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    I am an overseas (UE) IB student and I’m thinking about applying to English course. However, this is a subject I’m interested in studying at Cambridge only. As to other universities, I’m considering Combined Honours, with English and a Social Sciences subject, like Geography with Social Anthropology at St Andrews. I’m honestly interested in both subjects, but I feel more confident at English, so knowing how demanding Cambridge is, that’s what I choose. I do things which have to do with both subjects: my HL subjects are Pol Lit, Eng Lit and Lang and Geography; I wrote a screenplay for a school-play; I write for school newspaper; I am a volunteer at sociological research section of a museum; I read both Eng Lit books and Social Sciences books (from a list found on King’s College suggested reading list). I try to keep it more or less balanced.

    The problem is my personal statement. I know Cambridge expects focused passion for a subject – am I dismissed then because of my interest in two? Should I choose one?

    Considering English: should I mention extracurricular French classes (I know Cambridge is doing foreign lit; I am starting reading in French)? Plus, does Cambridge care about competitions on a national level (mostly national; there were low numbers from Lithuania and Ukraine and single persons from France and Greece)? The one I’m talking about concerns my native language and literature; it requires writing a 5000+ words of literary analysis at home, then two more essays on a given topic plus three oral presentations on a topic of choice; bibliography for a home-essay and latter two oral presentations is academic literature (much of it); 1000+ people reach the second of three stages; I got the highest score (first place) from those who reached the final one. Is it relevant enough?

    As to predicted grades – I don’t know them yet, but I expect 776 from HLs and 40 in total.
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    If you apply to Cambridge they will ask you to complete a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). This allows you to provide them with a lot of extra information, including a more specific PS just for them.

    They know that people may apply to other unis for different courses so it's not a problem to have a PS for those unis, and then the SAQ for Cambridge.


    And, yes winning academic competitions is relevant.


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