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The Big "Are My Grades Good Enough for Cambridge?" Thread (Mk1)

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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    Don't be put off by it - I just knew how to play the exam system.


    The ones at my college in the same year as me have similar if not better grades. But we were the best performing college this year so I don't think that's particularly representative.


    I'm undecided at the moment, but am considering training to be an actuary.
    :zomg:

    But how much different is there between any two colleges of Cambridge? lol
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    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    :zomg:

    But how much different is there between any two colleges of Cambridge? lol
    There isn't meant to be much difference, but when you consider that the average score for us was a highish 1st and the average score for one of the other colleges was a lowish 2.ii then it does make you wonder. (And yes, I am aware of the tiny sample sizes before anyone jumps at that.)
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    (Original post by MUFC_thereligion)
    Hi,

    i really want to apply to cambridge for engineering. My A-level sujects are Maths(which ive finished already), Physics,Economics and Further Maths. Ive also completed an AS in Biology and plan to do an extended project this year. Im predicted an A at further Maths.

    If my UMS for all my As are very borderline especially for maths what chances do I have with a strong reference and personal statement?

    GCSE's: 7A*s 3As

    Thanks
    The thing is, everyone will have a strong reference and personal statement... if your UMS are good enough to get you an interview (which, if they're As, I expect they will do) then you need to dazzle 'em there, and then you'll have a chance
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    There isn't meant to be much difference, but when you consider that the average score for us was a highish 1st and the average score for one of the other colleges was a lowish 2.ii then it does make you wonder. (And yes, I am aware of the tiny sample sizes before anyone jumps at that.)
    Wow that's quite big.

    And also doesn't Cambridge make something like 180 offers for 166 place? So there must be people who fail to obtain the offers/or have lesser UMS scores? :awesome:
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    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    And also doesn't Cambridge make something like 180 offers for 166 place? So there must be people who fail to obtain the offers/or have lesser UMS scores? :awesome:
    I don't have the numbers but that sounds about right. And while some people miss the offer, others choose to go elsewhere (i.e. LSE or abroad).
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    I don't have the numbers but that sounds about right. And while some people miss the offer, others choose to go elsewhere (i.e. LSE or abroad).
    Ok tyvm for your infos

    But one last question, and in your opinion, do you think Cambridge tend to choose candidates with highest academic grades; or above a certain level of ability, Cambridge will emphasize more on other types of qualities?
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    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    But one last question, and in your opinion, do you think Cambridge tend to choose candidates with highest academic grades; or above a certain level of ability, Cambridge will emphasize more on other types of qualities?
    I'm going to have to revert to the official line here, which is that Cambridge will aim to choose those with the greatest academic potential, which will often but not always be demonstrated by high grades.
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    Sorry to butt in on this but quick question, Its just this AS maths grade (aswell as many other things but I digress) thats gonna screw my chances of oxbridge.

    I found that my school dont hide AS results, but can I hide it by "cashing it in"? I would ofcourse leave my other sujects because there were fine.

    If I can hide it, how do you go about cashing it in?
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    Cashing it in means the official certification of your AS modules into an AS qualification, so the opposite of hiding it.

    However when you fill in the additional Cambridge application form, you have to put down every module result anyway, so they can see everything regardless.
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    So if I apply for cambridge I must show it, without a doubt. But what about oxford?

    I've heard you can just simply type "pending" in your UCAS application in the space that would have been your AS grades, this shows the uni that you are resitting without actually telling them your UMS scores is that legal?
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    I don't know, but you have to put everything on the SAQ anyway.

    I'm not sure about Oxford, sorry.
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    Hiya everyone. I know this will probably get moved into the stickied thread but ah well.
    I have been dithering about applying to Cambridge for a long time. I absoloutely LOVE the university and Clare College in particular. If I applied I would apply to do German and Russian Combined Honours. I'm a strong candidate otherwise, good work experience, have done both french and german exchanges and am busy learning the Russian alphabet, reading Thomas Mann translations and researching Russian culture and history ect. My Personal Statement is taking shape and I think I've managed to communicate my passion for languages and why I want to study them.

    The thing that worries me is my grades. I got at GCSE:
    A* in French, German, English Literature and English Language.
    A in Science, Further Science, Maths and Art.
    B in Graphic Design, Religious Studies, ICT (DiDA) and Welsh.

    I then took French, German, English Lit and English Media at AS.
    I got As in all 4 - 100% in Media, 89% in French, 85% in German and about 83% in English Lit.

