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What A-levels do you need to study maths?

Counting on studying maths at uni? We’ve got all the info to help you decide what subject route is your best way into the wonderful world of mathematics. 

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If you’re planning to study maths at university, you may find that combining your A-level in maths with certain other subjects is a useful way to prepare for degree study. And it’s not just further maths that will complement your maths A-level: IT and a science subject could help too.

The following requirements also apply to degrees in statistics.


A-level subjects for maths

What A-level subjects are needed or essential for maths?  

  • maths, sometimes further maths
Find out more about university entry requirements.

What A-levels are useful for maths?

  • physics

Choosing your A-levels? See where different combinations can lead with our Explorer tool.

Other typical A-levels taken by current maths students

  • IT and computing
  • chemistry
  • business studies

Take a look at individual maths courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects media students took before starting their degree.

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    Examples of maths degree requirements

    Below is a range of Bachelor of science (with Honours) courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 12 April 2018):

    University of Liverpool: ‘A,A,B. Including A level Mathematics at grade A Applicants must have studied Mathematics at Level 3 within 2 years of the start date of their course. For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the science practical of each subject will be required.’

    Loughborough University: ‘A,A,A. Grades AAA including Mathematics.’

    London Metropolitan University: 'C,C,E. Typical offer CCE (80 points from two or more A levels to include a grade C in a relevant subject such as Computing, Computer Studies, Information Technology, Engineering, Maths, Physics or Science.’

    Watch now: How to choose your A-levels

    Other similar degree subjects

    Bear in mind that even similar subjects such as those above could still have different A-level requirements to maths, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.

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