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    Im currently a fifth year student interested in studying Law at Queens College in Cambridge. I'm aware if you're from England the requirements are three A levels at A*AA. I've seen some rumours online that this would translate to two advanced highers at A and a further higher at A in Scottish qualifications. I'm fairly confident I will get As in my higher english, biology and geography this year but feel like a lower grade in chemsitry - a subject I struggle with - will bring down my average, would Cambridge take this into account? I'll be sitting Adv. higher English and Geography in S6 and higher music and higher history, all subjects I am confident I shall also get As in, would this be enough to meet the minimum entry requirements if all goes well? I'm from a small school that wont run many advanced highers therefore I cannot sit three. Any advice from people who are also from Scotland and have applied for Cambridge or are planning it would be much appreciated.
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    Not Scottish, but I know that Cambridge considers whether you get band 1 or band 2 A's in the exams you do before applying, if that's relevant.
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    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    Not Scottish, but I know that Cambridge considers whether you get band 1 or band 2 A's in the exams you do before applying, if that's relevant.
    Thank you that's very helpful!
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    (Original post by AmyJeanManson)
    Im currently a fifth year student interested in studying Law at Queens College in Cambridge. I'm aware if you're from England the requirements are three A levels at A*AA. I've seen some rumours online that this would translate to two advanced highers at A and a further higher at A in Scottish qualifications. I'm fairly confident I will get As in my higher english, biology and geography this year but feel like a lower grade in chemsitry - a subject I struggle with - will bring down my average, would Cambridge take this into account? I'll be sitting Adv. higher English and Geography in S6 and higher music and higher history, all subjects I am confident I shall also get As in, would this be enough to meet the minimum entry requirements if all goes well? I'm from a small school that wont run many advanced highers therefore I cannot sit three. Any advice from people who are also from Scotland and have applied for Cambridge or are planning it would be much appreciated.
    Cambridge itself says:
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...qualifications

    "Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
    Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade.
    NB: We recognise that the Scottish secondary school sector is undergoing significant curriculum reform. Please see the University's admissions policy statement on Curriculum for Excellence for information.

    In some cases, two Advanced Highers and an additional Higher may be acceptable (eg when an applicant is prevented from studying more than two Advanced Highers due to reasons outside their control) – such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and should seek advice from the College to which they are considering applying as early as possible.

    For advice about suitable subject choices see course requirements. Please note that for these purposes, Highers will satisfy AS Level subject requirements, and Advanced Highers will satisfy A Level subject requirements.

    If you're studying towards a Scottish Baccalaureate qualification, you're expected to offer three Advanced Highers as part of it."

    Also note that in recent years, Scottish applicants (except those for Mathematics and Medicine) achieving four SQA Higher gradesat level A1 MUST be pooled. This means those candidates can be reasonably confident they will be interviewed, assuming they are offering appropriate subjects.
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    I've just seen this thread, can I ask if you applied in the end, what your grades were and if you got an offer
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    I’m starting 3rd year at high school (in Scotland) and I really want to go to Cambridge uni for the natural sciences course so I’ve been trying to find out info I might need to know in the coming years. I wasn’t sure what you meant by level A1 because I haven’t sat exams yet. Could you explain what grades I would need to ensure an interview?
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    (Original post by Ellie Philip)
    I’m starting 3rd year at high school (in Scotland) and I really want to go to Cambridge uni for the natural sciences course so I’ve been trying to find out info I might need to know in the coming years. I wasn’t sure what you meant by level A1 because I haven’t sat exams yet. Could you explain what grades I would need to ensure an interview?
    To get an interview you need to be realistically on target to achieve the typical offer for NatSci. They interview about 70-80% of all applicants.

    Edit: removed comment about AH, not relevant.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    The A1 thing only matters if you are applying AFTER you have got your results not before - e.g. in a gap year. So don't worry about that for now.

    To get an interview you just need to be realistically on target to achieve the typical offer for NatSci. They interview about 70-80% of all applicants.
    Since Scottish people apply after their 5th year results (highers) the band's for these grades would be taken into consideration and the applicant would disclose these on the SAQ
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    The A1 "autopooling" requirement is for Advanced Highers not Highers.
    Cambridge use Highers as a metric to decide who to call for interview and they ask you for your bands as well.

    I knew someone who achieved AAAAA (the highest grades) but was rejected for an interview because he didn't have any A1s as A2s are basically a "scrape" of an A
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    (Original post by e^iπ)
    Cambridge use Highers as a metric to decide who to call for interview and they ask you for your bands as well.

