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    Oh right thanks! Not sure at the moment, but I think it's between Keble, Magdelen, St Hughes and St Edmunds! What was your offer for your A Levels?
    There are so many colleges, it's hard to narrow them down! Have you visited any? Everyone gets the standard offer, which for physics is A*AA (A*A in maths and physics with A in a third subject, or A* in further maths if taken with AA in maths and physics).
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    Aw just have a think about it and look at the different careers it could lead to.
    I'm stuck between medicine and biomedical sciences due to my UKCAT and stuff but I was wondering what kind of GCSEs would give me an ok chance to apply for biomed?
    do GCSEs matter?? I think only relevant subjects are important, if you have A* in sciences (especially biology) and maths you should be ok. what did you get?
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    We don't have this information - sorry.
    Hi, would you know the average grades for possible music students?
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    There are so many colleges, it's hard to narrow them down! Have you visited any? Everyone gets the standard offer, which for physics is A*AA (A*A in maths and physics with A in a third subject, or A* in further maths if taken with AA in maths and physics).
    Not yet! Yes I know that but I was wondering how you did with your A Levels! I'm hoping for 3A*s but probs not gonna happen!
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    (Original post by klefki)
    I was wondering if someone could help me out with whether or not changing uni course this late would be a bad idea.

    Over the last two years, I was certain that I wanted to do natural sciences, I just hadn't picked a branch of it yet. I took Physics, Biology, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry at AS, and got AAAAB respectively. If I do apply to a science course it would be biomedical sciences; I'm genuinely interested in it and have good wider reading and work experience for it, plus lectures and masterclasses.

    The problem is that recently I started looking into economics and after reading some books and looking into courses it looks like it really interests me too. I would certainly apply for economics if i had the proper work experience but I have a very weak background in it compared to biomedical sciences...

    Is it way too late to change my mind about the course, and will my application be a lot weaker considering how little experience I have?
    If I were you I would stick with biomedical sciences as you do the right subjects and you seem to be excelling in them judging by your AS Grades, I presume your B was in further maths? Don't let me put you off! This is just my opinion.
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    If I were you I would stick with biomedical sciences as you do the right subjects and you seem to be excelling in them judging by your AS Grades, I presume your B was in further maths? Don't let me put you off! This is just my opinion.
    My B was in Chemistry, it was one UMS off an A, I really hope the re-mark gets it up. I thought it would be more logical to stick with biomedical sciences as well, yeah... shame
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    Not yet! Yes I know that but I was wondering how you did with your A Levels! I'm hoping for 3A*s but probs not gonna happen!
    Oops sorry, A*A*A*A (physics, maths, chem, further maths). Eh you never know, good luck!
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    My B was in Chemistry, it was one UMS off an A, I really hope the re-mark gets it up. I thought it would be more logical to stick with biomedical sciences as well, yeah... shame
    Good luck with that. Also you don't do economics as an A Level which is perhaps the deciding factor
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    Oops sorry, A*A*A*A (physics, maths, chem, further maths). Eh you never know, good luck!
    Dropped chem at AS didn't enjoy it!! But well done! I'm most nervous about FP3 in further maths
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    Dropped chem at AS didn't enjoy it!! But well done! I'm most nervous about FP3 in further maths
    Oh I loved chemistry! Thanks which exam board?
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    Dropped chem at AS didn't enjoy it!! But well done! I'm most nervous about FP3 in further maths
    Yep, FP3 is horrible - but doable if you put the time into it!
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    Oh I loved chemistry! Thanks which exam board?
    Edexcell
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Yep, FP3 is horrible - but doable if you put the time into it!
    Agreed. I don't mind the calculus of the hyperbolics that much, it just takes practice - reduction is quite hard though. Vectors and matrices are okay ish but the co-ordinates chapter!! Content is okay but the questions asked are monsterous
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    Agreed. I don't mind the calculus of the hyperbolics that much, it just takes practice - reduction is quite hard though. Vectors and matrices are okay ish but the co-ordinates chapter!! Content is okay but the questions asked are monsterous
    Reduction formula questions can indeed be horrific, and so can co-ordinates questions (particularly with loci... ugh). Vectors is long, but fortunately the questions don't tend to be too awful, you've just got to make sure you remember everything. I've got a few things to say about FP3. Firstly, there have now been two exceptionally difficult exams in a row (the A* boundary this year was 78%!) so I would hesitatingly guess that next year will be less brutal, but then again that's what I thought about this year and I was wrong. Secondly, particularly with the co-ordinate geometry questions, do every single question you can get your hands on! The question this year was absolutely disgusting but by some minor miracle I happened to have seen an almost identical question a few days prior to the exam so I could pretty much recite it off by heart - I wouldn't have had a chance if that was the first time I had seen it. Finally, if you can't do a question, still make a start on it. With the tough co-ordinate geometry and reduction formulae questions, you can still get about half the marks or even more just by writing a few lines. This year, I left an entire question out and only half finished a few more yet I still managed to get full UMS in the exam - if I had frozen and not started the questions I couldn't finish, I wouldn't have got an A* probably.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Reduction formula questions can indeed be horrific, and so can co-ordinates questions (particularly with loci... ugh). Vectors is long, but fortunately the questions don't tend to be too awful, you've just got to make sure you remember everything. I've got a few things to say about FP3. Firstly, there have now been two exceptionally difficult exams in a row (the A* boundary this year was 78%!) so I would hesitatingly guess that next year will be less brutal, but then again that's what I thought about this year and I was wrong. Secondly, particularly with the co-ordinate geometry questions, do every single question you can get your hands on! The question this year was absolutely disgusting but by some minor miracle I happened to have seen an almost identical question a few days prior to the exam so I could pretty much recite it off by heart - I wouldn't have had a chance if that was the first time I had seen it. Finally, if you can't do a question, still make a start on it. With the tough co-ordinate geometry and reduction formulae questions, you can still get about half the marks or even more just by writing a few lines. This year, I left an entire question out and only half finished a few more yet I still managed to get full UMS in the exam - if I had frozen and not started the questions I couldn't finish, I wouldn't have got an A* probably.
    Thanks for the advice. I agree with you that vectors and matrices has the most content to learn but easiest to apply to questions. Unfortunately for co-ordinate systems its the opposite - so little to learn yet so hard to apply!! I'm following your advice, I'm intending on doing about 1000 FP3 questions before next june (half of those being on conics and reduction) so hopefully that will help! Yeh I heard this years FP3 was a monster - at least being ill for that exam saved me from that beast!! Now have to do it this year. What A Levels did you take. How did they go? You at uni now?
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    Thanks for the advice. I agree with you that vectors and matrices has the most content to learn but easiest to apply to questions. Unfortunately for co-ordinate systems its the opposite - so little to learn yet so hard to apply!! I'm following your advice, I'm intending on doing about 1000 FP3 questions before next june (half of those being on conics and reduction) so hopefully that will help! Yeh I heard this years FP3 was a monster - at least being ill for that exam saved me from that beast!! Now have to do it this year. What A Levels did you take. How did they go? You at uni now?
    Please try to avoid what I did, namely panic-revising FP3 in the 4 days preceding it! Yes, I got away with it, but I felt like a complete failure after that exam and was ready to give up on maths completely. The earlier you can get confident with FP3, the better, because that's the one exam above everything else where you really need to understand the content. As you say, particularly in the harder parts, there's not much content but the sophistication of the questions to which you need to apply that content to surpasses any of the other units I took. FP2 also has some tough-ish content but you can still to some extent get into the habit of answering questions mechanically with a set algorithm that you can just follow, which you simply can't get away with doing in FP3. And it seems that you dodged a bullet with that illness!

