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I am considering applying to NatSci at Cambridge next year and I was wondering what was the most important factor in a candidate's application , aside from predicted A level grades.
Is the test the factor they care most about?
Also, I noticed in the test in the two sections you choose to do there is a Physics and an advanced physics and mathematics.
Would I be at a substantial disadvantage by just doing the regular physics section rather than the further one? (I plan on specialising in chemistry)
And finally, sorry for all the questions, would I be at any substantial disadvantage applying without further maths? I'm doing Maths, Chemistry, Physics and History and I'm hoping for A*s in the first 3 listed.
Thank you if you've read all this, I hope someone can help with these questions.
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(Original post by Andrewboi)
I am considering applying to NatSci at Cambridge next year and I was wondering what was the most important factor in a candidate's application , aside from predicted A level grades.
Is the test the factor they care most about?
Also, I noticed in the test in the two sections you choose to do there is a Physics and an advanced physics and mathematics.
Would I be at a substantial disadvantage by just doing the regular physics section rather than the further one? (I plan on specialising in chemistry)
And finally, sorry for all the questions, would I be at any substantial disadvantage applying without further maths? I'm doing Maths, Chemistry, Physics and History and I'm hoping for A*s in the first 3 listed.
Thank you if you've read all this, I hope someone can help with these questions.
Current 2nd year ChemEng who did Physical NatSci (Physics + Chemistry + Materials + Maths A) in the first year so I might have a bit of insights.

1) The NSAA is one part of the whole application but it usually wouldn't be the deciding factor. Cambridge takes a holistic view on applications (Personal Statement + Teacher reference + Predicted grades + NSAA + Interview) so the test is probably just 1/5 of your whole application. If I have to say I think the interview is the more important factor out of the five, as it is their opportunity to test whether you suit their supervision teaching style or not. Once you enter Cambridge you'll have numerous supervisions throughout the term so a good adaptability to supervisions is required otherwise you won't be able to learn much.

2) I asked the same question before I applied in 2017 as well, and the answer I got is applicants will not be disadvantaged by their choice of sections in NSAA, so just choose the sections that you are most confident in. If you like you could even apply for Chemistry yet answering the Physics and Biology sections of NSAA haha.

3) Sadly, there is probably a disadvantage for your case. Judging from your A Level combinations (lack of Biology) you are probably applying for Physical NatSci instead of Biological NatSci, which the former requires much stronger mathematical ability than the latter. Without Further Maths you probably haven't learnt topics such as differential equations or polar coordinates, yet these are immediately required for the first few topics in IA Physics (eg SHM, phasor diagrams). If you insist on applying for Phys NatSci, IA Physics might be a problem as it could be too mathematical for applicants without Further Maths.
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Hi, I've moved your thread to the Cambridge forum

Doonesbury might have some insight into their requirements
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Physics 1A is fine without further maths
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Thanks for the reply ML, it's great to know more about the application process from someone who's experienced it. I will try and do some futher maths modules to bolster my knowledge, I'll focus on mechanics though.
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Physics 1A is fine without further maths
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(Original post by Andrewboi)
Thanks for the reply ML, it's great to know more about the application process from someone who's experienced it. I will try and do some futher maths modules to bolster my knowledge, I'll focus on mechanics though.
Did you see the reply above?

Also applying via Physical is just an admin thing for the admissions process. It doesn't restrict your ultimate module choices at all. You just need to have the required A-levels for the modules you want to study:
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ciences/part1a




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Oh I missed the reply above, thanks for pointing that out! Looking at the module requirements it seems further maths is not a requirement if I have done Physics which is reassuring, I meet the requirements for what I'm interested in studying. Thank you
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Oh I missed the reply above, thanks for pointing that out! Looking at the module requirements it seems further maths is not a requirement if I have done Physics which is reassuring, I meet the requirements for what I'm interested in studying. Thank you
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Thanks for the reply ML, it's great to know more about the application process from someone who's experienced it. I will try and do some futher maths modules to bolster my knowledge, I'll focus on mechanics though.
Ah I have to add a bit here, getting in is one thing, but surviving the year is another. What I learnt is sufficient background preparation helps to survive the tough year much better. Physics IA is generally quite difficult for intended chemists (who might be weaker in Maths than intended physicists, they usually don't like the mathematical derivations) and you'll be competing with all the hardcore physicists so do be aware. Could be I am just poor in Physics but that's my honest reflection after doing a whole year of Physics even with A Level Further Maths. Similarly, even if Biology of Cells doesn't require A Level Biology, people coming from a non-Bio background did find it fairly difficult.

Obviously my views could be influenced by my strengths and weaknesses and some of the NatScis who I'm more familar with, so they might not be as accurate as statistical data, but sometimes it's not bad to hear from a first-person view as well XD
I don't encourage choosing a subject without great background knowledge in it while most of your fellow classmates do. NatSci is way too busy and it won't allow you time catching up on pre-requisites that most of the others already studied in A Levels. Of course if your primary aim is just getting in without considering your performance after getting in then Doonesbury's probably right, you wouldn't be restricted from choosing Phys/Bio with your current A Level options.
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Thanks, its been great to hear a first hand account
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