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    (Original post by samb1234)
    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.
    Ah okay, thanks
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    AS- AAA (maths, physics, philosophy and ethics)
    A2 UCAS- A*A*A*

    UNI's- Bristol, manchester, bath ( I haven't seen two other courses i like but i am still looking)

    Job- research
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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.
    You could look at cosmology? Theoretical astrophysics in my view.
    Question is if you want to harness your interest to university level?
    An astro/Cosmo degree might lose some of the practicals to focus on more specific modules
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    AS Results:
    AAAA (Maths, F Maths, Physics, Music)

    Predicted A2: A*A*A* (Music dropped)

    Unis Applied to:
    Oxford (Mphys)
    Durham (Mphys)
    Imperial (Msci)
    Bristol (Msci)
    Edinburgh (Msci)

    Work experience: Kromek (nuclear detector company spun out of durham uni)
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    AS Grades
    Maths - A
    Further Maths - A
    Physics - Didn't take exam
    Chemistry - Didn't take exam
    Biology - Didn't take exam

    A-levels and predicted grades
    Maths - A*
    Further Maths - A*
    Physics - A*
    Chemistry - A*
    Biology - A*

    Favourite areas in physics?
    Astrophysics, particle physics, and anything quantum mechanical.

    Career aspirations (if you know)
    Hopefully research. If not then something in industry.

    Universities and specific courses you'll be applying to (in order of decreasing preference)
    Oxford - Physics MPhys
    Imperial - Physics MSci
    Durham - Physics MPhys
    Exeter - Physics BSc
    Southampton - Physics BSc

    Physics-related supra-curriculars
    SSSUK 2016, Access to Bristol Physics Programme, wider reading (particularly Feynman stuff), attended various public lectures, tutor maths inside and outside of school.
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    AS Grades
    Maths - A
    Physics - A
    Chemistry - A
    Biology - A

    A-levels and predicted grades
    Maths - A*
    Physics - A*
    Chemistry - A*

    Favourite areas in physics?
    Quantum physics and special relativity, solid state looks interesting though I haven't looked much into it

    Career aspirations (if you know) idk maybe medical physics or something finance related

    Universities and specific courses you'll be applying to (in order of decreasing preference)

    Oxford - Physics MPhys
    Manchester - Physics MPhys
    Birmingham - Physics MPhys
    Liverpool - Physics MPhys
    Bristol - Physics MPhys

    Physics-related extra stuff
    Reading, did a Cambridge master class
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    So where have people heard back from so far? I have an offer (A*AA) from Edinburgh, had an interview at Manchester yesterday (when they told us we all had offers, but ain't UCAS official yet) and an interview from Imperial.

    Also applied to Cambridge and St Andrews, and it feels pretty awesome that other people have applied to almost the exact same unis as me!
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    (Original post by Candidate6)
    So where have people heard back from so far? I have an offer (A*AA) from Edinburgh, had an interview at Manchester yesterday (when they told us we all had offers, but ain't UCAS official yet) and an interview from Imperial.

    Also applied to Cambridge and St Andrews, and it feels pretty awesome that other people have applied to almost the exact same unis as me!
    When was your application sent off? What sort of things did you talk about in the interview at Manchester? From what I've heard Manchester only give out interviews if they're pretty sure they'd give you an offer.
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    Hi guys, I'm applying for a MSci/MPhys in Theoretical Physics this year and I've just sent my application off earlier this afternoon. I was wondering if anyone else who is applying for Physics or specialised Physics undergraduate courses has recieved offers yet? Feel free to discuss any uni choices as well and talk about physics in general
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    (Original post by CallumGill)
    Hi guys, I'm applying for a MSci/MPhys in Theoretical Physics this year and I've just sent my application off earlier this afternoon. I was wondering if anyone else who is applying for Physics or specialised Physics undergraduate courses has recieved offers yet? Feel free to discuss any uni choices as well and talk about physics in general
    Have you looked in the Physics, Chemistry and NatSci university courses forum?
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Have you looked in the Physics, Chemistry and NatSci university courses forum?
    I haven't yet but I shall take a look now. Cheers!
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    AS Grades
    Maths - A
    Physics - A
    Computer Science - A
    History - B

    A-levels and predicted grades
    Maths - A*
    Physics - A*
    Computer Science - A
    Further Maths (Doing it as an AS in addition to my 3 A-Levels) - A

    Favourite areas in physics?
    Quantum Mechanics (love reading about QCD), Relativity, Fields, Cosmology and Nuclear Physics.

