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    So I'm currently in Year 9 attending a state school in Staffordshire.
    I'm predicted A* in a good few of my subjects and I'm hoping to study medicine, receive a PhD in it and become an orthopaedic surgeon when I'm older.
    I really want to go to Cambridge University but I've just read a thread detailing that my chances are probably slim as Cambridge are more likely to admit pupils from private schools...
    Does anyone know how the admissions system works??
    All responses appreciated x
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    So I'm currently in Year 9 attending a state school in Staffordshire.
    I'm predicted A* in a good few of my subjects and I'm hoping to study medicine, receive a PhD in it and become an orthopaedic surgeon when I'm older.
    I really want to go to Cambridge University but I've just read a thread detailing that my chances are probably slim as Cambridge are more likely to admit pupils from private schools...
    Does anyone know how the admissions system works??
    All responses appreciated x
    Yup, that's the danger of reading too much into some threads...

    Do well in your academic studies and be on target for the typical offer and you, like anyone else, can be a competitive applicant.

    Does your school ever send any students to Oxbridge? It's not a problem if they haven't but it can be a bit of a help if they have.

    In addition TSR really is one of the best places to get help with a Cambridge application. Not least because we have a number of actual Cambridge Admissions staff regularly on here helping in threads or hosting their own thread where you can ask about any aspect of applying to Cambridge.

    Also, when you get to Year 12 you could apply to the Cambridge Shadowing Scheme where you spend a week in a college during term time and get to really experience what it's like to be a student.
    https://www.applytocambridge.com/shadowing/apply/

    NB. Cambridge has more state schoolers than private school students.

    Fundamentally Cambridge is looking for good people, not good schools.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    So I'm currently in Year 9 attending a state school in Staffordshire.
    I'm predicted A* in a good few of my subjects and I'm hoping to study medicine, receive a PhD in it and become an orthopaedic surgeon when I'm older.
    I really want to go to Cambridge University but I've just read a thread detailing that my chances are probably slim as Cambridge are more likely to admit pupils from private schools...
    Does anyone know how the admissions system works??
    All responses appreciated x
    It's great that you've set your sights high.

    As above, there are more state school pupils at Cambridge than there are private school pupils. The ratio of private school to state school at Cambridge is much higher than it is in the general population is all.

    Not that it matters hugely as it's still a long way off, but you don't really get a PhD 'in' Medicine. PhDs (which make you an academic doctor) and medical degrees (which make you a medical doctor) are two entirely different things. A minority of medical doctors do go on to study for a PhD in a specialised area on top of their medical degree, but it's not required in order to practise as a doctor.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Yup, that's the danger of reading too much into some threads...

    Do well in your academic studies and be on target for the typical offer and you, like anyone else, can be a competitive applicant.

    Does your school ever send any students to Oxbridge? It's not a problem if they haven't but it can be a bit of a help if they have.

    In addition TSR really is one of the best places to get help with a Cambridge application. Not least because we have a number of actual Cambridge Admissions staff regularly on here helping in threads or hosting their own thread where you can ask about any aspect of applying to Cambridge.

    Also, when you get to Year 12 you could apply to the Cambridge Shadowing Scheme where you spend a week in a college during term time and get to really experience what it's like to be a student.
    https://www.applytocambridge.com/shadowing/apply/

    NB. Cambridge has more state schoolers than private school students.

    Fundamentally Cambridge is looking for good people, not good schools.
    Just applied thanks! This won't affect eligibility for Sutton Trust Summer Schools will it?
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    Just applied thanks! This won't affect eligibility for Sutton Trust Summer Schools will it?
    What do you mean? You've applied for the Summer School, or for an actual university place?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    What do you mean? You've applied for the Summer School, or for an actual university place?
    Summer school
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    Summer school
    ok. So what "eligibility" are you concerned about?
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    ok. So what "eligibility" are you concerned about?
    So like, if I go to this, would my chances of being accepted to the summer school decrease
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    (Original post by AmmarTa)
    So like, if I go to this, would my chances of being accepted to the summer school decrease
    I'm still stupendously confused... if you go to what? If you are asking will going to a summer school adversely affect ultimately going to Oxbridge the answer is no. It's a good thing to go to from a personal development point of view but it won't help or hinder an actual Oxbridge application.


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