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    I think I've got my top choices for physics (for 2017): Cambridge, Durham, and either Bath or Warwick. Obviously, I also need some choices with lower entry requirements, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
    Currently I'm quite liking the look of Bristol (going to the open day next week) which is AAA, compared to the A*AA of Bath/Warwick (the next lowest), but I think I probably need somewhere lower again for the 5th choice.
    I've been vaguely looking at Sheffield, Leicester, Loughborough and Southampton, which are all in the AAB area. I was wondering if anyone had anything particular to say about them?

    (Also any thoughts on Bath vs Warwick for physics, but this has already popped up in other threads so there's a few more opinions about that)
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    (Original post by TIF141)
    I think I've got my top choices for physics (for 2017): Cambridge, Durham, and either Bath or Warwick. Obviously, I also need some choices with lower entry requirements, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
    Currently I'm quite liking the look of Bristol (going to the open day next week) which is AAA, compared to the A*AA of Bath/Warwick (the next lowest), but I think I probably need somewhere lower again for the 5th choice.
    I've been vaguely looking at Sheffield, Leicester, Loughborough and Southampton, which are all in the AAB area. I was wondering if anyone had anything particular to say about them?

    (Also any thoughts on Bath vs Warwick for physics, but this has already popped up in other threads so there's a few more opinions about that)
    UCL has a requirement of AAA and it seems like it has an easy physics course. Over 50% of people come out with first class, even higher for theoretical physics. Also, I think Southampton is probably the most reputable out of that bunch and as for Warwick vs Bath, I'm not sure. Warwick has better prestige in general, but for physics, I'm not too sure.
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    I think I've been in a few Bath vs Warwick threads on the side of Warwick in quite a bit of detail. Bath has its attractions but I think Warwick's course is quite a bit better.
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    They are all quality universities for physics, Southampton is a really nice campus, and also has options for
    Specialised masters courses with an entry of AAA.
    Whichever insurance you are considering I would always strongly recommend that you make the effort to visit as given you will most likely end up there if you miss whichever firm you opt for then in some ways its more important visiting than your firm choice
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    (Original post by TIF141)
    I think I've got my top choices for physics (for 2017): Cambridge, Durham, and either Bath or Warwick. Obviously, I also need some choices with lower entry requirements, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
    Currently I'm quite liking the look of Bristol (going to the open day next week) which is AAA, compared to the A*AA of Bath/Warwick (the next lowest), but I think I probably need somewhere lower again for the 5th choice.
    I've been vaguely looking at Sheffield, Leicester, Loughborough and Southampton, which are all in the AAB area. I was wondering if anyone had anything particular to say about them?

    (Also any thoughts on Bath vs Warwick for physics, but this has already popped up in other threads so there's a few more opinions about that)
    Just a further thought about this.
    York, Lancaster, Birmingham, Nottingham, Exeter and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sussex.
    But what I'd say to consider is the research focus that you might be interested in.
    If its astro then its a bit easier and more choice. The degree itself will be fairly generic but the optional modules do vary and if you are looking to an Mphys then you're final research project will possibly be easier if you have a tutor whose research matches yours.

    Also if you apply for the BSc at your insurance then you may get a lower offer than the MPhys which might give you some wriggle room.
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    Just a further thought about this.
    York, Lancaster, Birmingham, Nottingham, Exeter and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sussex.
    But what I'd say to consider is the research focus that you might be interested in.
    If its astro then its a bit easier and more choice. The degree itself will be fairly generic but the optional modules do vary and if you are looking to an Mphys then you're final research project will possibly be easier if you have a tutor whose research matches yours.

