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    I'm not sure whether I should write an additional personal statement in the saq. Will it give me any advantage at all?
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    It is not designed to advantage students who complete it over those who don't. It's simply there for students to comment more specifically on aspects of the Cambridge course which are dissimilar to other courses - it's more relevant for e.g. Natural Sciences for students applying to single subject science courses elsewhere, Land Economy which more or less doesn't exist outside of Cambridge, etc - although you could use it to comment on e.g. the Part II aspect of the course. If you've said what you wanted to say in your PS, it's better to leave it blank than waffle on.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    It is not designed to advantage students who complete it over those who don't. It's simply there for students to comment more specifically on aspects of the Cambridge course which are dissimilar to other courses - it's more relevant for e.g. Natural Sciences for students applying to single subject science courses elsewhere, Land Economy which more or less doesn't exist outside of Cambridge, etc - although you could use it to comment on e.g. the Part II aspect of the course. If you've said what you wanted to say in your PS, it's better to leave it blank than waffle on.
    Thanks! My head of year in school is telling me to do lots of research, write about the people who teach there etc. because he thinks it will make me stand out as someone who is especially interested in Cambridge. However, I wanted to talk about specialising in Zoology and the scientific environment at Cambridge. I'm worried about, as you said, the admissions staff finding faults in it and sounding generic.
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    (Original post by 11euni-b)
    Thanks! My head of year in school is telling me to do lots of research, write about the people who teach there etc. because he thinks it will make me stand out as someone who is especially interested in Cambridge. However, I wanted to talk about specialising in Zoology and the scientific environment at Cambridge. I'm worried about, as you said, the admissions staff finding faults in it and sounding generic.
    Talking about specific staff research and so on isn't going to really make a difference unless you can demonstrate that you share those interests

    However writing about your interests in Zoology, how the course allows the opportunity to pursue that as well as the clinical side, and how this is of interest and you think may be beneficial, is certainly a reasonable use for the SAQ PS.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Talking about specific staff research and so on isn't going to really make a difference unless you can demonstrate that you share those interests

    However writing about your interests in Zoology, how the course allows the opportunity to pursue that as well as the clinical side, and how this is of interest and you think may be beneficial, is certainly a reasonable use for the SAQ PS.
    Thanks, I'll definitely keep this in mind when I write it. Just hope my head of year isn't too offended I don't follow his advice
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    (Original post by 11euni-b)
    Thanks! My head of year in school is telling me to do lots of research, write about the people who teach there etc. because he thinks it will make me stand out as someone who is especially interested in Cambridge. However, I wanted to talk about specialising in Zoology and the scientific environment at Cambridge. I'm worried about, as you said, the admissions staff finding faults in it and sounding generic.
    Anyone applying to Cambridge is "especially interested" in Cambridge. Not everyone will be interested in specialising in Zoology. If that's additional information to your UCAS statement it certainly makes sense to mention it.

    Definitely don't write about staff research areas unless *you* are REALLY interested in them. Sod's Law means it's a guaranteed way to get a series of questions at interview which could take you out of your comfort zone very quickly...

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