    Knowing Cambridge's view on Media, I dropped it, and also as I will be predicted A* in German and French so I needed to only have 3 subjects to concentrate on the languages.
    So I'm now taking French, German and English, to be predicted A*A*A I think.

    The reasons I'm hesitating are my GCSE grades...Clare College expressedly told me they don't consider anyone with less than 5A*s and the teacher who is the expert in Oxbridge applications at my school told us they don't really consider people with more than 2 Bs...
    So if either of them are true, I don't have a chance. I took quite a few GCSEs (also one in PSE but I don't count that lol) and I hope they would notice that my A*s were in the subjects I am carrying on to A level.

    But I love the university so much and was so impressed with the language courses and modules you can take I don't want to give up on it.

    As someone who either has knowledge on the application process or has studied at Cambridge, would you say go for it?
    Thanks
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    In what world are A*A*A*A*AAAABBBB poor GCSE grades?! These threads are really starting to get boring. I'm really holding myself back from ranting here; there are so many things I want to say that I'm refraining from saying :p: For what it's worth, I only got 2 A*s, and I know people with more than 2 Bs who have offers. Additionally, the GCSEs that you got Bs in aren't really relevant to your degree, so I don't see the problem. Apply goddammit.
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    how are they poor, wtf is wrong with you?
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    Hm okay I withdraw the poor. I meant as in, are the things I have been told about the 5A*s and more than 2Bs true, will it stop me from getting an interview/offer.
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    Just apply, you'll find out. They look at loads of other things other than your grades.
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    "If no-one ever took any risks Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor."

    Seriously, your GCSEs are fine. If you have a passion for your subject, good AS grades (check and check) then go for it!
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    *ignores OP* Seriously people that think having Almost all As as poor are too uptight
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    (Original post by Deutsch_Beth)
    Hm okay I withdraw the poor. I meant as in, are the things I have been told about the 5A*s and more than 2Bs true, will it stop me from getting an interview/offer.
    All of what I want to shout at you boils down to this:
    1. There is no minimum GCSE grade requirement, spoken or unspoken
    2. You're very likely to get an interview on those grades; the offer that may or may not follow depends on interview performance, among other things
    3. If you don't apply, you won't get an offer
    4. Your teachers (even those in high/'specialist' positions) probably don't know what they're talking about

    Point #4 is especially pertinent, and I found it to be very much true when I went through the experience myself.
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    (Original post by Deutsch_Beth)
    Hiya everyone. I know this will probably get moved into the stickied thread but ah well.
    I have been dithering about applying to Cambridge for a long time. I absoloutely LOVE the university and Clare College in particular. If I applied I would apply to do German and Russian Combined Honours. I'm a strong candidate otherwise, good work experience, have done both french and german exchanges and am busy learning the Russian alphabet, reading Thomas Mann translations and researching Russian culture and history ect. My Personal Statement is taking shape and I think I've managed to communicate my passion for languages and why I want to study them.

    The thing that worries me is my grades. I got at GCSE:
    A* in French, German, English Literature and English Language.
    A in Science, Further Science, Maths and Art.
    B in Graphic Design, Religious Studies, ICT (DiDA) and Welsh.

    I then took French, German, English Lit and English Media at AS.
    I got As in all 4 - 100% in Media, 89% in French, 85% in German and about 83% in English Lit.

    Knowing Cambridge's view on Media, I dropped it, and also as I will be predicted A* in German and French so I needed to only have 3 subjects to concentrate on the languages.
    So I'm now taking French, German and English, to be predicted A*A*A I think.

    The reasons I'm hesitating are my GCSE grades...Clare College expressedly told me they don't consider anyone with less than 5A*s and the teacher who is the expert in Oxbridge applications at my school told us they don't really consider people with more than 2 Bs...
    So if either of them are true, I don't have a chance. I took quite a few GCSEs (also one in PSE but I don't count that lol) and I hope they would notice that my A*s were in the subjects I am carrying on to A level.

    But I love the university so much and was so impressed with the language courses and modules you can take I don't want to give up on it.

    As someone who either has knowledge on the application process or has studied at Cambridge, would you say go for it?
    Thanks
    Hi there, I know this is a long shot, but maybe you should pretend you took 2 less GCSE's than you did, i.e. don't declare them (you're not obliged too) and then the 'b grade rule' wont apply....

    Good luck with the 4A* thing though.

    Think about my first idea :yep:
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