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    (Original post by KMcC_)
    Is there a popular/common way of keeping up Maths throughout the year?
    I am on gap year with an offer from Cambridge for Maths.
    Tutoring, doing STEP, doing Further additional maths a level and doing Olympiad maths.



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    If someone is looking to apply to study medicine, from the Irish system (leaving certificate), should they attempt to learn some of the A-level syllabus, for both the BMAT, and any questions that may appear in an interview, if they were to get one. I am asking as the depth gone into in the leaving certificate course is considerably lower, as we take far more subjects and wouldn't want to be at a disadvantage, if asked a question building on the A-level course. Would anyone be able to tell me whether learning iGCSE information is enough for the BMAT, or whether I need to learn the A-level course. I have plenty of time, so this is not an issue.
    Thank you in advance, and apologies if this question doesn't make sense.
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    (Original post by Marina_P)
    If someone is looking to apply to study medicine, from the Irish system (leaving certificate), should they attempt to learn some of the A-level syllabus, for both the BMAT, and any questions that may appear in an interview, if they were to get one. I am asking as the depth gone into in the leaving certificate course is considerably lower, as we take far more subjects and wouldn't want to be at a disadvantage, if asked a question building on the A-level course. Would anyone be able to tell me whether learning iGCSE information is enough for the BMAT, or whether I need to learn the A-level course. I have plenty of time, so this is not an issue.
    Thank you in advance, and apologies if this question doesn't make sense.
    I'll need to consult with the Directors of Studies about this, so it may take a little while to come up with the answers, but I will get back to you!
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    (Original post by KMcC_)
    Is there a popular/common way of keeping up Maths throughout the year?

    physicsmaths has some great suggestions.
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    (Original post by Peterhouse Admissions)
    I'll need to consult with the Directors of Studies about this, so it may take a little while to come up with the answers, but I will get back to you!
    Thank you very much, that's great! Looking forward to hearing back from you.
    Kind regards,
    Marina
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    (Original post by Peterhouse Admissions)
    physicsmaths has some great suggestions.
    Are you Dr Andras Zsak? Dr Sophie Jackson? Mr Scott Mandelbrote? Or is it more than 1 person on this thread?
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    Hi I'm hoping to apply for engineering for admission next year and I'm currently taking Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Latin

    My school after some reflection has decided that if I was hoping to apply to Cambridge it ought to be best to opt for me specifically to take As in all subjects regardless of wether we would be dropping them, could this potentially hinder me if I achieve middling As or conversely aid me if I do 'well' compared to other candidates who hadn't taken As were they were unnecessary. Additionally would much weight be given to my As score in latin given that I'd likely drop it and i only have 1 and half hours teaching per week and would a lone B in english language at GCSE reflect particularly badly on me.

    As well you have any advice for super-curicular reading/activities for engineering I already partake in an activity building and programming rockets at school and whilst I find maths/physics engaging and read certain things that interest me like encryption, fractals, the potential for fission etc... I find it difficult to find any similar material which is more closely related to engineering.

    Thank you in advance.
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    (Original post by imsoanonymous123)
    Are you Dr Andras Zsak? Dr Sophie Jackson? Mr Scott Mandelbrote? Or is it more than 1 person on this thread?
    I’m a mixture! The three people you mention above are providing some answers, and so are Martin Thompson (Schools Liaison Officer) and Kathy Purdy (Admissions Coordinator) – whoever is best qualified to answer your question is the one doing it! At the moment it’s Kathy
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    (Original post by Astrtricks)
    Hi I'm hoping to apply for engineering for admission next year and I'm currently taking Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Latin

    My school after some reflection has decided that if I was hoping to apply to Cambridge it ought to be best to opt for me specifically to take As in all subjects regardless of wether we would be dropping them, could this potentially hinder me if I achieve middling As or conversely aid me if I do 'well' compared to other candidates who hadn't taken As were they were unnecessary. Additionally would much weight be given to my As score in latin given that I'd likely drop it and i only have 1 and half hours teaching per week and would a lone B in english language at GCSE reflect particularly badly on me.

    As well you have any advice for super-curicular reading/activities for engineering I already partake in an activity building and programming rockets at school and whilst I find maths/physics engaging and read certain things that interest me like encryption, fractals, the potential for fission etc... I find it difficult to find any similar material which is more closely related to engineering.

