No idea, but in terms of fitting two years work into three the official website says:
"...the usual pattern would be to take Tripos IB at the end of the first year and Tripos II at the end of the second year."
instead of the regular undergraduate route:
"Law IA is taken at the end of the first year of residence. Law IB is taken in the second year by those who have passed Law IA, or by those changing into law from another Tripos. Law II is only for those who have passed Law IB."
so it seems that the first Tripos is omitted, but don't quote me on that...
However, it could potentially be combined as the page also says:
"Law IA and Law IB cannot be counted as two separate Tripos examinations to qualify for the B.A.."
so perhaps there are separate combined examination papers for those who are changing subjects, or are AS like us?
However I have no idea what subjects make up the Tripos - I guess the same as undergraduates, so if you took them from the prospectus then you're probably right.
Btw, you're from the Grad Union forum, aren't you?
Hi, basically i want to apply for law at cambridge. However, i have to resit 2 of my January modules because i got B's in them.
Will this really hurt my chances? My teachers say that i potentially can get over 90/95% in the exam after i got near full marks
in the mocks for my January exams. However, i messed two up and have to resit them as i said. My AS's are in english lit, history,
politics, psychology, general studies. I am only worried more because i only got 3A*s 3A's and 4B's at GCSE. However, i did have to look
after my Dad whilst my Mum worked because he had a brain tumour over the 2 gcse years (he really needed my help after the operation). This really
distracted me from my work. However, will i even get an interview and will Cambridge consider this circumstance. Also, my tutor said he would put it
on my reference but would Cambridge have to go through asking my secondary school/other ppl?
Your GCSEs are pretty much the same as mine, and I had no mitigating circumstances. It's absolutely -normal- to get B's in modules, you don't need to resit them at all. If, however, you want to resit them then that's fine.
The misapprehension is that Cambridge really hate resits. Simply resitting a couple of modules won't get you automatically rejected, though do remember that you will have to fill in your original marks as well as the resat ones on the forms.
But no, don't worry about being automatically rejected because your GCSEs aren't stellar and you have a couple of dodgy modules that you want to resit. It's entirely -possible-, of course, but you won't find out unless you do apply.
Not speaking as any real authority on the subject, but I think it certainly sounds worth a shot. I think that they'll certainly take your circumstances into account (they are human after all and they do expect you to be!) - if you did that well considering, just imagine how you could've done in more favourable circumstances!
And I wouldn't worry too much about re-sits. They're only B's (a good grade after all), and I re-sat a January module last June (it was a borderline A), and wasn't automatically rejected or even asked about it! I still got an offer, even after the world's most atrocious interview, so I'd say go for it.
Like other people said, B is a respectable grade. If you don't do a resit, you just need to make sure get an A overall, for example, a high B in one or two modules plus several high As in modules will make the A overall. What were your UMS marks?
Also, make sure get strong As in English, History and Politics- those which are most relevant to Law. General Studies they won't accept, so don't bother with that.
I've already submitted my resit form but just to tell you: they were middle B's. However, i got 90+% in my psychology module quite easily. About my circumstances, is mentioning it on the reference ok because my tutor said he'll do it for me...i mean, i was quite gutted on gcse results day because i knew i could've got better if things/luck were different. well, thanks for the input and any further advice.