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    I finally sent off my UCAS form last week for Psychology. Very relieved its over with to be honest.

    Just wondering would it be worth doing the optional PS for Cambridge? I wouldn't mind doing one but I'd like to start with it now if I do.

    Wanted to know if its worth it ...
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    You will have the option of responding to a few (two?) 150 word essay like questions in in the supplementary application form. I do not remember the questions, but one might have been why Cambridge? So I think you should wait for that. Also it is not required that you do the SAQ essays as many students have received offers without doing them. I think the tutors recommend that you write the SAQ essays only if you have something valuable to say that your PS didn't cover (usually geared towards Cambridge).
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    Only part of it is optional, you do have to complete most of it. I didn't do much for it - I wrote a few sentences on why I'd like to go to Cambridge for one of the questions, and nothing for the other.
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    I filled the additional thing in saying that while my PS was centered towards Psych, my main interest lay in the course Cambridge offered with all three branches combined.
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    Fill in the extra bits. May as well do so and it won't take long. No need to re-draft etc. as many times as with PS.

    Can be helpful since your PS will be quite broad, and not aimed directly at Cambridge.
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    (Original post by andy892)
    Fill in the extra bits. May as well do so and it won't take long. No need to re-draft etc. as many times as with PS.

    Can be helpful since your PS will be quite broad, and not aimed directly at Cambridge.
    did you do a additional PS?
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    (Original post by safwaansh)
    did you do a additional PS?
    Yes - if you mean the additional 1200 characters (with spaces) that you are given on the SAQ, then yes. I just said why the Cambridge course was best for me and why the other ones I had applied to weren't. And also said a little bit more about the additional reading I'd done. I in addition said why certain options were appealing and why I wanted to study at Cambridge per se.

    NB: There are also questions on your career plans and how you have kept up the interest in your chosen subject outside of school / college work. I would advise answering those two as well. May as well. Then there is a final question asking if there is anything else that you would like them to know.

    Hope that helps
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    I wrote a little bit explaining why the Cambridge course and teaching styles particularly appealed to me, as obviously this is the sort of thing you can't put in your PS (especially when applying to science-orientated Cam and practical-based Notts).

    Oh, and I didn't exactly plan it. I just started typing when I filled in the SAQ and put anything that seemed relevant.


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