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    Hi AS Levels
    Maths-A
    Physics-A
    Chemistry-A
    Art and Design-A

    Predicted A levels
    Maths-A* (need to retake C3)
    Physics-A*
    Chemistry-A*
    Further Maths-A

    Unis (still deciding)
    Imperial-Physics
    Durham-Physics and Astronomy
    Birmingham-Physics with Astrophysics
    Manchester-Physics with Astrophysics
    Edinburgh- Astrophysics
    St Andrews-Astrophysics

    Job
    Research maybe? Maybe work in education (eg museums/documentaries)? I also love animation/art so maybe just doing physics and specialising in the computing side? (Im just thinking out loud here )

    Im currently freaking out because ive done NO extra curricular/super curricular things at all! Ive had a job and did 2 weeks work experience but no sumer schools/ schemes at all. Ive tried reading some books recently but I wont be able to read enough maybe one or two basic books... Any advice?
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    (Original post by chummy)

    Research maybe? Maybe work in education (eg museums/documentaries)? I also love animation/art so maybe just doing physics and specialising in the computing side? (Im just thinking out loud here )

    Im currently freaking out because ive done NO extra curricular/super curricular things at all! Ive had a job and did 2 weeks work experience but no sumer schools/ schemes at all. Ive tried reading some books recently but I wont be able to read enough maybe one or two basic books... Any advice?
    Congrats on the great results! Don't worry too much about your SCs/ECs as for physics it pretty much just comes down to grades. Possibly mention what you've found interesting at college whilst studying A-level Physics (like any particular topics). You definitely have time to read at least one book - you could easily read a 200ish page book in a week or so.

    Also you said you like the computing side of Physics, have you looked into Computational Physics at Edinburgh?
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    I'm applying for MPhys at Strathclyde Uni and I might also apply for Physics at Edinburgh.


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    AS Grades:
    Maths - B (I can explain, I freaking missed out the last question on C1 because I'm stupid, gotta retake C1(and C2 might as well), would have gotten an A in AS if it weren't for that)

    Physics - C (I can't really explain... Still pretty salty about it)

    Predicted Grades:
    Maths - A*

    Physics - A (I literally talked to my teacher like a week before the exam because I had predicted that it wouldn't go very well and he said he'd bump me upto an A from a B if my class performance is decent enough in Year 13 so yay I guess)

    Computing (BTEC) - Distinction

    Favourite Areas:
    Particles
    Nuclear
    Astrophysics
    Theoretical

    Least Favourite:
    Electricity

    Career Aspirations (Yikes!):
    I literally have no clue right now, I would love to continue further study if I ever manage to narrow down my favourites, if not then I dunno I need ideas!

    Applying to (Probably just MPhys with modules focused on Maths and Astrophysics):
    Birmingham
    Southampton
    [Not Sure]
    Cardiff
    Sheffield

    Right now I'm reeeally stuck on my personal statement, I've got a decent sized document on what I want to talk about but I've got now clue how to say any of it in a decent way

    Also anyone got any good revision tips? I feel like I can revise Maths reeeally well and I believe I can get an A* at this rate but I'm kinda struggling on revising Physics I dunno...
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    AS Grades
    AAAAAAA

    A2 Grades
    A*A*A*A*A*

    Favourite areas in physics?
    Astrophysics, Materials Science

    Career aspirations
    Research

    Universities and specific courses you'll be applying to
    Cambridge - NatSci
    Durham - Physics
    St Andrews - Physics
    Imperial - Physics
    Edinburgh - Physics

    Physics-related supra-curriculars
    Wider reading; Natural Sciences summer school; Helping at a university
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    I'm contemplating whether to apply for physics. Just wondering what you guys enjoy so much about physics. Do you enjoy the pracs? Cus those are probs the worst part for me, unless theyre super cool like the double slit experiement lol, pretty much all the others I find so boring. Does that mean I shouldn't apply for physics? My favourite part is astrophysics, it's so interesting.
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    (Original post by carolinehj)
    I'm contemplating whether to apply for physics. Just wondering what you guys enjoy so much about physics. Do you enjoy the pracs? Cus those are probs the worst part for me, unless theyre super cool like the double slit experiement lol, pretty much all the others I find so boring. Does that mean I shouldn't apply for physics? My favourite part is astrophysics, it's so interesting.
    If you don't like practicals there are some theoretical physics courses/maths and physics courses which don't have labs (or have hardly any)
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    (Original post by samb1234)
    If you don't like practicals there are some theoretical physics courses/maths and physics courses which don't have labs (or have hardly any)
    Yes! I've had a look at some and they do look really interesting, but then I'd be afraid it would be way too pure if you see what I mean
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    (Original post by carolinehj)
    Yes! I've had a look at some and they do look really interesting, but then I'd be afraid it would be way too pure if you see what I mean
    Just have a look around the different courses, if you really dislike labs then you will need to look at the modules for each course as often one uni will have a wide range of variations (e.g. nottingham have 9 variations of physics, not including mscis), so you should be able to find some courses that appeal to you. One thing to note is that higher level physics is very different to a level physics, there is a lot more emphasis on maths than at a level so bear that in mind when you're considering whether to do it or not.
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    (Original post by samb1234)
    Just have a look around the different courses, if you really dislike labs then you will need to look at the modules for each course as often one uni will have a wide range of variations (e.g. nottingham have 9 variations of physics, not including mscis), so you should be able to find some courses that appeal to you. One thing to note is that higher level physics is very different to a level physics, there is a lot more emphasis on maths than at a level so bear that in mind when you're considering whether to do it or not.
    I do further maths so I think it'll probably be okay for me, that kind of what appeals cus I really like maths and I love mechanics. But then some areas of physics I find so dull like optics and waves. And I also hate electricity which is obviously a major part of physics so that sucks. I just don't 'get' it. But the rest I really love like nuclear/particle/wave particle duality/astrophysics etc.
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    (Original post by carolinehj)
    I do further maths so I think it'll probably be okay for me, that kind of what appeals cus I really like maths and I love mechanics. But then some areas of physics I find so dull like optics and waves. And I also hate electricity which is obviously a major part of physics so that sucks. I just don't 'get' it. But the rest I really love like nuclear/particle/wave particle duality/astrophysics etc.
    Bear in mind that your experience of topics in physics are pretty much entirely based on what they're like at A level. For example, you mention that you don't like waves but at a level it is taught in an almost entirely qualitative manner, whereas at uni waves are dealt with in a much more quantitative way, where you learn about wave mechanics, proper qm etc. What other courses would you consider instead? Ultimately you need to decide what course best fits your interests
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    (Original post by samb1234)
    Bear in mind that your experience of topics in physics are pretty much entirely based on what they're like at A level. For example, you mention that you don't like waves but at a level it is taught in an almost entirely qualitative manner, whereas at uni waves are dealt with in a much more quantitative way, where you learn about wave mechanics, proper qm etc. What other courses would you consider instead? Ultimately you need to decide what course best fits your interests
    Right now I'm probably going to apply for natsci just so I can prolong the decision of what to go into haha because I'm also really interested in maths, Chem and earth sciences. Contenplating applying for earth sciences since apparently it's basically the physics and chemistry of the earth which I think sounds really cool.
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    (Original post by carolinehj)
    Right now I'm probably going to apply for natsci just so I can prolong the decision of what to go into haha because I'm also really interested in maths, Chem and earth sciences. Contenplating applying for earth sciences since apparently it's basically the physics and chemistry of the earth which I think sounds really cool.
    haha i did a similar thing last year, although ill probably end up doing physics after my first year anyway. It's worth finding a course that you feel comfortable doing, the course is much more important than where you go
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    Thank you !
    Yeah I'm just worried because my school's final personal statement deadline is in two weeks and I've just started writing properly!

