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    I am applying to Cambridge for Natural Sciences (Going for all Physics + physics related courses once I'm there). My predicted grades are as follows:

    Maths - A*
    Further Maths - A*
    Physics - A*
    Chemistry - B

    I am worried that the B in chemistry is going to ruin my application. Am I correct or are they happy with the first 3 and ignore the last? My school wont let me drop any until after my offers so I cant just drop it.

    Also, my math's AS grades were pretty bad - I had some issues around this time. I got a B in maths and a C in further maths - my school have told me that I HAVE to put these AS grades on my UCAS form also. Will this ruin my application?

    I am planning on getting as high as i can on the natural science admission test. How much credence does Cambridge put into the NSAT? Can a high grade in that outweigh all of the above?

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Zephrom)
    I am applying to Cambridge for Natural Sciences (Going for all Physics + physics related courses once I'm there). My predicted grades are as follows:

    Maths - A*
    Further Maths - A*
    Physics - A*
    Chemistry - B

    I am worried that the B in chemistry is going to ruin my application. Am I correct or are they happy with the first 3 and ignore the last? My school wont let me drop any until after my offers so I cant just drop it.

    Also, my math's AS grades were pretty bad - I had some issues around this time. I got a B in maths and a C in further maths - my school have told me that I HAVE to put these AS grades on my UCAS form also. Will this ruin my application?

    I am planning on getting as high as i can on the natural science admission test. How much credence does Cambridge put into the NSAT? Can a high grade in that outweigh all of the above?

    Thanks!
    Your problem with chemistry is that if you start the Cambridge natsci course, you can't do all physics related course until your second year. Have a look through the Cambridge natsci first year options (https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ciences/part1a) and you can see that the only way to not do chemistry is to do maths, physics, materials and computer science. This may be what you're planning, but if not then chemistry is going to be a quarter of your first year, and therefore a decent part of the admissions process, so the B is not going to look very favorable. The point of natural sciences is that you become proficient in several sciences then specialise, and if you only have interest in physics then it may not be right for you.

    Obviously your maths AS is massively below average for a Cambridge applicant, and to be honest, I'd advise applying after A2 results if you want to get an offer (unless you had really significant extenuating circumstances). With the combination of poor maths and chemistry performance it's quite probable that you'll be rejected before interview.

    The NSAT is not emphasised that much in admissions, because Cambridge don't yet have the data on how well it correlates with success in the course, so it probably won't be enough, even if you do very well.
 
 
 
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