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    I'm in year 12, going into year 13 and i resat year 12 due to bad grades (c's and d's). im planning on doing mathematics at university and am considering applying to cambridge. i study maths further maths and physics. assuming in my AS i got a's with over 90 ums, would it be worth applying to cambridge for maths?
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    (Original post by jonny5263)
    I'm in year 12, going into year 13 and i resat year 12 due to bad grades (c's and d's). im planning on doing mathematics at university and am considering applying to cambridge. i study maths further maths and physics. assuming in my AS i got a's with over 90 ums, would it be worth applying to cambridge for maths?
    Realistically, for Cambridge Maths, unless you've had serious extenuating circumstances, if you aren't breezing through AS-level maths with high As, you're not in with much of a chance. By all means apply, but know that most successful applicants will have flown through A-level Maths/FM with no issues.
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    (Original post by jonny5263)
    I'm in year 12, going into year 13 and i resat year 12 due to bad grades (c's and d's). im planning on doing mathematics at university and am considering applying to cambridge. i study maths further maths and physics. assuming in my AS i got a's with over 90 ums, would it be worth applying to cambridge for maths?
    Most successful applicants would achieve a high 90s average in AS Maths and Further Maths, with few 100 UMS marks, generally in C1, C2 and maybe one other. However, the real reason for this is that admissions tutors just want to gauge which applicants would succeed on the course, and more importantly when applying, whether they can achieve a high mark in STEP. One would still likely get an interview with a low 90 average though, plus no-one really knows their chances of success until applying, so I say go for it!
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    (Original post by jonny5263)
    I'm in year 12, going into year 13 and i resat year 12 due to bad grades (c's and d's). im planning on doing mathematics at university and am considering applying to cambridge. i study maths further maths and physics. assuming in my AS i got a's with over 90 ums, would it be worth applying to cambridge for maths?
    As Helenia said, you would need extenuating circumstances for Cambridge to consider you if you had to resit an entire year. They don't mind 1, or maybe 2, module retakes, but any more will cause you problems.

    If you really want to shoot for Cambridge but don't have extenuating circumstances then a post A-level application (with A*A*A at least) would realistically be your only chance.

    If you do have extenuating circumstances then you can follow the guidance here:
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...umstances-form
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    thank you for all your replies. something i forgot to add is that is that this is my 1st time doing further maths ever, and i am currently sitting a different exam board for physics. in theory, i only took 3 exams this year which i took last year.
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    (Original post by jonny5263)
    thank you for all your replies. something i forgot to add is that is that this is my 1st time doing further maths ever, and i am currently sitting a different exam board for physics. in theory, i only took 3 exams this year which i took last year.
    ps: i also am in a college in the bottom 40% in the uk
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    and i also am teaching myself independently an a2 mechanics unit, and i am covering most a level material in my summer. (a teacher will reference this for me)
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    (Original post by jonny5263)
    and i also am teaching myself independently an a2 mechanics unit, and i am covering most a level material in my summer. (a teacher will reference this for me)
    All this can be included in the SAQ when (if) you apply. It's only 1 place on your UCAS so if you want to apply go ahead.

    But the fact is it will have taken 3 years for you to cover 2 years work. The pace at Cambridge is very intense which is why they don't typically make offers in your situation unless there are extenuating circumstances as I already mentioned.

    You will also have to do well at STEP. Have you looked at any STEP papers? Don't worry if they seem hard... they are. But they will also give you an indication of the standard they expect.

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    All this can be included in the SAQ when (if) you apply. It's only 1 place on your UCAS so if you want to apply go ahead.

    But the fact is it will have taken 3 years for you to cover 2 years work. The pace at Cambridge is very intense which is why they don't typically make offers in your situation unless there are extenuating circumstances as I already mentioned.

    You will also have to do well at STEP. Have you looked at any STEP papers? Don't worry if they seem hard... they are. But they will also give you an indication of the standard they expect.

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    thank you for your reply once again friend, i am (new to it) but familiar with step and how the exams work. for me, attaining the grades isnt the issue, however attaining a offer is what is going to be the hardest part. what does SAQ stand for?
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    thank you for your reply once again friend, i am (new to it) but familiar with step and how the exams work. for me, attaining the grades isnt the issue, however attaining a offer is what is going to be the hardest part. what does SAQ stand for?
    SAQ = Supplementary Application Questionnaire

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/saq
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    what sort of things can someone in my position do to improve chances of getting an interview
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    what sort of things can someone in my position do to improve chances of getting an interview
    Beyond what I've already said, maybe ask here:

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4217492
    Ask an interviewer - Mathematics


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