Nottingham has that great Professor Polyakoff bloke from the Periodic Table videos.
Southampton when I looked around it was very nice, a proper campus too. I liked Southampton as a City too.
Bristol has fantastic new labs and is a nice City.
I go to Imperial (going into 4th/final year). Back when I applied I put Southampton as my Insurance because it was my only sub-AAA offer. I suspect most will be asking for AAA, or higher now.
As for advice on preparation for doing chemistry at university, the most important thing to keep up with is your maths. Knowledge of A Level chemistry is not particularly important. Integration and differentiation inside-out is much, much more important. Also converting powers of ten (e.g. nanometres to centimetres) which is simple but under exam pressure can trip a lot of people up. Matrices (which a lot of people who didn't do further maths hadn't done) would also be good to know. Quantum mechanics will be a major part of a chemistry degree, so if you've not done A Level physics then read a bit of background on it (quantisation of energy, how it was proved by photoelectric effect, particle-wave duality) will be useful.
Just got into Imperial for Chemistry, and recieved all 5 of my offers (they're in my description) so if you have any questions, ask!
I posted this in a separate thread but in my experience of starting threads (limited) very few people reply - so I'll post my question here:
I just got my AS Level results and Chemistry is my lowest (88.3%) compared to my others - Maths, Physics and Geography (I'm dropping Geography) are all over 90%. Will universities look at this and think that I shouldn't be doing Chemistry because its my lowest? It has been my lowest in all the modules and practicals - when compared to Physics.
I want to do chemistry!!!!!
I would like to apply for Oxford, Imperial, Warwick, Nottingham and York
Good luck everyone!
Here is my AS results:
* A in Chinese
* A in Maths
* A in Economics
* B in Chemistry
* C in Further Maths
* C in Biology
I used to aim the Chemistry course at Imperial College, but my chemistry result is not as good as I expected, so I started to question myself whether I can still get a place at Imperial, UCL, Durham or other top unis.
Please help meeeeeee:'( I really don't know what to do.......