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    Re-post for Geography specialised help.

    At GCSE, I got 7 A's and 2 B's (I think Cambridge would be best). For my A-Levels, I am doing History, Geography, Politics, Physics (AS) and an EPQ.

    I feel like I should have done Biology, and I wanted to do Economics but there was a timetable clash. I feel that I may be at a slight disadvantage for not doing Biology as it apparently links quite nicely with Geography at Cambridge. Also, would it be worth self-teaching Economics as a 5th? I feel it may be beneficial.

    Will I be at a disadvantage if hardly anyone has got into Oxbridge from my College? And does anybody have any recommendations for Geography-related stuff for my personal statement?
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    Re-post for Geography specialised help.

    At GCSE, I got 7 A's and 2 B's (I think Cambridge would be best). For my A-Levels, I am doing History, Geography, Politics, Physics (AS) and an EPQ.

    I feel like I should have done Biology, and I wanted to do Economics but there was a timetable clash. I feel that I may be at a slight disadvantage for not doing Biology as it apparently links quite nicely with Geography at Cambridge. Also, would it be worth self-teaching Economics as a 5th? I feel it may be beneficial.

    Will I be at a disadvantage if hardly anyone has got into Oxbridge from my College? And does anybody have any recommendations for Geography-related stuff for my personal statement?
    Cambridge are less stringent on GCSEs so you're correct in saying Cambridge would be better.

    Four A Levels is already more than I would recommend, let alone an EPQ. Cambridge (and most unis) only take into account your best three, so if you spread yourself across 4 or even 5, AND an EPQ, you'll leave yourself with barely any time to revise anything. Trust me, I did 5. Economics will spread your time even further.

    You won't be disadvantaged unless they outright specify it as a preferred subject (which in principle I don't think I've ever seen another uni do for Geography ever). I can't recommend anything on a statement, I dropped it in Year 9.

    It won't necessarily be a disadvantage, although both are known to take a lot of applicants from private schools. I hear both are working on that though; short answer is if you do really well at AS and A Level, it won't really matter.
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    Re-post for Geography specialised help.

    At GCSE, I got 7 A's and 2 B's (I think Cambridge would be best). For my A-Levels, I am doing History, Geography, Politics, Physics (AS) and an EPQ.

    I feel like I should have done Biology, and I wanted to do Economics but there was a timetable clash. I feel that I may be at a slight disadvantage for not doing Biology as it apparently links quite nicely with Geography at Cambridge. Also, would it be worth self-teaching Economics as a 5th? I feel it may be beneficial.

    Will I be at a disadvantage if hardly anyone has got into Oxbridge from my College? And does anybody have any recommendations for Geography-related stuff for my personal statement?
    Your A-levels are fine as they are. Don't add a fifth.

    You can be at a *slight* advantage if your school is flagged for having few prior successful Oxbridge applicants.

    See https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ontextual-data
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    (Original post by CastCuraga)
    Cambridge are less stringent on GCSEs so you're correct in saying Cambridge would be better.

    Four A Levels is already more than I would recommend, let alone an EPQ. Cambridge (and most unis) only take into account your best three, so if you spread yourself across 4 or even 5, AND an EPQ, you'll leave yourself with barely any time to revise anything. Trust me, I did 5. Economics will spread your time even further.

    You won't be disadvantaged unless they outright specify it as a preferred subject (which in principle I don't think I've ever seen another uni do for Geography ever). I can't recommend anything on a statement, I dropped it in Year 9.

    It won't necessarily be a disadvantage, although both are known to take a lot of applicants from private schools. I hear both are working on that though; short answer is if you do really well at AS and A Level, it won't really matter.
    Thanks for the advice. Luckily Physics and the EPQ will just be in Year 12 so I’ll have a lot free time next year. Also Politics isn’t very time consuming which is good :P
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    (Original post by Fonzworth)
    Thanks for the advice. Luckily Physics and the EPQ will just be in Year 12 so I’ll have a lot free time next year. Also Politics isn’t very time consuming which is good :P
    That's valid, but it's your Year 12 / AS Results is what Cambridge will have to work with when you're applying
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    Your A-levels are fine as they are. Don't add a fifth.

    You can be at a *slight* advantage if your school is flagged for having few prior successful Oxbridge applicants.

    See https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ontextual-data
    That was an interesting read, thank you. Also, PRSOM :P
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