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    Im a year 12 student currently preparing for my AS level exams. I am really unable to choose on a university course to apply for and to do wider reading around. I am thinking of applying to Cambridge and Imperial and any other three depending on the course that i would apply for to find the best. Out of the subjects i love Maths the most. I do physics, chemistry, biology and maths for my a levels. I do like chemistry as second best and physics as third most. Even though i dont like biology as much i do love reading around medical research news that really fascinates me. I like every aspect of maths except for sampling due to the excessive writing needed. I dont know which course to apply for oit of aeronautics, biomedical engineering and medicine and which unis apart from cambridge and imperial. Please help on course choices and also suggest wider reading and out of school activities for these courses. Thanks
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    From what you're saying you probably don't want to do medicine, and you're perhaps not prepared enough to make an application for it for next year also. In general you need to do a bit more reading up for the engineering subjects too but I will get back to that in a sec. You would really need to have had a doctor shadowing placement, volunteering in a hospital or otherwise getting to see what a doctor actually does by now in order to put forward a strong application for medicine. You will also have the UKCAT and BMAT tests to do, in the summer and November respectively. It's also a very bad idea to aim for Cambridge and Imperial for medicine as each medical school looks for wildly different things in their applicants and you need to apply to your strengths. As both of them require BMAT you put yourself at significant risk if you don't do well in that, as you don't know your scores until after you apply.

    For engineering at Cambridge, you don't choose a specific subject, you do general engineering for the first two years then narrow it down after that. You will need to decide if this is something you want to do. It's great being able to delay the decision between bio and aero until later, but if you're not interested in things like Civil or Chemical then you will struggle (both aero and bio have significant mech and electronic content, so if you don't like one of those then they may not be right for you either).

    For engineering in general there is also very little difference in the courses for universities within the top 20 or so, and so you don't get much out of going to Cambridge or Imperial. In fact, from unistats, students at those universities are less likely to get jobs in engineering than those at other universities.

    If you love maths the most you may want to consider more mathematical engineering disciplines such as EEE, Control Engineering, or Engineering mathematics.
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    It's not required but further maths is highly prefered for engineering at Cambridge
    Considering you like medicine and engineering, biomedical engineering is probably a good idea!
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