Is Corpus Christi, Cambridge particularly competitive for Maths?

Watch
melancollege
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#1
For some context, my application is strong for Maths, but I'll likely only get AA in Chemistry and French A-Level - I hope to bring Chemistry up to an A* in the Autumn exam series, for a total of A*A*A*A with Maths and Further Maths. I'll be applying as a post-A2 gap year student for Pure and Applied Maths.

I never see Corpus Christi mentioned when reading about the most competitive colleges, ie. Trinity or Christ's; nor do I see it as one of the less competitive ones, ie. Girton or Homerton. Is it just in the middle? I'm happy to be pooled if it comes down to it but I don't want to accidentally apply to a super competitive one and get auto-rejected.

It is my top choice college, so I'm contented if it's feasible for me to get in or pooled, but if it is extra competitive, I do quite like a few others almost as much.

Thank you )
0
reply
Paralove
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#2
Report 1 year ago
#2
Don't forget that Cambridge has the pool, meaning you could receive an offer from another college. Around 20% of all Cambridge students are at a college they didn't initially choose to apply to.

Corpus is no more or less competitive than the university average. They get around 5-6 applications per place, for 6-8 places (colleges don't have a fixed number per course, it averages out). Around 15 offers are made each year. For maths, because of the STEP conditions you would be set, tends to lose around half of its offer-holders (bc STEP is hard...).

You should bear in mind attitudes to gap years for Maths. Corpus is listed as 'Discourage unless you have something relevant planned' to do during it. For more detailed information you should check out the guide to applying by the maths department (linked there).
0
reply
artful_lounger
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#3
Report 1 year ago
#3
(Original post by melancollege)
I'm happy to be pooled if it comes down to it but I don't want to accidentally apply to a super competitive one and get auto-rejected.
The entire point of the pooling system is so if you do apply to a "super competitive college" you don't get auto-rejected. If you are "Cambridge material" it doesn't matter what college you apply to because the pooling system will ensure that you will be considered fairly by some college if the one you applied to is extremely competitive.
2
reply
melancollege
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#4
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#4
(Original post by Paralove)
You should bear in mind attitudes to gap years for Maths. Corpus is listed as 'Discourage unless you have something relevant planned' to do during it. For more detailed information you should check out the guide to applying by the maths department (linked there).
Oh no, I saw that document and I must have misread it. Do you have any idea as to what would be considered "relevant"? I'm doing an extra A-Level in Physics hopefully. If they don't consider what I'm doing relevant, would they pool me to a college that is neutral on the issue.
0
reply
Paralove
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#5
Report 1 year ago
#5
(Original post by melancollege)
Oh no, I saw that document and I must have misread it. Do you have any idea as to what would be considered "relevant"? I'm doing an extra A-Level in Physics hopefully. If they don't consider what I'm doing relevant, would they pool me to a college that is neutral on the issue.
Tbh I would email them directly and ask. To add, it was 'worthwhile/relevant'. What is considered worthwhile will be at the discretion of the college but really, you probably want a bit more of a plan than just doing physics A-Level, particularly as you already have the required qualifications with M+FM. When you email you should explain what it is you're planning to be doing on your gap year, and maybe why you chose to do one. An A-Level plus STEP prep isn't that much of your time.

If you're pooled they don't just give you to a different college, it's more like your file is collected together with all the others pooled, and all colleges can take a look. Anyone interested in you can then choose to take you. They will only pool you after they have interviewed you.
1
reply
redmeercat
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#6
Report 1 year ago
#6
I'll link the application status in a mo, but no, it's not as competitive as many colleges, although the pool means that either way, the right candidates should be accepted!

In terms of gap year, Corpus has been really helpful with info about how grades etc are going to be treated this year, so since you'd be taking the autumn exams, I think a gap year would be fine - we've been told that we'll be accepted if we get the grades in the Autumn, but that we'd have to defer. So I'd expect that gap years would be more accepted in the next year because of that.
0
reply
redmeercat
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#7
Report 1 year ago
#7
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ply/statisticsName:  Screenshot_20200612-082009.png
Views: 104
Size:  116.9 KB
1
reply
melancollege
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#8
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#8
(Original post by Paralove)
Tbh I would email them directly and ask. To add, it was 'worthwhile/relevant'. What is considered worthwhile will be at the discretion of the college but really, you probably want a bit more of a plan than just doing physics A-Level, particularly as you already have the required qualifications with M+FM. When you email you should explain what it is you're planning to be doing on your gap year, and maybe why you chose to do one. An A-Level plus STEP prep isn't that much of your time.

If you're pooled they don't just give you to a different college, it's more like your file is collected together with all the others pooled, and all colleges can take a look. Anyone interested in you can then choose to take you. They will only pool you after they have interviewed you.
Thank you, I've messaged them directly via their contact form. I've rechecked the document and my second-choice, which is pretty much at the same level, is neutral (Sidney Sussex) so if there is any uncertainty then I have that one.

Thank you though
0
reply
melancollege
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#9
Report Thread starter 1 year ago
#9
(Original post by redmeercat)
I'll link the application status in a mo, but no, it's not as competitive as many colleges, although the pool means that either way, the right candidates should be accepted!

