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    Taking History, Geography & Physics as they are the subjects I am most interested in. I've been looking at different courses and may do a Geography degree and then GDL and then maybe an LLM - I hope to work for the likes of the UN or EU in the long run.

    Geography would be useful as the human side covers social, political and economic areas which I am interested in rather than just focusing on one. The physical side shouldn't be too bad as I also do enjoy some science and it could be useful in determining the environmental factors of nations. I would aim for the likes of Cambridge, UCL, Durham etc.

    However, I've looked into Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and it looks perfect for my career path. The problem is that the university matters a lot for this. I'm not sure what other universities have this high prestige for the subject or something related.

    The problem is, it's a lot more competitive than Geography, and it'd have to be a take it or leave it for Cambridge. Using the 2016 data for Cambridge (may have read the numbers wrong), there were 322 applicants for Geography and 1,070 for HSP Sciences. I feel that I'd have a much stronger chance applying for Geography, and the fact that I'm only doing 2 related subjects means I may struggle to get in.

    Should I change Physics to Politics? I mean I've already spent a lot of money on books and revision resources for Physics. I haven't done any tests but I've been getting A's & B's in homeworks. Or should I not bother with HSP Sciences at all?

    Also, could History & Politics be worth looking into?
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    Taking History, Geography & Physics as they are the subjects I am most interested in. I've been looking at different courses and may do a Geography degree and then GDL and then maybe an LLM - I hope to work for the likes of the UN or EU in the long run.

    Geography would be useful as the human side covers social, political and economic areas which I am interested in rather than just focusing on one. The physical side shouldn't be too bad as I also do enjoy some science and it could be useful in determining the environmental factors of nations. I would aim for the likes of Cambridge, UCL, Durham etc.

    However, I've looked into Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and it looks perfect for my career path. The problem is that the university matters a lot for this. I'm not sure what other universities have this high prestige for the subject or something related.

    The problem is, it's a lot more competitive than Geography, and it'd have to be a take it or leave it for Cambridge. Using the 2016 data for Cambridge (may have read the numbers wrong), there were 322 applicants for Geography and 1,070 for HSP Sciences. I feel that I'd have a much stronger chance applying for Geography, and the fact that I'm only doing 2 related subjects means I may struggle to get in.

    Should I change Physics to Politics? I mean I've already spent a lot of money on books and revision resources for Physics. I haven't done any tests but I've been getting A's & B's in homeworks. Or should I not bother with HSP Sciences at all?

    Also, could History & Politics be worth looking into?
    I know a few people like you with very similar ‘life plan’ firmly in their mind before they got in Cambridge. (Coincidentally one was on HSPS and another was on Geography, and with others on different courses)
    While they were at university, they changed their mind because of various reasons, (happily) ended up in totally different things than they had been thinking of doing.

    Just choose a course which you think you’ll enjoy most. That’s the most important thing, especially a place like Cambridge, as their courses are very intense and demanding, your genuine passion for the subject is sometimes the only thing that can get you going.
    If you managed to do very well on your subject, you will see your career path more clearly and realistically in due course while you’re at university.
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    Hiya,
    I'm currently doing HSPS at Cambridge. I would say, don't worry too much about the statistics (HSPS was less competitive in 2017, and I believe it was because of the introduction of Anthopology & Archaeology + History and Politics as separate courses).

    Durham does combined honours in social sciences. Exeter does flexible combined honours and various subject combinations. A lot of universities do joint honour degrees or similarly interesting degrees, and if you're not applying this year you have plenty of time to decide

    Also, I'm sure HSPS and geography have some overlap, and I'm sure both would be interesting + useful for the career you want.

    Your subject choices are fine btw. I know someone who did all sciences + history who is doing HSPS.
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    Hiya,
    I'm currently doing HSPS at Cambridge. I would say, don't worry too much about the statistics (HSPS was less competitive in 2017, and I believe it was because of the introduction of Anthopology & Archaeology + History and Politics as separate courses).

    Durham does combined honours in social sciences. Exeter does flexible combined honours and various subject combinations. A lot of universities do joint honour degrees or similarly interesting degrees, and if you're not applying this year you have plenty of time to decide

    Also, I'm sure HSPS and geography have some overlap, and I'm sure both would be interesting + useful for the career you want.

    Your subject choices are fine btw. I know someone who did all sciences + history who is doing HSPS.
    Thanks for the advice. What subjects and grades did you do and get?
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    Thanks for the advice. What subjects and grades did you do and get?
    Eng Lit - A*
    German - A*
    Philosophy - A*
    Politics - A*
    EPQ (sociology) - A*
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    Taking History, Geography & Physics as they are the subjects I am most interested in. I've been looking at different courses and may do a Geography degree and then GDL and then maybe an LLM - I hope to work for the likes of the UN or EU in the long run.

    Geography would be useful as the human side covers social, political and economic areas which I am interested in rather than just focusing on one. The physical side shouldn't be too bad as I also do enjoy some science and it could be useful in determining the environmental factors of nations. I would aim for the likes of Cambridge, UCL, Durham etc.

    However, I've looked into Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and it looks perfect for my career path. The problem is that the university matters a lot for this. I'm not sure what other universities have this high prestige for the subject or something related.

    The problem is, it's a lot more competitive than Geography, and it'd have to be a take it or leave it for Cambridge. Using the 2016 data for Cambridge (may have read the numbers wrong), there were 322 applicants for Geography and 1,070 for HSP Sciences. I feel that I'd have a much stronger chance applying for Geography, and the fact that I'm only doing 2 related subjects means I may struggle to get in.

    Should I change Physics to Politics? I mean I've already spent a lot of money on books and revision resources for Physics. I haven't done any tests but I've been getting A's & B's in homeworks. Or should I not bother with HSP Sciences at all?

    Also, could History & Politics be worth looking into?
    there's no disadvantage from not doing politics, especially as A level history (in my experience) has a lot of political history. many schools dont even offer gov and pol.
    one of the best pieces of advice i've received about choosing a levels or degrees is to simply pick what you enjoy and go from there - don't get too hung up on what follows.
    finally, what cambridge values more than anything is passion for a subject - no passion and chances are you will not get in.
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    (Original post by loletta)
    Eng Lit - A*
    German - A*
    Philosophy - A*
    Politics - A*
    EPQ (sociology) - A*
    Yeesh, I have no chance if I’m competing with people like you :P
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    Yeesh, I have no chance if I’m competing with people like you :P
    Don't worry, everyone gets different grades, as long as you meet your offer, it will be fine
    (Also I think I failed my entrance exam miserably )
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    (Original post by loletta)
    Don't worry, everyone gets different grades, as long as you meet your offer, it will be fine
    (Also I think I failed my entrance exam miserably )
    5 A* though! I’m only doing 3 + an EPQ and there’s no way I could get at least 4 A*
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    5 A* though! I’m only doing 3 + an EPQ and there’s no way I could get at least 4 A*
    Techniqually EPQ isn't an A Level, it's an AS Level

    You only really need to be on track for A*AA for HSPS. Of course it's good to do better than that though
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    (Original post by loletta)
    Eng Lit - A*
    German - A*
    Philosophy - A*
    Politics - A*
    EPQ (sociology) - A*
    Also, did you find German? What resources did you use? I'm learning it as a hobby
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    Also, did you find German? What resources did you use? I'm learning it as a hobby
    Cool
    I used this news website to practise listening (it also has stuff on learning German): http://www.dw.com/de/themen/s-9077
    And I used memrise to practise vocabulary.

    If you need any specific resources I'm happy to give recommendations.
 
 
 
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