    Also if you apply for the BSc at your insurance then you may get a lower offer than the MPhys which might give you some wriggle room.
    I might have a look at a couple of those, although I think they're mostly in the A*AA range

    I'd not given that much thought to the research areas, but you're right, maybe that would be something to consider. Not that I really know which bit I'm interested in most...! Perhaps looking for ones with a wide range of research areas might be an idea then?
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    (Original post by Colinj451)
    They are all quality universities for physics, Southampton is a really nice campus, and also has options for
    Specialised masters courses with an entry of AAA.
    Whichever insurance you are considering I would always strongly recommend that you make the effort to visit as given you will most likely end up there if you miss whichever firm you opt for then in some ways its more important visiting than your firm choice
    I went to look round Southampton and actually I did really like the campus, and the course seemed good too (and it's shot up a couple of the league tables again this year, not that that necessarily means much) I kinda want to visit another one though, just to have something to compare it to.
    Are you at Southampton, then? Would you recommend it?
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    How about Surrey? The offer for the BSc is AAB, but I spoke to the Admissions Tutor (Jim Al-Khalili no less) who says that in reality that they look at total UCAS points, so will take AS levels/extra A levels, EPQs etc into account. Its possible to get in with 1-2 grades lower than this offer. Having said this, most unis will take a grade slip as long as its not in maths.

    Also think about who will be in clearing. This year and last, Surrey, Sheffield, York, Lancaster, Southampton, Leicester and Loughborough were all in clearing for Physics. A lot of deals get done on Results day.
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    (Original post by TIF141)
    I think I've got my top choices for physics (for 2017): Cambridge, Durham, and either Bath or Warwick. Obviously, I also need some choices with lower entry requirements, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
    Currently I'm quite liking the look of Bristol (going to the open day next week) which is AAA, compared to the A*AA of Bath/Warwick (the next lowest), but I think I probably need somewhere lower again for the 5th choice.
    I've been vaguely looking at Sheffield, Leicester, Loughborough and Southampton, which are all in the AAB area. I was wondering if anyone had anything particular to say about them?

    (Also any thoughts on Bath vs Warwick for physics, but this has already popped up in other threads so there's a few more opinions about that)
    I was in a similar boat to you

    Leicester is great, very high student satisfaction and I got an unconditional offer (yes even as my insurance choice), which meant I could afford to completely flop A-levels and they would still give me a place, if you're lucky, you could save a lot of stress through this

    but I'm now going to warwick for physics
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    For specific insurance options have a look at what they offer in terms of guarantees of accommodation for insurance students.

    If things don't go to plan and you're rejected by your firm on results day then the last thing you want is a frantic scrabble for private housing on top of the disappointment of a rejection.

    Of those you've mentioned so far only Soton guarantees to insurance students that I know of (for Surrey you can only apply if you're firm with them) [Manchester are the other big university that guarantee to insurance students but I doubt they'd make a good insurance choice for physics although I'm surprised they're not on your shortlist as a firm ]

    (Original post by TIF141)
    I went to look round Southampton and actually I did really like the campus, and the course seemed good too (and it's shot up a couple of the league tables again this year, not that that necessarily means much) I kinda want to visit another one though, just to have something to compare it to.
    Are you at Southampton, then? Would you recommend it?
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    For specific insurance options have a look at what they offer in terms of guarantees of accommodation for insurance students.

    If things don't go to plan and you're rejected by your firm on results day then the last thing you want is a frantic scrabble for private housing on top of the disappointment of a rejection.

    Of those you've mentioned so far only Soton guarantees to insurance students that I know of (for Surrey you can only apply if you're firm with them) [Manchester are the other big university that guarantee to insurance students but I doubt they'd make a good insurance choice for physics although I'm surprised they're not on your shortlist as a firm ]
    Thanks, that's really helpful. I hadn't thought to look at insurance choice accommodation, but you're right that's very important! Good to know that Southampton do that, then. Is that on their website? (Not that I don't believe you, just want to be sure!!)

    Yeah, I've not considered Manchester in all honesty - I'm not sure I'd like being in a really big city like that, although is the university all caught up in the middle of it?
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    (Original post by TIF141)
    Thanks, that's really helpful. I hadn't thought to look at insurance choice accommodation, but you're right that's very important! Good to know that Southampton do that, then. Is that on their website? (Not that I don't believe you, just want to be sure!!)

    Yeah, I've not considered Manchester in all honesty - I'm not sure I'd like being in a really big city like that, although is the university all caught up in the middle of it?
    http://www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-lif...guarantee.page
    Firm or insurance - apply by August 1st

    Leicester look like they also offer a guarantee for insurance students (but you get the last pick). Most universities will explain their guarantee - look out for those that "guarantee" new students a room but have a deadline before August and only allow firm applicants to apply.
 
 
 
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