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    For a while I’ve really been set on the idea of either studying chemical or mechanical engineering at Uni. I’m only currently in my first year at college but it’s still starting to worry me as I look into entry requirements that I need A-level Physics to get onto a top course and I’ve chose A-level Chemistry, Maths and Art. I’m starting to regret taking art for that reason... will universities make exceptions if I obtain A or A* grades in my A-levels? Will the mechanics from A-level Maths be enough to get through an engineering course?
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    (Original post by Gnarly bob)
    For a while I’ve really been set on the idea of either studying chemical or mechanical engineering at Uni. I’m only currently in my first year at college but it’s still starting to worry me as I look into entry requirements that I need A-level Physics to get onto a top course and I’ve chose A-level Chemistry, Maths and Art. I’m starting to regret taking art for that reason... will universities make exceptions if I obtain A or A* grades in my A-levels? Will the mechanics from A-level Maths be enough to get through an engineering course?
    You would have to contact the uni's you're looking at specifically and ask them if the mechanics modules in maths can be counted instead of physics, but I don't think that many unis will accept that. Basically everyone that does maths, does mechanics, so the fact that they are asking for physics along side, means that they want more on top of what you've done in maths. (even though i'd say the mechanics in maths is harder than in physics).

    But again, I think that it will be unlikely. If they say that physics is *required*, then sadly that will be required, especially if your school offered it and you didn't take it. However, you can still get onto other good courses, and foundation years also if you look. Plus, many courses don't ask for physics, you just have to look for them.
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    Chemical engineering you might be able to get into without physics but mechanical probs not. Maybe you should drop art in year 13 and start doing physics in year 13 then finish it the year after that. You could also do fm as or full a-level in that 3rd extra year.
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    It depends on the university - you can (or could) do mechE at Exeter without Physics (there are numerous caveats to this, but I'm sure you can find my thoughts on engineering at exe on here...), but beyond that I think your options would be relatively few and far between (Warwick might be another, as it has a similar "general engineering" format to Exe - in fact any course which begins as "general engineering" then you choose a discipline later may be more likely to not require it).

    many universities will take students without physics to do chemE. It's relatively common for unis to have two "tracks" for chemE students, dependent on whether they did physics/maths or chemistry/maths, covering the content of the "missing" subject in first year (students who did both seem to just get additional choices in taking an optional module typically). It would be advantageous to do it for chemE though, if you have the opportunity, but it's not required by any stretch of the imagination.

    However in both cases, if you don't have it but did well otherwise, you may want to consider a course with a foundation year - they may be happy (happier, even, compared to the alternative) to take you with a background in maths and chemistry and only lacking physics. Do check each individual course/university for this, as some are more picky about students with background in any of the areas taught).
 
 
 
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