s LOADS of maths. At my school, you had to get at least an 8 to even do chemistry A level. Being blunt, I’d probably pick another degree, what about biochemistry? I’m guessing that’s less maths based.
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I’m doing chemistry bsc and I didn’t do maths a level usually they’ll just run an extra module for people who didn’t do a level maths to catch them up so don’t worry if you don’t have it
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Maths A level is not usually a requirement - and GCSE grade 6 will be enough for most courses.

Bristol - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/...undergraduate/ - AAA including Chemistry, GCSE Maths grade 6.
Sheffield - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/chemistr...aduate/courses - AAB including Chemistry, GCSE Maths grade 6.
Lancaster - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/chemistr...undergraduate/ - ABB including Chemistry and another science or maths, GCSE Maths grade 6.
Strathclyde - https://www.strath.ac.uk/science/che...aduatecourses/ - BBB including Chemistry, and one of Maths, Physics or Biology.
Etc etc.
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Maths A level is not usually a requirement - and GCSE grade 6 will be enough for most courses.

Bristol - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/...undergraduate/ - AAA including Chemistry, GCSE Maths grade 6.
Sheffield - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/chemistr...aduate/courses - AAB including Chemistry, GCSE Maths grade 6.
Lancaster - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/chemistr...undergraduate/ - ABB including Chemistry and another science or maths, GCSE Maths grade 6.
Strathclyde - https://www.strath.ac.uk/science/che...aduatecourses/ - BBB including Chemistry, and one of Maths, Physics or Biology.
Etc etc.
Okay, that’s reassuring thank you
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Hello, I was thinking of taking chemistry at university as I really enjoy it. My current a-levels are biology, chemistry and french. I feel like I won’t get in as I don’t take a level maths and I only got a 6 in GCSE maths. However they were predicted grades and I got 7s in bio and chem yet I’m currently getting A's in exams. I don’t know what to do, please help.
Hiya :hi:
I have a thread where I answer loads of questions about what a chemistry degree is like here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...2&postcount=67
I would recommend you read it and then if you have any more specific questions feel free to tag me!
I graduated from an MChem degree last year :yy:

For maths in a chemistry degree:
In first year you're talking differentiation, integration, rearranging equations, basic physics concepts and some unit work.

After this, second year steps up a bit with quantum mechanics. This is more complex numbers, matrices and operator mathematics. The support in workshops/tutorials is there.

A-level maths definitely gives you an advantage (so does physics) but your University should teach you and provide the support you need through workshops/tutorials. I actually really enjoyed the maths part and learned a few new concepts because I did not do A level further maths.

Hope this helps,
Cheese
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