Achieved good A-Level results. Should I take a gap year and reapply for Physics/Natur Watch
I have many questions
1) When I put my maths C4 in for a remark, I also put C3 in for a remark just in case. C4 was a priority remark and C3 was non-priority. Now that I’ve got the A* with C4, can I terminate the C3 remark, I’ve already emailed my school but am waiting for a reply.
I’m really hoping on getting a place at UCL when I reapply, I would apply for Physics and Natural Sciences.
2) Would it be a disadvantage to my application if I was to apply for two courses at UCL?
3) Do I stand a chance in getting a place at UCL?
Because last year I applied for Physics at UCL with predicted grades of AAA and got rejected.
4) If so, where else should I apply?
If I was to take a gap year I have a rough idea of what I would do and to be honest I would love to take a gap year. But I want to know what my chances would be when it comes to getting a place at UCL.
5) Also if I was to take a gap year, would it be disadvantageous to my application if I was to resit 1 chemistry and 1 physics exams to get an A*, I’m doing this for satisfaction because I was 4 ums off in chemistry and 7 ums off in physics, an A*. I’m not 100% about this, I won’t do it if universities viewed it negatively, I would like to do it as it would somewhat keep me in school mode. I’ve thought about maybe doing another AS or A-Level but I’m not sure.
6) I got an A* in maths by remarking C3 (non-priority) and C4 (priority), I got the A* in maths by 90% on the dot. Can I now put a stop on my C3 remark? I don't it will go down but what if?
Thanks in advance!
Resitting modules probably isn't that helpful. A*AA should pretty much get you where you want to be, whereas with resits you'll have completed the courses over three years which makes you less competitive than someone looking to get similar grades first time round. Unless there's really a course that requires over A*AA (Imperial springs to mind, but that's probably it).
The issue you have with NatSci and physics is the personal statement issue. In applying for physics you'll need to talk heavily about physics, whereas with NatSci you're usually required to discuss more than a sole area. It does depend on the university though, so look for UCL's stance on this. Durham, for instance, explicitly quote on their website that candidates that only talk about one subject are at a disadvantage. Applying for a variety of similar courses (MPhys, BSc Phys, Phys with year abroad/industry) is no problem. Possibly e-mail about it, but I imagine they may well recommend you don't because of how competitive the courses are.
Can't comment on how likely it is you will get an offer, unless you have the reasons they rejected you (and something has improved on that). It's one choice out of five though, so if you want to go there then you should try it.
For keeping you in school mode, doing Further Maths might be a better idea. Often favoured/relevant to physics so it will help keep you on top of maths skills.
As for other places - what are you looking for? Do you want to be in a city? North/south? Is your preference physics or NatSci? If it's the latter then you have fewer choices generally.
As said abve the personal statement is a problem, you'd need to talk about your interest in science generally and physics in particular.