I am a philosophy student at candidates level. However, my dream is to study theoretical physics at a university. The ambition is NOT to become a great physicist (neccesarily). My goal is to be eligible for university studies and understand basic courses. So, is it required to be gifted in mathematics to understand A-level theoretical physics, and pass exams? Or is it possible, by sheer willpower, to eventually get there? I am very talented at chess and usually excel at my interests (I am autistic). But perhaps mathematics is simply not my thing? I know so little about math - I cannot even say if I am good or bad at it. My scholastic childhood was pretty dreadful and messy. I didn't even attend the math classes. Fast forward 5 years - I put in incredibe efforts into improving my math grades..... Give a probability figure of me, your humble correspondent, entering a physics class of a university! Remember that I am winner, but I don't know how much of mathematics is talent vs hardwork!