Irish Junior and Leaving Certificate for Maths Watch

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Hello!

I am in Ireland, and I want to apply to Cambridge to study maths in 2020.
I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Irish exam system, and UCAS/getting into oxbridge?

I know that GCSE results usually have to be quite good, but I am not really sure if I have good enough Junior Certificate results.

A - Maths
A - History
A - Science
B - Religion
B - Business
B - Music
B - English
C - Geography
C - Irish
D - French

The only subjects from that list that I have kept for the leaving certificate is Maths, English and Science (with compulsory Irish).
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(Original post by adamisntdead)
Hello!

I am in Ireland, and I want to apply to Cambridge to study maths in 2020.
I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Irish exam system, and UCAS/getting into oxbridge?

I know that GCSE results usually have to be quite good, but I am not really sure if I have good enough Junior Certificate results.

A - Maths
A - History
A - Science
B - Religion
B - Business
B - Music
B - English
C - Geography
C - Irish
D - French

The only subjects from that list that I have kept for the leaving certificate is Maths, English and Science (with compulsory Irish).
For Cambridge your maths is the most important thing, more so than your junior certs.

But do you have the option to study further/additional maths in the leaving cert?

I'm going to tag Peterhouse Admissions & Christ's Admissions for thoughts on Irish applicants for Maths at Cambridge...
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As far as I am aware, almost all successful ILC applicants for Maths at Cambridge, have historically, taken both Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, usually with Physics rather than combined Science, so that would be the ideal if available to the OP. (In terms of offers, most colleges would require A1 in both Maths and Applied Maths; some would also ask for A1 in Physics.)

But broadly speaking, the best approach is - as ever - to do as much Maths as possible.
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For Cambridge your maths is the most important thing, more so than your junior certs.

But do you have the option to study further/additional maths in the leaving cert?

I'm going to tag Peterhouse Admissions & Christ's Admissions for thoughts on Irish applicants for Maths at Cambridge...
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Yeah, my leaving certificate subjects are Maths, Applied Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Technical Drawing (DCG), English and Irish. I think my teachers will predict 5 H1s and a H3 in English.

I was more wondering would I be at a disadvantage from my junior certificate results? I don't really know how junior cert grades compare to GCSEs.
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(Original post by adamisntdead)
I was more wondering would I be at a disadvantage from my junior certificate results? I don't really know how junior cert grades compare to GCSEs.
No, Cambridge has no minimum requirements for GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

I have seen Maths applicants with "worse" GCSEs get offers.
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