Hello, I'm pondering going back into education to study physics. Having left school at 13, there are naturally some areas of science and maths that I'm a little shakey on, some areas of science completely elude me. Why do I want to study physics? Well it's something that has interested me for years. My lack of knowledge in some areas is due to unwillingness to learn at school as opposed to inability, however I still find myself in a position where I could potentially struggle either way. Where would I study? Well, thankfully an establishment here in the UK called The Open University offer courses primarily aimed at a mature student looking to further their education. That said, prerequisites for courses aren't the same as 'normal', full-time universities. I would be studying natural sciences tailored to physics, or I suppose physics would be a 'major', though the outcome will still be considered a natural sciences degree. Postgrad? Well it's certainly something I'd like to consider if I manage undergrad comfortably. Again, another fear is that although I may be learning a fair bit of physics in undergrad, I don't know if what I'll learn will sufficiently prepare me for postgrad physics/nuclear physics/astrophysics. If it helps, I've just turned 23 and I would rather not revert back to college and go the 'conventional' way, as it would take 2-3 years just to take courses and sit exams to get the points to apply for university etc. Thanks in advance for any help and I'll be available if anyone has further questions if I haven't explained everything appropriately.