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Arianrod Wed 14-Sep-16 13:45:12

Any ideas for a shortlist of universities teaching good Physics and maths courses?

titchy Wed 14-Sep-16 13:52:56

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Arianrod Wed 14-Sep-16 14:03:08

dc looking for a campus or smaller place university within the A*AA - AAB offer range.

Anyone have any personal recommendations to take a look at?

mummymeister Wed 14-Sep-16 18:50:38

have a look at Exeter and Leeds. we had a very bad experience with Bath so wouldn't be touching them with a barge pole for all of my other DC's.

Arianrod Wed 14-Sep-16 18:57:13

Thank you. Oh dear. dc going to Bath Open Day on Saturday.

What was the bad experince? Or if not suitable for forum then happy for you to send me a brief message, but please ignore if that is not suitable.

Had not thought about Exeter as I thought they were more towards the humanities side of things.

stonecircle Wed 14-Sep-16 19:05:50

Also hoping you'll share mummymeister. Bath is likely to be one of ds's choices for physics.

MrsWobble3 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:09:25

My dd is reading physics at Durham. Her UCAS list also included Manchester, Bristol, Southampton and Bath I think.

Coffeewith1sugar Wed 14-Sep-16 19:25:33

My nephew will be going to Bath in 10 days time studying Physics. Got in with 2A*B the B was in Physics. There's was bit of leeway I guess this year for missed grades despite them saying to them on open day that they don't take equivalent grades or B grade in anything.

stonecircle Wed 14-Sep-16 19:31:53

That's interesting coffee. I wish there was a way of identifying those universities that will relax their offers a bit and those that won't.

SparklesandBangs Wed 14-Sep-16 19:32:05

Like MrsWobble my DD is at Durham doing Physics and would definitely recommend it. Her other top choice was St Andrews and Bath was OK.

startwig1982 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:33:39

Bath and Exeter are excellent.

Arianrod Wed 14-Sep-16 19:34:02

dc got AAA at AS so likely to be predicted A*AA but the final grades could drop so wants a bit of leeway.

Only likes Southampton out of universities visited so far. Need to find four more Southampton lookalikes.

haybott Wed 14-Sep-16 19:36:39

Most physics courses will be lenient about meeting the terms of the offer outside the very top few.

stonecircle Wed 14-Sep-16 19:38:46

DS liked Southampton too - did a physics taster day there in the summer. He's also very taken with Nottingham (did the open day last weekend).

LadyMC1 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:39:23

I did chemistry at Oxford recently - would recommend for sciences. Also on my list was Edinburgh (v good physics/chemistry course overlap), Manchester, Birmingham, York, also try imperial college unless you're against a London uni. Good luck :-)

MrsWobble3 Wed 14-Sep-16 19:40:11

I've only seen Southampton on an open day but it had the same sort of feel as Exeter to me so that would be worth a look. No idea about the physics course there though.

mummymeister Wed 14-Sep-16 19:41:29

My Dc missed their offer by 1 UMS mark in a subject not being studied beyond A level. also had a number of issues with lost paperwork in relation to another issue that would have affected DC's grades. They would not accept on the course even though they admitted that perhaps had they not lost the paperwork on the other issues then they may have done. I was completely underwhelmed by their attitude. very up themselves imo. clearly felt that they were aspiring to be in the Oxbridge league.

Really liked Exeter even though it is a slog to get to from where we live. lots of campus investment, live music scene looked really good. it is a very sporty/active campus as well. wasn't overwhelmed by York as it all looked a bit tired.

bruffin Wed 14-Sep-16 19:42:38

Ds friends are at Durham and Manchester. The Durham atudent is not impressed and ended up with the course notes from the Manchester friend.

haybott Wed 14-Sep-16 19:52:00

Oxford/Manchester/Durham/Imperial would expect higher predicted grades than A star AA and Manchester/Imperial make offers which are higher than A star AA. These four won't allow dropped grades.

Agree that Exeter and Nottingham are fairly similar to Southampton. All three of these would be very likely take a dropped grade and are very well-respected courses.

Iwantagoonthetrampoline Wed 14-Sep-16 19:52:11

Warwick. I did a combined maths & physics course there about 15 years ago (!) so may be a bit different now. Has a very good maths reputation. I got 3 As at a-level but didn't do further maths and found the course really tough going, a massive step up from a-levels and expected to hit the ground running in the first week. Nearly gave up after first term but persevered and ended up with 2:1, but in hindsight I think I would have been happier on a less intense course somewhere else. Nice campus outside Coventry but most live in leamington spa after first year.

Arianrod Wed 14-Sep-16 19:58:25

I'm afraid dc didn't like Durham but no idea why as I didn't see it.

Hadn't thought about Exeter so will suggest it. Making a list of the others.

DorynownotFloundering Wed 14-Sep-16 20:08:49

DS going to Leics to do Physics, had offers from Southampton (loved it) & Keele was his insurance -lovely campus. All good departments just Leics suits him for future studies .

Coffeewith1sugar Wed 14-Sep-16 20:15:59

It's weird isn't it with bath mummy in the case with your dd and mine who also missed out by 1 UMS my dd was 2 UMS or 1 raw mark in a unrelated subject. But in my nephew case they will take a missed grade in the subject that is directly related to the degree. Despite his offer had a condition that his A had to be in Physics or Maths and yet he got a B. Nephew didn't do FM either he got A* in maths and economics. Even he was suprised he got in, as Bath had convinced them that the course was very competitive, they had increased the grade requirements that year to reflect that kids that get in often exceeded their grade offer, which also meant they didn't have to take missed grades. Maybe it was a way of hyping the course to attract the best on open day.

Arianrod Wed 14-Sep-16 20:26:00

If Bath university hype it like that on Saturday my dc won't apply. I hope they don't do this as it will be yet another one off the list.

dc is booked in to the Warwick open day.

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