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Wanted to start this thread for those who are thinking of applying to

the University of Cambridge in 2021 for entry in 2022!



Even though we're only about to start Year 12, it wouldn't be so much of a bad idea to have a declaration of intent, to come back to every once in a while, or to stake out your competition, anything that can motivate you to be the best applicant possible.
Cambridge isn't the be-all and end-all of things but being aspirational doesn't hurt!
I'll try to update the thread with information & advice, as I'm a stickler for info.
Shamelessly lifted (slightly) from New Wonder and tash299792's threads, please reply to this thread introducing yourself:
(Don't worry if you haven't done a lot, this is a year in advance don't forget!)

1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?


Cambridge's Statement on GCSEs:
There are no GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to Cambridge. GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, but within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were achieved.
Applicants have generally achieved high grades in subjects relevant to their chosen course, and most students who apply have at least four or five 7/8/9s at GCSE (an A is considered equivalent to 7 and an A* is considered equivalent to 8/9). However, there are always exceptions and we don’t require a minimum number of 7/8/9s at GCSE. One of the strengths of the Cambridge admissions system is its ability to assess all applicants individually.
Our research shows that post-16 examination performance is a much better predictor of degree success at Cambridge. While GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, this is within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were attained, and strong performance in Years 12 and 13 can make up for a less stellar performance at GCSE.
September (Virtual) Open Day:
Book your attendance now!
From the Cambridge University website:
On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September you will have the opportunity ask current students and staff questions in live general, subject and College Q&A sessions. Please note that the live online sessions offered on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September will be broadly the same on both days.

Additionally, from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September, you will be able to find out about the University and Colleges by accessing pre-recorded presentations about our courses, the Colleges and departments, the application process, student life, and finance. A programme containing full details will be released in mid-September.


Useful Links/Threads
Oxford Demystified: by Oxford Mum - A book containing extremely helpful information on how to make your application to Oxford (even when not applying to Oxford, this info can go a long way into making you a stronger application regardless) - also subject chapters written by offer holders detailing (within TSR rules) how they made successful applications to Oxford! Something that will come in handy when we make our applications next year for sure! link

Cambridge Demystified: by Oxford Mum - For slightly more relevant information pertaining to Cambridge, this is also an invaluable tool that we can use to really 'suss out' how other people have made successful applications. Remember however that thousands of applicants make perfectly valid cases of themselves (without being successful), so this is a guide in the right direction rather than solid law when it comes to our applications. link

General Oxbridge Resources: When it comes to university, not every applicant has equal exposure, therefore it is up to those with the information to divulge it. Kindly, Oxford Mum has decided to devote a thread for this aforementioned purpose, for the benefit of us prospective Cambridge applicants. link


For all your questions, Peterhouse Admissions is quite active on this site, and so feel free to
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Good luck everyone!!
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As the thread starter, I'll get the ball rolling:

1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
OCR MEI Mathematics, OCR MEI Further Mathematics, AQA Chemistry, WJEC Physics
2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
Currently stuck between Maths with Physics and Natural Sciences, as I don't yet know if I will enjoy Chemistry as much as I did at GCSE. Nor if I'm even as good lol
3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
9999999999, so no retakes, thankfully!
4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
With regards to courses, they don't integrate their sciences together, which was something that initially attracted me to Cambridge - however in the instance of Maths, Oxford do Maths & Philosophy, or Physics & Philosophy, not Maths & Physics - which would have been perfect. Luckily Cambridge offer it, and the modules on the course look exciting!
5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
Probably STEP, or the NSAA. STEP looks insanely difficult, so I've already started doing the STEP foundation modules! I hate being bad at a subject so I'll attempt to just integrate solving STEP/MAT/PAT/various olympiad/Isaac Physics problems in my homework time or free time outside of training
6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
I've started listening to podcasts to do with space, as I used to be a fanatic and I'm trying to rediscover my enthusiasm; I attempted over 1.5k Isaac Physics problems in May/June, in the interest that my problem solving skills might develop, and also I was freaking out about any potential interviews, and recognised that lateral thinking was a major weakness for me, so I've taken to thinking out loud whilst attempting problems. I've read 2 books relating to Astrophysics, and also am in the middle of another Physics related book. I joined a student newspaper, posting scientific news weekly. I also wrote notes on the entirety of the Pure content of AS Maths and AS Further Maths, familiarising myself in order to get a head start when it comes to school, and hopefully making Maths a bit easier for me so I can labour away in my Sciences.
7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
Both the courses I'm looking at do give you degrees with quite a wide variety of application, so I would probably go into corporate - I'm leaning towards actuarial sciences, but I'm sure my mindset will change in the next 2-5 years. If I find research to be the best thing then I'll head into that field, even though it is fiercely competitive. Essentially I just want to be financially secure
8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?
Actually no, but Trinity looks nice. So does Robinson. Also all the other colleges (that accept male undergrads)

