Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Peterhouse Admissions)
    So Physics, Biology, Chemistry vs Maths, Fine Art and English? Would the History of Art qualification be studied in both scenarios? Really either is fine, and could be the basis for a competitive application, but the second might be a little more relevant. There is a concern with both that not enough practical art is being undertaken unless through extracurricular work - the Fine Art A level doesn't involve as significant practical work as Art/Textiles/Graphic Design. You might be interested to look at the specification for the admissions assessment in Architecture to see some of the skills which are assessed.
    The history of art is being studied in both scenarios, I'm currently in my first year studying online with the continuing education department at oxford university- it's a four year part time course at FHEQ 4. The problem is I can do the A levels either online or at the nearest college which is one and a half hours drive away and do; fine art, maths and english literature or I can do the sciences online with the NEC. There is no option to study art/textiles/graphic design anywhere near where I live - Pembrokeshire. I would like to move and perhaps will do before I start A levels other than that I can't think what to do.
    •  Official Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by Thomb)
    The history of art is being studied in both scenarios, I'm currently in my first year studying online with the continuing education department at oxford university- it's a four year part time course at FHEQ 4. The problem is I can do the A levels either online or at the nearest college which is one and a half hours drive away and do; fine art, maths and english literature or I can do the sciences online with the NEC. There is no option to study art/textiles/graphic design anywhere near where I live - Pembrokeshire. I would like to move and perhaps will do before I start A levels other than that I can't think what to do.
    Architecture is a little unusual among our courses in that practical ability and aptitude is required and is assessed alongside academic ability. As we discussed earlier, if you can't do practical A levels this needn't be a problem provided you can gain, build, maintain and explore drawing and practical skills in other ways.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Peterhouse Admissions)
    Architecture is a little unusual among our courses in that practical ability and aptitude is required and is assessed alongside academic ability. As we discussed earlier, if you can't do practical A levels this needn't be a problem provided you can gain, build, maintain and explore drawing and practical skills in other ways.
    Thanks I'll try my best to do as much as I can.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hello, I know you will see a lot of these posts from people asking if they are worth applying to Oxbridge etc but I have a more unusual situation.
    I am currently near the end of S5, the Scottish equivalent to year 12, and for the past 8-9 years my parents have had me attending a specialist music school (The City of Edinburgh Music School) to which I gained a full scholarship during Primary school and have remained ever since, with my parents having aspirations of me becoming a professional musician. However this is not my aspiration.
    (It is worth noting that the music school is fully integrated into a regular state primary school and secondary school here in Scotland and as well as having music tuition for the whole time, so I have also had a full education in all other subjects!)

    Due to the extra music, I sat my National 5 and Higher music exams a year earlier than normal (In S3 & S4 respectively). In total, I got 7As at National 5, and because of doing music a year ahead, I went into S5 with already 1 A at higher. However because of the extra pressure and time taken up by the music tuition, music school students are only allowed to take 4 Highers in S5 as opposed to the usual 5. These 4 that I am taking are English, Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and I am predicted A1s for all four.

    My aspiration is to study Physics or Physics with maths at Uni (or Physics, Maths, Chemistry, and Materials science for 1st year at Cambridge) and I'm really focused on this. I have constantly been well ahead of my peers in all science and maths subjects as far back as I can remember (I achieved 99.2% in my Higher maths mock exam this year - over 20% more than the next highest mark achieved in class) and I am finally leaving the music school this year (my parents gave up!) and taking 4 Advanced Highers (Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Mechanics) plus the Scottish Baccalaureate in the Sciences for my final year at school.

    Will the fact that I could only take 4 Highers in S5 have an impact on my application to Cambridge? By the end of S5 I will still have 5 Highers due to music, however the music wasn't taken at the same time as the rest.
    •  Official Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by KeirLogan04)
    Hello, I know you will see a lot of these posts from people asking if they are worth applying to Oxbridge etc but I have a more unusual situation.
    I am currently near the end of S5, the Scottish equivalent to year 12, and for the past 8-9 years my parents have had me attending a specialist music school (The City of Edinburgh Music School) to which I gained a full scholarship during Primary school and have remained ever since, with my parents having aspirations of me becoming a professional musician. However this is not my aspiration.
    (It is worth noting that the music school is fully integrated into a regular state primary school and secondary school here in Scotland and as well as having music tuition for the whole time, so I have also had a full education in all other subjects!)

    Due to the extra music, I sat my National 5 and Higher music exams a year earlier than normal (In S3 & S4 respectively). In total, I got 7As at National 5, and because of doing music a year ahead, I went into S5 with already 1 A at higher. However because of the extra pressure and time taken up by the music tuition, music school students are only allowed to take 4 Highers in S5 as opposed to the usual 5. These 4 that I am taking are English, Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and I am predicted A1s for all four.

