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My college Oxbridge visit was to Oxford and there seemed to be a greater acceptance of Eng Lang/Lit A level in the prospectus. In addition, my English-teaching form tutor went there too, and i guess i want to be him.
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He also attends (presumably at some point) Oxford to study Danish
lol, Mit navn er Bond, James Bond. :P
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Cambridge, because their website was nicer than the Oxford one.
What... are you doing computing at university or something?
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Indeed, the website is symbolic of the necrotic core of Oxford. :p:
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Cambridge just seemed more welcoming...I didn't visit Oxbridge or anything, so all I had to go on was their websites/prospectuses.

Edit: I'm not alone on this lol...

Orginally posted by emily87
But mostly because I liked the pale blue of the Cam website - it seemed friendly and welcoming - to the dark blue of the Oxford site which was more standoffish looking. And the website just wasn't as good.
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(Original post by eleanora_ebonite)
Cambridge just seemed more welcoming...I didn't visit Oxbridge or anything, so all I had to go on was their websites/prospectuses.

Edit: I'm not alone on this lol...
I can relate to this. I remember noticing the Cam prospectus was a rich coffee colour, whereas the Oxford one was icy blue. Plus, Alison Richard put a nice welcome message in the front, whereas I don't think there was anything like that in the Ox one. If you think they're as good as each other, these things can make a difference (obviously I still visited both!).
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so anybody doin medicine?? which uni did u choose?? and which college?? im sooooooooo confused. my form tutor went to both and she said oxford is better but i dont know if i should go with what she says as she did history at oxford and PGCE at cam whereas i wanna study medicine. any advice???

thanx in advance.
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Go to the open days. Look at the virtual tours the colleges have on their websites.
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so anybody doin medicine?? which uni did u choose?? and which college?? im sooooooooo confused. my form tutor went to both and she said oxford is better but i dont know if i should go with what she says as she did history at oxford and PGCE at cam whereas i wanna study medicine. any advice???

thanx in advance.
Your teacher is blatantly biased and has no idea. They're both amazing for medicine and there is no differentiation between them in terms of prestige. The courses are similar but not identical, so you should think carefully about which one you prefer the sound of.
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Oxford, because my horrible grandmother lives way too close to Cambridge for comfort! I had visions of her turning up all the time and making my life hell.

Oh, of course there were other reasons too, like Cambridge not offering any MAs I liked the look of (I'm a grad student)
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(Original post by malaz_197)
so anybody doin medicine?? which uni did u choose?? and which college?? im sooooooooo confused. my form tutor went to both and she said oxford is better but i dont know if i should go with what she says as she did history at oxford and PGCE at cam whereas i wanna study medicine. any advice???

thanx in advance.
As Stevo says, Oxford and Cambridge are equally good for Medicine. I think you get a bit more choice as to what your degree (in third year) is at Cambridge - at Oxford, it's relatively difficult to do a degree other than Medical Sciences (although you get to specialise within that), while I believe at Cambridge it's relatively easy to take Natural Sciences for a year, or even History of Medicine! Perhaps Stevo could confirm/deny that? But overall, the Oxford and Cambridge courses are more alike than they are different, they just tackle some topics a little differently (e.g. pharmacology is lumped with physiology here at Oxford, while at Tabland it's separate). I'm at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, studying medicine; I am happy there, but I think I'd be happy at any other college too. College choice really isn't that important - I applied to Balliol, got an offer from Hilda's instead, was temporarily devastated, and am now so settled at Hilda's that I rarely remember the fact I didn't choose to be here. And academically, if you work hard you'll succeed at any college, so just apply somewhere you like and want to spend three years of your life.
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People are much nicer at Oxford.
Cambridge tends to be full of ultra-competitive people while Oxford is more laid back. In addition, in my opinion, the academics are more approachable at Oxford.

Another issue is the Tabs seem to have far more limited social opportunities and skills. I think that this contributes to their combination of academic prowess + comparative real-world irrelevance.
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It was always going to be Cambridge. I hardly gave Oxford a second thought. I think, mainly, I chose Cambridge because I always had this admiration for it, from a child. I don't know; just one of those things? Then I visited, and fell in love. So, Oxford didn't get a look in!
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(Original post by Quistis)
I think you get a bit more choice as to what your degree (in third year) is at Cambridge - at Oxford, it's relatively difficult to do a degree other than Medical Sciences (although you get to specialise within that), while I believe at Cambridge it's relatively easy to take Natural Sciences for a year, or even History of Medicine! Perhaps Stevo could confirm/deny that?
Spot on. There is actually no third year of the medical course, so Natural Sciences would be the normal Tripos to switch to after the first two years - something like History of Medicine or Law or Engineering or whatever would be the alternative. One of my medic friends studied final year Italian for a year and got a First... flukey *******! :p: (lol, actually it probably wasn't a fluke, but still unbelievable!)
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(Original post by sTe\/o)
Spot on. There is actually no third year of the medical course, so Natural Sciences would be the normal Tripos to switch to after the first two years - something like History of Medicine or Law or Engineering or whatever would be the alternative. One of my medic friends studied final year Italian for a year and got a First... flukey *******! :p: (lol, actually it probably wasn't a fluke, but still unbelievable!)
I'm so jealous! I wish I'd gone to Cambridge now :p: I'm sure my degree in Medical Sciences will be interesting and fun and all, but having the choice to do something like Law would have been nice! Is it not difficult to get a First (or maybe even 2.i) in a subject you've only been studying for a year, though?
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We can switch too - it just customarily takes an extra year.
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And costs more. You have to pay full fees for the extra year (a.k.a. £10,000 for a science subject, admittedly less for arts). I know this because I asked at interview, and was told I could do something like PPP, but it'd be awkward to arrange and would depend on my own financial situation...
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You can do some components that are outside of the standard content of the options, my year offered:

Research Project (1/5th of the year) with the History of Medicine Wellcome department and they usually offer some with Brookes History/Law/Anthropology people too.

Supplementary Subjects (influence classification if you're borderline) - shared with the other sciences - there's definitely a History & Philosophy one & one that Chemistry students do that overlaps with Pharm.

Experimental Psychology Paper (substitutes for the Extended Essay)

You'll find out about the details next term.
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I knew about the EP paper and Supplementary Subjects, but I didn't realise the research project could be so, well, interesting - thanks for that very informative post! I repped you, though have feeble rep myself and so am unlikely to have contributed much to your ascent to reputation greatness...

What do we do next term? Apart from revise for your resit, if you're me and were stupid enough to fail a viva.
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And me too. Though I intend on having jedi-level Neuroanatomy skills by the end of the term.

There is a timetable outline on the MSTC website.
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