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    Hi everyone
    I would really appreciate advice on a few things bugging my mind. I intend to start an engineering degree in 2012. I wonder on the advantage of sitting the AEA and STEP Mathematics. Since I am studying independently, I dont want to place an extra burden on my academic workload. But I really love mathematics and will love to stretch myself. I also intend to sit M4 and M5 in June. Most universities advise potential engineering students to do as much Mechanics modules as possible. But it seems most students dont even atttempt M3. Do you think this would provide a good advantage on my potential engineering course? Or should I opt for the more popular S1 and S2 courses.

    By way, I only intend to sit Step 1 and 2.

    Finally, I am torn betweem studying Physics and Electrical Engineering. I adore Professor Walter Lewin from the MIT and can visualise myself in his lectures. I only recently bought introduction to Physics and slightly amazed at the mathematical content of a Physics degree. So, I seem to veer towards a Physics degree. But I subscribe for the IET and IEEE magazines and can barely put them down. This is even in the toilet. I do love teaching and will like to follow in the footsteps of 'Walter'. But I cant believe I am living through the 'energy' debate. The idea of developing renewable energy systems is mouthwatering!!!
    Please advise.
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    Hi, I'd love to help you with this issue, however my knowledge in this field is quite limited, so I'll try my best to help. I'm not too familiar with AEA, but I do know much about STEP Mathematics. STEP Mathematics will be particularly useful if you apply for any Mathematics, or Mathematics-related course at some of the best and prestigious Universities in the country, as they'll be able to see that your a very intelligent student, and may also assume you've applied to Cambridge or Warwick as well, which is always a good thing.

    However, remember that STEP Mathematics is essential if you apply at Cambridge or Warwick. Without it, your pretty much guarenteed a rejection. As you intend to pursue a career in the Engineering route, the Mechanics modules will be very useful to you, but remember that they're not essential.

    As long as you have a seperate A-Level in Physics, Mechanics will not be required. Universities only want to see if you've done well in the applied modules you've chosen, weither it's Decision Mathematics, Mechanics, or even Statistics and Probability, your application will be considered with equal priority.

    You mentioned that your torn between choosing Physics and Electrical Engineering. You also mentioned that you've only been introducted to Physics, so I'd recommend that you consider looking at some other Engineering courses too. Engineering has a massive variety, there's Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering (By far, the most popular Engineering course statistically), Electrical Engineering, and even Mechanical Engineering.

    There's so much to choose from, so make your choices carefully. Don't rule out the others just yet, at least do some background research to know what each of them is about. I hope I gave you some useful information, and I'm sorry If I menioned anything you already knew.

    Good luck with whichever route you choose!
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    Hi, I'd love to help you with this issue, however my knowledge in this field is quite limited, so I'll try my best to help. I'm not too familiar with AEA, but I do know much about STEP Mathematics. STEP Mathematics will be particularly useful if you apply for any Mathematics, or Mathematics-related course at some of the best and prestigious Universities in the country, as they'll be able to see that your a very intelligent student, and may also assume you've applied to Cambridge or Warwick as well, which is always a good thing.

    However, remember that STEP Mathematics is essential if you apply at Cambridge or Warwick. Without it, your pretty much guarenteed a rejection. As you intend to pursue a career in the Engineering route, the Mechanics modules will be very useful to you, but remember that they're not essential.

    As long as you have a seperate A-Level in Physics, Mechanics will not be required. Universities only want to see if you've done well in the applied modules you've chosen, weither it's Decision Mathematics, Mechanics, or even Statistics and Probability, your application will be considered with equal priority.

    You mentioned that your torn between choosing Physics and Electrical Engineering. You also mentioned that you've only been introducted to Physics, so I'd recommend that you consider looking at some other Engineering courses too. Engineering has a massive variety, there's Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering (By far, the most popular Engineering course statistically), Electrical Engineering, and even Mechanical Engineering.

    There's so much to choose from, so make your choices carefully. Don't rule out the others just yet, at least do some background research to know what each of them is about. I hope I gave you some useful information, and I'm sorry If I menioned anything you already knew.

    Good luck with whichever route you choose!
    Thanks for your advice. I did Physics at high school but wasnt particularly interested due to bad teaching and facilities. But I am really enjoying A levels Physics and intend to sit the Olympiad. I want to make my application as competitive as possible. Thats why I am considering extra maths and physics alternatives.

    I am also doing a BTECH in addition to 3 A levels. Do you think this will make my application competitive? Please advise.
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    By all means, if you wish to do more, then do more. However, if that BTEC may cause the performance of your A-Level's to decrease, I suggest you don't take it. Any decent University would rather have a student with AAA, instead of a student with AABBBB at A-Level.

    Essentially, what I'm trying to say is, doing more doesn't always mean that it's better for you. If you think you can handle it, then go for it, but remember, no University requires more than three A-Level's. Some people do more than required, just to stand out a bit more, but Universities don't care about this.

    They just want you to perform outstandingly in the ones you've chosen. You should also take into account that, for example if you do three A-Level's, and get an offer from Cambridge, you will get an offer of A*AA, or similar. If you apply wth four A-Level's, chances are that you could get an offer of A*AAA, instead of A*AA.

    I know some people, who this has happened to. I'm not saying it's guarenteed that this will happen, but it certainly could. I personally don't see the point in doing more, when more isn't required. I'd rather do some work experience instead, or maybe some extracurricular activities.

    Other than that, it's entirely your choice. I can only give you my take on all this. Feel free to do as you please. Good luck!
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    (Original post by LiquidExtreme12)
    By all means, if you wish to do more, then do more. However, if that BTEC may cause the performance of your A-Level's to decrease, I suggest you don't take it. Any decent University would rather have a student with AAA, instead of a student with AABBBB at A-Level.

    Essentially, what I'm trying to say is, doing more doesn't always mean that it's better for you. If you think you can handle it, then go for it, but remember, no University requires more than three A-Level's. Some people do more than required, just to stand out a bit more, but Universities don't care about this.

    They just want you to perform outstandingly in the ones you've chosen. You should also take into account that, for example if you do three A-Level's, and get an offer from Cambridge, you will get an offer of A*AA, or similar. If you apply wth four A-Level's, chances are that you could get an offer of A*AAA, instead of A*AA.

    I know some people, who this has happened to. I'm not saying it's guarenteed that this will happen, but it certainly could. I personally don't see the point in doing more, when more isn't required. I'd rather do some work experience instead, or maybe some extracurricular activities.

    Other than that, it's entirely your choice. I can only give you my take on all this. Feel free to do as you please. Good luck!
    Thanks once again. The BTECH is not difficult. The reason for the BTECH is due to a possible placement with an Engineering Firm. They have a prefence of it over A LEVELS. But I will heed your advice and work towards a balance.
 
 
 
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