edit: I took 10 GCSEs rather than 9, doesn't quite look good that a prospective STEM applicant can't count!
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1) English literature, religious studies and politics
2) Theology religion and philosophy of religion
3) don’t want to share those at the moment (but of a sore subject lol)
4) I prefer the course
5) I’ll have one at interview, I’ve been practicing watching lectures and making notes on them
6) watched online lectures
7) I have no clue yet 😂
8) probably Pembroke
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I forgot to mention that I’m independently studying philosophy a level as well, because I thought it looked interesting!
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Hi!

1) English literature, religious studies and politics
2) Theology religion and philosophy of religion
3) don’t want to share those at the moment (but of a sore subject lol)
4) I prefer the course
5) I’ll have one at interview, I’ve been practicing watching lectures and making notes on them
6) watched online lectures
7) I have no clue yet 😂
8) probably Pembroke
(Original post by rosacherry)
I forgot to mention that I’m independently studying philosophy a level as well, because I thought it looked interesting!
It's alright about your grades; Cambridge doesn't really place too much impetus on them! Hopefully your application goes well! And that independent study is really gonna help out
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1) N/A (EU Student (Austria))
2) Engineering because I will have the perfect fusion of scientific (physical) and technical knowledge to put my engineering ideas into reality. Also, it is general for the first two years which might be an advantage even though I am quite sure I want to do electrical engineering.
3) N/A: 1.0 (Best Grade) Average last four years and A+ average when I used to live in the US
4) I prefer the course structure at Cambridge and it is more "known" than Oxford in Engineering (even though both are great). Also, Cambridge is the heart of Silicon Fen which brings a lot of opportunities for engineers (e.g. internships)
5) ENGAA and have already looked at/done a few questions but will start to prepare late winter/early spring.
6) I've took part in a youth innovation challenge and achieved 4th out of original 150 teams with my idea of an artificial olfaction system named Multipurpose Odor Sensing System (MOSS) which can alert about abnormalities in chemical compositions of the air and can be used to detect forest fires early with chemical pollutant levels to alerting about perishable food 1-3 days ahead with mycotoxin levels. We have made an in depth concept (tech, design, business canvas etc.) and are looking to make a prototype. I won the Downing College and Cambridge Zero Climate Change Letter Competition and have started 2 CS50 courses. Also, am looking to start an internship in September.
7) Concrete Knowledge and Research/Industrial Experience during Term Breaks
8) Narrowed it down to 6 Colleges but probably Pembroke
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1) English, history, French, politics, epq
2) history
3) 7 9s and 3 8s (retaking 2 8s in bio and chem)
4) I really like the course as it’s more chronologically broad than the ox course
5) possibly an internal at interview assessment
6) just some wider reading and listening to podcasts
7) probably law conversion lol (basic historian route Ig)
8) no (I like trinity, St. John’s, kings, and caius
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(Original post by zacn01)


Wanted to start this thread for those who are thinking of applying to

the University of Cambridge in 2021 for entry in 2022!


