Burning question about Natural Sciences at Cambridge that I would love to be answered

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I am doing:
Maths
Further Maths
Physics
History
Philosophy

for AS level.

I plan to continue

Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Philosophy onto A2.
Is this an OK combination?
I want to do Physics, Maths and Computer Science as part of Natural Science and continue Computer Science - is this possible?
Someone told me that almost every Natural Science applicant has 2 or more sciences, please let this not be true

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(Original post by Terminatoring)
I am doing:
Maths
Further Maths
Physics
History
Philosophy

for AS level.

I plan to continue

Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Philosophy onto A2.
Is this an OK combination?
I want to do Physics, Maths and Computer Science as part of Natural Science and continue Computer Science - is this possible?
Someone told me that almost every Natural Science applicant has 2 or more sciences, please let this not be true

thanks a lot!
It seems that you would be more suited to the Computer Science course, not the natural sciences course. In the first year Computer Science course you do CompSci half the time, NatSci maths a quarter then another NatSci subject (in your case, physics) in the other quarter. It makes it much easier carrying onto Computer Science. If you did it as part of Natural Sciences you would have to do another subject then catch up in CompSci over summer.

Your A Levels are fine for the CompSci (and the NatSci) course. Maths + Further Maths are the most important for Computer Science.
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You could also take the physics option, no requirement of any additional sciences other than Physics and Maths/Further Maths. So your modules may look like Maths/Physics/MatSci/CompSci
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I am doing:
Maths
Further Maths
Physics
History
Philosophy

for AS level.

I plan to continue

Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Philosophy onto A2.
Is this an OK combination?
I want to do Physics, Maths and Computer Science as part of Natural Science and continue Computer Science - is this possible?
Someone told me that almost every Natural Science applicant has 2 or more sciences, please let this not be true

thanks a lot!
Maths & Physics count as 2 sciences.
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(Original post by Terminatoring)
I am doing:
Maths
Further Maths
Physics
History
Philosophy

for AS level.

I plan to continue

Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Philosophy onto A2.
Is this an OK combination?
I want to do Physics, Maths and Computer Science as part of Natural Science and continue Computer Science - is this possible?
Someone told me that almost every Natural Science applicant has 2 or more sciences, please let this not be true

thanks a lot!
If you want to continue doing comp sci after year 1 you'd be better off applying for comp sci as otherwise you need to ask to switch from nat sci to comp sci which isn't as easy as just doing comp sci in the first place. Besides as others have said in year 1 of comp sci you do 25% maths 25% of another science of your choice and 50% comp sci so you would still get to do some physics

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Guys thanks so much for all your responses!!! Just wondering tho, say if I were to focus on physics as natural science instead, would I be at a disadvantage in my application?
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Guys thanks so much for all your responses!!! Just wondering tho, say if I were to focus on physics as natural science instead, would I be at a disadvantage in my application?
Probably not if you are very good at maths and physics but if you want to do comp sci so much why wouldn't you apply for it?

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If you want to continue doing comp sci after year 1 you'd be better off applying for comp sci as otherwise you need to ask to switch from nat sci to comp sci which isn't as easy as just doing comp sci in the first place. Besides as others have said in year 1 of comp sci you do 25% maths 25% of another science of your choice and 50% comp sci so you would still get to do some physics

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That's a good point - there's no CompSci after Y1 in NatSci (afaik). So I agree there's no point applying for NatSci. OP should apply for straight CompSci at the outset.
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That's a good point - there's no CompSci after Y1 in NatSci (afaik). So I agree there's no point applying for NatSci. OP should apply for straight CompSci at the outset.
You're correct there isn't however you can occasionally switch courses but I'm sure this is dependent on exam results your dos etc so not really worth risking it as they could say no. If you want to do comp sci, you should apply for comp sci

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You're correct there isn't however you can occasionally switch courses but I'm sure this is dependent on exam results your dos etc so not really worth risking it as they could say no. If you want to do comp sci, you should apply for comp sci
Yeah and would seem to be a waste of time if, as in this case, the OP already know he/she wants to focus on CS at the outset.
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Yeah and would seem to be a waste of time if, as in this case, the OP already know he/she wants to focus on CS at the outset.
My guess is they're either not entirely sure or possibly trying to avoid the possibility of getting a step offer. If you're not sure I guess nat sci is an OK route to go down but if you know you want to do CS then definitely apply to that

