University foundation/integreated degree crisis?

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So, I made a quite rash decision when I started sixth form, I began with 4 a-levels, with Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, the workload was quite overwhelming especially because I had just switched from a trashy public school to a private school where people here had been receiving quality education for several years, I was horribly behind. I knew I had to drop a subject so I decided to drop physics due to outside pressure and horrible decision making. I regret dropping physics so much, with the subjects I am still studying the most likely career is in medicine, but after seeing the enthusiasm and dedication from other students and how much of an all consuming degree it is, I don't think it would fit me. I desperately want to go back to physics. Does any one have any advice on what studying a foundation year would be like or even what a integrated degree? (i don't have any family members I know that went to university here so I can't ask for any external advice and know close to nothing about university applications) absolutely any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Don't be constrained by looking for 'physics'. There is a lot of physics in certain maths, chemistry or engineering courses. You just need to do your homework, look at individual uni websites and determine how much physics there is in the syllabus at that uni. I am sure you don't need to do a foundation degree to get into physics. Also, why not consider a specialist degree like Physical Chemistry whose course content is way more physics than chemistry - see Bristol for example.
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I have just received my offer for a physics integrated foundation course. If anything your at an advantage as your currently studying math? Meanwhile, I do IT, Games Dev, Business, and Graphic design... and only achieved 5's throughout my GCSE's. In the long run, it's probably good that you feel regret because that indicates how much you really like something. And btw, I believe it is possible to do graduate entry medicine after a physics degree or even go onto medical physics. Obviously, I can't say what physics foundation years are like but I hear they are a bit intensive.

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(Original post by mike23mike)
Don't be constrained by looking for 'physics'. There is a lot of physics in certain maths, chemistry or engineering courses. You just need to do your homework, look at individual uni websites and determine how much physics there is in the syllabus at that uni. I am sure you don't need to do a foundation degree to get into physics. Also, why not consider a specialist degree like Physical Chemistry whose course content is way more physics than chemistry - see Bristol for example.
Thank you so much, I wasn't expecting such good quality responses!
I had a scroll through the Bristol course, and I found the same problem that I've been having previously with courses that include a bit of physics, like biophysics (which was at extreme interest to me) that they want physics at a level, do you know if universities make exceptions for not having a specific a level they want?
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I have just received my offer for a physics integrated foundation course. If anything your at an advantage as your currently studying math? Meanwhile, I do IT, Games Dev, Business, and Graphic design... and only achieved 5's throughout my GCSE's. In the long run, it's probably good that you feel regret because that indicates how much you really like something. And btw, I believe it is possible to do graduate entry medicine after a physics degree or even go onto medical physics. Obviously, I can't say what physics foundation years are like but I hear they are a bit intensive.

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Thank you so much!
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