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Hey!

So I have a friend who wants to study Astrophysics at uni, and needs help finding universities that offer it.

His grades aren’t looking great, mainly Cs and the possibility of Bs.

He is open to do a foundation year but wants to know his options of unis.

Anyone study Astrophysics? Where do you go?

Or does anyone know what unis offer it and don’t have really high entry requirements?

Thanks!
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York physics foundation going on to astrophysics here, BBB is my offer but depends on your current grades as they may well lower it (predicted AAA, doing foundation as i havent got the right subjects ) there is also a specialist astro campus with lots of equipment so if they love space stuff its great!

Kent is a lovely uni, great for physics that wants BB would recommend too. They also offer a Space Science And astrophysics ASSA degree which sounds AMAZING defo look there
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York physics foundation going on to astrophysics here, BBB is my offer but depends on your current grades as they may well lower it (predicted AAA, doing foundation as i havent got the right subjects ) there is also a specialist astro campus with lots of equipment so if they love space stuff its great!

Kent is a lovely uni, great for physics that wants BB would recommend too. They also offer a Space Science And astrophysics ASSA degree which sounds AMAZING defo look there
Ahhh thank you so so much! I’m looking at York too for a different course so it would be great if he loves the uni too!

Best of luck with your degree
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Ahhh thank you so so much! I’m looking at York too for a different course so it would be great if he loves the uni too!

Best of luck with your degree
Are you both planning on starting uni this year? Good luck with york and finding your places
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He doesn't necessarily have to do a degree called astrophysics. He should see what physics degrees will let him pick a substantial number of astrophysics options too.
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Are you both planning on starting uni this year? Good luck with york and finding your places
Next year! Hopefully haha!
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He doesn't necessarily have to do a degree called astrophysics. He should see what physics degrees will let him pick a substantial number of astrophysics options too.
Yes, that is true. However, after looking at a variety of degrees, he has his heart set on Astrophysics. He is considering Physics but would much prefer Astrophysics.
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Yes, that is true. However, after looking at a variety of degrees, he has his heart set on Astrophysics. He is considering Physics but would much prefer Astrophysics.
What I'm saying is that there may not be a lot of difference between what he'll learn (depending on what options he picks) regardless of whether the degree is called "Physics" or "Physics with Astrophysics" or "Astrophysics". The name doesn't matter that much so I would encourage him to widen his search. Bear in mind an astrophysics degree will have a lot of compulsory physics for background and you might find that a university's "Astrophysics" degree is very similar to their "Physics" degree just with possibly a tighter structure. (eg. you'd have to take x% of your options in astrophysics, etc.)

So he could well be happy with a Physics degree that offers a lot of astrophysics choices. It would be important to really dig into the individual university's module catalogue. He might find that the Astrophysics degree is actually too restrictive and he'd like the choice offered by their Physics degree for instance.
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What I'm saying is that there may not be a difference between what he'll learn (depending on what options he picks) regardless of whether the degree is called "Physics" or "Physics with Astrophysics" or "Astrophysics". The name doesn't matter that much so I would encourage him to widen his search. Bear in mind an astrophysics degree will have a lot of compulsory physics for background and you might find that a university's "Astrophysics" degree is very similar to their "Physics" degree just with possibly a tighter structure. (eg. you'd have to take x% of your options in astrophysics, etc.)

So he could well be happy with a Physics degree that offers a lot of astrophysics choices. It would be important to really dig into the individual university's module catalogue. He might find that the Astrophysics degree is actually too restrictive and he'd like the choice offered by their Physics degree for instance.
Yes, I know haha. We have looked thoroughly at different unis and different course options but nothing is comparing to the original Astrophysics course. We have looked though, thanks!
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