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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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    (Original post by Lilbixxie)
    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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    Nice to see someone else with my a level choices (i did chemistry AS as well though)
    You've probably missed a few things, like Headstart and the Engineering Education Scheme.I would look into maybe doing a Nuffield Bursary placement, a Smallpeice Trust course, or a project for a Crest award.
    I would read around the subject, especially for a cam application, eg if you mention an interest in cars make sure you know details of how the engine works etc.
    Read books by henry (?) Petroski like "why buildings stand up", which are really good for seeing engineering language and methodology, particularly for civil. i can recommend some other books if you're interested.
    Try and get some work shadowing or work experience. It'll help with explaining the appeal of the more practical side of engineering.
    Make sure you can explain coherently why you want to study engineering and not physics.
    For cambridge, you need to get really high ums, ie an average of at least 90 in most relevant 3 subjects, although in practice i've heard 95 average is the norm for eventual offer holders. This is really important.
    Tbh cambridge won't care about extracurriculars that aren't engineering related.

    Hope that helps a bit, feel free to ask more specific questions
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