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do you know, you cant take a science course of your choice in cambridge? i wanted to do pure physics, but was told i had to take a course where biology chemistry and physics were all compulsory. they said that it provides a good grounding and that it leaves other options open.. but what if u suck at biology or chemistry? that is why i didnt apply there. the science course was not what i wanted.
I'm sure somebody else has already said the same thing in reply to that post, but just wanted to clarify: you don't HAVE to take all the sciences! There's a list of seven experimental options - just to be boring, they're Physics, Biology of Cells, Chemistry, Materials and Minerals Science, Physiology, Geology and Evolution & Behaviour. You have to choose three of these, yes, and a mathematical module too - but you can pick subjects that suit your strengths. As you go through the course you specialise, so you could end up specialising in pure Physics, and because of the way the course works by the time you graduate you'll have studied Physics to the same depth as someone who did a single honours Physics course, PLUS you'll have a grounding in a couple of other areas as well. And then of course if you change your mid and decide you don't like physics after all, you can go on and specialise in something different. However, it sounds like hard work (I start there in October)...
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What about Oxford colleges- does any1 have any insight?
Why is Pembroke so uncompetative in comparison to others?
How about new- even though i'm not musical.
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What about Oxford colleges- does any1 have any insight?
Why is Pembroke so uncompetative in comparison to others?
How about new- even though i'm not musical.
Hi Jen

I think maybe there is a big difference in competitiveness between Oxford colleges is because of the large differences in beauty, wealth and academic achievement. PemBROKE is one of the poorer colleges, whereas colleges like Christ Church and Magdalen are large, old, beautiful and have vast endowments. The former women's colleges also tend to be poorer, less academically prestigious and less popular than the former mens' colleges. However, I reckon that too much is made of the college decision - I know someone who was offered a place at St Benet's Hall (monastery-type place) and wasn't sure whether to accept it, but he's so glad he did because he said he still gets the whole 'Oxford experience' thing. I chose my college because of its reputation for supportiveness, its record on political activity and its all-female status, and I hope I'm gonna like it.

Hope I've helped...
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Oh, and it doesn't matter a fig if u aint musical - New tutors will look at ur academic record, not your ability to sing in tune, when considering whether to offer u a place.

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ok haz, ill put this into context...Corpus has 4 medic places. about 1/3 of interviewed candidates are offered places...that means there are about 12-16 people that get interviews. 99% of all applicants get interviews, hence roughly 13-17 people apply to corpus for medicine per year.
This compares with 130ish to caius
Now, if 1 more person than normal applied to corpus - or if corpus took extra one year, then the figures would go loopy.
It would hardly dent the caius numbers

Thats why those tables are so crummy (not least cos of the fact that everyone avoids the orange places and goes for the blue...)

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Yep, not disputing that the tables are crummy and, as I said, their limited use has been discussed many times. However, they are the only source of information regarding the competitiveness of the colleges for applicants (until, of course, someone with insider knowledge such as yourself shows up.) I'm sure if Saph was still about she would be grateful for the input.
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Yep, not disputing that the tables are crummy and, as I said, their limited use has been discussed many times. However, they are the only source of information regarding the competitiveness of the colleges for applicants (until, of course, someone with insider knowledge such as yourself shows up.) I'm sure if Saph was still about she would be grateful for the input.
Soz, didn't mean to sound, well, like me, but i really just hate the whole table thing. The prospectuses in general are just plain bad. last i heard there was a tiny tiny section for corpus in the alternative propsectus that was written by some trinity lad.
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Soz, didn't mean to sound, well, like me, but i really just hate the whole table thing. The prospectuses in general are just plain bad. last i heard there was a tiny tiny section for corpus in the alternative propsectus that was written by some trinity lad.
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No probs. I can see why having your alternative prospectus entry botched by a non-corpus person would be irritating! Maybe you could get in there first next time.
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No probs. I can see why having your alternative prospectus entry botched by a non-corpus person would be irritating! Maybe you could get in there first next time.

Hi haz,
finished ucas so now what do i do ? sit and wait?
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Hi haz,
finished ucas so now what do i do ? sit and wait?
Hi! If you've sent off UCAS form and Cambridge form you just wait for them to write to you. First they will tell you if you've got an interview (highly likely) and I guess they would give you details about the BMAT. You take if from there - reply to any post quickly (questionairres an the like) cram for the test and practice interviews. Look at your personal statement and make sure you can talk fluently about everything you've mentioned. Interviews are usually some time in December and then you wait till end of dec/new year to find out. If you are pooled they will give you details of any further interviews which will take place in Jan. Good luck!
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hey newnham dudes! i know some1 who's going this yr for biological natsci called cathy and she applied there.

sorry, bit random, just spreading the web of contacts!

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hey newnham dudes! i know some1 who's going this yr for biological natsci called cathy and she applied there.

sorry, bit random, just spreading the web of contacts!

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Cheers, I'll look out for a Cathy!
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