I want to apply to Cambridge for computer science, but I also want to be able to do something that will make me stand out from the rest of the crowd in terms of a programming project. I don't want to go too ambitious but something that might look good on UCAS.
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- Thread Starter
- 16-01-2015 20:45
- 18-01-2015 11:55
I'm interested in this also, bump!
- 19-01-2015 16:21
For anyone that finds this thread: Cambridge CS really don't need you to have done any programming. Your PS is fairly irrelevant, and is used mostly just to find out what to talk about at interview (and because CS is so mathematical, my PS wasn't even mentioned at all). The most relevant things would probably be things you've done in Maths such as Maths challenges etc.
The best way of standing out from the crowd is excellent UMS scores in maths/further maths (and if taken, physics). I personally spoke about optimising a very simple prime number generator and discussed how it related to CS. I don't think it helped much/at all. Any interviews, tests and of course UMS (to an extent GCSEs as well) are the most important things, so don't worry about spending loads of time doing projects, just get excellent grades.
Source: Current CS offer holder at Cambridge.