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Hi guys,

After being rejected from Oxford + Imperial for Physics and Theoretical Physics respectively, I'm looking to re-apply again next year.

I'm looking for courses to do that would really advance my Physics ability in general, as I know this is where I'm weakest (My maths isn't bad). But there is no "Further physics" A-level like there is for Maths. Would anyone know any qualifications like this?


P.S I've also got an A*AA offer from Durham, which I'm not sure whether to take or not.

Background:
GCSE 10 A*
Predicted A2's : Maths A* Further Maths A* Physics A

Any advice'd be great
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Hi guys,

After being rejected from Oxford + Imperial for Physics and Theoretical Physics respectively, I'm looking to re-apply again next year.

I'm looking for courses to do that would really advance my Physics ability in general, as I know this is where I'm weakest (My maths isn't bad). But there is no "Further physics" A-level like there is for Maths. Would anyone know any qualifications like this?


P.S I've also got an A*AA offer from Durham, which I'm not sure whether to take or not.

Background:
GCSE 10 A*
Predicted A2's : Maths A* Further Maths A* Physics A

Any advice'd be great
Possibly an open university module? Something like this would be good, or maybe a maths one: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...ourse/s207.htm

STEP or AEA maths would be impressive also.

I would say go for the Durham offer though. Very odd you missed out on the Imperial offer though given your grades.
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I'm a big fan of this lecture course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOKnW...751B2B&index=1

It should be at about the right level, if you're interested in learning in a more relaxed way. The Open University idea sounds good as well.
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Possibly an open university module? Something like this would be good, or maybe a maths one: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...ourse/s207.htm

STEP or AEA maths would be impressive also.

I would say go for the Durham offer though. Very odd you missed out on the Imperial offer though given your grades.
I've heard about the Open University possibilities, and it would a nice idea. I'd probably look for a general thing such as "Using maths in physics" etc, rather than a content based module.

Do you think it is strange about Imperial? I thought I was middle of the pack to lower. I did have a poor AS physics UMS of 82%, but realistically, I want to get A* Maths, A Further, A* Physics for this summer.
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I'm a big fan of this lecture course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOKnW...751B2B&index=1

It should be at about the right level, if you're interested in learning in a more relaxed way. The Open University idea sounds good as well.
Bit of a silly question, but are these videos just purely for learning, or can you sit exams in their content, and have some sort of certificate from it?
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Bit of a silly question, but are these videos just purely for learning, or can you sit exams in their content, and have some sort of certificate from it?
Pure learning. I didn't read your first post properly, so didn't realise you were looking for a particular course to do. I'm afraid I don't have suggestions for that.

But if you're planning on getting re-interviewed, it's important to have a good grasp of fundamental physical principles, and that the video can provide.
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I'm starting a course on Coursera which seems to be a really good site since it's completely free and you get a certificate of completion at the end. The courses are generally between 3 and 10 hours per week for about 6 weeks and are run by universities. I can't see many modules on physics but they are adding new ones all the time so it might be worth keeping an eye on it.

https://www.coursera.org/course/eqp

There is also these sites which are similar and may be of interest.
http://www.udacity.com
https://www.edx.org/faq
http://oyc.yale.edu/physics
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Pure learning. I didn't read your first post properly, so didn't realise you were looking for a particular course to do. I'm afraid I don't have suggestions for that.

But if you're planning on getting re-interviewed, it's important to have a good grasp of fundamental physical principles, and that the video can provide.
Good point, I guess it's on me just to gather this knowledge, qualification or not.
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I'm starting a course on Coursera which seems to be a really good site since it's completely free and you get a certificate of completion at the end. The courses are generally between 3 and 10 hours per week for about 6 weeks and are run by universities. I can't see many modules on physics but they are adding new ones all the time so it might be worth keeping an eye on it.

https://www.coursera.org/course/eqp

There is also these sites which are similar and may be of interest.
http://www.udacity.com
https://www.edx.org/faq
http://oyc.yale.edu/physics
Thanks for these, didn't know they existed, where universities put out modules online for people to do. It would be nice to be able to write "I've completed X module, supported by Y University".
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