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    (Original post by drowninginsound)
    Yeah, every time I worry about my offer I think about the maths applicants and feel bad...



    You may be right, however I didn't really fancy waiting another year before starting university. And even then it's no guarantee you'll get in having waited.
    No one said it is, but I reckon it's much safer (of course I may be wrong) for a few reasons:
    - no stress on meeting your offer
    - realistic uni choices (obviously if you have, for example, ABC at A2 you won't go for Cambridge)
    - more things to put on your personal statement
    - I've been told by someone who talked with a DoS that a good gap year provides a strong ground for an applicant (more mature and more experience)
    - gets you out of your comfort zone - for most people, leaving home and going to uni is a new experience, you need to take care of yourself, become independent... a gap year can help to prepare with that
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    (Original post by foreignbloke)
    I've been told by someone who talked with a DoS that a good gap year provides a strong ground for an applicant (more mature and more experience)
    not with science.
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    (Original post by EHZ17)
    I should be doing English cwk. Like eng cwk is my number one priority right now as if I can get 100% it puts me in such a good position but I just can't be asked right now. You would think an offer would change my motivation but it just hasn't for english.
    Haha god I'm exactly the same with English. The only part I'm really interested in is poetry so everything else, particularly coursework I just cannot be arsed

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    Chill lad, im just messing around lol

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    Haha sorry, didn't mean to sound aggressive or anything

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    Durham were the only university to reject me
    I've a feeling it will go the same way for me!

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    You got rejected from Durham but got an offer from Cambridge? May I ask the subject? That's pretty rare I would've thought.
    I think it's probably not that rare. I may well be rejected for Durham, due to my GCSEs, despite getting into Cambridge. It's probably because the latter focuses on UMS, while the former totally ignores it!
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    (Original post by TVIO)
    You got rejected from Durham but got an offer from Cambridge? May I ask the subject? That's pretty rare I would've thought.
    Yup. Politics and International Relations, which is HSPS at Cambridge.

    I am convinced Durham have blacklisted me as I applied a few years before and was rejected by them.

    Cambridge and LSE accepted me right off the bat.:confused:
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    (Original post by tomfailinghelp)
    Haha god I'm exactly the same with English. The only part I'm really interested in is poetry so everything else, particularly coursework I just cannot be arsed



    Haha sorry, didn't mean to sound aggressive or anything



    I've a feeling it will go the same way for me!



    I think it's probably not that rare. I may well be rejected for Durham, due to my GCSEs, despite getting into Cambridge. It's probably because the latter focuses on UMS, while the former totally ignores it!
    Lol don't worry.


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    (Original post by foreignbloke)
    No one said it is, but I reckon it's much safer (of course I may be wrong) for a few reasons:
    - no stress on meeting your offer
    - realistic uni choices (obviously if you have, for example, ABC at A2 you won't go for Cambridge)
    - more things to put on your personal statement
    - I've been told by someone who talked with a DoS that a good gap year provides a strong ground for an applicant (more mature and more experience)
    - gets you out of your comfort zone - for most people, leaving home and going to uni is a new experience, you need to take care of yourself, become independent... a gap year can help to prepare with that
    A gap year is Safer??

    If you take a gapyear to apply to cambridge and the get rejected....awkward. Its a much bigger risk than applying in year 13.
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    (Original post by newblood)
    A gap year is Safer??

    If you take a gapyear to apply to cambridge and the get rejected....awkward. Its a much bigger risk than applying in year 13.
    A gap year is only safer if you've got poor grades at AS and can realistically improve that at A2 enough to meet Cambridge's standards.
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    (Original post by NinjaPandaa)
    Ew wjec, take it you're from wales too? I'm on aqa for English which isn't too bad tbh


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    Nope, Surrey :/ just got some weird school!
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    (Original post by newblood)
    A gap year is Safer??

    If you take a gapyear to apply to cambridge and the get rejected....awkward. Its a much bigger risk than applying in year 13.
    Agree and disagree with this.

    On the one hand, yeah, it is rather awkward if you get rejected after applying in your gap year, particularly if you've also applied in the year before. If I didn't get into cambridge this year, I would have been rejected by both sides of Oxbridge....

