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    I am really stuck about whether to apply for Cambridge. My parents are foreign so they struggle to realise how hard it is to get into Cambridge. I want to study English and my high school are really keen on me applying. I got 4 A*s 4 As 1 B and 1 C at GCSE, and 3 As (top grade) and 1 B at AS. I did a mock ELAT test at school and apparently I did really well. Although my school really want me to apply, I am reluctant because I haven't seen the university, and I haven't done any preparation for it. My boyfriend (who was also going to apply for cambridge but didn't get an A* in his maths a level that he sat early) has told me that it's really unlikely. I also don't know about how much work it is going to be and whether the work load to apply for Cambridge would effect my A level studies and effect my changes of getting into Durham. Can people please offer their advice? I need to decide ASAP and I'm so torn.
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    (Original post by BriStewart)
    I am really stuck about whether to apply for Cambridge. My parents are foreign so they struggle to realise how hard it is to get into Cambridge. I want to study English and my high school are really keen on me applying. I got 4 A*s 4 As 1 B and 1 C at GCSE, and 3 As (top grade) and 1 B at AS. I did a mock ELAT test at school and apparently I did really well. Although my school really want me to reply, I am reluctant because I haven't seen the university, and I haven't done any preparation for it. My boyfriend (who was also going to apply for cambridge but didn't get an A* in his maths a level that he sat early) has told me that it's really unlikely. I also don't know about how much work it is going to be and whether the work load to apply for Cambridge would affect my A level studies and affect my changes of getting into Durham. Can people please offer their advice? I need to decide ASAP and I'm so torn.
    You've got loads of time to decide, just because you put it on UCAS doesn't mean you have to go there! There will be plenty of opportunity to learn more about the university and by the time you have to make a decision - results day next year, you will know a lot more about all universities.

    If you are getting good grades, why not put it on your UCAS form and start the process? It doesn't really matter how unlikely it is, some people get in (about 25% of applicants I think) and anyway it's just one of 5 choices and you can only go to one of them in the end.

    There's not a massive additional workload to getting in to Cambridge than any other university. Applying there doesn't affect your chances of getting in anywhere else.
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    The additional work load to apply will be minimal and won't affect your A-Level studies at all. You've got a good shot at applying, don't listen to your boyfriend. The only thing it's going to come down to is whether you want to apply or not, if you do then sure, go ahead and do it! Try having a look at https://www.applytocambridge.com/ - the alternative prospectus is excellent. Look at the English course at Cambridge, see whether it's for you, are there any modules that you really want to do? Is the amount of literature right for you
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    I have really similar GCSE grades to you (4A*, 3A, 4B) and 3As and a B at AS (99% UMS in my chosen subject), and I'm applying. I'm aware the chances of getting in aren't that high but I have other unis I really like too so it's not the be all and end all. If you look up the course and like it, I would definitely apply, but of course there's no point if you don't. Someone at my college who got 3A*s at GCSE (no extenuating circumstances I don't think) is off to Cambridge for Medicine this year, a far more competitive course than what I'm going for. I would be really happy just to get an interview because the opportunity to talk about my subject with academics is one I wouldn't want to pass up.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Is the amount of literate right for you
    :poke:

    But yes, OP, follow the rest of Zacken's advice

    And it definitely doesn't affect your chances of getting into Durham. For one thing they don't know where else you have applied, and according to this >50% of Durham students also applied to Oxbridge anyway: http://www.palatinate.org.uk/are%E2%...-rejects’-2/

    One more thing to consider is applying just to Cambridge before their Oct 15 deadline and then add your other choices later. You don't have to commit all your choices right now. Just be aware that once you first submit your UCAS you can't then change any other details - i.e. your Personal Statement and Reference stays the same for all your choices. But this would give you more time to fully research your other university choices.
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    (Original post by pamplemousse.)
    I have really similar GCSE grades to you (4A*, 3A, 4B) and 3As and a B at AS (99% UMS in my chosen subject), and I'm applying. I'm aware the chances of getting in aren't that high but I have other unis I really like too so it's not the be all and end all. If you look up the course and like it, I would definitely apply, but of course there's no point if you don't. Someone at my college who got 3A*s at GCSE (no extenuating circumstances I don't think) is off to Cambridge for Medicine this year, a far more competitive course than what I'm going for. I would be really happy just to get an interview because the opportunity to talk about my subject with academics is one I wouldn't want to pass up.
    ^^^
    a sort of person they'd think they want to teach.
    Good luck with your application, and enjoy the interview.
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    (Original post by BriStewart)
    I am really stuck about whether to apply for Cambridge. My parents are foreign so they struggle to realise how hard it is to get into Cambridge. I want to study English and my high school are really keen on me applying. I got 4 A*s 4 As 1 B and 1 C at GCSE, and 3 As (top grade) and 1 B at AS. I did a mock ELAT test at school and apparently I did really well. Although my school really want me to reply, I am reluctant because I haven't seen the university, and I haven't done any preparation for it. My boyfriend (who was also going to apply for cambridge but didn't get an A* in his maths a level that he sat early) has told me that it's really unlikely. I also don't know about how much work it is going to be and whether the work load to apply for Cambridge would affect my A level studies and affect my changes of getting into Durham. Can people please offer their advice? I need to decide ASAP and I'm so torn.
    And don't believe anybody who says Durham won't give you an offer if you apply to Oxbridge. It is NOT TRUE. Best of luck 👍

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