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    Not going to bore you with loads of useless backstory stuff.
    GCSE's - 3A* (Maths, Physics, Chemistry), 6B (English lit/lang, Biology) 2C (and A in additional maths)
    AS - Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry - AAAA
    Undecided between 3 courses - ChemEng, Natural Sciences, Maths w/ Physics, my initial plan was to do ChemEng through natural sciences as it allowed me to keep doing physics&chemistry together but I keep having doubts. I want to take all 4 subjects to A2 but my only worry is Chemistry, I came into year 12 planning to drop it but I want to continue it just to keep options open.
    If anyone has done/is doing ChemEng (or just has more experience than myself) at uni can you describe how much of it is chemistry&how much is physics, and whether you use the content for A2 chemistry (as in buffer calculations, orders of reactions, benzene, organic synthesis etc). I've been to open days but majority of them just talk about student finance rather than what actually happens in the degree, or just give examples of research being done (outside of the course itself).
    tl;dr is it worth doing A2 chemistry to apply for chemeng, and does chemeng still use a fair amount of physics work as I don't want to leave physics completely.
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    (Original post by JN17)
    Not going to bore you with loads of useless backstory stuff.
    GCSE's - 3A* (Maths, Physics, Chemistry), 6B (English lit/lang, Biology) 2C (and A in additional maths)
    AS - Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry - AAAA
    Undecided between 3 courses - ChemEng, Natural Sciences, Maths w/ Physics, my initial plan was to do ChemEng through natural sciences as it allowed me to keep doing physics&chemistry together but I keep having doubts. I want to take all 4 subjects to A2 but my only worry is Chemistry, I came into year 12 planning to drop it but I want to continue it just to keep options open.
    If anyone has done/is doing ChemEng (or just has more experience than myself) at uni can you describe how much of it is chemistry&how much is physics, and whether you use the content for A2 chemistry (as in buffer calculations, orders of reactions, benzene, organic synthesis etc). I've been to open days but majority of them just talk about student finance rather than what actually happens in the degree, or just give examples of research being done (outside of the course itself).
    tl;dr is it worth doing A2 chemistry to apply for chemeng, and does chemeng still use a fair amount of physics work as I don't want to leave physics completely.
    Firstly - you have plenty of time. Speak to your teachers at school/college and explain that you're unsure about which course to take and you're doing research and preparing a PS for each option ....then do that. Put aside an evening a week to go looking for information about each course and start writing 3 PSs. If you explain this then your teachers should be happy waiting to send off your UCAS application until early January giving you a lot of time to do your research and decide what you want to study.

    I would strongly recommend https://ichemeblog.org/ as a first point of research for chem eng, it's very accessible, regularly updated and has information on the entire discipline (not just targeted at school leavers).

    Also http://chemnet.rsc.org/events and http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/ are worth looking into for other chemistry related information (plus http://www.rsc.org/events/?eventtype=14&PageTitle=160 for a bunch of events you can get involved in including industry visits which would probably be most help to you - schlumberger on the 16 Sept and seimens on the 2 november both sound like they'd be along the lines of your interests.

    If you're still not decided by Christmas then I'd recommend planning in a gap year - getting onto a Headstart course next summer for chem/chem eng or physics/natsci and finding somewhere offering a year in industry (salary is between £11k-£17k): http://www.etrust.org.uk/year-industry/vacancies (the headstart summer schools are on that site too).
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    Firstly - you have plenty of time. Speak to your teachers at school/college and explain that you're unsure about which course to take and you're doing research and preparing a PS for each option ....then do that. Put aside an evening a week to go looking for information about each course and start writing 3 PSs. If you explain this then your teachers should be happy waiting to send off your UCAS application until early January giving you a lot of time to do your research and decide what you want to study.

    I would strongly recommend https://ichemeblog.org/ as a first point of research for chem eng, it's very accessible, regularly updated and has information on the entire discipline (not just targeted at school leavers).

    Also http://chemnet.rsc.org/events and http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/ are worth looking into for other chemistry related information (plus http://www.rsc.org/events/?eventtype=14&PageTitle=160 for a bunch of events you can get involved in including industry visits which would probably be most help to you - schlumberger on the 16 Sept and seimens on the 2 november both sound like they'd be along the lines of your interests.

    If you're still not decided by Christmas then I'd recommend planning in a gap year - getting onto a Headstart course next summer for chem/chem eng or physics/natsci and finding somewhere offering a year in industry (salary is between £11k-£17k): http://www.etrust.org.uk/year-industry/vacancies (the headstart summer schools are on that site too).
    Thank you very much for the resources! I will definitely give them a read before I go back to school. Although unfortunately (not really) I plan to apply to Cambridge so I only have about a month to decide. I received an email from our chemistry teacher saying she will discuss our exam grades/predictions etc on the first week back so I should be able to make a more informed decision by then, but for now I'm going to keep my personal statement general to physics and chemistry, as it applies for both natsci and chemeng (maths w/ physics is looking the least likely for now), and I can just add some touches after next week.
    Thank you again.
 
 
 
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