    I knew someone who achieved AAAAA (the highest grades) but was rejected for an interview because he didn't have any A1s as A2s are basically a "scrape" of an A
    You're absolutely correct - my mistake. I've removed my comment about AH. :yy:
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    (Original post by Ellie Philip)
    I’m starting 3rd year at high school (in Scotland) and I really want to go to Cambridge uni for the natural sciences course so I’ve been trying to find out info I might need to know in the coming years. I wasn’t sure what you meant by level A1 because I haven’t sat exams yet. Could you explain what grades I would need to ensure an interview?
    for exams in Scotland there are the following grades.

    No award <45%
    D 45%-49%
    C 50%-59%
    B 60%- 69%
    A 70% +

    however the A grade is split into two "subgrades" A2 and A1

    A2 70% - 84%

    A1 85%+

    the percentages given above are the typical ones but they change every year depending on how difficult the exams are that year.

    Cambridge ask for your higher bands and if you get 5As and and A1s in maths and 2 sciences you are pretty much guaranteed an interview if you write a decent personal statement and get predicted AAA at advanced higher.w
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    (Original post by e^iπ)
    Cambridge ask for your higher bands and if you get 5As and and A1s in maths and 2 sciences you are pretty much guaranteed an interview if you write a decent personal statement and get predicted AAA at advanced higher.w
    4 A1s does guarantee an interview, assuming they include any required subjects for the course.

    "Scottish applicants (except those for Mathematics and Medicine) achieving four SQA Higher grades at level A1 MUST be pooled."
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    (Original post by e^iπ)
    for exams in Scotland there are the following grades.

    No award <45%
    D 45%-49%
    C 50%-59%
    B 60%- 69%
    A 70% +

    however the A grade is split into two "subgrades" A2 and A1

    A2 70% - 84%

    A1 85%+

    the percentages given above are the typical ones but they change every year depending on how difficult the exams are that year.

    Cambridge ask for your higher bands and if you get 5As and and A1s in maths and 2 sciences you are pretty much guaranteed an interview if you write a decent personal statement and get predicted AAA at advanced higher.w
    Thankyou so much this was really helpful
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    4 A1s does guarantee an interview, assuming they include any required subjects for the course.

    "Scottish applicants (except those for Mathematics and Medicine) achieving four SQA Higher grades at level A1 MUST be pooled."
    The compulsory pooling criteria are changing this year and I don't think is true any more. My understanding is that the Higher criterion is moving to be conditional on candidates having contextual flags. Murray Edwards Admissions will know more.
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    A boy at my school got a conditional offer of 3 As from Oxford for physics (not sure how hard one is to get into compared to the other) and his conditions were 2 advanced highers and 1 higher with no specification of the band, he got A1s in maths and physics last year but I'm pretty sure that was it, the rest were A2s.
    Things are changing in Scotland I'm pretty sure because the band system is unreliable, no Scottish unis care about bands anymore unless they're desperately stuck between two candidates, this even applies to top unis such as St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
    Hope this helped and please don't panic too much ahaha, most unis take into account your financial and social situations too. I only applied to Scottish unis bc I knew I didn't want to be crippled by student debt. I'm in 5th year too so all my offers were conditional, I eventually went with Strathclyde because their law clinic is incredibly good. My conditions were ABBBB at higher when they should've been AAAAB just because of the area I live in, despite the fact my parents make a decent income.
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    I’ve visited Strathclyde as part of the weir wise engineering program for S2 girls! I am considering applying there too! Do you have any tips?
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    (Original post by Ellie Philip)
    I’ve visited Strathclyde as part of the weir wise engineering program for S2 girls! I am considering applying there too! Do you have any tips?
    Hi, and Strathclyde is fantastic for their engineering programmes so good choice there! I'd recommend finding someone to really help you with your personal statement first of all because Strathclyde rarely interview so you need to look good on paper!. Luckily my school support teacher really knew what she was talking about but if your school isn't as good ask relatives, older friends or even come on here ahah. My main bit of advice is to be sure of what you want to do and highlight this to the uni as every uni can tell if you're just picking the subject because your parents wanted you to or because you heard they make good money. Fill your personal statement with sentences like "I am passionate about understanding the inner workings of our society" because it will really show how interested you are in the subject. Also, as hard as it might be, try to get involved in lots of extra activities both inside and outside of school. You have the grades, but unis really want to see what sets you apart from others. Try to take subjects that also set you apart too, obviously get maths and sciences for engineering but step outside the box with social subjects, music, art...something that shows that you are an all-rounder!.
 
 
 
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