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Catchment area and all that.

Candidate A [ME] and there is candidate B identical in every way does me going to Cambridge - and ftr going to a school which yielded 12 Oxbridge students last year help in getting a place?
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No. Universities do not have catchment areas. Some may operate access projects in their local areas, but Cambridge is not one of them.
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Unofficially, it is probably worse to go to an amazing school in an amazing area, as it will mean you are likely to get far higher offers than someone else due to expectation.
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Unofficially, it is probably worse to go to an amazing school in an amazing area, as it will mean you are likely to get far higher offers than someone else due to expectation.
Not true at Cambridge. Almost everybody gets the same offer for the same subject. It is true that you may have to perform slightly better from a good school (to get an offer), and slip ups may be treated more harshly but the intention of this is to put everybody on a level playing field as it is the brightest and best they want regardless of background.
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Not true at Cambridge. Almost everybody gets the same offer for the same subject. It is true that you may have to perform slightly better from a good school (to get an offer), and slip ups may be treated more harshly but the intention of this is to put everybody on a level playing field as it is the brightest and best they want regardless of background.
True at every university. Generally they have 'contextual offers', which means an Etonian might get an offer of A*AA, and a comprehensive students might get an offer of AAA/AAB. There are many criteria surrounding who is seen as privileged and thus who is seen as having a higher benchmark (as you said, to put everyone on a level playing field), and OP seems to tick all of the 'privileged' boxes.
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(Original post by Arkasia)
True at every university. Generally they have 'contextual offers', which means an Etonian might get an offer of A*AA, and a comprehensive students might get an offer of AAA/AAB. There are many criteria surrounding who is seen as privileged and thus who is seen as having a higher benchmark (as you said, to put everyone on a level playing field), and OP seems to tick all of the 'privileged' boxes.
Not true at Cambridge.



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Not true at Cambridge.



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Care to enlighten me?
The minimum offer at Cambridge is now A*A*A, basically everyone I've met this year got A*AA/A*A*A offers and it seems to be independent of schools, different departments/colleges tend to give different offers. For example my offer was A*AA but someone else from my school got an A*A*A offer. The offers are based on you personally, not your school.
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Woah 12, let me guess The Perse School or Hills Road?

Regardless A* A* A would be a minimum...
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The minimum offer at Cambridge is now A*A*A, basically everyone I've met this year got A*AA/A*A*A offers and it seems to be independent of schools, different departments/colleges tend to give different offers. For example my offer was A*AA but someone else from my school got an A*A*A offer. The offers are based on you personally, not your school.
Standard offer, no matter what school you are at is:
A*A*A for Sciences
A*AA for Arts


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Standard offer, no matter what school you are at is:
A*A*A for Sciences
A*AA for Arts


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That's what I was saying. Although they can give you higher offers if they want to, it's down to the individual admissions staff at whatever college.
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That's what I was saying. Although they can give you higher offers if they want to, it's down to the individual admissions staff at whatever college.
Yes but the standard Arts offer is A*AA regardless of college.


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Woah 12, let me guess The Perse School or Hills Road?

Regardless A* A* A would be a minimum...
For Sciences.


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