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    I wanted to know what courses are available at Cambridge to do with astronomy and what levels I should and the grades required.
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    (Original post by karu111)
    I wanted to know what courses are available at Cambridge to do with astronomy and what levels I should and the grades required.
    They provide a course called Natural Sciences where you do Astrophysics if you do pick it which is pretty similar to do with Astronomy and the grades required are A*A*A respectively. The subjects are most likely to Mathematics, Chemistry and/or Physics and even FM.
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    They provide a course called Natural Sciences where you do Astrophysics if you do pick it which is pretty similar to do with Astronomy and the grades required are A*A*A respectively. The subjects are most likely to Mathematics, Chemistry and/or Physics and even FM.
    Thank you.
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    (Original post by karu111)
    I wanted to know what courses are available at Cambridge to do with astronomy and what levels I should and the grades required.
    Have a look at the info here:
    http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergrad

    You'd specialise down this route after doing either the Maths Part I Tripos or NatSci (Physics) Part I. i.e. after 2 years.

    Edit: also I've moved your thread to the Cambridge forum. It's a better question to ask in here


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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Have a look at the info here:
    http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergrad

    You'd specialise down this route after doing either the Maths Part I Tripos or NatSci (Physics) Part I. i.e. after 2 years.

    Edit: also I've moved your thread to the Cambridge forum. It's a better question to ask in here


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    Thanks for the link and the answer.
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    (Original post by karu111)
    I wanted to know what courses are available at Cambridge to do with astronomy and what levels I should and the grades required.
    At Cambridge, there is no dedicated astronomy undergraduate course from the beginning. There are however three different pathways to do Astronomy later on in a degree.

    Typically you will want to apply for either the Natural Science (Physical) or Mathematics Tripos. Note: Maths requires you to sit STEP and you would need to study some Pure Mathematics for two years, so I would only recommend this if you actually enjoy doing LOTS of maths. Natural Science requires you to take two other science options in first year, besides Physics. I think entry requirements tend to be A*A*A (+ for Maths between 1,2, 1,1 - most common - and S,S - v. rare - in STEP depending on College / Circumstances I think) with A levels in Maths & Physics (& Further Maths is desirable).

    The different pathways are:
    Part II & Part III Astrophysics (3rd & 4th Year)
    Part III Mathematics (Typically requires a 1st or very high 2.i in Part II or Undergraduate at different University)
    Part II & III Physics (Typically requires a 2.i in Part II)

    They are all slightly different so you may want to look at the course descriptions. I am not sure about the Physics pathway as this is not the route I took. The difference between Part III Astro & Part III Maths is that Part III Maths choose more courses but have no long research project.
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    At Cambridge, there is no dedicated astronomy undergraduate course from the beginning. There are however three different pathways to do Astronomy later on in a degree.

    Typically you will want to apply for either the Natural Science (Physical) or Mathematics Tripos. Note: Maths requires you to sit STEP and you would need to study some Pure Mathematics for two years, so I would only recommend this if you actually enjoy doing LOTS of maths. Natural Science requires you to take two other science options in first year, besides Physics. I think entry requirements tend to be A*A*A or A*AA (+ for Maths between 1,2, 1,1 - most common - and S,S - v. rare - in STEP depending on College / Circumstances I think) with A levels in Maths & Physics (& Further Maths is desirable).

    The different pathways are:
    Part II & Part III Astrophysics (3rd & 4th Year)
    Part III Mathematics (Typically requires a 1st or very high 2.i in Part II or Undergraduate at different University)
    Part II & III Physics (Typically requires a 2.i in Part II)

    They are all slightly different so you may want to look at the course descriptions. I am not sure about the Physics pathway as this is not the route I took. The difference between Part III Astro & Part III Maths is that Part III Maths choose more courses but have no long research project.
    Thanks for this post as I couldn't find any undergraduate courses for astronomy.
    And would've never known the different pathways.
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    (Original post by karu111)
    Thanks for the link and the answer.
    No problem.

    If you do choose to apply to Cambridge then you would write your PS (personal statement) for the benefit of your other university choices (ie. for Astronomy), but you can provide an extra PS to Cambridge using their SAQ form.

    What stage are you at? Just started A-levels? or into Y13?
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    No problem.

    If you do choose to apply to Cambridge then you would write your PS (personal statement) for the benefit of your other university choices (ie. for Astronomy), but you can provide an extra PS to Cambridge using their SAQ form.

    What stage are you at? Just started A-levels? or into Y13?
    Just started Yr 12.
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    Just started Yr 12.
    Great. So you will need Maths, FM and Physics. And A*A*A predictions by the time you go into the first few weeks of Y13.

