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    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    I understand sir, I think I know to whom you are referring to.

    On a different question sir, can I ask what gcse, A Level or equivalent would put an applicant in the top 1% of academic credientials.

    Would it be in the region of 15 A Stars at gcse, and 8 A stars at A Level?
    Very few candidates have more than 12 A*s at GCSE and very few have more than 5 A*s at A Level (excluding General Studies and Crticial Thinking).

    Most successful candidates across the university have on average 7 or 8 A*s at GCSE and the average number of A*s at A Level is 2.7. Most scientists will end up with three or four A*s, only a few have five. Most humanities students have two or three A*s.
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    (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
    I think they meant work experience?:dontknow:
    Ah, yes, that makes more sense, thank you! No, work experience is not necessary for Comp Sci (or for anything outside Medicine and Vet Med).
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Very few candidates have more than 12 A*s at GCSE and very few have more than 5 A*s at A Level (excluding General Studies and Crticial Thinking).

    Most successful candidates across the university have on average 7 or 8 A*s at GCSE and the average number of A*s at A Level is 2.7. Most scientists will end up with three or four A*s, only a few have five. Most humanities students have two or three A*s.
    Thanks for the response sir, I see.

    Can I ask you what area you specialise in?
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    (Original post by Ilovemaths96)
    Hello
    This is a specific question so I do apologise in advance.
    When I sent off my ucas application last October for engineering, I did not consider Cambridge because my UMS scores for many of my AS exams were not impressive and since they certainly did not pass the 90% barrier I often heard of, I applied to Oxford instead. After getting my results assuming all goes to plan with mostly A*s under the belt (hopefully 3), what do you think my chances are of being considered if I apply this year to start in 2015, having never applied to Cambridge before? If I decide to go ahead with this plan, I would definitely do some work experience of some sort.
    Also, has this happened before and has anyone been successful?

    Once again, thank you for your time.
    Lots of people are successful applying Post A, either having applied to Cambridge before or not. You will be a slight disadvantage probably in that your UMS average will be brought down by your performance at AS (if you were under 90% average). We do look at things closely, though, so if you perform significanntly better at A2 then that will be something which we would thinking positively about.

    In terms of what qualifications are best, the things wer look most closely at for Engineering and Physical Nat Sci are Maths, Further Maths and Physics modules, particuarly the writtten modules for physics and the pure and mechanics modules for Maths.
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    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    Thanks for the response sir, I see.

    Can I ask you what area you specialise in?
    I'm a historian.
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Very few candidates have more than 12 A*s at GCSE and very few have more than 5 A*s at A Level (excluding General Studies and Crticial Thinking).

    Most successful candidates across the university have on average 7 or 8 A*s at GCSE and the average number of A*s at A Level is 2.7. Most scientists will end up with three or four A*s, only a few have five. Most humanities students have two or three A*s.
    That's quite surprising

    I'm going to try for the 5 then

    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Ah, yes, that makes more sense, thank you! No, work experience is not necessary for Comp Sci (or for anything outside Medicine and Vet Med).
    But it's worth mentioning if you find it relevant? Do you think it gives you an edge? Like I've done some lab work experience in biomedical research, despite probably not doing bio NatSci, I've seen some relevance.
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    I'm a historian.
    Oh right cool
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    (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
    That's quite surprising

    I'm going to try for the 5 then



    But it's worth mentioning if you find it relevant? Do you think it gives you an edge? Like I've done some lab work experience in biomedical research, despite probably not doing bio NatSci, I've seen some relevance.

    It's not that surprising really. It's hard to fit five A Levels into a timetable. Those that have usually are scientists who have done all five Sciences (Maths, FM, Bio, Chem, Phys). There is no course, however, for which it is necessary to do this. Medics usually don't do either Physics or FM; Engineers and Physicts usually don't do Biology; those focusing on Chemistry often don't do either Biology or FM.

    I'm not saying it doesnt happen but it's less common than you think. In 2013 entry at Christ's we had seven out of 115 students who had 5 A*s (not all had A Levels of course).

    On your other point, anything students find relevant and interesting about their subject is worth discussing in a PS if you have space.
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    It's not that surprising really. It's hard to fit five A Levels into a timetable. Those that have usually are scientists who have done all five Sciences (Maths, FM, Bio, Chem, Phys). There is no course, however, for which it is necessary to do this. Medics usually don't do either Physics or FM; Engineers and Physicts usually don't do Biology; those focusing on Chemistry often don't do either Biology or FM.

