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Hi!! Has anyone here applied for the Education Tripos at Cambridge - especially the Education with Psychology Track and could lend any advice? GCSE grades, A-level choices and grades, what work experience you did, application etc ?? Thanks so much !
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I believe 04MR17 applied to Cambridge Education, although I don't know what college or track. He might be able to off some advice though

My understanding is, as with other courses at Cambridge, the Education course focuses much more on the academic stuff and less on e.g. teacher training preparation and consequently I'm not sure if work experience is that important. They apparently will no longer require school experience for applicants to their PGCE courses which are teacher training courses, and I can't find any reference to work experience on the education faculty site for the BA, so...
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Hi!! Has anyone here applied for the Education Tripos at Cambridge - especially the Education with Psychology Track and could lend any advice? GCSE grades, A-level choices and grades, what work experience you did, application etc ?? Thanks so much !
Didn't do Psychology track, I opted for the international/policy one I think.

Magdalene College gave me an offer for 2017 entry.

A Levels: English Lit, History, Maths, AS Further Maths, EPQ, (already had C grade in AS General Studies :rofl: )
GCSEs: A*A*A* (Eng, Maths, Span.) AAAAA (Geo, Hist, Bio, Chem, Phys) BB (Eng Lit (yr10), Drama)
Work Experience: Jobs working with local authorities looking at young people and policy. 0 classroom work experience.

Happy to answer any questions you may have, thanks for the tag artful_lounger.
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Thanks so much for replying - hugely appreciated!

I have a few questions, if you don't mind answering...
1. Are you studying the course now? If so what do you think of it?
2. Do you have any advice for what to include in your personal statement?
3. Do you think that these a-level choices are suitable - for the education with psychology track? Maths, Sociology, Psychology, EPQ
4. What A-level grades did you get?
5. What other uni courses did you apply for?
(Original post by 04MR17)
Didn't do Psychology track, I opted for the international/policy one I think.

Magdalene College gave me an offer for 2017 entry.

A Levels: English Lit, History, Maths, AS Further Maths, EPQ, (already had C grade in AS General Studies :rofl: )
GCSEs: A*A*A* (Eng, Maths, Span.) AAAAA (Geo, Hist, Bio, Chem, Phys) BB (Eng Lit (yr10), Drama)
Work Experience: Jobs working with local authorities looking at young people and policy. 0 classroom work experience.

Happy to answer any questions you may have, thanks for the tag artful_lounger.
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(Original post by bemily17)
Thanks so much for replying - hugely appreciated!

I have a few questions, if you don't mind answering...
1. Are you studying the course now? If so what do you think of it?
2. Do you have any advice for what to include in your personal statement?
3. Do you think that these a-level choices are suitable - for the education with psychology track? Maths, Sociology, Psychology, EPQ
4. What A-level grades did you get?
5. What other uni courses did you apply for?
I am doing Education Studies at the moment, but not at Cambridge.

My advice would be to look at the modules on the course website, read up on those topics, decide which you are most interested in. Then your personal statement becomes "I am particularly interested in [this policy area] where the issue of [this] is crucial to both the development of individual children and the growth of society."

3. I think that those subjects are perfect. Sociology gives you an excellent perspective on policy, psychology fits of course, Maths A Level will come in handy when dealing with statistics during data collection and research. What are you thinking about for EPQ? We have an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) forum if you want to ask more specific questions to do with that.

4. ABC (BCA*) (as and epq in brackets)

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So I'm doing my EPQ on the relevance of the United Nations today - it has nothing to do with Education with Psychology. Should I maybe change my topic? I just chose it because it is something that I am interested in.

Thanks so much for all your help!!!

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I am doing Education Studies at the moment, but not at Cambridge.

My advice would be to look at the modules on the course website, read up on those topics, decide which you are most interested in. Then your personal statement becomes "I am particularly interested in [this policy area] where the issue of [this] is crucial to both the development of individual children and the growth of society."

3. I think that those subjects are perfect. Sociology gives you an excellent perspective on policy, psychology fits of course, Maths A Level will come in handy when dealing with statistics during data collection and research. What are you thinking about for EPQ? We have an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) forum if you want to ask more specific questions to do with that.

4. ABC (BCA*) (as and epq in brackets)

5.Education and History - Keele
Education and History - Birmingham
Education (History) - Durham
BA Combined Honours - Newcastle
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So I'm doing my EPQ on the relevance of the United Nations today - it has nothing to do with Education with Psychology. Should I maybe change my topic? I just chose it because it is something that I am interested in.

Thanks so much for all your help!!!
That's quite a broad topic but you're wrong to dismiss it - the UN does a lot on Education.
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