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  • View Poll Results: Which Physics course(s) are you going to apply for?
    Physics BSc
    26.85%
    Physics MSci
    49.54%
    Theoretical Physics/ Phys & Maths BSc
    7.41%
    Theoretical Physics/ Phys & Maths MSci
    15.74%
    Physics with Astrophysics BSc
    7.87%
    Physics with Astrophysics MSci
    12.50%
    Physics and Philosophy BSc
    1.39%
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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    People who haven't answered this question already
    What's everyone done to prepare for application e.g. reading/work experience/summer school ?
    I did this astrophysics taster day / work experience day at Queen Mary Uni (London). I've done some extra reading but I'm doing my extended project on the search for dark matter so it's mostly for that. Also I have volunteered at the Science Museum close to where I live. I'm trying to build up my personal statement in case my grades aren't what I expected!


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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    I've heard quite a few times now that Physics personal statements aren't very important so might not matter

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    At most of the unis I've visited they said not to worry too much about your ps because the main thing is the grades


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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    I've heard quite a few times now that Physics personal statements aren't very important so might not matter

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    I just thought I'd say that they are incredibly important! I'm getting in with lower grades because of my personal statement and all the work experience I did
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    (Original post by Abbseh)
    I just thought I'd say that they are incredibly important! I'm getting in with lower grades because of my personal statement and all the work experience I did
    That's interesting!
    Must differ from uni to uni
    I'll spend more time on my PS then haha

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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    That's interesting!
    Must differ from uni to uni
    I'll spend more time on my PS then haha

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    Definitely do There should be no weak link in any application- everything from exams to a person statement should have equal effort out into it! A cracking PS can really get you into a uni's good books which in turn may save anyone if their grades slip. In my eyes it's most definitely worth it 100%
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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    I've heard quite a few times now that Physics personal statements aren't very important so might not matter

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    I think they'll be pretty important if anyone's after an extra competitive place like oxbridge, ucl, durham and stuff otherwise the stats seem to show most people get offers; like someone said "grades" are enough at most places.


    (Original post by Andromeda2.5)
    I did this astrophysics taster day / work experience day at Queen Mary Uni (London). I've done some extra reading but I'm doing my extended project on the search for dark matter so it's mostly for that. Also I have volunteered at the Science Museum close to where I live. I'm trying to build up my personal statement in case my grades aren't what I expected!


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    I did that qmul taster too; btw just noticed your choices - is that subject to change or are you trying to avoid home as much as possible? (none near the south)
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    Can any of you say why/how you decided for physics upon maths/engineering? I am awaiting AS results in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and cannot seem to decide between those three. Any personal opinions?
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    (Original post by ubisoft)
    Can any of you say why/how you decided for physics upon maths/engineering? I am awaiting AS results in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and cannot seem to decide between those three. Any personal opinions?
    I'm completely and utterly fascinated by Physics, the way the world is and works, the full stop at the end of a sentence contains 100 billion carbon atoms! Like whaaa... Blows my mind
    I think you need that kind of attitude to study Physics, to have some kind of wonder or awe of the physical world
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    I did that qmul taster too; btw just noticed your choices - is that subject to change or are you trying to avoid home as much as possible? (none near the south) [/QUOTE]

    Well I dot want to go to Southampton because that's too close but it's mostly because there isn't any close by. London unis are probably the closest good ones and I'm not sure whether I want to go to uni in London



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    So what did everyone get then?

    I got:
    AS Maths A
    AS Physics B
    AS History C (was always gonna happen)
    A2 Maths A

    Just going to resit my Physics controlled assessment because I got a C and it dragged my grade down to 4 UMS below A
    So all in all happy!

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    AS maths A
    AS physics A
    AS environmental science A
    AS geography B

    Very happy and shocked! Can't believe I got an A in physics


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    (Original post by Andromeda2.5)
    AS maths A
    AS physics A
    AS environmental science A
    AS geography B

    Very happy and shocked! Can't believe I got an A in physics


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    Woo! Congrats 😁
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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    Woo! Congrats 😁
    Thanks, you too! So many people are disappointed today


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    Screwed up :/

    Maths C
    Phys D
    Business D

    Anyone here known much about foundation degrees? Can't really imagine my predicated grades will be near AAB which is basically the minimum for myphys so I'm screwed. Well done you guys who've got decent grades


    (Original post by Andromeda2.5)
    Thanks, you too! So many people are disappointed today


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    Like me.
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    (Original post by Ki Yung Na)
    Screwed up :/

    Maths C
    Phys D
    Business D

    Anyone here known much about foundation degrees? Can't really imagine my predicated grades will be near AAB which is basically the minimum for myphys so I'm screwed. Well done you guys who've got decent grades




    Like me.
    Out of the unis you were interested in here's the foundation courses

    Nottingham Foundation course:

    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/...-students.aspx

    Liverpool Foundation course:

    http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergrad...lege/overview/
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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    Out of the unis you were interested in here's the foundation courses

    Nottingham Foundation course:

    http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/...-students.aspx

    Liverpool Foundation course:

    http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergrad...lege/overview/

    Thanks man; I hope my predicted grades aren't too bad - if only the teachers replied.
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    (Original post by Ki Yung Na)
    Thanks man; I hope my predicted grades aren't too bad - if only the teachers replied.
    When you choose your 5 choices you might want to consider this course as well as Foundation courses:

    http://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergradua...ts=is-expanded

    it's a good course and uni for Physics for BBB! any other unis at those grades probably aren't worth it, might as well get a Foundation course

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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    When you choose your 5 choices you might want to consider this course as well as Foundation courses:

    http://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergradua...ts=is-expanded

    it's a good course and uni for Physics for BBB! any other unis at those grades probably aren't worth it, might as well get a Foundation course

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    Thanks man, you're a total stranger yet you're helping me
    I've also heard good things about heriot watt so they'll be on my list too. I think i'll go for 3 foundations and then two normal. The foundation seems more sensible atm as they're lower and there's a chance to try for an Msci/Mphys ... my prospects of working in ITER looks ever so dim and far right now lol.
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    (Original post by Ki Yung Na)
    Thanks man, you're a total stranger yet you're helping me
    I've also heard good things about heriot watt so they'll be on my list too. I think i'll go for 3 foundations and then two normal. The foundation seems more sensible atm as they're lower and there's a chance to try for an Msci/Mphys ... my prospects of working in ITER looks ever so dim and far right now lol.
    Someone with a passion for Physics but low grades is going to be more successful than the other way round

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
    - Winston Churchill

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    (Original post by Ki Yung Na)
    Thanks man, you're a total stranger yet you're helping me
    I've also heard good things about heriot watt so they'll be on my list too. I think i'll go for 3 foundations and then two normal. The foundation seems more sensible atm as they're lower and there's a chance to try for an Msci/Mphys ... my prospects of working in ITER looks ever so dim and far right now lol.
    And no worries

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