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    Hi all,

    I can't decide which physics option to pick to do in my second year of my a level.
    My dream is to become an astrophysicist and I have a strong passion for this area...but I've heard that these jobs aren't really in demand and the best jobs in demand are usually in engineering or medicine. I aspire to become a scientist and hopefully work abroad, what would be the best path to take?
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    Hi all,

    I can't decide which physics option to pick to do in my second year of my a level.
    My dream is to become an astrophysicist and I have a strong passion for this area...but I've heard that these jobs aren't really in demand and the best jobs in demand are usually in engineering or medicine. I aspire to become a scientist and hopefully work abroad, what would be the best path to take?

    I have a choice of 5 options, Astrophysics, Engineering, Medical physics, Electronics and Turning points in physics. My teacher can only run 2 classes so he'll pick the 2 most popular choices. The most popular one people have picked is Engineering. second most popular is tied between medical physics and electronics....but about 90% of people have all put Astrophysics as their second choice.

    I have a feeling that my teacher will probably do engineering and maybe medical physics....but I don't know if I should put Astrophysics as a first choice when many people only put it as a second . And if I can't get Astrophysics then how do I decide between medical and engineering? I haven't done biology but I am curious about it, it would be like a jump in the dark if I did medical physics.

    I've been advised to pick something that will put a roof over my head and that the chance of me being a successful Astrophysicist is like winning the lottery. My grades are one the highest in my entire college and highschool. Should I risk it and do Astrophysics, atleast if it doesn't turn out to be what I thought it would be I still have a chance to change my career aspirations to something else in physics.

    My exam board is AQA if that might be useful, sorry this was so long, I just have no clue about what to do,thank you for your time!
    I can't really see this making any difference whatsoever in the long run. As long as you have a full A-level in physics, a whole plethora of degrees will be open to you.
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    (Original post by Jas1947)
    Hi all,

    I can't decide which physics option to pick to do in my second year of my a level.
    My dream is to become an astrophysicist and I have a strong passion for this area...but I've heard that these jobs aren't really in demand and the best jobs in demand are usually in engineering or medicine. I aspire to become a scientist and hopefully work abroad, what would be the best path to take?

    I have a choice of 5 options, Astrophysics, Engineering, Medical physics, Electronics and Turning points in physics. My teacher can only run 2 classes so he'll pick the 2 most popular choices. The most popular one people have picked is Engineering. second most popular is tied between medical physics and electronics....but about 90% of people have all put Astrophysics as their second choice.

    I have a feeling that my teacher will probably do engineering and maybe medical physics....but I don't know if I should put Astrophysics as a first choice when many people only put it as a second . And if I can't get Astrophysics then how do I decide between medical and engineering? I haven't done biology but I am curious about it, it would be like a jump in the dark if I did medical physics.

    I've been advised to pick something that will put a roof over my head and that the chance of me being a successful Astrophysicist is like winning the lottery. My grades are one the highest in my entire college and highschool. Should I risk it and do Astrophysics, atleast if it doesn't turn out to be what I thought it would be I still have a chance to change my career aspirations to something else in physics.

    My exam board is AQA if that might be useful, sorry this was so long, I just have no clue about what to do,thank you for your time!
    It's not going to make a difference which one you do tbh with you - a lot of schools don't give you a choice, no one is going to look down on you for applying for astrophysics at uni if you did say medical physics for A level - A level is very different to uni physics anyway
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    I was just hoping that this option could give me a rough idea what a degree in that area would be like to study so I won't regret anything when I pick a degree course. Thank you.
 
 
 
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