Even though we're only about to start Year 12, it wouldn't be so much of a bad idea to have a declaration of intent, to come back to every once in a while, or to stake out your competition, anything that can motivate you to be the best applicant possible.

Cambridge isn't the be-all and end-all of things but being aspirational doesn't hurt!

I'll try to update the thread with information & advice, as I'm a stickler for info.

Shamelessly lifted (slightly) from New Wonder and tash299792's threads, please reply to this thread introducing yourself:
(Don't worry if you haven't done a lot, this is a year in advance don't forget!)

1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?


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Cambridge's Statement on GCSEs:
There are no GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to Cambridge. GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, but within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were achieved.
Applicants have generally achieved high grades in subjects relevant to their chosen course, and most students who apply have at least four or five 7/8/9s at GCSE (an A is considered equivalent to 7 and an A* is considered equivalent to 8/9). However, there are always exceptions and we don’t require a minimum number of 7/8/9s at GCSE. One of the strengths of the Cambridge admissions system is its ability to assess all applicants individually.
Our research shows that post-16 examination performance is a much better predictor of degree success at Cambridge. While GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, this is within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were attained, and strong performance in Years 12 and 13 can make up for a less stellar performance at GCSE.



Good luck everyone!!
:rofl: I love how you said 'Stake out your competition' That made me laugh.
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1) English, history, French, politics, epq
2) history
3) 7 9s and 3 8s (retaking 2 8s in bio and chem)
4) I really like the course as it’s more chronologically broad than the ox course
5) possibly an internal at interview assessment
6) just some wider reading and listening to podcasts
7) probably law conversion lol (basic historian route Ig)
8) no (I like trinity, St. John’s, kings, and caius
you do realise that unis still see 8s and 9s as A*s? But nothing wrong with retaking I guess
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1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
English Literature, Spanish and History

2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
English - I have a gut feeling that the subject is right for me

3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
999999998 (the 8 was in art!), no retakes

4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
The Cambridge course seemed to focus on the areas of literature that interest me the most

5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
ELAT; reading seems to be the best preparation for this exam

6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
Critical analysis of literature that I enjoy reading, writing academic articles for magazines

7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
I wish to pursue a career in academia - perhaps working as a researcher/professor at the university?

8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?

I like the look of King's, but I know it's extremely competitive. Possibly Pembroke otherwise.
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Hi!

1) English literature, religious studies and politics
2) Theology religion and philosophy of religion
3) don’t want to share those at the moment (but of a sore subject lol)
4) I prefer the course
5) I’ll have one at interview, I’ve been practicing watching lectures and making notes on them
6) watched online lectures
7) I have no clue yet 😂
8) probably Pembroke
Don’t worry GCSE don’t mean **** this year
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Caw Pembroke is looking pretty popular!
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HeY eVeRyOnE!!!!



Just to give everyone a head's up, in case you didn't know. But this year's Cambridge open day is going to be online, in september. You do have to book in advance though!

Web link:

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....%20both%20days.
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Wanted to start this thread for those who are thinking of applying to

the University of Cambridge in 2021 for entry in 2022!


Even though we're only about to start Year 12, it wouldn't be so much of a bad idea to have a declaration of intent, to come back to every once in a while, or to stake out your competition, anything that can motivate you to be the best applicant possible.

Cambridge isn't the be-all and end-all of things but being aspirational doesn't hurt!

I'll try to update the thread with information & advice, as I'm a stickler for info.

Shamelessly lifted (slightly) from New Wonder and tash299792's threads, please reply to this thread introducing yourself:
(Don't worry if you haven't done a lot, this is a year in advance don't forget!)

1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?


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Cambridge's Statement on GCSEs:
There are no GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to Cambridge. GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, but within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were achieved.
Applicants have generally achieved high grades in subjects relevant to their chosen course, and most students who apply have at least four or five 7/8/9s at GCSE (an A is considered equivalent to 7 and an A* is considered equivalent to 8/9). However, there are always exceptions and we don’t require a minimum number of 7/8/9s at GCSE. One of the strengths of the Cambridge admissions system is its ability to assess all applicants individually.
Our research shows that post-16 examination performance is a much better predictor of degree success at Cambridge. While GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, this is within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were attained, and strong performance in Years 12 and 13 can make up for a less stellar performance at GCSE.



