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    (Original post by Student1256)
    Does that mean someone applying with 3 A*'s in Chem Physics and Maths to natsci would be disadvantaged if they said they are going to do Further Math in their gap year? since you said colleges want all qualifications in one year preferably.
    Depends what you mean by 'disadvantaged'. Disadvantaged compared with whom? Any candidate with 3 A*s in hand would be considered a strong candidate but any candidate applying with only one A Level left to do should expect that we would ask that A Level to be at A*.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    Which time zone are you in?
    Can you wait f few more hours?
    Because it's not really normal a college hasn't sent email to international candidates yet at this time, so there's a possibility they've been having/had some technical issues and still trying to sort out or catch up. If that's so, it'd be better to leave them do whatever they have to do.
    If you still don't get anything by midday uk time, try call them.
    There's a lot of cheap international call sites you can search on internet, so won't cost you that much.
    I live in the UK. If no letter arrives in the post today, i'll call up. I understand difficulties but i'm getting worried!
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    (Original post by RotomGuy)
    I live in the UK. If no letter arrives in the post today, i'll call up. I understand difficulties but i'm getting worried!
    Ok try in the afternoon then.

    Is your college suppose to send the decision by email? (Sorry I might've asked you the same question already, but there're so many of you and can't keep the track.....)
    Delivery of letter would depend on your local post office, not the university, so
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    (Original post by RotomGuy)
    I live in the UK. If no letter arrives in the post today, i'll call up. I understand difficulties but i'm getting worried!
    Forgot to say......

    GOOD LUCK!
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    (Original post by thewinelake)
    I see you've had the official answer, but I'm surprised at your school there. I recall exactly this coming up when I attended interviews for Churchill NatSci back in the mid 80's.

    Why schools are still doing this stunt of early a-levels that (even the smallest amount of research would show) disadvantages their students amazes me.
    TBF it has only disadvantaged me for Cambridge as it's the only uni not considering it for me, I guess it's a shame but I'll have to live with it I guess...
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Hello there. Offer levels aren't discussed in the poolside meetings as they are a matter for colleges to decide.

    The issue of how to offer to people presenting with Maths and FM in a subject where maths is important is a tricky one because of the way that different schools handle the subject.

    Some get their students to do all of Maths in Year 12 (or sometimes Year 11 as well), while others will do half of Maths and 3 modules in FM. Others still will do 5 Maths modules and maybe FP1 leaving only Core 4 to be taken.

    The fairest way of dealing with this is the toughest, which is effectively to ignore the Maths result and offer on FM. There is a general sense that we want, if possible, to see the offer level achieved in a single year. This is the attitude of a lot of colleges so you shouldn't feel that you're application is being especially singled out for a tougher offer.

    I hope that explains thing a bit and congratulations on the offer.
    Thanks for your reply, it had made me feel a bit better.

    I just feel compared to someone doing just Maths, F.Maths and Economics this year my offer is just much harder I'm doing the same amount of maths (in harder modules) and have to do a whole other subject and get at least an A in it.
    Are offers negotiable at all at this stage? I would like to get in contact with the Magdalene AT and Economics DoS anyway since I was pooled there and want to ask a few questions and maybe organise a chat with the DoS in real life (would they be the best person for talking about offers)?

    What I would like to suggest is that I could drop computing and instead take some further statistics modules for my f.maths... I have seen lots of posts about economics students saying S3 and S4 have been very useful. In this way I'd be taking more maths modules than someone with an offer for just maths, fmaths and econ and probably more A2 modules as well. It will benefit me as my computing project is kind of taking over all my work right now so I'll be able to focus on maths and economics. And because of the addition of S3 and S4 I think it should better prepare me for the Economics Tripos anyway. Is this a reasonable thing I could ask a DoS/AT, I completely understand that they can just say no and I'll persevere through with my offer but I feel like it benefits both sides if I did it the way I'm suggesting
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    (Original post by domaths)
    Thanks for your reply, it had made me feel a bit better.

    I just feel compared to someone doing just Maths, F.Maths and Economics this year my offer is just much harder I'm doing the same amount of maths (in harder modules) and have to do a whole other subject and get at least an A in it.
    Are offers negotiable at all at this stage? I would like to get in contact with the Magdalene AT and Economics DoS anyway since I was pooled there and want to ask a few questions and maybe organise a chat with the DoS in real life (would they be the best person for talking about offers)?

