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    I'm currently in the lower sixth studying Maths, FM, physics and Art. I recently decided that i would like to take an engineering course at university, either civil or mechanical. After some research into courses i found a course at Cambridge that i really liked because it is very general course and you don't specialise until the end. I know however that Cambridge is extremely hard to get into so i was wondering if anyone could suggest some extra curricular or curricular thing i could do to enhance my chances of getting in.
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    All universities LOVE to see your dedication to an area through work experience, and even more, through volunteering. If you can spare any time doing either of these working for any engineering company, you have an instant bonus over those who don't have it. If you can't find volunteering in the engineering area, then places such as charity shops, or something as simple as helping out in Design and Technology lessons in your free/study periods (assuming you have any) will make you more appealing than other students.

    See also if you can find any summer courses to do with engineering. For example, I have applied for a 'Nuffield Research Placement' which my school suggested to me that I will complete over the summer, if I get a place. It is basically a 4-6 week placement in a science area that you are interested in that gives you unpaid work experience (essentially volunteering), which will hopefully help me get onto the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic course that I want to do at Uni.

    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by carrotstar)
    It is basically a 4-6 week placement in a science area that you are interested in that gives you unpaid work experience (essentially volunteering), which will hopefully help me get onto the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic course that I want to do at Uni.

    Hope this helps!
    Correction, you can get paid £80 a week on top of traveling expenses if the bursary applies to you
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    Well yeah, but it doesn't apply to me And I'm glad you researched it.
 
 
 
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