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Theyearofthecats Sun 19-Nov-17 12:31:07

Dd wants to do Physics and Biology A level and English lit.
She has been advised to take Maths with Physics,but can only do 3 A levels.
She is predicted level 8 GCSE maths.Will Physics A level be too difficult without Maths A level?
Would Chemistry be better?
Or should she do what she is most interested in?(Physics )

SweepTheHalls Sun 19-Nov-17 12:33:08

Physics is really supported by maths, much harder for students that don't do it. English is the one that doesn't seem to 'fit' with other others.

Theyearofthecats Sun 19-Nov-17 13:25:33

She is doing English to keep her options open for degree subjects.

MonkeyJumping Sun 19-Nov-17 13:33:18

Really don't do physics without maths, it will be very very hard.

Chemistry is a much better fit with biology.

grumpysquash3 Sun 19-Nov-17 13:35:54

But does it really keep options open for degree subjects, or does it make it harder?

For example, suppose she did biology, physics, english. She wouldn't get on a physics related degree (no maths), or a biology degree (neither maths nor chemistry), although both would be doable with a foundation year.

If she wants to do an arts degree, then why not focus on arts/humanities and drop at least one of the sciences?

Dippingmytoesin Sun 19-Nov-17 13:36:23

Chemistry would be much better.

What does she want to do in uni?

grumpysquash3 Sun 19-Nov-17 13:37:36

To answer the question in the title, Psychology would go well with biology.

perfectionistchaos Sun 19-Nov-17 13:39:31

Chemistry! What does she want to do? Many careers in biology require Chemistry -
with good reason.

ferrier Sun 19-Nov-17 13:39:57

You don't need maths A level to do a biology degree.

Dippingmytoesin Sun 19-Nov-17 13:42:24

Yeah most biology degrees want a second science with chemistry being the preferred.

Maths is generally only required at GCSE level for bio subjects some even accept a C (no idea what that is with the new grading system)

AuntieStella Sun 19-Nov-17 13:45:40

What options does she want to be kept open for degree level study?

If physics is the subject she really wants to do, then of course she should do it - I think a happy, interested teen is likely to do better all round. I would pair it with either maths (especially if she wants to take it at university level) or chemistry, as it's (arguably!) the other really useful science facilitating subject. Then it becomes a case of biology or a humanity for the third - which is why I was wondering what sorts of options she wants.

Sarahjconnor Sun 19-Nov-17 13:46:44


grumpysquash3 Sun 19-Nov-17 13:50:33

You don't need maths A level to do a biology degree.
No, but you need one out of maths or chemistry

counterpoint Sun 19-Nov-17 13:54:20

Agree with most posters. Definitely Chemistry with Biology at 'A' level rather than either Physics or Maths. All four together, of course, are the optimum combination if something scientific/clinical were the desired pathway.

However, has she considered Psychology with Biology and English?

LookAtAllTheBullshit Sun 19-Nov-17 13:54:43

Chemistry goes really well with biology-biochemistry.
Leaves open options of medicine, pharmacology etc.
Psychology as mentioned also goes well.
I did biology, sports science and physiology with english lang & lit A-levels.
I wanted to be a PE teacher but ended up nursing.
Chemistry would have been more use to me than English

Theyearofthecats Sun 19-Nov-17 14:15:47

Thanks for all the advice.
She is considering a degree in Biology or Law.
She was considering Law A level.
Her college interview is soon so hopefully they will have some advice.

Dippingmytoesin Sun 19-Nov-17 14:43:56

My friend studied biology law and chemistry
Degree in biovet
Conversion to Law through the GDL I think?
Now doing lpc whilst working in a solicitors if that’s what it’s all called .. not really informed on Law!

Fffion Sun 19-Nov-17 14:54:11

Physics A-level has been decoupled from Maths. A high GCSE Maths grade is sufficient to access the full Physics A-level specification, supplemented by teaching/encouragement from the Physics teacher.

A-level Maths is required for Physics/Engineering at University, however.

catslife Sun 19-Nov-17 19:39:34

It depends what she would like to do after A levels.
There are options e.g. radiography where taking Biology and Physics would work.

Theyearofthecats Sun 19-Nov-17 19:52:34

She is interested in radiography,DNA etc catslife

TheFrendo Mon 20-Nov-17 00:53:37

An 8 in GCSE maths will be plenty for A level physics. She does not need to do maths A level with physics. But Maths A level would work well with physics and biology.

ferrier Mon 20-Nov-17 09:25:51

I disagree. My son had an A* in maths GCSE and struģgled with AS physics. Dropped it for A Level.

NotCitrus Mon 20-Nov-17 09:34:03

Chemistry. More important than biology for a biology degree!
Maths would also be good, and science A-levels wouldn't preclude a law career (especially if she did a science degree then a law conversion course)

TheSecondOfHerName Mon 20-Nov-17 09:35:57

If she isn't going to do Maths A-level then she should do Core Maths as her additional option in the 4th timetable slot(providing the school offers it) as this would help with the Physics A-level.

ThreeWheeledCar Mon 20-Nov-17 09:42:45

chemistry with biology, maths with physics

Although I am a chartered accountant and managed without A level maths (hard though it was :-D)

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