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1 year ago

I just started y12 and currently do maths further maths economics and physics. I don’t plan on keeping all 4 subjects for long and want to drop one out of physics and economics. My question is could I get into maths at oxbridge with maths further maths and economics. I wouldn’t mind keeping physics instead but I know it is far more difficult and time consuming and would rather do economics. So do I have a chance without physics?

Original post by 18636189017

I just started y12 and currently do maths further maths economics and physics. I don’t plan on keeping all 4 subjects for long and want to drop one out of physics and economics. My question is could I get into maths at oxbridge with maths further maths and economics. I wouldn’t mind keeping physics instead but I know it is far more difficult and time consuming and would rather do economics. So do I have a chance without physics?

My brother now goes to UCLA and he did maths, economics and politics. He's now doing economics there. I think you're good without the physics

Edit: ofc this is your choice tho, I've seen from his pov what it was like and now that I'm in y13 I realised how much time I now have doing 3 instead of 4 A-Levels

(edited 1 year ago)

Well I suppose the real question here is "can I get in with 3 A-levels if 2 of them are maths and further maths", because I can't see how the content of A-level physics would be useful in any way.

The answer is yes - it is 3 full A-levels, it might be less work than if it were 3 distinct subjects but preparing for the MAT and/or STEP is going to be tough anyway. Also, many applicants won't have a choice in the matter - e.g. if their school teaches further maths as a completely separate subject and they're limited to 3. Hence why admissions staff generally avoid discriminating based on this.

The answer is yes - it is 3 full A-levels, it might be less work than if it were 3 distinct subjects but preparing for the MAT and/or STEP is going to be tough anyway. Also, many applicants won't have a choice in the matter - e.g. if their school teaches further maths as a completely separate subject and they're limited to 3. Hence why admissions staff generally avoid discriminating based on this.

Original post by 18636189017

I just started y12 and currently do maths further maths economics and physics. I don’t plan on keeping all 4 subjects for long and want to drop one out of physics and economics. My question is could I get into maths at oxbridge with maths further maths and economics. I wouldn’t mind keeping physics instead but I know it is far more difficult and time consuming and would rather do economics. So do I have a chance without physics?

Of course. Physics isn't a requirement for Maths at either institution

Original post by 18636189017I just started y12 and currently do maths further maths economics and physics. I don’t plan on keeping all 4 subjects for long and want to drop one out of physics and economics. My question is could I get into maths at oxbridge with maths further maths and economics. I wouldn’t mind keeping physics instead but I know it is far more difficult and time consuming and would rather do economics. So do I have a chance without physics?

Why would you want to drop physics rather than economics? Dropping a mathematical subject when you want to study maths seems strange. You will most likely encounter physics in a maths degree.

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1 year ago

Original post by Mintkoala

Why would you want to drop physics rather than economics? Dropping a mathematical subject when you want to study maths seems strange. You will most likely encounter physics in a maths degree.

I like both subjects however I know that physics is much more work so I’d have more time if I did economics instead. Also physics only appears in maths courses from a mathematical point of view and there is optional physics modules that you can completely avoid if you want to.

Original post by Mintkoala

Why would you want to drop physics rather than economics? Dropping a mathematical subject when you want to study maths seems strange. You will most likely encounter physics in a maths degree.

The Maths in A level Physics is quite wishy washy, it's not necessary for a Maths degree. Physics like modules are taught from a mathematicians point of view.

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