    What I would like to suggest is that I could drop computing and instead take some further statistics modules for my f.maths... I have seen lots of posts about economics students saying S3 and S4 have been very useful. In this way I'd be taking more maths modules than someone with an offer for just maths, fmaths and econ and probably more A2 modules as well. It will benefit me as my computing project is kind of taking over all my work right now so I'll be able to focus on maths and economics. And because of the addition of S3 and S4 I think it should better prepare me for the Economics Tripos anyway. Is this a reasonable thing I could ask a DoS/AT, I completely understand that they can just say no and I'll persevere through with my offer but I feel like it benefits both sides if I did it the way I'm suggesting
    You're more than welcome to email them and ask about various things including the offer but offers aren't negotiable I'm afraid. Sometimes we will let you drop a subject that we don't think is needed but we make the offers in good faith on the basis of what you tell us you're going to do so we try not to mess about with that as it wouldn't be fair to other, unsuccessful, candidates.
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    Has anyone got an email or letter from Robinson College yet? (International student)
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    (Original post by tanysh21)
    Has anyone got an email or letter from Robinson College yet? (International student)
    I replied to your other post on offer holders thread.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    xxx.
    Re UCAS, have the colleges already sent their decision file to CAO for loading to UCAS? Did the colleges send it on 11th, or later?

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    (Original post by jneill)
    Re UCAS, have the colleges already sent their decision file to CAO for loading to UCAS? Did the colleges send it on 11th, or later?

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    Everything apart from pool interviewees should be with CAO now and was submitted by the 11th.
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Depends what you mean by 'disadvantaged'. Disadvantaged compared with whom? Any candidate with 3 A*s in hand would be considered a strong candidate but any candidate applying with only one A Level left to do should expect that we would ask that A Level to be at A*.

    What if a student were to take further math and sit STEP in their gap year while applying for Natural sciences? Would this make their application more competitive than a regular successful application?
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    (Original post by Student1256)
    What if a student were to take further math and sit STEP in their gap year while applying for Natural sciences? Would this make their application more competitive than a regular successful application?
    It's impossible to say for certain without seeing the whole field but such an application would be a strong one, yes.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Re UCAS, have the colleges already sent their decision file to CAO for loading to UCAS? Did the colleges send it on 11th, or later?

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    Is CAO different from the college's admissions office? How so?
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    I can completely understand why you would feel like this, you have such a mixture of issues to deal with here and the additional uncertainty of which college you will go to-I presume you find out in the summer?

    Firstly, you have time to make a decision now so don't feel as though you need to rush to any immediate conclusion. You need to give it a little bit of time for your boyfriend to get through his disappointment. There's every chance he will want you to take up your place there and it sounds as though you are obviously very close so your relationship could certainly survive if he went to uni a distance away from you. (Friends of mine who are in their 40's got together when he was 17 &a she was 14, lots of time apart as he's in the Navy and are the closest couple I know so it can work at your age!)

    In a few days the emotions you are feeling will pass and you will probably find you know what you want to do without realising it. As for being pooled in this way, any offer is a worthy offer and you have a right to feel proud of yourself!

    I'm sure it will all work out and whatever you choose will be the best thing for you. 🙂



    (Original post by glimmers)
    really unsure whether to accept my open offer as I've been feeling pretty devastated all day about the situation - it's been a pretty emotional day with lots of crying and feeling very down atm. perhaps feeling like I fluked my way into an offer as no one wanted me from the pool and I'm moreso feeling depresssed at the moment about my boyfriend/best friend who I love dearly being rejected. I'm aware relationships mostly don't last at this age and feelings are probably oversxaggeeated but any happiness I would've felt at getting an offer seems to have died pretty much instantly and I've found myself having to convince myself I should be pleased about getting an offer. I'm wondering whether I would be happier learning French, Spanish and Russian at Warwick instead of just French and Spanish at Cambridge. The happiest I've been all day is when I heard the pride and happiness in my family's voices on the phone. I'd love to make them proud by being the first in my family to go to university - which could be Cambridge! - but I can't really sleep and I'm having serious doubts.
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    (Original post by AbstractHeart)
    Rejection from Corpus Christi. Sussex/Warwick for me then.
    I've also been rejected from Corpus Christi. Good luck to us both in the future.
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    (Original post by Student1256)
    Is CAO different from the college's admissions office? How so?
    CAO is in charge of university-wide admission administration/general admission policy, compilng statistics, research/stdudy into admission system/process. etc.
    Also it work as a sort of gateway between college admission - UCAS.
    So the admission decisions of each college is collected at CAO which send the info to UCAS to update their records.

    Edited to add:

    FYI, if you're interested.

    http://www.cao.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-admissions-office
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    There's too many threads to follow
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    (Original post by Murray Edwards Admissions)
    Everything apart from pool interviewees should be with CAO now and was submitted by the 11th.
    Thanks!

    So I'll continue to tell posters "Track will *possibly* up date today" ...
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Thanks!

    So I'll continue to tell posters "Track will *possibly* up date today" ...
    Possibly. The key thing is that track will update eventually. From our point of view, UCAS is a formality, our letter to you is our commitment to you.
 
 
 
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