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If I don't take a maths a level, will oxbridge accept me?

I'm good at everything but maths.....i don't know why but i still want to make it to the top unis
yes assuming you apply for courses that don't require A level maths, and otherwise meet the entry requirements (and put together a competitive application)
It depends what you want to study. Certain oxford courses require maths a level such as Chemistry, Physics, Engineering etc, some may even state further maths is very useful. However if you're applying for a course that doesn't require it like English or History you should be fine not doing a level maths. Go to the uni websites of whatever course you want to apply for and check their subject requirements.
if you're not good at maths i'm assuming you're not going to want a degree in something mathsy like a science or economics. My friend got a 4 in her maths GCSE and she just got an interview for cambridge social + political sciences because she is specialised in those kind of subjects
Depends entirely on which degree you're applying for. For those that require A-level Maths, then no, they will not accept you. For those that don't require A-level Maths, it's no problem. So if you wanted to apply to e.g. history, classics, politics, archaeology, anthropology, English lit, law, modern languages, philosophy, etc, then fine. If you want to apply to economics, engineering, physics, chemistry, then it's an issue.

The biosciences and medicine are a bit less clear cut. For Cambridge natsci even for biological natural sciences you'd be expected to be taking A-level Maths normally (there is a route for those with e.g. IB SL maths or AS maths or equivalent in bionatsci, but you still need SOME maths background - and you must take a maths paper in first year of natsci). For Cambridge medicine (also vet med) you need three STEM subjects to be competitive, so bio/chemistry and either physics/maths. Oxford medicine has no such correlation between taking a third science/maths subject though. For biochemistry at Oxford you would probably be less competitive without maths. For biological or biomedical sciences at Oxford, it may be less of an issue for admissions (but you may well be expected to do a lot of quantitative work in the degree).
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Original post by RS Smiley
I'm good at everything but maths.....i don't know why but i still want to make it to the top unis

Heya!
It depends on the course you want to apply to! If the course doesn't need maths then you don't need to do it like law for example :h: If the course e.g. Economics needs maths alevel, then you need to do it! What are you thinking of doing in the future? Have you looked at the entry requirements?

Good luck!
Milena
UCL PFE
Study Mind
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Original post by StudyMind
Heya!
It depends on the course you want to apply to! If the course doesn't need maths then you don't need to do it like law for example :h: If the course e.g. Economics needs maths alevel, then you need to do it! What are you thinking of doing in the future? Have you looked at the entry requirements?

Good luck!
Milena
UCL PFE
Study Mind

well im actually planning on oriental studies, so i guess i won't be needing maths?
Original post by RS Smiley
well im actually planning on oriental studies, so i guess i won't be needing maths?

Heya!
If you look at the course and its entry requirements e.g. at Oxford, it doesn't specifically state you need maths so you should be fine I believe :h:

I hope this helps!
Milena
UCL PFE
Study Mind

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