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    Hi,
    I am studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at AS-level and I have a few books I read on astrophysics/general physics and a few lectures I will attend. I also follow the physicsworld magazine. I want to know what more I can do(in London) to further prove my interest in astrophysics because right now I am aiming for Cambridge/Imperial(isn't everyone?) and what I have right now probably isn't enough. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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    You sound like you're doing all the right things. I assume you know about the lectures at UCL and are referring to attending those. Speak with your physics teachers - chances are they know of a competition or activity that you haven't thought of (or at least can find out). Do you know if your school takes part in the UK space design competition - that's the number one thing I would recommend to my pupils looking to get into astrophysics.
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    I was referring to the lectures in Imperial and the Royal Astronomical Society. For UCL I couldn't find any lectures to do with astrophysics. If you do know of any can you send me the link(maybe I'm just blind)
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    (Original post by FalconStorm)
    Hi,
    I am studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at AS-level and I have a few books I read on astrophysics/general physics and a few lectures I will attend. I also follow the physicsworld magazine. I want to know what more I can do(in London) to further prove my interest in astrophysics because right now I am aiming for Cambridge/Imperial(isn't everyone?) and what I have right now probably isn't enough. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
    Visit lectures, do some university taster sessions, read astrophysics books/journals, Do the EPQ and choose a topic based on astrophysics, do some online astrophysics related courses hosted by FutureLearn or Edx, do the CREST award perhaps and do a physics related project, visit the Science museum and see what inspires you and note down anything you have learnt or you find interesting. Watch any astrophysics documentaries by famous physicists such as Professor Brian Cox.
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    (Original post by FalconStorm)
    Hi,
    I am studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at AS-level and I have a few books I read on astrophysics/general physics and a few lectures I will attend. I also follow the physicsworld magazine. I want to know what more I can do(in London) to further prove my interest in astrophysics because right now I am aiming for Cambridge/Imperial(isn't everyone?) and what I have right now probably isn't enough. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
    (Original post by FalconStorm)
    I was referring to the lectures in Imperial and the Royal Astronomical Society. For UCL I couldn't find any lectures to do with astrophysics. If you do know of any can you send me the link(maybe I'm just blind)
    UCL has lectures specifically for sixth form students. Having said that, I was never particularly impressed by those, I've found lectures at places like Imperial and the RSC much better. But yes, as others have said, you're doing all the right things - extensive supercurricular engagement in your subject is what they're looking for and it's what you're doing. If you're at a state school and got good GCSEs, look at Oxford's UNIQ summer school courses (and possibly Sutton Trust). There are also other summer schools, like those run by Headstart (this one isn't free though). Maybe do an EPQ if your school offers it?
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    Join an ammeter astronomy club near you?

    Also if you genuinely like astro physics why are you just doing things for the sake of getting into uni...
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    It's because I like astrophysics that I'm doing this. I just want to know what more actual things I can do to show unis that I like the subject and in that way I can also satisfy my interest-if that makes any sense.
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    To anyone thats interested my EPQ is titled 'Can we harness the power of black holes and neutron stars safely and effeciently?'
 
 
 
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