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    Great. So you will need Maths, FM and Physics. And A*A*A predictions by the time you go into the first few weeks of Y13.

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    I already chose Maths Physics Chemistry and Biology to fit in with the Natural science course
    Can I still do Astronomy without FM
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    (Original post by karu111)
    I already chose Maths Physics Chemistry and Biology to fit in with the Natural science course
    Can I still do Astronomy without FM
    Actually yes - FM would just be for the Maths route.
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    Actually yes - FM would just be for the Maths route.
    Wow. Thank you for all the help today (and giving me a scare)

    Good night.
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    (Original post by Deranging)
    At Cambridge, there is no dedicated astronomy undergraduate course from the beginning. There are however three different pathways to do Astronomy later on in a degree.

    Typically you will want to apply for either the Natural Science (Physical) or Mathematics Tripos. Note: Maths requires you to sit STEP and you would need to study some Pure Mathematics for two years, so I would only recommend this if you actually enjoy doing LOTS of maths. Natural Science requires you to take two other science options in first year, besides Physics. I think entry requirements tend to be A*A*A or A*AA (+ for Maths between 1,2, 1,1 - most common - and S,S - v. rare - in STEP depending on College / Circumstances I think) with A levels in Maths & Physics (& Further Maths is desirable).

    The different pathways are:
    Part II & Part III Astrophysics (3rd & 4th Year)
    Part III Mathematics (Typically requires a 1st or very high 2.i in Part II or Undergraduate at different University)
    Part II & III Physics (Typically requires a 2.i in Part II)

    They are all slightly different so you may want to look at the course descriptions. I am not sure about the Physics pathway as this is not the route I took. The difference between Part III Astro & Part III Maths is that Part III Maths choose more courses but have no long research project.
    Do/did you study it?

    NatSci & Maths offers are now pretty standardised at A*A*A (plus usually 1,1 in STEP II & III for Maths). No college has an A*AA offer. Some might specify the A* subjects.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Actually yes - FM would just be for the Maths route.
    Oh yes... I forgot to tell you that I am one year younger.
    Will this help or lower my chances
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    (Original post by karu111)
    Oh yes... I forgot to tell you that I am one year younger.
    Will this help or lower my chances
    Makes little difference.
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    (Original post by karu111)
    Oh yes... I forgot to tell you that I am one year younger.
    Will this help or lower my chances
    In general, applying a year younger won't give you any advantage. If your application is at least as strong as other competitive applicants in standard age, they'd probably wouldn't mind so much but they'd still want to make sure you're mature and independent enough to be able to take care of yourself (not only practically, but also mentally) once you get in.
    I know some people who were accepted a year earlier but all of them had very, very strong academic profile, well above average competitive applicants.

    In your case, though, if your prediction is below their requirement, being a year younger can work more negatively as they won't (nor need to) relax their expectation of standard only because he's younger. I think they'd rather want to wait for another year to see if you'd improve next year as there's a plenty of other standard age applicants with more solid academic records they can give offer to.

    And they take prediction by school with a big pinch of salt as it's notoriously unreliable. (more than half of them proved to be wrong.....).
    They make their own 'prediction' by looking at all information they get from your application and other public data they have, so getting unrealistic/not credible prediction from school won't help.
    Schools rarely under-predicts, so if their prediction is below their requirement, they usually take it as it is, meaning it's possible you'd be deselected without interview.

    as Doonesbury said, you can try this year and then reapply next year if you aren't successful, but with understanding that applying a year younger with below their requirement is not a strong position.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Do/did you study it?

    NatSci & Maths offers are now pretty standardised at A*A*A (plus usually 1,1 in STEP II & III for Maths). No college has an A*AA offer. Some might specify the A* subjects.
    Ah, sorry, when I applied the standard was still A*AA, maybe I should've double checked that again.
    Yes, I recently graduated Part III Maths, although I specialised in theoretical physics, so I am fairly familiar with the structure of Part III Astrophysics and doing Astrophysics in Part III Maths, but not so much the content of the individual courses .
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    (Original post by Deranging)
    Ah, sorry, when I applied the standard was still A*AA, maybe I should've double checked that again.
    Yes, I recently graduated Part III Maths, although I specialised in theoretical physics, so I am fairly familiar with the structure of Part III Astrophysics and doing Astrophysics in Part III Maths, but not so much the content of the individual courses .
    Congratulations on your MMath (or MASt?)

    Requirements have shifted across the board. Heck even some humanities (specifically Economics) now has an A*A*A requirement .
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Congratulations on your MMath (or MASt?)

    Requirements have shifted across the board. Heck even some humanities (specifically Economics) now has an A*A*A requirement .
    MMath, but now I'm out of the bubble for a bit
 
 
 

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