    My aspiration is to study Physics or Physics with maths at Uni (or Physics, Maths, Chemistry, and Materials science for 1st year at Cambridge) and I'm really focused on this. I have constantly been well ahead of my peers in all science and maths subjects as far back as I can remember (I achieved 99.2% in my Higher maths mock exam this year - over 20% more than the next highest mark achieved in class) and I am finally leaving the music school this year (my parents gave up!) and taking 4 Advanced Highers (Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Mechanics) plus the Scottish Baccalaureate in the Sciences for my final year at school.

    Will the fact that I could only take 4 Highers in S5 have an impact on my application to Cambridge? By the end of S5 I will still have 5 Highers due to music, however the music wasn't taken at the same time as the rest.
    Hi, happy to help!

    For Physics, either via Natural Sciences or Maths with Physics, our typical offer would be AAA at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects (your AH choices are all good and relevant), with a 1, 1 in STEP II and III for Maths with Physics. The fact you have 4 Highers won't be a problem as we're only really interested in performance in subjects relevant to the course applied for (Maths, Physics and Chemistry in your case). It seems like you're on track to do very well in your Highesr so you could have the basis for a very competitive application!
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, I'm currently in Y12 and considering applying for English Literature at Cambridge.

    1) Are GCSEs considered highly and will they be used to eliminate weaker candidate with only a few A*s?

    2) Are candidates with 4 subjects completed at A level more advantageous than those with the average 3?

    3) If taking 3 subjects, will the subjects taken at A level be considered in making the decision? i.e. will [English literature, history, philosophy & ethics] be a better choice and be an advantage to me than [English literature, history, psychology]? (I'm currently in a dilemma of whether I should take philosophy or psychology...)

    4) Will UMS be looked at closely for humanities such as English,history and philosophy & ethics?

    5) Does GCSE resits disadvantage a candidate even if they receive better results in the resit? I understand that all resits come up and I'm not sure...

    6) How much do teacher's references count? (if they have a biased opinion of you will this be recognised or will your application be disadvantaged if this is the case?)

    7) Approximately how many people get offers after interviews?

    8) Are non-British nationality students disfavoured than British/white students? I recognise this may seem a little accusatory but I'm so nervous and not sure whether I should apply at all if this is the case....

    Thank you and sorry for so many random questions
    • Section Leader
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Section Leader
    (Original post by hapoomyi)
    7) Approximately how many people get offers after interviews?
    You can see all the Admissions Application Statistics for yourself.
    NB. Approx 80%+ of candidates are interviewed.
    •  Official Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by hapoomyi)
    Hi, I'm currently in Y12 and considering applying for English Literature at Cambridge.

    1) Are GCSEs considered highly and will they be used to eliminate weaker candidate with only a few A*s?

    2) Are candidates with 4 subjects completed at A level more advantageous than those with the average 3?

    3) If taking 3 subjects, will the subjects taken at A level be considered in making the decision? i.e. will [English literature, history, philosophy & ethics] be a better choice and be an advantage to me than [English literature, history, psychology]? (I'm currently in a dilemma of whether I should take philosophy or psychology...)

    4) Will UMS be looked at closely for humanities such as English,history and philosophy & ethics?

    5) Does GCSE resits disadvantage a candidate even if they receive better results in the resit? I understand that all resits come up and I'm not sure...

    6) How much do teacher's references count? (if they have a biased opinion of you will this be recognised or will your application be disadvantaged if this is the case?)

    7) Approximately how many people get offers after interviews?

    8) Are non-British nationality students disfavoured than British/white students? I recognise this may seem a little accusatory but I'm so nervous and not sure whether I should apply at all if this is the case....

    Thank you and sorry for so many random questions
    Hi there! Let's see what we can do here:

    1) No. GCSEs don't form a large part of our considerations. Your GCSEs are only considered in the context of your school (and even then we're not looking for you to be top of the year or anything - going from mediocre GCSEs to stellar A levels can be very encouraging) and there's absolutely no quota or cut off for grades. At Peterhouse, we would never rule a candidate out just on the basis of their GCSEs.
    2) No. We only expect 3 A levels in year 13. Our typical offer for English is A*AA and it is far better to excel in 3 than to do less well in 4 or more.
    3) For English at Peterhouse, English is essential and History and/or languages are considered beneficial. We don't have an opinion on philosophy&ethics vs. psychology, either combination is a strong set for an English applicant.
    4) If you are taking new AS/A levels in England you won't have UMS. If you do have UMS then this will be considered. The main thing we use UMS for is to check that you're on track for A*AA. There are no quotas or cut-offs, everything is considered holistically (taking into account everything we know about you and your background) and UMS is no more, and no less, important than anything else.
    5) No
    6) The teachers' reference is read in detail by several people, as is everything else in your application before any decision is made. Everything is considered holistically, in the context of everything else we know about you and no particular weight is applied to any one thing. The reference is no more and no less important than anything else. Teachers are professionals and they act accordingly, despite how they might come across at school. If they were to say something which was very at odds with the rest of your application, the benefit of the doubt would always go to the candidate over the teacher.
    7) At Peterhouse, we generally look to make about 6 offers for English to our own applicants or through the Pool (some years 5, other years 7, depending on the strength of our applicants).
    8) No. Not in any way.

