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

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    GCSE: 10 A* 2A (maths and drama)

    AS: Philosophy: 89%

    English lit: 92%

    History: 100%

    Chemistry: 79.67% (so one UMS of an A lol)

    Is the B a huge problem, basically?
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    (Original post by Boucicaut)
    Is the B a huge problem, basically?
    No, no it's not.
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    (Original post by Boucicaut)
    Application for law:

    GCSE: 10 A* 2A (maths and drama)

    AS: Philosophy: 89%

    English lit: 92%

    History: 100%

    Chemistry: 79.67% (so one UMS of an A lol)

    Is the B a huge problem, basically?
    They're really good grades! I don't think you'll have much of a problem - especially with such high UMS in Lit and History! I did post for reassurance... but also so that you would see my sig and join us! :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by becbec :))
    They're really good grades! I don't think you'll have much of a problem - especially with such high UMS in Lit and History! I did post for reassurance... but also so that you would see my sig and join us! :rolleyes:
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

    I know it's stupid, but I go through cycles of 'its going to be fine' to extreme neuroticism.......guess I should get out more :s
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    hey! I really would love to apply to do English and got As in English lit, maths and history and a C in Spanish (getting a dodgey module that brought it down remarked) but I've heard that they want you to have over 90% UMS in at least 3 of them and I havn't got that . I got 9A*s and an A at AS and I'm from a "low income" background with no history of uni and the sixth form isn't great (thinking applying on access scheme )
    Any advice would be muchly appreciated!
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    (Original post by abbna)
    hey! I really would love to apply to do English and got As in English lit, maths and history and a C in Spanish (getting a dodgey module that brought it down remarked) but I've heard that they want you to have over 90% UMS in at least 3 of them and I havn't got that . I got 9A*s and an A at AS and I'm from a "low income" background with no history of uni and the sixth form isn't great (thinking applying on access scheme )
    Any advice would be muchly appreciated!
    90% UMS is a guideline, not a strict rule. What are your UMS marks? How close were you to 90%? I'd still say apply, if your interview goes well you've got a good chance.
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    ahhh thanks, cant remember exactly, maths was about 86%, English was high enough, history about 87%, i think :P
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    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    Hello can someone please evaluate my chances, much appreciated

    I obtained 2A* 5A 3B 1C at GCSE from a school with 23% pass rate

    During A levels, I had moved to a school that's near top of the league table (State Grammar school)

    I obtained:

    A Maths 89% (6a)
    A Further Maths 83% (5a 1b)
    A Chemistry 89% (6a)
    A Physics 83% (5a 1c)
    A Chinese 83% (2a)
    B Business Studies (3a 1b 1e 1u)
    D General Studies (2a and rest are like us lol)

    Also I got a GOLD in 2008 British Maths Olympiad

    Applying for Econ, have lots of work experience and extra CA
    Was rejected from Oxford last year, so I really need to know whether or not I should try with Cambridge

    Thanks

    Bump please reply
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    (Original post by dawgnuts)
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    To be honest your UMS (and GCSEs to some extent, but that will be compensated by your school) are a bit low, so I think you'd struggle to get an offer without a fantastic interview. Doesn't mean it isn't worth a shot though, especially if you do something impressive in your gap year.
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    To be honest your UMS (and GCSEs to some extent, but that will be compensated by your school) are a bit low, so I think you'd struggle to get an offer without a fantastic interview. Doesn't mean it isn't worth a shot though, especially if you do something impressive in your gap year.
    Thanks

    But I would like to add that, my module scores shows a progressive improvement. In As Chemistry I had BBB, I retook and got AAAAAA in A2 (and a few full marks too in other exams, and my exams in A2 are like 2x as much as in As).
    I believe studying in my old school was the main reason for the slack off at the beginning of my A levels, do you think it is worthwhile including this somewhere in my personal statement?
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    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    Thanks

    But I would like to add that, my module scores shows a progressive improvement. In As Chemistry I had BBB, I retook and got AAAAAA in A2 (and a few full marks too in other exams, and my exams in A2 are like 2x as much as in As).
    I believe studying in my old school was the main reason for the slack off at the beginning of my A levels, do you think it is worthwhile including this somewhere in my personal statement?
    Probably not in your personal statement, but maybe get your referee to briefly mention your improvement and reason for it. From the SAQ Cambridge will see that your A2 marks are a lot better so that could work to your advantage.
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    (Original post by alex_hk90)
    Probably not in your personal statement, but maybe get your referee to briefly mention your improvement and reason for it. From the SAQ Cambridge will see that your A2 marks are a lot better so that could work to your advantage.
    Oh wow, after seen your academics I might just give Cambridge a miss lol

    Do you know what your colleagues' grades are like?

    And a non-related question, what do you want go into after graduation/masters ect...
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    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    Oh wow, after seen your academics I might just give Cambridge a miss lol
    Don't be put off by it - I just knew how to play the exam system.

    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    Do you know what your colleagues' grades are like?
    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.

    (Original post by dawgnuts)
    And a non-related question, what do you want go into after graduation/masters ect...
    I'm undecided at the moment, but am considering training to be an actuary.
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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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