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    haven't been online for a while but I firmed UCL and my insurance is King's College hopefully will end up at UCL!
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    Hi, i know this is going to sound stupid but is it possible to do a Physics degree without the A-Level. I took Bio,Maths,Chem and Psychology for AS. Recently Ive done some reading on physics and Ive never been so interested in a subject before. My GCSEs are 6A*s 5As, 100% in Physics haha, AS levels will probably be AAAB and will be predicted A*AA(A*in maths) hopefully. I was just wondering what my options are.
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Hi, i know this is going to sound stupid but is it possible to do a Physics degree without the A-Level. I took Bio,Maths,Chem and Psychology for AS. Recently Ive done some reading on physics and Ive never been so interested in a subject before. My GCSEs are 6A*s 5As, 100% in Physics haha, AS levels will probably be AAAB and will be predicted A*AA(A*in maths) hopefully. I was just wondering what my options are.
    Could be quite difficult, maybe drop psychology and do as physics AS (and A2 as well if you're really determined). Also, may be useful to do any further maths you can / make sure you've covered significant mechanics in maths.
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Hi, i know this is going to sound stupid but is it possible to do a Physics degree without the A-Level. I took Bio,Maths,Chem and Psychology for AS. Recently Ive done some reading on physics and Ive never been so interested in a subject before. My GCSEs are 6A*s 5As, 100% in Physics haha, AS levels will probably be AAAB and will be predicted A*AA(A*in maths) hopefully. I was just wondering what my options are.
    Maybe a foundation year in physics.
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Hi, i know this is going to sound stupid but is it possible to do a Physics degree without the A-Level. I took Bio,Maths,Chem and Psychology for AS. Recently Ive done some reading on physics and Ive never been so interested in a subject before. My GCSEs are 6A*s 5As, 100% in Physics haha, AS levels will probably be AAAB and will be predicted A*AA(A*in maths) hopefully. I was just wondering what my options are.
    A lot of universities will accept mechanics modules (usually 3+) as suitable replacement for physics A-level (off the top of my head, I know for certain Cambridge do, it's worth having a look at), but picking up the AS Physics next year would probably be worth considering.
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    (Original post by aquark)
    Could be quite difficult, maybe drop psychology and do as physics AS (and A2 as well if you're really determined). Also, may be useful to do any further maths you can / make sure you've covered significant mechanics in maths.
    I was thinking about taking physicsAS/A2 although i feel it wont make much of a difference as a university will still not be able to see my predicted grade or an AS grade..
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    I was thinking about taking physicsAS/A2 although i feel it wont make much of a difference as a university will still not be able to see my predicted grade or an AS grade..
    I think it really depends how good at physics/maths you really are. Someone in my year who is sort of a straight A, but not a standout A* sort of guy, decided he wanted to do engineering having not taken physics. He's managed quite successfully to do that having dropped only one subject from Year 12 (you could maybe drop 2?). The physics A-level- i'm sure many will agree- is rather easy for people that find it interesting.

    I'd contact the universities in advance, ask what they think/what else they'd accept (like more mechanics modules in maths). And just make sure your school stress the odd circumstances in your reference.
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    What can I do to prepare for next year? (starting at Warwick!)

    With A-levels you could just pick up a text book, start learning and look at exam papers online, is the same applicable in any way for next year so I can see how hard it will be?
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    Prepare to be more organised than you've ever been. I found organisation and motivation really helpful.
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    Prepare to be more organised than you've ever been. I found organisation and motivation really helpful.
    thanks, did you do physics or is that general advice?

    I'm good on the motivational side but I need to get a bit better at the organisational side for sure
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    Prepare to be more organised than you've ever been. I found organisation and motivation really helpful.
    Sounds grand! I like to have everything in it's own place anyway, I'm very excited!
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    (Original post by Benniboi1)
    thanks, did you do physics or is that general advice?

    I'm good on the motivational side but I need to get a bit better at the organisational side for sure
    I just finished my foundation year for physics. Its like a step between university and A-level and was quite helpful for getting me in the right mind set to be successful at university.
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    I just finished my foundation year for physics. Its like a step between university and A-level and was quite helpful for getting me in the right mind set to be successful at university.
    Im thinking about doing a foundation year in physics . Where did you study? Also, did you have the same experience as people starting an undergraduate degree or is it completely different?
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Im thinking about doing a foundation year in physics . Where did you study? Also, did you have the same experience as people starting an undergraduate degree or is it completely different?
    Loughborough.


    Pretty much the same, you have all the stuff you would on a normal degree and are often taught by a range of people from senior lecturers to new lecturers.
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    Loughborough.


    Pretty much the same, you have all the stuff you would on a normal degree and are often taught by a range of people from senior lecturers to new lecturers.
    Do you live in halls for the foundation year or do you live there the next year?
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Do you live in halls for the foundation year or do you live there the next year?
    Yeah you live in halls, you are a normal student thus given the same rights as other students.
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    (Original post by Tora Shin)
    All very true. I was rejected from St Andrews (alone with Oxford), then found to my great surprise that I much preferred York to Lancaster and Sussex.
    wish I'd applied to York. wasted a choice with St Andrews. if I have to resit, I'm choosing York. did you firm york?
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    They'll love my B's C's D's and E's.
    email Durham and ask if it would be a problem-if you can show a huge improvement after gcse it will look good. durham look at for proof of your deeper understanding of/commitment to the subject/ good extra-curricukar stuff can help too. they are very competitive but just make sure you choose a decent couple of back-up unis if you go for places like durham/st andrews/imperial. sorry for taking so long to reply-been hibernating since exams finished
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    (Original post by alcimedes)
    email Durham and ask if it would be a problem-if you can show a huge improvement after gcse it will look good. durham look at for proof of your deeper understanding of/commitment to the subject/ good extra-curricukar stuff can help too. they are very competitive but just make sure you choose a decent couple of back-up unis if you go for places like durham/st andrews/imperial. sorry for taking so long to reply-been hibernating since exams finished
    They accepted me.
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    (Original post by Oh my Ms. Coffey)
    They accepted me.
    shows how long its been since I was on here! been looking at info on clearing today in case I've messed up.

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