    I'm not saying it doesnt happen but it's less common than you think. In 2013 entry at Christ's we had seven out of 115 students who had 5 A*s (not all had A Levels of course).

    On your other point, anything students find relevant and interesting about their subject is worth discussing in a PS if you have space.
    My 5th will be French, self taught. Was going to do it this year but thought I'd keep my free time this year. I'm not a native and have no French family and never been to France so it does count!

    Biology (A Level) is crap, so won't bother with a sixth.

    Good to know, think it's done, just need a teacher to check it over.
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Lots of people are successful applying Post A, either having applied to Cambridge before or not. You will be a slight disadvantage probably in that your UMS average will be brought down by your performance at AS (if you were under 90% average). We do look at things closely, though, so if you perform significanntly better at A2 then that will be something which we would thinking positively about.

    In terms of what qualifications are best, the things wer look most closely at for Engineering and Physical Nat Sci are Maths, Further Maths and Physics modules, particuarly the writtten modules for physics and the pure and mechanics modules for Maths.
    What do you mean by Post A?
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Lots of people are successful applying Post A, either having applied to Cambridge before or not. You will be a slight disadvantage probably in that your UMS average will be brought down by your performance at AS (if you were under 90% average). We do look at things closely, though, so if you perform significanntly better at A2 then that will be something which we would thinking positively about.

    In terms of what qualifications are best, the things wer look most closely at for Engineering and Physical Nat Sci are Maths, Further Maths and Physics modules, particuarly the writtten modules for physics and the pure and mechanics modules for Maths.
    What about extra curricular stuff?
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    It's not that surprising really. It's hard to fit five A Levels into a timetable. Those that have usually are scientists who have done all five Sciences (Maths, FM, Bio, Chem, Phys). There is no course, however, for which it is necessary to do this. Medics usually don't do either Physics or FM; Engineers and Physicts usually don't do Biology; those focusing on Chemistry often don't do either Biology or FM.

    I'm not saying it doesnt happen but it's less common than you think. In 2013 entry at Christ's we had seven out of 115 students who had 5 A*s (not all had A Levels of course).

    On your other point, anything students find relevant and interesting about their subject is worth discussing in a PS if you have space.
    So in that round, was 5 A stars or equivalent the highest grades that candidates achieved - or were there others with >6 A Stars or equivalent.
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    (Original post by Ilovemaths96)
    What do you mean by Post A?
    Post A Level.

    There are not specific extra curricular things I can say that they are definitely better than others. As I've said, it is what you get out of things that matters not necessarily what you have done.
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    (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
    My 5th will be French, self taught. Was going to do it this year but thought I'd keep my free time this year. I'm not a native and have no French family and never been to France so it does count!

    Biology (A Level) is crap, so won't bother with a sixth.

    Good to know, think it's done, just need a teacher to check it over.
    Be careful about over burdening yourself. Obviously, it is your life and having French is an excellent skill to havebut you need to be sure that you are getting your balance right. This is something which you and your teachers need to work out.
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    (Original post by fnatic NateDestiel)
    So in that round, was 5 A stars or equivalent the highest grades that candidates achieved - or were there others with >6 A Stars or equivalent.
    No one at Christ's had six A*s that year.
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    No one at Christ's had six A*s that year.
    Oh right I see thanks for the info
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    (Original post by Christ's Admissions)
    Be careful about over burdening yourself. Obviously, it is your life and having French is an excellent skill to havebut you need to be sure that you are getting your balance right. This is something which you and your teachers need to work out.
    Worst that'll happen is I get an A overall really. AS score should carry me through, it's just a bit of fun on the side. I'll have support if I need it.

    Plus further maths I'll already know a lot of so not too much of a burden.

    Thanks for the warning though.
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    (Original post by L'Evil Fish)
    I think they meant work experience?:dontknow:
    Yes, sorry. I meant work experience.


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    (Original post by oneabdi)
    Yes, sorry. I meant work experience.


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    That's ok, see post 302. Sorry about confusion.
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    Hello

    My question is regarding Medicine. I finished my AS levels in Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Physics. I was thinking is it okay if I was to drop Physics and carry on with Biology, Chemistry and Economics at A2? Will dropping Physics put me at a disadvantage? I have got quite different views from teachers at college so I am really unsure. Would be grateful if you could help.

    Thank you!
 
 
 
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