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My guess is they're either not entirely sure or possibly trying to avoid the possibility of getting a step offer. If you're not sure I guess nat sci is an OK route to go down but if you know you want to do CS then definitely apply to that

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Re STEP for CompSci - I'm pretty sure that's only for CS with Maths.
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Re STEP for CompSci - I'm pretty sure that's only for CS with Maths.
I believe it is only standard for CS maths but occasionally does get included for CS if you are a strong applicant in most regards but they have slight concerns about your maths ability. If you aren't sure op I'd imagine it's much easier to switch from CS to nat sci than vice versa as if you do physics in year 1 you will have done exactly the same amount of physics and maths as a nat sci student, whereas to switch into CS you would need to cover a lot of extra material.

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I believe it is only standard for CS maths but occasionally does get included for CS if you are a strong applicant in most regards but they have slight concerns about your maths ability. If you aren't sure op I'd imagine it's much easier to switch from CS to nat sci than vice versa as if you do physics in year 1 you will have done exactly the same amount of physics and maths as a nat sci student, whereas to switch into CS you would need to cover a lot of extra material.

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And Peterhouse (and others?) might ask for STEP for a NatSci applicant anyway. (As an aside I bet more colleges will be asking for STEP for NatSci (and Engineering) in years to come as a response to the A-level reform anyway.)

Well, we're agreed: OP, apply to CompSci
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(Original post by samb1234)
I believe it is only standard for CS maths but occasionally does get included for CS if you are a strong applicant in most regards but they have slight concerns about your maths ability. If you aren't sure op I'd imagine it's much easier to switch from CS to nat sci than vice versa as if you do physics in year 1 you will have done exactly the same amount of physics and maths as a nat sci student, whereas to switch into CS you would need to cover a lot of extra material.

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Only certain colleges ask for STEP for CS w/o maths, and all colleges ask for STEP for CS w/maths
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Only certain colleges ask for STEP for CS w/o maths, and all colleges ask for STEP for CS w/maths
Hi, thanks for your response.

I can't seem to find it on the cambridge site, though it may be right before my eyes.
Do you know if Clare college requires applicants to sit STEP?
If so, would that just be STEP 1?

Thanks again!

EDIT: I've just noticed you said all colleges ask to STEP for CS w/maths. Isn't it compulsory to do maths with computer science in the first year anyway, or is that just what everyone does?

In that case: I'd like to do Computer Science in the first year and half maths and physics. Would that required STEP? And which ones?
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And Peterhouse (and others?) might ask for STEP for a NatSci applicant anyway. (As an aside I bet more colleges will be asking for STEP for NatSci (and Engineering) in years to come as a response to the A-level reform anyway.)

Well, we're agreed: OP, apply to CompSci
Hi, thanks a lot for the advice

I responded to someone else with the same question, but just so you see it also:

I can't seem to find it on the cambridge site, though it may be right before my eyes.
Do you know if Clare college requires applicants to sit STEP?
If so, would that just be STEP 1?

[For Computer Science, btw]

Thanks again!
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I believe it is only standard for CS maths but occasionally does get included for CS if you are a strong applicant in most regards but they have slight concerns about your maths ability. If you aren't sure op I'd imagine it's much easier to switch from CS to nat sci than vice versa as if you do physics in year 1 you will have done exactly the same amount of physics and maths as a nat sci student, whereas to switch into CS you would need to cover a lot of extra material.

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Hi, thanks a lot for your help.

I've responded to others with a question, so if you could help in any way with respect to that i'd really appreciate it

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You could also take the physics option, no requirement of any additional sciences other than Physics and Maths/Further Maths. So your modules may look like Maths/Physics/MatSci/CompSci
Hi, what is this physics option and what is MatSci?

Thanks for your response!

EDIT: I've just realised you probably mean Material Sciences. So would i specialise in Physics only after the 1st year?
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Hi, what is this physics option and what is MatSci?

Thanks for your response!
What I mean is that your A-Levels are suited for you to pick the physics module within Natural Sciences. MatSci = Materials Science, another module that you could feasibly chose with your A-Levels.
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