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A level econ or chemistry

At A level i want to do maths, further maths, physics and either econ or chem, idk what one to choose
in GCSE i am 100% certain I can get at least (but most likely) an 8.
Most likely, i will do a maths degree, potentially a combined maths and physics degree, so which one would be better to take
Reply 1
Look at the curriculum for both economics and chemistry.
And see which one is most appealing to you.
That’s how i would go with it.
Reply 2
Original post by 2022 g
Look at the curriculum for both economics and chemistry.
And see which one is most appealing to you.
That’s how i would go with it.

would either on be more beneficial for a maths degree tho?
Original post by Aqua12345
would either on be more beneficial for a maths degree tho?


Neither, both completely irrelevant. So pick whichever you think you'll get a better grade in.

There is some A-level Chemistry content that is useful for/relevant to a physics degree, although it's a fairly small amount and most is irrelevant, and it's never assumed before the degree commences either so you can live without it.

Of course, A-level Chemistry is commonly required for certain other courses like chemistry, chemical physics, medicine, etc, so gives you some more options in those areas if you do change your mind later. It's also useful background for engineering, particularly chemical or materials engineering (although not usually required if you have physics).

But for maths specifically there is really no particular relevance of either.
Reply 4
Chemistry not really.
My friend got an offer for maths at Cambridge. He ended up dropping chemistry as he wanted to focus on STEP.
He took Further maths, Maths and physics.
I don’t know if economics is needed tbh. Don’t know much about that subject.
Original post by Aqua12345
would either on be more beneficial for a maths degree tho?

For a single subject Maths degree, it wont matter as you are doing both Maths and FM - ie. those will be the only specified subjects.
The other subject usually is not specified so you need to go for the subject where you feel most confident of getting A/A*.

However, remember that Maths is often offered as part of a joint subject degree etc, and this may be more useful than 'just Maths'. Examples :

Economics and Maths - https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/4393/economics-and-mathematics-bsc
Maths and Meteorology - https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/Subject-area/mathematics-ug/bsc-mathematics-and-meteorology
Maths and Data Science - https://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/mathematics/mathsdatasciencebsc/
Chemistry with Maths - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/degrees/chemistry-mathematics-bsc-2022
Mathematical Physics - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/course/Mathematical-Physics-BSc
Nanoscience - https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-nanoscience/
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Reply 6
Original post by McGinger
For a single subject Maths degree, it wont matter as you are doing both Maths and FM - ie. those will be the only specified subjects.
The other subject usually is not specified so you need to go for the subject where you feel most confident of getting A/A*.

However, remember that Maths is often offered as part of a joint subject degree etc, and this may be more useful than 'just Maths'. Examples :

Economics and Maths - https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/4393/economics-and-mathematics-bsc
Maths and Meteorology - https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/Subject-area/mathematics-ug/bsc-mathematics-and-meteorology
Maths and Data Science - https://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/mathematics/mathsdatasciencebsc/
Chemistry with Maths - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/degrees/chemistry-mathematics-bsc-2022
Mathematical Physics - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/course/Mathematical-Physics-BSc
Nanoscience - https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-nanoscience/

honestly idek what i would get in either of them, im 100% going to get minimum grade 8 in chemistry, so idk what i could get at A level, and if it means anything, for econ, im pretty good at business GCSE ,and obviously maths and further maths, which will help with both i guess.
Lots of good general advice about choosing A level etc subjects here - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/a-level/subjects/choosing-your-subjects

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