    On the other hand, I got the impression throughout the process that applying on a gap year tends to be looked on favourably unless you're doing something mathsy. First, there's the standard point about grades/UMS - a good average across your top three A-Levels (ie 95+) is arguably better proverbial security than a corresponding average for AS only. Secondly, as foreignbloke said, a gap year can come across as impressive IF you do the right stuff. I did a 6 month internship in an MP's Westminster office where I got the opportunity to do loads that was really relevant to what I applied for (law). It was only mentioned for about 2 minutes in my interview, but I could genuinely tell by the expressions on my interviewers' faces that they liked what I was doing. Thirdly, but this is perhaps something of a lesser point, I think doing a gap year demonstrates a commitment to the process. The fact that you've reapplied (if, of course, you have) shows that you've considered the massive workload at Oxbridge and you're prepared for it.
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    Woo just watched Theory of Everything in the movies! Absolutely amazing film AND they showed St John's <3

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    (Original post by aersh8)
    Woo just watched Theory of Everything in the movies! Absolutely amazing film AND they showed St John's <3

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    Lol I hated it. Thought it was gonna have lots of Maths and Physics in there. I was totally wrong.


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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    Lol I hated it. Thought it was gonna have lots of Maths and Physics in there. I was totally wrong.


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    Yeah that was a bit disappointing but it got me excited about Cambridge again what did you think about the older movie about Stephen Hawking, if you've seen it? As far as I remember that one was mainly about his progress through science whilst this one was more about his emotional journey

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    (Original post by drowninginsound)
    Anyone else experiencing sudden doubts about actually meeting their offer?
    I expected to get the offer from Cambridge but I have never really thought I would meet the offer conditions since STEP is so hard, particularly STEP III there was like only 3 questions I thought I could give a go at one paper and the questions are usually harder than they look I will have to hope for a good paper and try to learn the new Further Maths/Additional Further Maths topics well so I can do STEP questions on them.It doesn't help that I hate Mechanics(particularly the higher level Mechanics I like calculus based Mechanics questions though and coefficient of restitution) and most of the Statistics on the paper is not on the Edexcel Syllabus from what I've seen and I have self taught myself a bit of it.That leaves me with pretty much only pure for STEP III and there are a lo of geometrical and vector stuff I hate out of pure, that is pretty much leaving me with all the Calculus questions now although I am good at it and like it there are some really though Calculus problems on STEP which I find hard.For STEP I and II I should probably be able to do 1 Statistics question and 1 Mechanics question I think.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    I expected to get the offer from Cambridge but I have never really thought I would meet the offer conditions since STEP is so hard, particularly STEP III there was like only 3 questions I thought I could give a go at one paper and the questions are usually harder than they look I will have to hope for a good paper and try to learn the new Further Maths/Additional Further Maths topics well so I can do STEP questions on them.It doesn't help that I hate Mechanics(particularly the higher level Mechanics I like calculus based Mechanics questions though and coefficient of restitution) and most of the Statistics on the paper is not on the Edexcel Syllabus from what I've seen and I have self taught myself a bit of it.That leaves me with pretty much only pure for STEP III and there are a lo of geometrical and vector stuff I hate out of pure, that is pretty much leaving me with all the Calculus questions now although I am good at it and like it there are some really though Calculus problems on STEP which I find hard.For STEP I and II I should probably be able to do 1 Statistics question and 1 Mechanics question I think.
    I find myself doing 4-5 pure in step 1 and 2 and 2 mechanics so I feel alright about step 1 and. 2. I'm not liking the idea of step 3 and havin pg to somehow get 6 pure answers cause the mechanics is so hard apparently.


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    (Original post by aersh8)
    Woo just watched Theory of Everything in the movies! Absolutely amazing film AND they showed St John's <3

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    YES! Great movie! I didn't know it was still playing though?

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    YES! Great movie! I didn't know it was still playing though?

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    Lol it just came out yesterday in Greece

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    (Original post by aersh8)
    Woo just watched Theory of Everything in the movies! Absolutely amazing film AND they showed St John's <3

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    Yeah it's really good! Would have loved more physics though. The main actor did History of Art at Trinity. :')

    I just watched Les Misérables, and he's in that too.

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    Yeah it's really good! Would have loved more physics though. The main actor did History of Art at Trinity. :')

    I just watched Les Misérables, and he's in that too.

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    I never realised it's the same guy :P it was really strange to see Sacha Baron Cochen in a serious role in les mis (history at Christ's)

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    (Original post by aersh8)
    I never realised it's the same guy :P it was really strange to see Sacha Baron Cochen in a serious role in les mis (history at Christ's)

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    Lol. Have you seen the video of Borat in Cambridge?


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    (Original post by aersh8)
    I never realised it's the same guy :P it was really strange to see Sacha Baron Cochen in a serious role in les mis (history at Christ's)

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    Oh **** that innkeeper guy was Sacha Baron Cohen?! Mind blown

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