In terms of gap year, Corpus has been really helpful with info about how grades etc are going to be treated this year, so since you'd be taking the autumn exams, I think a gap year would be fine - we've been told that we'll be accepted if we get the grades in the Autumn, but that we'd have to defer. So I'd expect that gap years would be more accepted in the next year because of that.
Ah thank you so much. I've been on that page many times and must have skipped past that bit. I'll see what they say, and if in doubt my second-choice is Sidney Sussex, which I'm really starting to like to the point where I'm seeing them as roughly equal. Thank you again so much
0
reply
redmeercat
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#10
Report 1 year ago
#10
(Original post by melancollege)
Ah thank you so much. I've been on that page many times and must have skipped past that bit. I'll see what they say, and if in doubt my second-choice is Sidney Sussex, which I'm really starting to like to the point where I'm seeing them as roughly equal. Thank you again so much
If you have any questions about corpus, let me know. I'm only an offer holder, but if it's something I don't know then I can ask someone I know who is already at Corpus
0
reply
helloyoongles
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#11
Report 11 months ago
#11
(Original post by redmeercat)
If you have any questions about corpus, let me know. I'm only an offer holder, but if it's something I don't know then I can ask someone I know who is already at Corpus
Hello! I'm wondering whether Corpus has large support on economics. Do colleges tend to have three fellows for each subject? I want to go to a college that has a large economics program, but I'm afraid it would be too competitive (like King's).
0
reply
redmeercat
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#12
Report 11 months ago
#12
(Original post by helloyoongles)
Hello! I'm wondering whether Corpus has large support on economics. Do colleges tend to have three fellows for each subject? I want to go to a college that has a large economics program, but I'm afraid it would be too competitive (like King's).
As long as the website is up to date, there are 2 Economics fellows, 1 for History and Economics, and 2 Social Anthropologists, so I'd say that it does look fairly supportive! Not all colleges have the same numbers of fellows, in total or for each subject, but this isn't an issue as students can either go to other colleges of certain supervisions, or else a fellow might be borrowed from another college (for example, I study German but there's no specific German fellow at Corpus). I believe that postgrads also give supos sometimes, and lectures aren't college-based.

In general, though, I think you should go for the college that you like the most. I love corpus because it's both beautiful and friendly, but the pooling system means that you're no more or less likely to get into Cambridge by applying to a certain college.
2
reply
Doones
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#13
Report 11 months ago
#13
Just to note it's also interesting to look at the more detailed version of that chart. e.g. It's clear the number of direct applicants to Corpus (and indeed most colleges) varies a lot from year to year. And therefore using historical stats to second guess future admissions decisions isn't really a great idea

Name:  Screenshot 2020-08-27 at 15.31.17.png
Views: 68
Size:  72.7 KB
0
reply
redmeercat
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#14
Report 11 months ago
#14
(Original post by Doones)
Just to note it's also interesting to look at the more detailed version of that chart. e.g. It's clear the number of direct applicants to Corpus (and indeed most colleges) varies a lot from year to year. And therefore using historical stats to second guess future admissions decisions isn't really a great idea

Name:  Screenshot 2020-08-27 at 15.31.17.png
Views: 68
Size:  72.7 KB
Of course it changes, but I definitely always like to know whether I'm looking at a 3000 strong group of applicants or a 30 strong group... It just kinda gives you an idea of how many people will be there etc. But you're right - it would be a terrible idea to try to calculate your chance of getting in!
0
reply
Doones
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#15
Report 11 months ago
#15
(Original post by redmeercat)
Of course it changes, but I definitely always like to know whether I'm looking at a 3000 strong group of applicants or a 30 strong group... It just kinda gives you an idea of how many people will be there etc. But you're right - it would be a terrible idea to try to calculate your chance of getting in!
PRSOM
1
reply
helloyoongles
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#16
Report 11 months ago
#16
(Original post by redmeercat)
As long as the website is up to date, there are 2 Economics fellows, 1 for History and Economics, and 2 Social Anthropologists, so I'd say that it does look fairly supportive! Not all colleges have the same numbers of fellows, in total or for each subject, but this isn't an issue as students can either go to other colleges of certain supervisions, or else a fellow might be borrowed from another college (for example, I study German but there's no specific German fellow at Corpus). I believe that postgrads also give supos sometimes, and lectures aren't college-based.

In general, though, I think you should go for the college that you like the most. I love corpus because it's both beautiful and friendly, but the pooling system means that you're no more or less likely to get into Cambridge by applying to a certain college.
Thank you so much for clarifying! I’ve always wondered about the economics fellows and Cambridge’s unique collegiate system. Corpus does seem lovely, and I like the close-knit community it has!
1
reply
redmeercat
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#17
Report 11 months ago
#17
(Original post by helloyoongles)
Thank you so much for clarifying! I’ve always wondered about the economics fellows and Cambridge’s unique collegiate system. Corpus does seem lovely, and I like the close-knit community it has!
Let me know if you have any more questions (feel free to DM) - if I don't know I can ask someone who studies economics!
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Are you tempted to change your firm university choice on A-level results day?

Yes, I'll try and go to a uni higher up the league tables (31)
29.25%
Yes, there is a uni that I prefer and I'll fit in better (10)
9.43%
No I am happy with my choice (59)
55.66%
I'm using Clearing when I have my exam results (6)
5.66%

Watched Threads

View All