I am doing a bit if a career shift and am looking to study physics at university. My initial feeling is astrophysics or theoretical physics. I am also planning to take this to Phd if I can. I am presently working on the high school pre-requisites that I need but I've encountered a bit of a conundrum. Carleton U in Ontario only needs gr 12 Physics (working on now with a midterm overall avg of 100%, finished Gr11 with 94%), Calculus and Advanced Functions to apply. They use my GPA from college (3.99/4) to determine admission and entrance scholarship. Knowing this, these are the courses I planned to finish and things are timed such that I will finish the last course by June 2015 allowing me to start university in Sept. I've heard really good things about UBC and Queens especially since they have an astrophysics program. The problem is they require six courses at the gr 12 university level. To complete the other three I would need to delay my university application for another year. My question: is the undergrad important enough to delay a year to get the prerequisites to go to UBC? Especially since UBC has my program and apparently a lot of support for research at the undergrad level? Since I am planning to take this education straight through to Phd, does this affect what I should decide? Ideally I would prefer not to delay further and its a shame that Carleton seems to be the exception in admission requirements. I'd love some guidance/opinions. If I can give more info to help please let me know.