    Not too many questions at all! That's what we're here for. Sorry for the random bold.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Peterhouse Admissions)
    Hi there! Let's see what we can do here:

    1) No. GCSEs don't form a large part of our considerations. Your GCSEs are only considered in the context of your school (and even then we're not looking for you to be top of the year or anything - going from mediocre GCSEs to stellar A levels can be very encouraging) and there's absolutely no quota or cut off for grades. At Peterhouse, we would never rule a candidate out just on the basis of their GCSEs.
    2) No. We only expect 3 A levels in year 13. Our typical offer for English is A*AA and it is far better to excel in 3 than to do less well in 4 or more.
    3) For English at Peterhouse, English is essential and History and/or languages are considered beneficial. We don't have an opinion on philosophy&ethics vs. psychology, either combination is a strong set for an English applicant.
    4) If you are taking new AS/A levels in England you won't have UMS. If you do have UMS then this will be considered. The main thing we use UMS for is to check that you're on track for A*AA. There are no quotas or cut-offs, everything is considered holistically (taking into account everything we know about you and your background) and UMS is no more, and no less, important than anything else.
    5) No
    6) The teachers' reference is read in detail by several people, as is everything else in your application before any decision is made. Everything is considered holistically, in the context of everything else we know about you and no particular weight is applied to any one thing. The reference is no more and no less important than anything else. Teachers are professionals and they act accordingly, despite how they might come across at school. If they were to say something which was very at odds with the rest of your application, the benefit of the doubt would always go to the candidate over the teacher.
    7) At Peterhouse, we generally look to make about 6 offers for English to our own applicants or through the Pool (some years 5, other years 7, depending on the strength of our applicants).
    8) No. Not in any way.

    Not too many questions at all! That's what we're here for. Sorry for the random bold.
    Thank you so much!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hello everyone,

    Just a quick question. I am a french student who wants to study the mathematics course of Cammbridge. According to what is told on the site, i should be ok with my grades but, as a french it is very difficult to find some competitions that i can enter . The only one i was able to do was a kangaroo competition when i was 11. I don't think it brings something special to my application (event though i ended up in the top 10 of my school). So my question is : Are competitions important when thinking about giving an offer or not ? Every student i saw who had an offer did some with their school. But my school offer no opportunities of such a thing.

    Thank you very much, have a great day
    Offline

    22
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by kirickouilles)
    Every student i saw who had an offer did some with their school. But my school offer no opportunities of such a thing.
    I have an offer and I've never participated in a maths competition.
    •  Official Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by kirickouilles)
    Hello everyone,

    Just a quick question. I am a french student who wants to study the mathematics course of Cammbridge. According to what is told on the site, i should be ok with my grades but, as a french it is very difficult to find some competitions that i can enter . The only one i was able to do was a kangaroo competition when i was 11. I don't think it brings something special to my application (event though i ended up in the top 10 of my school). So my question is : Are competitions important when thinking about giving an offer or not ? Every student i saw who had an offer did some with their school. But my school offer no opportunities of such a thing.

    Thank you very much, have a great day
    Quick question, quick answer!

    We don't expect students to have entered competitions. As posted above by Zacken , lots of people get offers without them. If you've done them great! They can be a fantastic way to explore your subject, but don't worry if you haven't - there are plenty of other ways to explore your subject.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Hello

    I'm currently planning on applying to MFL PGCE for 2017 entry. I've heard that a lot of people have received lower offers for subjects in higher demand like sciences and MFL and, although I am averaging on a high 2:1 for German at the moment, my other subject (economics) is dragging me down to a border line 2:1/2:2, meaning I may average on a high 2:2 (hoping not though!) would this hinder me? Also as one of my German modules, I take credits (which I am averaging a first), would this be a problem that not all my modules are specifically German, but Germanic studies? Another question: I have done British Council for 6 months and been an ELA Ambassador for UK-German Connection, if I were to apply and do weekly work experience at a school, would that be sufficient, as I am on my year abroad until I go back to Uni? Also I am not sure if this has an relevance but I am at the University of Sheffield.

    I hope this was the right place to ask about a PGCE, I just saw University of Cambridge!

