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I'm at the end of year 12 and am thinking of applying to Oxford for Chemistry. However, I've recently heard that the university doesn't look favorably on you if you apply without physics (I take Biology, Chemistry and maths A-levels). Would I stand a decent chance applying to Oxford or is it best to apply to Cambridge for Natsci?
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A lot of uni chem is quite physics based and I have heard of them asking somewhat physics based questions in ox chem interviews however it isn't an explicit requirement. If it's not covered in mechanics in a-level maths, I would look up hookes law and potential energy in an a-level phys textbook due to relevancy to descriptions of chemical bonding. Coulomb's law would also be a good thing to look up.
Your a-level choices are more suited to biochem or bionatsci at cambridge but I'm sure plenty of people do get into ox chem with your a-levels, just gotta make sure you're familiar with some basic physical concepts that underpin many chemical interactions.
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Thanks for your response!
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A lot of uni chem is quite physics based and I have heard of them asking somewhat physics based questions in ox chem interviews however it isn't an explicit requirement. If it's not covered in mechanics in a-level maths, I would look up hookes law and potential energy in an a-level phys textbook due to relevancy to descriptions of chemical bonding. Coulomb's law would also be a good thing to look up.
Your a-level choices are more suited to biochem or bionatsci at cambridge but I'm sure plenty of people do get into ox chem with your a-levels, just gotta make sure you're familiar with some basic physical concepts that underpin many chemical interactions.
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We have known successful applicants for Chemistry without Physics. Students in this position need to be prepared to learn some Physics for the course though so if you can fit in some private study that might be an idea.
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I'm at the end of year 12 and am thinking of applying to Oxford for Chemistry. However, I've recently heard that the university doesn't look favorably on you if you apply without physics (I take Biology, Chemistry and maths A-levels). Would I stand a decent chance applying to Oxford or is it best to apply to Cambridge for Natsci?
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I applied to Oxford this year for chemistry doing IB with HL Chem, Bio and History (no physics at all) and I got an offer, I don't think not having physics made any difference so I'd say go for it if you want to do chem and not natsci
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I reckon you’d have a better shot at Cambridge nat sci
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Prof Nick Green himself, a physical lecturer at Oxford, says it's fine to apply without A-level Physics. He says you will get the tutoring in physics throughout the course to get you up to speed. As it is not a specific requirement, they cannot discriminate based on it, even though it's useful.

He gave an example of a student who had studied French as a 3rd A-Level and went on to be very successful.
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Thank you- seems like it's worth a shot
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(Original post by Ellachmbs)
I'm at the end of year 12 and am thinking of applying to Oxford for Chemistry. However, I've recently heard that the university doesn't look favorably on you if you apply without physics (I take Biology, Chemistry and maths A-levels). Would I stand a decent chance applying to Oxford or is it best to apply to Cambridge for Natsci?
I have a friend who didn't take Physics and got in so you'll be fine!
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Not having physics is fine, I didn't. But there are some colleges which you need to avoid which have a stronger emphasis on physics, such as Merton. About 1/3 if successful applicants didn't have physics in my first year (2013)
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You could pick up the AS level in year 13 to demonstrate your interest and prepare yourself better for the course. That’s partly what the AS levels are for, broadening your education.
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