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Wherever possible we recommend that students take a higher level qualification in mathematics since maths is such a central component of many of the subjects available within the Natural Sciences course structure. Almost all students who apply for Natural Sciences are studying for a higher level qualification in Mathematics. Without higher level mathematics (i.e. A-Level or Higher Level Maths within the IB) the choice of courses available to students in the first year of study is restricted.
Each year a handful of students are admitted to the Natural Sciences course without higher level mathematics. These students are expected to complete 20–40 hours of preparatory work before they arrive and are given alternative teaching and support during the first term in order to develop the mathematical skills required later in the course.