Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Hello,
    This question has really been bothering me for a while and I haven't been able to get a straight answer from anyone yet so here goes:
    Will taking four subjects at A level give me an edge when it comes to applying for the Cambridge Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences Course? If so, how can I make make myself standout with only three?
    • Community Assistant
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    22
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by coolboy123)
    Hello,
    This question has really been bothering me for a while and I haven't been able to get a straight answer from anyone yet so here goes:
    Will taking four subjects at A level give me an edge when it comes to applying for the Cambridge Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences Course? If so, how can I make make myself standout with only three?
    Hiya:hi:

    Personal Statement, Interview, admissions tests are all the way that Cambridge builds their holistic assessment of a candidate.

    The grades are far more important than the number of qualifications.

    I've moved your thread into this sub-forum in case anyone else here has further information to give you.


    MR
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by coolboy123)
    Hello,
    This question has really been bothering me for a while and I haven't been able to get a straight answer from anyone yet so here goes:
    Will taking four subjects at A level give me an edge when it comes to applying for the Cambridge Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences Course? If so, how can I make make myself standout with only three?
    By doing very well in those three subjects, and in the NSAA (NatSci Admissions Assessment) and all the other aspects of your application.

    Which 3 A-levels are you doing?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    By doing very well in those three subjects, and in the NSAA (NatSci Admissions Assessment) and all the other aspects of your application.

    Which 3 A-levels are you doing?
    I am doing physics, chemistry, maths and further maths for AS this year. I'm planning on dropping further maths next year
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by coolboy123)
    I am doing physics, chemistry, maths and further maths for AS this year. I'm planning on dropping further maths next year
    Why? It will be helpful for the course, and to be honest most applicants will have it.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    Why would you drop further maths if you are doing it atm?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Why? It will be helpful for the course, and to be honest most applicants will have it.
    I haven't really made up my mind yet. But since everyone seems to tell me to take it, I most probably will.
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by coolboy123)
    I haven't really made up my mind yet. But since everyone seems to tell me to take it, I most probably will.
    See how you do in Y12 (are you actually sitting the ASs or just mocks?) and then decide, but if possible it is a good idea to keep FM all the way to full A-level.

    It would be different if your school didn't offer it, but if they do it's usual to do it for Cambridge. You will be doing FM (and much more) maths at Cambridge...
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    See how you do in Y12 (are you actually sitting the ASs or just mocks?) and then decide, but if possible it is a good idea to keep FM all the way to full A-level.

    It would be different if your school didn't offer it, but if they do it's usual to do it for Cambridge. You will be doing FM (and much more) maths at Cambridge...
    I am sitting the AS. I really get what you mean. what's the point of applying to cambridge if you won't put in the effort, right?😂. Thank you for your help. Much appreciated
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by coolboy123)
    I am sitting the AS. I really get what you mean. what's the point of applying to cambridge if you won't put in the effort, right?😂. Thank you for your help. Much appreciated
    It's a slightly tricky one... Basically 3 A-levels are fine. And applying for NatSci without FM is also fine. BUT you have already started 4 subjects, all of which are relevant and it would look a bit odd to drop any of them. If anything, the least relevant is, counter-intuitively, Chemistry but because you are going down the NatSci route it's required if you want to do the Chemistry module in Y1.

    So in your particular case it does make sense to keep all 4.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    It's a slightly tricky one... Basically 3 A-levels are fine. And applying for NatSci without FM is also fine. BUT you have already started 4 subjects, all of which are relevant and it would look a bit odd to drop any of them. If anything, the least relevant is, counter-intuitively, Chemistry but because you are going down the NatSci route it's required if you want to do the Chemistry module in Y1.

    So in your particular case it does make sense to keep all 4.
    You seem like someone I can very much trust. I will see how it all pans out after my AS exams. After what you have said, I am seriously reconsidering keeping FM. Only hard work and time can tell what happens next. Thanks a lot
    • Section Leader
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by coolboy123)
    You seem like someone I can very much trust. I will see how it all pans out after my AS exams. After what you have said, I am seriously reconsidering keeping FM. Only hard work and time can tell what happens next. Thanks a lot
    No problem and good luck!

    Maybe join the 2019 Hopefulls thread and endure the roller-coaster that is the Cambridge application process
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4411262
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.