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    Does anyone have any advice for getting into Cambridge and Imperial College for computer science?? (I'm in S5, Scotland)
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    (Original post by AZ_1234)
    Does anyone have any advice for getting into Cambridge and Imperial College for computer science?? (I'm in S5, Scotland)
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    Be on target to meet the stated entry requirements. Maths being the most important factor.

    I understand Imperial often gives STEP based offers for CS. Cambridge only does that if you want to study the /with Maths option, but still maths is very important.

    Have a look at the CSAT.
    https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/admissions/...missions-test/


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    Be on target to meet the stated entry requirements. Maths being the most important factor.

    I understand Imperial often gives STEP based offers for CS. Cambridge only does that if you want to study the /with Maths option, but still maths is very important.

    Have a look at the CSAT.
    https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/admissions/...missions-test/


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    What about Physics vs the newly reformed AQA Computer Science?
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    Maths and physics at a level is a must to go into those unis. I would also do tons of extra curricular, go to a decent school, be a model student, getting involved in their activities and show you're extremely passionate about the course. Don't forget to also get a*s and as.
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    What about Physics vs the newly reformed AQA Computer Science?
    Which do you think you will get a better mark in? Physics is useful (and *slightly* preferred to CS A-level), but only if you do well in it.

    Always check entry requirements. And look at specific colleges - they can vary slightly.

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...y-requirements
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Which do you think you will get a better mark in? Physics is useful (and *slightly* preferred to CS A-level), but only if you do well in it.

    Always check entry requirements. And look at specific colleges - they can vary slightly.

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...y-requirements
    Thanks, I am probably going to keep all 4 (CS, Phys, Maths & F.Maths) and drop my EPQ, I will probably do equally as well in Physics and CS at A2 (predicted A*s). I'm just worried that my AS grade/ UMS will be lower in Physics due to me being under the impression that I would have to drop a subject at A2 (this is no longer the case).
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    (Original post by ImprobableCacti)
    Thanks, I am probably going to keep all 4 (CS, Phys, Maths & F.Maths) and drop my EPQ, I will probably do equally as well in Physics and CS at A2 (predicted A*s). I'm just worried that my AS grade/ UMS will be lower in Physics due to me being under the impression that I would have to drop a subject at A2 (this is no longer the case).
    Are you sure you have UMS in your Physics? Which exam board?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Do you have UMS in your Physics? Which exam board?
    I don't have it yet and I am assuming we get it on results day (it's reformed - I don't know if we still get UMS), my exam board is OCR Physics A.
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    (Original post by ImprobableCacti)
    I don't have it yet and I am assuming we get it on results day (it's reformed - I don't know if we still get UMS), my exam board is OCR Physics A.
    Reformed subjects (e.g. OCR Physics) don't have UMS (but they do have raw marks, which aren't the same and aren't comparable.)
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Reformed subjects (e.g. OCR Physics) don't have UMS (but they do have raw marks, which aren't the same and aren't comparable.)
    So does that mean that they won't be taken into account in my application? Just the grade? (hoping to still get an A in AS Physics)
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    (Original post by ImprobableCacti)
    So does that mean that they won't be taken into account in my application? Just the grade? (hoping to still get an A in AS Physics)
    Cambridge doesn't collect raw marks (unlike UMS). Although some colleges might request it seperately.

    It's not an issue eitherway. It's just one part of your application, along with the interview, CSAT, etc, etc.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Cambridge doesn't collect raw marks (unlike UMS). Although some colleges might request it seperately.

    It's not an issue eitherway. It's just one part of your application, along with the interview, CSAT, etc, etc.
    Thank you for the advice
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    Does anyone know how to calculate UMS for Scottish exams, or does it only work with English exams?

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    Does anyone know how to calculate UMS for Scottish exams, or does it only work with English exams?

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    UMS isn't a thing for Highers. Why do you ask?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    UMS isn't a thing for Highers. Why do you ask?
    I was just wondering as there always seems to be a lot of talk about UMS in relation to Oxbridge (Cambridge especially). So would it be appropriate to make a comparison between UMS and percentages at higher?

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    (Original post by STEMasterRace)
    I was just wondering as there always seems to be a lot of talk about UMS in relation to Oxbridge (Cambridge especially). So would it be appropriate to make a comparison between UMS and percentages at higher?

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    No. Because Cambridge doesn't collect or use percentages for Highers (or IB for that matter).
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    Ok Thanks

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    No. Because Cambridge doesn't collect or use percentages for Highers (or IB for that matter).
    Do you reckon a B in a non relavant subject will affect my chances of getting in? (With A's in the rest of the subjects)

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    Do you reckon a B in a non relavant subject will affect my chances of getting in? (With A's in the rest of the subjects)

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    I thought you were somewhere studying Economics and Maths already?
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4748866


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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I thought you were somewhere studying Economics and Maths already?
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4748866


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