    Thank you in advance.
    First of all, the subjects that we are most interested in for Engineering are Maths and Physics, and Chemistry to a certain extent. So you don't need to worry about your Latin result. Likewise for the B in English Language GCSE.

    We make use of all the information we have, so if you don't do very well in your AS exams then we will take that into account - likewise, if you do very well, it will be encouraging for us! If your school are treating them as mocks then it would be useful to know, (so they should mention this in their reference for you). We're still looking at how we're going to alter our admissions process to adapt to the new qualification system, so watch this space for more info on what to expect! It's possible that we will introduce an additional aptitude test for all applicants to take, or we might ask schools to provide a transcript of your progress, or it might be something else - more details will be available in the next couple of months.

    For extra Engineering problems to play with, have a look here:
    http://i-want-to-study-engineering.org/
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    Hi
    As a prospective physical nat sci applicant hoping to specialise in physics and doing the IB which of the following hl combinations would you say would be better:
    Hl maths
    Hl physics
    Hl further maths
    OR
    Hl maths
    Hl physics
    Hl chemistry

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Worrymuch)
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    As a prospective physical nat sci applicant hoping to specialise in physics and doing the IB which of the following hl combinations would you say would be better:
    Hl maths
    Hl physics
    Hl further maths
    OR
    Hl maths
    Hl physics
    Hl chemistry

    Thanks
    That's a good question and one that only you can answer. Either combination is fine. Things to consider are that more maths might prepare you better for physics when you get here but that you would be very limited in your choice of first year options in Natural Sciences with only 1 experimental science subject. The answer really depends on why the natural sciences course appeals to you and which set of options you'd enjoy doing most.

    Another major consideration should be what the other universities you're interested in would prefer. I would advise candidates not to choose their subjects just for Cambridge but to look at what other universities prefer.
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    (Original post by Worrymuch)
    Hi
    As a prospective physical nat sci applicant hoping to specialise in physics and doing the IB which of the following hl combinations would you say would be better:
    Hl maths
    Hl physics
    Hl further maths
    OR
    Hl maths
    Hl physics
    Hl chemistry

    Thanks
    You shoukd consider Maths With Physics.


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    (Original post by physicsmaths)
    You shoukd consider Maths With Physics.


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    Only problem is that I would then need to do step! If I did maths and physics could I continue with maths in second year?

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    Only problem is that I would then need to do step! If I did maths and physics could I continue with maths in second year?

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    Yes (to STEP), and yes you can continue with Maths, or transfer to NatSci Part IB.
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    Yes (to STEP), and yes you can continue with Maths, or transfer to NatSci Part IB.
    Thanks

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    (Original post by Peterhouse Admissions)
    Further Maths to A2 isn't essential, but it is highly advantageous and most candidates do take FM To A2. AS FM is better than no FM and you can be a competitive applicant without A2 FM, but you would be even more competitive with A2 FM. This is not merely a function of the qualification, but the Cambridge Economics course is very mathematical and you are likely to find the course more difficult if you have studied less maths previosuly.
    Is A2 FM (Further Maths) taken on a gap year considered or are all qualifications supposed to be taken within year 12 and 13? Do you think some rejections were sent out based upon the applicant not having A2 FM and just AS FM for example?
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    (Original post by imsoanonymous123)
    Approximately what proportion of Maths students currently studying at Peterhouse having STEP grades of 1, 2 (or lower?) What proportion achieved STEP grades of S, 1 or higher?
    Your gna need an FOI for that. I suggest you ask each II and III grade together, builds a better picture.


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    (Original post by icedark_knight)
    Is A2 FM (Further Maths) taken on a gap year considered or are all qualifications supposed to be taken within year 12 and 13? Do you think some rejections were sent out based upon the applicant not having A2 FM and just AS FM for example?
    Everything is considered! We try to collect as much information as possible and use it to build a holistic picture of your achievements, abilities and potential. This means that no one factor is responsible for our decisions and if a candidate meets the essential requirements for the course it is more complicated than simply AS vs A2 FM.
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    on the email you sent to all of us overseas applicants today I noticed that someone from my old school was on the email list of recipients o.o
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    Hello
    About the music course, I just wanted to ask whether not having done a grade 8 exam (but being able to play to that ability) would make a person disadvantaged when applying?

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