For people doing Physics/engineering at oxbridge, how many of you didn't do FM. Watch

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I really want to study mechanical engineering or physics at oxbridge and I'm in yr 12 studying A level physics,maths and biology. Their website 'strongly recommended further maths'. And I assume that most of the applicants will have done further maths. I only got a 6 in gcse (due to extenuating circumstances), but im really good at As maths and I could probably go to another college that will accept me. Howmuch are my chances accepted by doing biology instead of further maths
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I really want to study mechanical engineering or physics at oxbridge and I'm in yr 12 studying A level physics,maths and biology. Their website 'strongly recommended further maths'. And I assume that most of the applicants will have done further maths. I only got a 6 in gcse (due to extenuating circumstances), but im really good at As maths and I could probably go to another college that will accept me. Howmuch are my chances accepted by doing biology instead of further maths
Why did you get a 6 in maths?
Like that is kind of hard to explain if you’re a good mathematician especially if your applying for STEM at Oxbridge.
Try telling them that but I think if you ace your entrance exam it should be fine or else it is what it is.
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Why did you get a 6 in maths?
Like that is kind of hard to explain if you’re a good mathematician especially if your applying for STEM at Oxbridge.
Try telling them that but I think if you ace your entrance exam it should be fine or else it is what it is.
How much would further maths help you on the entrance exam?
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How much would further maths help you on the entrance exam?
Not much at all but the course would definitely be further maths heavy
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Is there a reason you can't ask to sit in on the further maths lessons at your college? You are only doing 3 A-levels - which is fine, but hopefully means there are plenty of gaps in your timetable.

It's not about whether you tick the right boxes if you squint hard and assume you'll get all the special considerations going. They will give every chance to someone who would be a top candidate but whose school simply doesn't offer FM. "I didn't take FM because I got such a bad grade at GCSE" isn't in that category - it will look as if you didn't take it because you're not capable of it. That's not a good impression to give if you can possibly avoid it.

If I were you I would go see the head of maths at your college on Monday morning with a copy of your timetable. Tell him what you've said here and ask if you can join an FM class. I mean, if you want to go to Oxford, you'd best be capable of catching up ten weeks work in 18 months, because people who get in without having taken FM will be expected to catch it up a whole lot faster than that.

Basically what I'm saying is: quite apart from whether you can or can't get in without it, if you do get in you will be in a much better place if you start off having studied the content in FM A level than if you start off having not studied it, regardless of whether you actually completed the whole course or took the exam.
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I really want to study mechanical engineering or physics at oxbridge and I'm in yr 12 studying A level physics,maths and biology. Their website 'strongly recommended further maths'. And I assume that most of the applicants will have done further maths. I only got a 6 in gcse (due to extenuating circumstances), but im really good at As maths and I could probably go to another college that will accept me. Howmuch are my chances accepted by doing biology instead of further maths
There is no official "Oxbridge" website. Cambridge and Oxford are separate universities with separate entry requirements. Also Cambridge doesn't have a Physics course (they have Natural Sciences which includes Physics, and other modules).

And neither have "Mechanical Engineering". Both have a general enginering course than allows specialisation to mechanical, or other areas, after year 2.

I think you need to do a bit more research on the courses and the universities to be sure they are best for you. Have you visited either of them?

Also, are you sitting the AS Maths exam? It would certainly help an application to do so, especially if you "only" have a 6 at GCSE. And indeed having FM (at least at AS level) could also help reassure an admissions tutor or director of studies that your maths is on track.

I think it would be worth discussing your circumstances direct with a couple of Cambridge or Oxford Colleges to get their advice.

Peterhouse Admissions and BrasenoseAdm for example are resident on TSR
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