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    Hi, I'm a Year 12 student taking A-levels in Maths, FM, Physics and Chem.

    My school are kinda making us write our personal statements right now but I haven't really done any wider reading and I don't particularly know what I want to do after uni, which, for some reason, my school expects people to know. Can someone recommend me any books/journals/articles that would be useful to read? I've checked online but most of the books tend to be like textbooks.

    Also, despite my A-levels setting me up to do physical NatSci, I'm actually leaning towards the biological stuff. Would I still be able to apply for biological NatSci without actually having done A-level Biology?

    PS. I'm aiming to study at Cambridge so if you have general advice about applying to read NatSci at Cambridge as well, that would be awesome!

    Thanks
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    (Original post by nyxnko_)
    Hi, I'm a Year 12 student taking A-levels in Maths, FM, Physics and Chem.

    My school are kinda making us write our personal statements right now but I haven't really done any wider reading and I don't particularly know what I want to do after uni, which, for some reason, my school expects people to know. Can someone recommend me any books/journals/articles that would be useful to read? I've checked online but most of the books tend to be like textbooks.

    Also, despite my A-levels setting me up to do physical NatSci, I'm actually leaning towards the biological stuff. Would I still be able to apply for biological NatSci without actually having done A-level Biology?

    PS. I'm aiming to study at Cambridge so if you have general advice about applying to read NatSci at Cambridge as well, that would be awesome!

    Thanks
    http://www.myheplus.com

    If you’re considering Cambridge then get booked in to open days etc ASAP.
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    (Original post by nyxnko_)
    Hi, I'm a Year 12 student taking A-levels in Maths, FM, Physics and Chem.

    My school are kinda making us write our personal statements right now but I haven't really done any wider reading and I don't particularly know what I want to do after uni, which, for some reason, my school expects people to know. Can someone recommend me any books/journals/articles that would be useful to read? I've checked online but most of the books tend to be like textbooks.

    Also, despite my A-levels setting me up to do physical NatSci, I'm actually leaning towards the biological stuff. Would I still be able to apply for biological NatSci without actually having done A-level Biology?

    PS. I'm aiming to study at Cambridge so if you have general advice about applying to read NatSci at Cambridge as well, that would be awesome!

    Thanks
    And Masterclasses
    https://www.undergraduate.study.cam..../masterclasses
    and Tasters
    https://london.ac.uk/ways-study/stud...taster-courses
    Other universities near you may have these too.

    You don't need Biology A-level to study Cambridge NatSci Part IA Biology of Cells
    https://www.natsci.tripos.cam.ac.uk/...on/part1a/biol
    https://www.natsci.tripos.cam.ac.uk/...rmation/part1a
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    (Original post by PQ)
    http://www.myheplus.com

    If you’re considering Cambridge then get booked in to open days etc ASAP.
    Thank you!! That link is great!
    I would but I don't live in the UK and so I might just turn up to the uni and ask qs whenever I do go to the UK.
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    And Masterclasses
    https://www.undergraduate.study.cam..../masterclasses
    and Tasters
    https://london.ac.uk/ways-study/stud...taster-courses
    Other universities near you may have these too.

    You don't need Biology A-level to study Cambridge NatSci Part IA Biology of Cells
    https://www.natsci.tripos.cam.ac.uk/...on/part1a/biol
    https://www.natsci.tripos.cam.ac.uk/...rmation/part1a
    Thank you!!
    I know I don't need it for Cambridge Biology of Cells, but I was just wondering if it would put me at a disadvantage if I don't have it, especially for other universities.
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    (Original post by nyxnko_)
    Thank you!!
    I know I don't need it for Cambridge Biology of Cells, but I was just wondering if it would put me at a disadvantage if I don't have it, especially for other universities.
    Only if it's a required subject.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    http://www.myheplus.com

    If you’re considering Cambridge then get booked in to open days etc ASAP.
    Why haven't I come across that before... :getmecoat:
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    Only if it's a required subject.
    Okay. Thank you!! :hugs:
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Why haven't I come across that before... :getmecoat:
    It’s great but they’re rubbish at sharing it. I suspect that whoever looks after it has been diverted to other work. It’d be great to see some more subjects added (there’s nothing for philosophy for example).
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    (Original post by nyxnko_)
    Thank you!! That link is great!
    I would but I don't live in the UK and so I might just turn up to the uni and ask qs whenever I do go to the UK.
    If you are visiting universities outside their Open Days it's an idea to contact the admissions team in advance and see if they can arrange a guided tour.

    Also, you can go into just about any Cambridge college if you tell the porters (i.e. the security staff at the college's front gate) that you are a potential applicant. You can't, though, visit student accommodation, or the University's teaching departments without an appointment (or on an Open Day).
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    It’s great but they’re rubbish at sharing it. I suspect that whoever looks after it has been diverted to other work. It’d be great to see some more subjects added (there’s nothing for philosophy for example).
    I don't think any of the resident ATs have ever mentioned it. Now added to my bookmarks...
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    If you are visiting universities outside their Open Days it's an idea to contact the admissions team in advance and see if they can arrange a guided tour.

    Also, you can go into just about any Cambridge college if you tell the porters (i.e. the security staff at the college's front gate) that you are a potential applicant. You can't, though, visit student accommodation, or the University's teaching departments without an appointment (or on an Open Day).
    Oh okay!! I didn't know that but I'll make sure I contact the admissions team
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I don't think any of the resident ATs have ever mentioned it. Now added to my bookmarks...
    https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk Is another treasure trove (there’s online lectures too somewhere on the Oxford site).
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    https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk Is another treasure trove (there’s online lectures too somewhere on the Oxford site).
    And Cambridge https://www.sms.cam.ac.uk
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    https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk Is another treasure trove (there’s online lectures too somewhere on the Oxford site).
    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    And Cambridge https://www.sms.cam.ac.uk
    Are you guys competing to see who has the better treasure troves? :laugh:
    Thanks for the links though
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    Are you guys competing to see who has the better treasure troves? :laugh:
    Thanks for the links though
    No, no. I know I would lose that battle.

    Actually another idea are MOOCs or just YouTube vids.

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    No, no. I know I would lose that battle.

    Actually another idea are MOOCs or just YouTube vids.

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    And royal society/engineering blogs (varying quality but worth a look - the chemeng one is by far the best) and public lectures.

    Plus radio 4 and BBC 4...much more fun and original than new scientist (because we all know most people only read the back pages anyway)
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    No, no. I know I would lose that battle.

    Actually another idea are MOOCs or just YouTube vids.

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    Yeah, I've actually taken a look already but nothing really sparks my interest and I just don't like learning from videos to begin with...
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    And royal society/engineering blogs (varying quality but worth a look - the chemeng one is by far the best) and public lectures.

    Plus radio 4 and BBC 4...much more fun and original than new scientist (because we all know most people only read the back pages anyway)
    Will check those out!! (I've actually never read new scientist )
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    new scientist (because we all know most people only read the back pages anyway)
    :yep:

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