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I'm looking for some insight from parents/teachers/uni lecturers about predictors that might indicate a student is talented enough to do a Maths degree and excel at it. My little girl is now in year 10 and about to do her GCSEs next year and is trying to figure out what she wants to do at uni. She's in a grammar school and pretty much at the top of her year group in maths and all the sciences (triple science + computing science). She is contemplating doing maths at uni pretty seriously. The problem is that imo maths at GCSE (and even at A level) is more about practice than talent? Whilst she is doing well and her teachers assure me she has a good mathematical mind, I remain unsure whether it is the best choice for her given her predicted grades in sciences also open up many potential degree courses.

So, I would be grateful if anyone could give me some clues as to how you can spot a student's potential talent in maths. I just want her to enjoy whatever she chooses to study and would hate for her to start studying something and feel like she wasn't good enough to keep up with the best i.e. not graduate with a first. Perhaps it is hubris to look so far ahead, but like any parent I would prefer she did something she truly excelled in.