    I haven't actually even studied an IT Gcse but I just saw that the head of animation or something at dreamworks actually studied Maths and Physics at Durham I think and then specialised in AI and computers in Edinburgh, then went on to do lectures at Oxford for AI and then went to dreamworks which I just really liked the sound of!

    But I think opportunities and career paths like that are ones you can't really plan for necessarily !
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    (Original post by chummy)
    Thank you !
    Yeah I'm just worried because my school's final personal statement deadline is in two weeks and I've just started writing properly!

    I haven't actually even studied an IT Gcse but I just saw that the head of animation or something at dreamworks actually studied Maths and Physics at Durham I think and then specialised in AI and computers in Edinburgh, then went on to do lectures at Oxford for AI and then went to dreamworks which I just really liked the sound of!

    But I think opportunities and career paths like that are ones you can't really plan for necessarily !
    That's actually really reassuring! I'd never heard of anyone that had done natsci at Durham being very successful so I was a tad reluctant to apply there. Obviously you can't plan these things but still nice to know they're possible hahaha.

    (Original post by samb1234)
    haha i did a similar thing last year, although ill probably end up doing physics after my first year anyway. It's worth finding a course that you feel comfortable doing, the course is much more important than where you go
    No course has particularly stood out to me, it's hard to know what really on them, especially is some modules are titled things like 'An Introduction to Physics' fmlll. They all start to look the same after you've seen enough of them so imma just apply for natsci and hope for the best lol
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    (Original post by carolinehj)
    That's actually really reassuring! I'd never heard of anyone that had done natsci at Durham being very successful so I was a tad reluctant to apply there. Obviously you can't plan these things but still nice to know they're possible hahaha.



    No course has particularly stood out to me, it's hard to know what really on them, especially is some modules are titled things like 'An Introduction to Physics' fmlll. They all start to look the same after you've seen enough of them so imma just apply for natsci and hope for the best lol
    If you're applying for nat sci look carefully into how the system works, some are a bit weird forcing you to do certain subjects which is why i applied for 2 nat sci courses and 3 maths and physics ones last year rather than all the same
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    (Original post by samb1234)
    If you're applying for nat sci look carefully into how the system works, some are a bit weird forcing you to do certain subjects which is why i applied for 2 nat sci courses and 3 maths and physics ones last year rather than all the same
    Yeah I saw! Southampton had compulsory bio I was like nah mate lol. The Durham one seems to be the most liberal though which is great. Where are you going to uni?
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    (Original post by carolinehj)
    Yeah I saw! Southampton had compulsory bio I was like nah mate lol. The Durham one seems to be the most liberal though which is great. Where are you going to uni?
    Cambridge, durham was my insurance. If you want to do any chem at durham make sure you put it as one of your top 2 preferred subjects (they ask you at some point, i think it was fairly soon after applying) or you wont be able to do any
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    (Original post by samb1234)
    Cambridge, durham was my insurance. If you want to do any chem at durham make sure you put it as one of your top 2 preferred subjects (they ask you at some point, i think it was fairly soon after applying) or you wont be able to do any
    Wow congrats!! Are you starting in 2016?? I was going to apply to cambridge but pulled out, the application process alone is so stressful. Ok thanks for the heads up, is chem in natsci really competitive or something?
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    (Original post by carolinehj)
    Wow congrats!! Are you starting in 2016?? I was going to apply to cambridge but pulled out, the application process alone is so stressful. Ok thanks for the heads up, is chem in natsci really competitive or something?
    Yeah i am. Basically durham has fairly limited lab space for chem hence the need to declare it, and yes it is more competitive for chem as the space constraints are such that they cant take that many for it and a lot of people want to do it.
 
 
 
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