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It's quite a badly done article - really should be top 10 highest acceptance rates for Cambridge courses. Because the order for Oxford would be different and have different courses.

Also - highest acceptance doesn't equate to easiest to get in for.
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"Top 10 Oxbridge degrees that are a total waste of time" sounds like a better title.
Acceptance rates don't really mean much though. Different courses attract different types of applicants - e.g. many of those applying for classics are from private schools who've had the opportunity to study Latin/Greek, and so their grades on average will be higher, and you will competing against very strong candidates. Other courses like history might have lower acceptance rates, but at the same time there will be people who apply to Oxbridge with poor grades who don't stand a chance 'for the sake of it', thus affecting the acceptance rate. Has to be taken with a pinch of salt, as a higher acceptance rate does not mean it's easier to get in
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Original post by TomatoLounge
From the Telegraph, these are the ten courses with the highest acceptance rates at Oxford and Cambridge in 2014:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationpicturegalleries/11639288/Top-10-easiest-Oxbridge-degrees-to-get-accepted-on.html


Cambridge - 2014 courses ranked by applicant success rate.

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Original post by daryZ
"Top 10 Oxbridge degrees that are a total waste of time" sounds like a better title.


If you're trolling - funny.
If you're not - maybe you should do some better research.
Original post by jneill
Cambridge - 2014 courses ranked by applicant success rate.

Cambridge Course competitiveness.jpg


And for Oxford 2014 -

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Original post by Lucilou101
And for Oxford 2014 -

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Gah! Now I'll have to add a chart... :smile:
Reply 8
Original post by Lucilou101
If you're trolling - funny.
If you're not - maybe you should do some better research.


Do better research about what? Low employment rates and that most graduates doing jobs not related to their degree?
Reply 9
Cambridge Courses - Applications, Offers and Acceptances. 2014 data.
Ranked by Acceptance Success Rate%
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@Lucilou101 :tongue:
Reply 10
Original post by daryZ
Do better research about what? Low employment rates and that most graduates doing jobs not related to their degree?


Classics at Cambridge has a 4% unemployment rate. Better than CompSci at Oxford (often said to be the most employable degree).
Original post by daryZ
Do better research about what? Low employment rates and that most graduates doing jobs not related to their degree?


It doesn't matter about their jobs not being related to their degrees? It's about transferable skills etc. Plus unemployment rates are very low and normally more due to people not having a clear idea of what they want to do or not getting enough experience themselves and leaving it too late.
I wouldn't be surprised if these courses suddenly have an increased surge of ill-informed applicants who think high acceptance means easier to get in when it evidently doesn't. Don't get me wrong, A Course like Medicine is most definitely more competitive than say Archaeology, but that doesn't necessarily mean easier since the latter is more niche, and potentially attracts a different type of applicant.
Original post by Lucilou101
If you're trolling - funny.
If you're not - maybe you should do some better research.


He's not trolling, most of the courses listed there are a waste of time and an easy way into Oxbridge compared to the more competitive end.

Let's not be naive here..
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Original post by newblood
He's not trolling, most of the courses listed there are a waste of time and an easy way into Oxbridge compared to the more competitive end.

Let's not be naive here..


And here we go again... In what sense a waste of time? You do know, for one example, you don't need a Maths degree to go into IB.

http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/subjects/Classics.asp

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Original post by jneill
And here we go again... In what sense a waste of time? You do know, for one example, you don't need a Maths degree to go into IB.

http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/subjects/Classics.asp

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You could get into IB with any decent degree you want..

In the sense that its not worth studying in place of an academic degree...If you like say classics great, read Hercules
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Original post by newblood
You could get into IB with any decent degree you want..


And that's the point. It's the same for most careers. People should take a degree in something they enjoy. As I said on the other thread, not everyone, even on TSR, wants (or needs) to do a Maths degree.

Edit to add: I write this as a CompSci who ended up in marketing.

Oh, and if you don't think a Classics degree is academic then, just, wow.

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And I'm an archaeologist ended up in IB....:tongue:

There's a thing called 'transferable skills' you can learn by studying any kind of subjects.
And if you read economics at uni and go into IB, one of the first things you realise is real economy in the real world doesn't always work as the theories you learned at uni. :wink:
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Reply 18
And if its "easier" to get in via one of these degrees vs someone struggling over a "harder" more "competitive" degree, just exactly who is wasting their time?

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Reply 19
This is slightly misleading. If you're even in a position where you're thinking about applying to Oxbridge (you have the right grades, teachers will allow you, you're ready to prepare for admissions tests and interviews) you're probably pretty intelligent. For example, in the case of Classics, you have to be studying Latin or Ancient Greek, which means that only the most able students will be applying in the first place, making it very competitive.

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