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    What A levels should I take if I want to study astrophysics at university?
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    Maths, physics, I'd say further maths and maybe chemistry. Depends on where you want to go.
    Then again, I'm applying for medicine, so I'm no expert
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    Physics, Maths, and Further maths would be ideal, replace further maths with another subject that you enjoy if you dont want to do lots of maths (although a few unis may prefer you having done further maths)
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    (Original post by luketeggert)
    What A levels should I take if I want to study astrophysics at university?
    Seems like maths and physics are required so you have to do those. A subject like Chemistry will probably be good because its a demanding subject which unis might like. Some students like to choose an 'easier' subject to help their predicted grades but choose subjects you like. If you like the subject you are more likely to do better. Another thing to do is find your next favourite degree if you dont want to do astrophysics anymore. If that degree requires further maths for example then choose further maths.
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    As above, Maths, Physics, and either Further Maths or Chemistry (or both). FM is more useful overall, although astrophysics has more token chemistry content than a usual physics degree (that said this doesn't go much further than the spectroscopy topics so the full A-level is mostly irrelevant).

    However taking chemistry in would allow you to apply to e.g. Natural Sciences at Cambridge (however you can also go into physics/astrophysics via the "Mathematics with Physics" route in year 1 of the Maths course there which doesn't require a second science, then changing over to NatSci for year 2 onwards - not a bad option for Astrophysics as it shares content with Maths in final year and is more mathematical overall in third year than physics).

    Outside of the regular curriculum, programming or electronics experience can be helpful, although by no means required as they'll develop this on the course anyway. Similarly any independent research experience will be helpful (even if not directly related to astrophysics). You may be able to develop all of these skills on an EPQ - but only pursue one if you have something specific you want to explore (such as building a small radio telescope, for example - which may even be more work than necessary for an EPQ, depending on what your definition of "small" is).
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    (Original post by luketeggert)
    What A levels should I take if I want to study astrophysics at university?
    Definitely Maths and Physics, plus either Further Maths or Chemistry (or both). Computer Science may also be one to look into. Those will keep your options open for other subjects as well (for example, physics or engineering).
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    That’s great! Thank you
 
 
 
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