The Student Room Group

What should I do??? (Physics)

Hi! I'm predicted 4 A*s in maths, FM, physics and chemistry and have now received all my offers, manchester, bath, lancaster, sheffield and york - I decided originally not to apply to any higher unis due to low confidence in my academic ability at the beginning of the year but now I'm super regretting it and wished I had applied to maybe imperial or durham. I unfortunately cannot take a gap year next year (because my parents are kicking me out) so what should I do? Manchester still looks good but I'm not really sure if I'll enjoy it there :frown: Is there any other chance of applying to other top unis like imperial without taking a gap year because they won't be in clearing right?
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by physicsgirl122
Hi! I'm predicted 4 A*s in maths, FM, physics and chemistry and have now received all my offers, manchester, bath, lancaster, sheffield and york - I decided originally not to apply to any higher unis due to low confidence in my academic ability at the beginning of the year but now I'm super regretting it and wished I had applied to maybe imperial or durham. I unfortunately cannot take a gap year next year (because my parents are kicking me out) so what should I do? Manchester still looks good but I'm not really sure if I'll enjoy it there :frown: Is there any other chance of applying to other top unis like imperial without taking a gap year because they won't be in clearing right?

That sucks...

However don't regret it, because you have selected some excellent universities. If you have lacked confidence in the past these are probably your best choices, because you are most likely to be in the top third of the class if you attend. Only if you continual to work and not sit back on your laurels. I would look at a variety of things the course outline, bursary sizes, awards on offer, the staff to student ratio, student satisfaction.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2020/sep/05/best-uk-universities-for-physics-league-table
If your parents are jettison you out into the world. I personally would not be trying for transfers in uncased you fell short and ended up empty handed. They are all top Universities the ones you have picked. I would look to doing my Masters or PHD in Durham, Imperial, Oxford and Cambridge or Harvard.
Why You Shouldn't Go to Harvard | Malcolm Gladwell Highlights | Google Zeitgeist or In your case Imperial or Durham at this time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J-wCHDJYmo
Original post by physicsgirl122
Hi! I'm predicted 4 A*s in maths, FM, physics and chemistry and have now received all my offers, manchester, bath, lancaster, sheffield and york - I decided originally not to apply to any higher unis due to low confidence in my academic ability at the beginning of the year but now I'm super regretting it and wished I had applied to maybe imperial or durham. I unfortunately cannot take a gap year next year (because my parents are kicking me out) so what should I do? Manchester still looks good but I'm not really sure if I'll enjoy it there :frown: Is there any other chance of applying to other top unis like imperial without taking a gap year because they won't be in clearing right?


I would always go by what the university has to offer, rather than it being the top. My eldest, She studies particle physics and cosmology at Lancaster and for first year everyone does physics, and then students for second year mostly the same as each other for the basics with modules branching off to your subjects you like the best. And third years more specialised. Shes a third year, Same Alevels as you. She loves the course, its been such a dream for her. Yeah theres been a couple of downs ie shes not keen on themodynamics, but the lecturers, the support, the department the facilities have been superb. She was so glad she didnt go anywhere else. She did an internship voluntarily in first year. its so rare to get a first year placement she pestered the supervisor and got an unpaid one working for DUNE lol. This helped her get a paid one at the uni for second year for proton decay. She currently looking at third years, but without that drive and help from the uni, its given her an advatage already at this stage.. And shes been to a careers fair in york provided by lancs uni and she got loads of contacts from that. Then theres the international conference where shes talking about her proton decay internship and her findings in March which again sets her up with contacts.
Yes Lancaster is a smaller city, but still has all you need + 3 clubs, and close to Morecambe seafront and the Lakes. At the moment her modules are Quantum information processing , Groups and Symmetries and solid state physics.

She got to interview stage at Oxford, but shes so glad shes at Lancaster as its less pressurized environment, where her friend went to imperial (chemistry though) and it was super study, study study and not enough play, so was kinds of stressful.
When choosing a uni, please look at the uni, what it has to offer in relations to internships, support, modules, and the city and where you will be living. At the end of the day when you walk away with that degree, are you going to be happy with the uni you have chosen. Bath is also a pretty good option as well. Manchester is great, but is a big city, so thats something to think about if you like a busy city,.
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by physicsgirl122
Hi! I'm predicted 4 A*s in maths, FM, physics and chemistry and have now received all my offers, manchester, bath, lancaster, sheffield and york - I decided originally not to apply to any higher unis due to low confidence in my academic ability at the beginning of the year but now I'm super regretting it and wished I had applied to maybe imperial or durham. I unfortunately cannot take a gap year next year (because my parents are kicking me out) so what should I do? Manchester still looks good but I'm not really sure if I'll enjoy it there :frown: Is there any other chance of applying to other top unis like imperial without taking a gap year because they won't be in clearing right?

Hi,
First of all congratulations on your offers!
I'm a second year student at Lancaster studying natural sciences (physics and environmental sciences but predominantly physics haha) and I was in a similar position to you during A-levels. I also applied to study physics at Manchester, but found that the city experience was a bit overwhelming when I visited. I chose Lancaster because the atmosphere was so friendly and welcoming, and I've definitely gained in confidence over the time I've been here. For me personally, Lancaster was the best choice as the physics department is top-rated in the country but also super welcoming. The open door policy means you can talk to lecturers any time, and Lancaster's specialist areas of research in particle physics and space physics really interested me. These research areas really filter down into undergraduate studies, especially in first year. The city itself also feels really safe and in my experience is a great place to live, with easy access to the Lake District as well as cities like Manchester and Liverpool.
If you have any questions about studying at Lancaster or about physics in general, please let me know.
Best of luck with making your choices,
Becky
(Lancaster University Student Ambassador)
(edited 1 year ago)
There are still russel group unis on the Manchester level (stuff like Warwick, UCL, Bristol etc.) that could go into clearing.
Original post by physicsgirl122
Hi! I'm predicted 4 A*s in maths, FM, physics and chemistry and have now received all my offers, manchester, bath, lancaster, sheffield and york - I decided originally not to apply to any higher unis due to low confidence in my academic ability at the beginning of the year but now I'm super regretting it and wished I had applied to maybe imperial or durham. I unfortunately cannot take a gap year next year (because my parents are kicking me out) so what should I do? Manchester still looks good but I'm not really sure if I'll enjoy it there :frown: Is there any other chance of applying to other top unis like imperial without taking a gap year because they won't be in clearing right?


What do you think you wouldn't like about Manchester?
Original post by physicsgirl122
Hi! I'm predicted 4 A*s in maths, FM, physics and chemistry and have now received all my offers, manchester, bath, lancaster, sheffield and york - I decided originally not to apply to any higher unis due to low confidence in my academic ability at the beginning of the year but now I'm super regretting it and wished I had applied to maybe imperial or durham. I unfortunately cannot take a gap year next year (because my parents are kicking me out) so what should I do? Manchester still looks good but I'm not really sure if I'll enjoy it there :frown: Is there any other chance of applying to other top unis like imperial without taking a gap year because they won't be in clearing right?


If you do go to one of your unis and don’t like it much, you can transfer. Durham allows you to transfer to either the first or second year (for most courses) and Imperial allows you to transfer to only the first year, provided you have completed a whole year elsewhere.

Quick Reply

Latest