Good luck everyone!!
I wonder if this thread will get Oxford Mum's approval?
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HeY eVeRyOnE!!!!



Just to give everyone a head's up, in case you didn't know. But this year's Cambridge open day is going to be online, in september. You do have to book in advance though!

Web link:

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....%20both%20days.
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:rofl: I love how you said 'Stake out your competition' That made me laugh.
PRSOM haha, may I add that to the main post in the thread?
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you do realise that unis still see 8s and 9s as A*s? But nothing wrong with retaking I guess
Yeah Ik it’s mainly because I worked rlly hard and I think I deserve those grades, even if for my own personal satisfaction. And you get the highest of the grades so there’s not really a risk.
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PRSOM haha, may I add that to the main post in the thread?
Yeah, feel free. If this is going to be official, we may as well start fleshing it out, by adding information as we go about upcoming events/ opportunities etc. as realistically yr 12 will be going to open days and yr 13 will be UCAS applications, ideally.
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I wonder if this thread will get Oxford Mum's approval?
It gets many, many gold stars from me!

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Wanted to start this thread for those who are thinking of applying to

the University of Cambridge in 2021 for entry in 2022!


Even though we're only about to start Year 12, it wouldn't be so much of a bad idea to have a declaration of intent, to come back to every once in a while, or to stake out your competition, anything that can motivate you to be the best applicant possible.

Cambridge isn't the be-all and end-all of things but being aspirational doesn't hurt!

I'll try to update the thread with information & advice, as I'm a stickler for info.

Shamelessly lifted (slightly) from New Wonder and tash299792's threads, please reply to this thread introducing yourself:
(Don't worry if you haven't done a lot, this is a year in advance don't forget!)

1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?


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Cambridge's Statement on GCSEs:
There are no GCSE (or equivalent) requirements for entry to Cambridge. GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, but within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were achieved.
Applicants have generally achieved high grades in subjects relevant to their chosen course, and most students who apply have at least four or five 7/8/9s at GCSE (an A is considered equivalent to 7 and an A* is considered equivalent to 8/9). However, there are always exceptions and we don’t require a minimum number of 7/8/9s at GCSE. One of the strengths of the Cambridge admissions system is its ability to assess all applicants individually.
Our research shows that post-16 examination performance is a much better predictor of degree success at Cambridge. While GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, this is within the context of the performance of the school/college where they were attained, and strong performance in Years 12 and 13 can make up for a less stellar performance at GCSE.



Good luck everyone!!
Great, very witty start, Zac!

Other useful threads:

Oxford Demystified, written by me, with some handy hints on how to make your application to Oxbridge. Also several subject chapters (including ones written by my sons) on how offer holders and students got in for their subjects:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6100480

And Cambridge Demystified, which includes chapters on Cambridge colleges and Cambridge state school schemes. Also there are subject chapters written by offer holders, explaining about why they chose their courses, resources used, and what they thought of the interviews:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6467286

Then there is the thread I started about TSR Cambridge related resources:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...t=Oxford%20Mum

The 2022 medicine (in general) thread is already well underway

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6545350

If you have any admissions questions, Peterhouse Admissions are the experts.

I OFFICIALLY DECLARE THIS THREAD OPEN (cuts ribbon)

Good luck everyone!
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1) English literature, religious studies and politics
2) Theology religion and philosophy of religion
3) don’t want to share those at the moment (but of a sore subject lol)
4) I prefer the course
5) I’ll have one at interview, I’ve been practicing watching lectures and making notes on them
6) watched online lectures
7) I have no clue yet 😂
8) probably Pembroke
Don't worry about your GCSE grades. Concentrate on your A levels, and building up a solid interest in your subject.
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