    Career aspirations (if you know)
    Career in research, hopefully go on to do a PhD in Theoretical Physics.

    (Universities and specific courses i've applied for (in order of decreasing preference)
    • University of Birmingham - Theoretical Physics MSci
    • Durham Univeristy - Theoretical Physics MPhys
    • St Andrews - Theoretical Physics MPhys
    • University of York - Theoretical Physics MPhys
    • University of Glasgow - Theoretical Physics MSci
    Physics-related supra-curriculars
    University of Birmingham Summer School, christmas lecture on cosmological CP Violation, read numerous books that include:
    - Higgs by Jim Baggott
    - The Theoretical Minimum: Classical Mechanics by Leonard Susskind
    - 17 Equations That Changed the World by Ian Stewart
    - Six Not So Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman
    I've also read articles on Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Chromodynamics.
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    (Original post by CallumGill)
    Hi guys, I'm applying for a MSci/MPhys in Theoretical Physics this year and I've just sent my application off earlier this afternoon. I was wondering if anyone else who is applying for Physics or specialised Physics undergraduate courses has recieved offers yet? Feel free to discuss any uni choices as well and talk about physics in general
    I'm applying for BSc Physics, and received three offers from Liverpool, Surrey and Nottingham. Still waiting for Birmingham and Sheffield to reply. Where did you apply?
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    (Original post by Lexidan)
    I'm applying for BSc Physics, and received three offers from Liverpool, Surrey and Nottingham. Still waiting for Birmingham and Sheffield to reply. Where did you apply?
    I applied for (in decreasing preference):
    University of Birmingham
    Durham University
    St Andrews
    University of York
    University of Glasgow
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    I am waiting to get an email back from St Andrews to see if they changed their policy on resits.
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    (Original post by BrainJuice)
    I am waiting to get an email back from St Andrews to see if they changed their policy on resits.
    Oh right. What is their current policy?
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    (Original post by CallumGill)
    Oh right. What is their current policy?
    Last week their FAQ stated that they didn't allow it, but now that part of the FAQ has gone.
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    (Original post by BrainJuice)
    Last week their FAQ stated that they didn't allow it, but now that part of the FAQ has gone.
    Hmmm intresting. Hope they allow it now!
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    (Original post by CallumGill)
    Hmmm intresting. Hope they allow it now!
    Thank you. I just got an email from them and they said that they don't mind people who retook AS but they do about A2.
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    AS Grades
    Maths - A
    Further Maths - C
    Physics - D

    A-levels and predicted grades
    Maths - A
    Physics - D
    Further Maths - B

    Favourite areas in physics?
    Cosmology, Relativity and Waves

    Career aspirations (if you know)
    PhD in Theoretical Physics/ Research/ Professor

    (Universities and specific courses i've applied for (in order of decreasing preference)
    • Aberystwyth - Astrophysics BSc - BBC
    • Liverpool - Theoretical Physics MPhys - ABB
    • UCL - Theoretical Physics MSci - AAA
    • Kings - Theoretical Physics MSc - AAB
    • Royal Holloway - Theoretical Physics MSci - AAB

    Physics-related supra-curriculars
    -Essay Competition
    -Books:
    Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History Of Time'
    Michio Kaku's 'Physics Of The Impossible'


    I didn't work very hard last year and hence ended up with bad AS grades, I have great passion for Physics and my personal statement is quite strong. I've been working much harder this year and hope to end up with A*AB at least.
    Do you guys think Ill be offered a place at any of these unis? I know i haven't done that well in AS but is there any hope at all?
    Any alternatives? Im sending my application of this week and I'm kinda freaking out.
 
 
 
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