    I did Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry (and German AS + EPQ). They went a lot better than expected, I ended up with a 99% average UMS across them which was a very nice surprise on results day! I'm about to start at Oxford doing Earth Sciences in a few weeks. What are you applying for, Physics?
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    Ah I did AQA so I think your FP3 is very different to mine!
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Please try to avoid what I did, namely panic-revising FP3 in the 4 days preceding it! Yes, I got away with it, but I felt like a complete failure after that exam and was ready to give up on maths completely. The earlier you can get confident with FP3, the better, because that's the one exam above everything else where you really need to understand the content. As you say, particularly in the harder parts, there's not much content but the sophistication of the questions to which you need to apply that content to surpasses any of the other units I took. FP2 also has some tough-ish content but you can still to some extent get into the habit of answering questions mechanically with a set algorithm that you can just follow, which you simply can't get away with doing in FP3. And it seems that you dodged a bullet with that illness!

    I did Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry (and German AS + EPQ). They went a lot better than expected, I ended up with a 99% average UMS across them which was a very nice surprise on results day! I'm about to start at Oxford doing Earth Sciences in a few weeks. What are you applying for, Physics?
    Haha I did that for C3 C4 last year but would never take that chance on further maths, having said that I probably still will (famous last words). I totally agree. Its the exam where you have to do the most applying, there is very little memory work involved.. I found FP2 quite easy personally, in comparison to FP3 definitely! Well most thought that but I missed a pretty easy G485 (OCR Physics) paper apparently Also redoing some A Level modules might put Oxford as well as other top unis off, so I would have rather have been well thats for sure!!

    Oh right, bar chemistry nice subjects! I did an EPQ too, am thinking this year to do a prize essay but am not sure if Oxford does a physics one? Haha take a bow son I was 3 off 100 ums overall in maths last year! Earth Sciences sounds cool, is it like natural sciences or completely different? Yep
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    Ah I did AQA so I think your FP3 is very different to mine!
    I have no clue on AQA but Edexcel FP3 is pretty damn hard!
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    Haha I did that for C3 C4 last year but would never take that chance on further maths, having said that I probably still will (famous last words). I totally agree. Its the exam where you have to do the most applying, there is very little memory work involved.. I found FP2 quite easy personally, in comparison to FP3 definitely! Well most thought that but I missed a pretty easy G485 (OCR Physics) paper apparently Also redoing some A Level modules might put Oxford as well as other top unis off, so I would have rather have been well thats for sure!!

    Oh right, bar chemistry nice subjects! I did an EPQ too, am thinking this year to do a prize essay but am not sure if Oxford does a physics one? Haha take a bow son I was 3 off 100 ums overall in maths last year! Earth Sciences sounds cool, is it like natural sciences or completely different? Yep
    I quite liked FP2, I really enjoyed the differential equation chapters although I actually got lower UMS in the exams than I did in FP2. You're not a fan of Chemistry I take it? It's very hard, certainly at A2, although I also really enjoyed it. Well done with your Maths results from last year!

    I guess Earth Sciences is a little bit like Natural Sciences in that it's a very broad degree, there aren't really many other courses where everybody does Biology, Chemistry and Physics certainly to the end of second year and potentially throughout your degree, but of course everything is applied to planetary problems (broadly geochemistry, geophysics and paleobiology). It looks like a brilliant course because on the one hand, I can still study a broad range of scientific disciplines which I really like the idea of, but it's all applied to the Earth which is something I'm really interested in and passionate about.
 
 
 
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