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    In conjunction with considerably good grades, let's say A*A*AA, if i mention in my personal statement that i self taught myself edexcel further maths and created my own game or at least built a game based of current games, would doing so give me a relatively great chance of getting into a prestigious university like Imperial College London or Cambridge?
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    (Original post by Paranoid_Glitch)
    In conjunction with considerably good grades, let's say A*A*AA, if i mention in my personal statement that i self taught myself edexcel further maths and created my own game or at least built a game based of current games, would doing so give me a relatively great chance of getting into a prestigious university like Imperial College London or Cambridge?
    It wont hurt.

    The grades are the key thing though - CS admissions staff are wary of applicants who apply thinking that they already "know" how to code....they've had to re-teach a lot of students over the years so an ability to think logically and pick up coding languages quickly is more impressive than a huge amount of experience coding.

    When it comes to your PS oxford have some very good advice on their website for CS applications (that will be true for Cambridge or ICL): http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/un...statement.html

    (also http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/un...d_reading.html and http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/admissions/un..._to_avoid.html )
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    For things that are very heavily science based and at top universities, the grades (and interview if applicable) are the most important things. However, putting those things in there, especially the fact that you did further maths by yourself will be quite eye catching. But for Imperial and Cambridge, A*A*AA are pretty average grades, so if you want to increase your chances, then increase your grades.

    The thing with high tier universities and engineering subjects is that they care more about potential, as the way programming and mathematics is taught in university is quite different to how people learn to code by themselves. So instead they prefer a mathematical background to build upon. In this regard, the personal statement is just a bit of background for the interview, rather than an actual thing to judge on.
 
 
 
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