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    Hello, I want to be an engineer but my schools science department don't do A-Level Physics and not enough people picked Maths (no one is qualified to teach FM)I was wondering if their are any qualifications that are equivalent to A Level Physics but don't require loads of exams and piratical work?

    In my area the schools are all mainly vocational I am having to self teach maths and fm. My current options are Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, General Studies (Compulsory). So an other A Level on top of that would be to much.

    Year 12 I Will Have 15 exams. With A Level Physics it would be 17

    I want to do two degrees one a BSc of Science (specialising in BioChemistry) at NUI Galway and BEng Honours from the Open University. Then for post grad I want to do Msc Chemistry or MsE Engeneering and MSc Physics OU
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    Is there no other sixth form/colleges in your area? If you want to do A Levels do then do physics at Uni, you HAVE to find somewhere that does physics and maths.

    If you aren't bothered about doing A Levels, maybe your school offers a vocational course that will get you into Uni?
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    (Original post by c_k62)
    Is there no other sixth form/colleges in your area? If you want to do A Levels do then do physics at Uni, you HAVE to find somewhere that does physics and maths.

    If you aren't bothered about doing A Levels, maybe your school offers a vocational course that will get you into Uni?
    They are all mainly vocational I am having to self teach maths and fm. My current options are Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, General Studies (Compulsory). So an other A Level on top of that would be to much.

    Year 12 I Will Have 14 exams. With A Level Physics it would be 16
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    My first advice would be that if you want to do engineering, all those a levels (espesh biology and psychology) may be excess and unnecessary.. if I was you and you are serious about your career I would find the nearest college in the area that offers all A Levels and sit a max of 4 in say Maths, FM, Physics and one other (say Biology/Chemistry, or Psychology if you are particularly interested in it)

    Don't stay at your current school/sixth form if they are not offering what you need to progress


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    (Original post by _JC95)
    My first advice would be that if you want to do engineering, all those a levels (espesh biology and psychology) may be excess and unnecessary.. if I was you and you are serious about your career I would find the nearest college in the area that offers all A Levels and sit a max of 4 in say Maths, FM, Physics and one other (say Biology/Chemistry, or Psychology if you are particularly interested in it)

    Don't stay at your current school/sixth form if they are not offering what you need to progress


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    Engineering is one of my 2 degrees i want to do. I am interested in going into BioChemistry with Engineering. But have to do two separate degrees for it. The only college that teaches Further Maths is too far away from where I live and would be to hard to get to and expensive
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    Physics A Level is a necessity for an Engineering degree, I'd drop one of your other options - you may enjoy them more but they won't get you on the course.

    It's a shame you have to do general studies, what a tedious subject, surely schools realise that?! But yeah, my advice is just drop something else, physics is a MUST.
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    Physics is not always necessary, but you need to look at the course requirements and do some research. They may ask for you to do mechanics modules in maths instead though. Contact them if you're not sure and get their view on it. The admissions staff can help you and tell you what they'd like to see from you.

    It does sound a bit dodgy that they require general studies but don't offer physics. General studies is effectively a worthless subject for pretty much every single degree (and many jobs). It really would be worth considering other colleges and sixth forms in the area because that subject may cause more of a hindrance than anything else. Some universities may consider it as a 4th A-level in terms of UCAS points, or as a "benefit-of-doubt" if your other grades are lower, but it'd just be easier to do the A-levels you want and need and do better in those.


    The alternatives include finding a different college. You don't have to do further maths and it's not required because not all colleges offer it (but hey, I thought physics was nationally offered) so you might be able to find something slightly closer. You could do self-study for physics, though you may still have to attend to do the practical exams, the ISAs. Other exam boards may not require that though. You could just continue on the way that you're currently going and look to do a foundation year at university. It will mean your typical course is 4 years long instead of 3, but it will build up any skills they feel you lack.

    But in all honesty, find a better college and contact the universities (work out what sort of grades you think you'll get and find ones in your ability group) and get their opinion on it - They're the ones who will be accepting or denying your application, so get them on-board if possible and they might be able to help you out in a few years.
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    (Original post by SillyEddy)
    Physics is not always necessary, but you need to look at the course requirements and do some research. They may ask for you to do mechanics modules in maths instead though. Contact them if you're not sure and get their view on it. The admissions staff can help you and tell you what they'd like to see from you.

    It does sound a bit dodgy that they require general studies but don't offer physics. General studies is effectively a worthless subject for pretty much every single degree (and many jobs). It really would be worth considering other colleges and sixth forms in the area because that subject may cause more of a hindrance than anything else. Some universities may consider it as a 4th A-level in terms of UCAS points, or as a "benefit-of-doubt" if your other grades are lower, but it'd just be easier to do the A-levels you want and need and do better in those.


    The alternatives include finding a different college. You don't have to do further maths and it's not required because not all colleges offer it (but hey, I thought physics was nationally offered) so you might be able to find something slightly closer. You could do self-study for physics, though you may still have to attend to do the practical exams, the ISAs. Other exam boards may not require that though. You could just continue on the way that you're currently going and look to do a foundation year at university. It will mean your typical course is 4 years long instead of 3, but it will build up any skills they feel you lack.

    But in all honesty, find a better college and contact the universities (work out what sort of grades you think you'll get and find ones in your ability group) and get their opinion on it - They're the ones who will be accepting or denying your application, so get them on-board if possible and they might be able to help you out in a few years.
    I updated the first post with more info thanks btw makes more sense
 
 
 

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