    Thank you in advance and sorry for the millions of questions!
    •  Official Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by anna__)
    Hello

    I'm currently planning on applying to MFL PGCE for 2017 entry. I've heard that a lot of people have received lower offers for subjects in higher demand like sciences and MFL and, although I am averaging on a high 2:1 for German at the moment, my other subject (economics) is dragging me down to a border line 2:1/2:2, meaning I may average on a high 2:2 (hoping not though!) would this hinder me? Also as one of my German modules, I take credits (which I am averaging a first), would this be a problem that not all my modules are specifically German, but Germanic studies? Another question: I have done British Council for 6 months and been an ELA Ambassador for UK-German Connection, if I were to apply and do weekly work experience at a school, would that be sufficient, as I am on my year abroad until I go back to Uni? Also I am not sure if this has an relevance but I am at the University of Sheffield.

    I hope this was the right place to ask about a PGCE, I just saw University of Cambridge!

    Thank you in advance and sorry for the millions of questions!
    Sorry, I'm afraid we're the undergraduate admissions team at Peterhouse and can't help with your questions. All we can do is point you to
    http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/pgce/.
    • Section Leader
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Section Leader
    (Original post by anna__)
    I hope this was the right place to ask about a PGCE, I just saw University of Cambridge!
    (Original post by Peterhouse Admissions)
    Sorry, I'm afraid we're the undergraduate admissions team at Peterhouse and can't help with your questions. All we can do is point you to
    http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/pgce/.
    Also this thread can perhaps give some guidance: Cambridge 2016 Postgraduate Entry
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi,

    Sorry for copying from another thread:

    My exams were going according to plan until this monday. According to answer sheets I have 100% from every exam except for literature and sadly Advanced level Maths. I will be 2-8% below my offer (8% is very unlikely), so I will have 82-88% instead of 90% listed in my offer. This exam here in Poland was exceptionally hard this year. We will get a new scale with our results, which will show how many percent of students have the same or worse result from each exam and I think I will have around 95% in this scale, judging from other schools expected results. I was supposed to get 90% average grade in my exams (I will probably get it), 90% in advanced physics (I already have 100%) and 90% in advanced maths.

    Do you think I still have a chance of getting a place or should I abandon my dream already?


    Thank you very much for your time
    •  Official Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    (Original post by HUNTER297)
    Hi,

    Sorry for copying from another thread:

    My exams were going according to plan until this monday. According to answer sheets I have 100% from every exam except for literature and sadly Advanced level Maths. I will be 2-8% below my offer (8% is very unlikely), so I will have 82-88% instead of 90% listed in my offer. This exam here in Poland was exceptionally hard this year. We will get a new scale with our results, which will show how many percent of students have the same or worse result from each exam and I think I will have around 95% in this scale, judging from other schools expected results. I was supposed to get 90% average grade in my exams (I will probably get it), 90% in advanced physics (I already have 100%) and 90% in advanced maths.

    Do you think I still have a chance of getting a place or should I abandon my dream already?


    Thank you very much for your time
    You're definitely still in with a chance! Good luck!
    •  Official Rep
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
     Official Rep
    The Admissions Office will be closed over the weekend, but we'll be back on Monday to answer any remaining questions before we have to bring this thread to a close, so if you have a question, please ask it now!

    Our next TSR thread(s!) will be from 18th July - 2nd August when we will have two parallel threads run by our Admissions Tutors. One will be with Dr Andras Zsak: 'Ask an Admissions Tutor - Mathematics' for a repeat of his thread last year and the other will be with Mr Scott Mandelbrote:'Ask an interviewer - History' covering History and the two of the new courses for 2017: History and Politics and History and Modern Languages.

    After that, we'll be back around results day for an information and guidance thread from the Admissions Coordinators.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    What in your own words is it that makes Peterhouse special?
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    Hello! I have a few questions.

    Firstly, when admissions tutors look at the pass rates of schools, is it the pass rate of "5 GCSEs including English and Maths" or "Any 5 GCSEs"? There is about a 25% difference in these statistics for my old school that I did my GCSEs in. Also are you more concerned with a how a student performed compared to their peers or the pass rate of the school?

    Secondly, at my school's prize night I was lucky enough to be awarded Top GCSE 2015, and top in 4 individual subjects (Maths, Statistics, LLW and IT). Are these the kind of things that would make a difference to an admissions tutor or do they fall into the bottom 25% of the personal statement? I'm also taking 5 subjects this year, but I am aware you only expect 3. One of the subjects is self-taught (Further Maths); would this be something a tutor would be interested in hearing about in a statement?

    Also, the Distinction* is from a BTEC Extended Certificate in IT. My old school's subject range was very small and I didn't have the option to take the GCSE in IT. What way do you look on BTEC qualifications at GCSE level, if I was applying for Computer Science? Would this be looked at as equivalent to an A* in GCSE IT?

    Sorry for the paragraphs.
 
 
 
Poll
Do you agree with the PM's proposal to cut tuition fees for some courses?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.