Recent data from UCAS indicates that the number of students studying science subjects at university who have studied maths A-level (or equivalent) are increasing.
Not surprisingly, virtually 100% of students studying maths at university have a post-16 Maths qualification; but did you know that nearly 20% of those studying Physical Geography and 12% of students studying Law have also studied maths?
For science and engineering students the numbers who have studied maths are high and are increasing.
Data from 2009 has been compared with 2006; for some subject areas the increase has been dramatic - for physiology 30% of students admitted in 2009 have studied maths post-16, up from just under 20% in 2006. Other subjects with large increases are Geology (29% increase), Biology (26% increase and Molecular Biology (27% increase).
For entrants in 2009, the numbers of students who had studied maths post-16 were:
This isn't proven but it does seem to increase your chance of being accepted onto courses which are very competitive for entry such as medical degrees.
Some universities are considering stating maths as a requirement for entry for more of their courses. Make sure you are studying the right subjects for the course you want to take!