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    Hi, this is my first post here

    I started year 12 this year, taking Biology, Chemistry, English lit, Fine art and Cambridge pre-u. I was wondering what kind of things I can do to make my university application stand out.
    I'm also worried that my 'mixed bag' of subjects will look bad when it comes to choosing a course; biology and chemistry support each other, but the other two might look a bit random? I wasn't very clear-headed when I was choosing them, but I now expect to go down a biology/chemistry based route.

    I've heard that volunteering is good, but I can't think what kind of volunteering would support my subjects, especially the sciences?
    (and is the pre-u actually useful? my classmates view it rather dimly)

    Thanks, L
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    (Original post by Leona-L)
    Hi, this is my first post here

    I started year 12 this year, taking Biology, Chemistry, English lit, Fine art and Cambridge pre-u. I was wondering what kind of things I can do to make my university application stand out.
    I'm also worried that my 'mixed bag' of subjects will look bad when it comes to choosing a course; biology and chemistry support each other, but the other two might look a bit random? I wasn't very clear-headed when I was choosing them, but I now expect to go down a biology/chemistry based route.

    I've heard that volunteering is good, but I can't think what kind of volunteering would support my subjects, especially the sciences?
    (and is the pre-u actually useful? my classmates view it rather dimly)

    Thanks, L
    Your subject combination does not matter at all, unless the course you are doing specifically mentions you a particular combination (at most they only ask for two compulsory subject). Such example is the Nat Sci course in which they expect you to do 3 different science disciplinary, in which you will choose to study all 3 at uni. I'm doing Biology Maths Further Maths, but did AS in Geography, Art and Languages; and will be applying for a science course for next yr (many of my friends applying for Engineering do only 2 sciences and the rest a humanities, but have received offers).

    In all honesty, do you really feel like you need to do the Cambridge Pre-U (as in have you looked at the courses you wanted to do and seen that they require a Pre U, which is unlikely)? You are adding too much extra workload on yourself, and the Pre U are difficult (requires A2 knowledge of your chosen topic), so it would be much better to do it during yr13.


    You really don't need to do volunteering, but if you thinj you will get something out of it I'd suggest volunteering for a charity (e.g. food bank). What would be more useful is to do work experience at your desired field to give you some ideas of how the workplace is like (try and apply for the Nuffield Foundation research placement for yr12s).
 
 
 
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