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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 Glen 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 (Introduction to AI and web developmeny). 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
Wow I'm impressed already!
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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.
Thanks for that. Everybody get booking!!
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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
Many people do their undergrad at Oxbridge, then do conversion courses, and go on to do very well in law.
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(Original post by Mayataylor)
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
Please do not re-take the 8s, as they are seen as A* too and exactly the same as 9s. Instead concentrate on your A levels and your future course.
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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.
Lots of Pembrokians (is that the term?) already! You are right, it's not just the reading, it's the critical analysis that is all important. To have a "feeling" and appreciation of literature rather than just reading a book.
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It gets many, many gold stars from me!

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Great, very witty start, Zac!

Other useful threads:
Thanks Oxford Mum - may I start a "useful links/threads" section on the original post using those which you've just provided?
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Lots of Pembrokians (is that the term?) already! You are right, it's not just the reading, it's the critical analysis that is all important. To have a "feeling" and appreciation of literature rather than just reading a book.
Definitely! Would you say I would be less likely to get a place if I applied to a competitive college (e.g King's)?
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1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
Maths, Biology, Chemistry, German + EPQ
2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
Medicine - I love the traditional course structure as well as the intercalated year Cambridge offers. I really enjoy the sciences and would like to work in a career that combines academic rigour with helping others.
3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
999999998 (8 in English lit!)
4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
Oxford interviews a lower proportion of its candidates, and Cambridge colleges are generally larger in terms of medical students, which I prefer.
5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
BMAT and UCAT. I will start preparing around midway through year 12.
6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
MOOCs, volunteering, virtual work experiences, running a webinar series, writing medicine articles.
7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
Become a doctor!
8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?
Not yet, but I am a fan of Gonville & Caius. That said, I am keen to avoid the ultra-competitive colleges.
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Thanks Oxford Mum - may I start a "useful links/threads" section on the original post using those which you've just provided?
That's a great idea, Zac, of course!
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Definitely! Would you say I would be less likely to get a place if I applied to a competitive college (e.g King's)?
All of the colleges are competitive to get into, and Pembroke is no exception! If you are a great candidate and don't get into a competitive college, you can be pooled to another one. Look at the college pros and cons section of the Cambridge section in TSR (go to my Thinking of Applying to Oxford or Cambridge thread, in the useful links, right at the top of this thread). Also the Choosing your Cambridge College chapter of Cambridge Demystified for video tours of each college, plus links to their websites.
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1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
Maths, Biology, Chemistry, German + EPQ
2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
Medicine - I love the traditional course structure as well as the intercalated year Cambridge offers. I really enjoy the sciences and would like to work in a career that combines academic rigour with helping others.
3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
999999998 (8 in English lit!)
4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
Oxford interviews a lower proportion of its candidates, and Cambridge colleges are generally larger in terms of medical students, which I prefer.
5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
BMAT and UCAT. I will start preparing around midway through year 12.
6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
MOOCs, volunteering, virtual work experiences, running a webinar series, writing medicine articles.
7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
Become a doctor!
8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?
Not yet, but I am a fan of Gonville & Caius. That said, I am keen to avoid the ultra-competitive colleges.
That's right. Oxford only takes 150 students per year, and they use the BMAT to narrow selection down until once you get to interview, you have a one in three chance of getting a place. The Cambridge offer will be higher, though. For Oxford it's A*AA and for Cambridge A*A*A.

Gonville and Caius has quite the reputation for medicine and offers more than 30 places. Expect competition to be high.

Despite all this, any Cambridge college will be excellent for medicine.

How do you do virtual work experience though? I'm intrigued. And writing medical articles? What about? And where do you get them published?
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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.

Good luck everyone!!
macy_m
Come and join the party :dancing2:
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1) i’ll be taking biology, chemistry, physics & math AS levels
2) medicine, because i’m extremely passionate about medicine and as a minority i know i can make a huge change one day. my current interests are psychiatry and forensic medicine and i’m planning on doing as much further reading, including PubMed articles, as possible.
3) i did IGCSE:-
biology: A*
chemistry: A*
physics: A*
economics: A*
business: A*
maths: A*
computer science: A*
arabic: A*
first language english: A* (9A*s total, not retaking any)
4) i love the city, and i know that oxford has a reputation for its wild nightlife and as a muslim i want to stay away from that (☠️) and also cambridge has an islamic society which is amazing. also although i have straight A*s i only have 9 whereas most oxford applicants have 10, which could possibly put me at a disadvantage.
5) the BMAT, which i’ll probably start preparing for around july/august of year 12 or maybe later.
6) i’ve done research and compiled a list of work experience i can do, as well as books (such as the works of Atul Gawande) and articles for further reading.
7) i’ll graduate hopefully after the three years and continue the next three clinical years and work as a junior doctor upon graduation and continue from there
8) not yet but i know what i’m looking for in a college so i’ll be looking into that.
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Sounds like you have found your dream uni and course here. Can’t go wrong with atul Gawande
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nightingalegend
Sounds like you have found your dream uni and course here. Can’t go wrong with atul Gawande
hear hear! thank you lol
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All of the colleges are competitive to get into, and Pembroke is no exception! If you are a great candidate and don't get into a competitive college, you can be pooled to another one. Look at the college pros and cons section of the Cambridge section in TSR (go to my Thinking of Applying to Oxford or Cambridge thread, in the useful links, right at the top of this thread). Also the Choosing your Cambridge College chapter of Cambridge Demystified for video tours of each college, plus links to their websites.
Yeah, Pembroke had one of the lowest offer rates for engineering this year with 12%! On this website it says that Emmanuel and Pembroke (both are my "shortlisted" colleges) had 11 and 7 Pool Offers by Other Colleges respectively: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ply/statistics
Does this mean that 11 of the 147 applicants got offers by other colleges and that 19 were still made directly by Emmanuel?
Also, would you say that e.g. Trinity as one of the most known colleges gets many of the strongest applicants? The offer rate seems to always be high and I was wondering if that is because it is so big and has such good applicants. Trinity is another of my shortlisted colleges but I might steer away due to how huge it is and a few other factors.
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Thank you for tagging me !! I’ll do my introduction later on 😊
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Thank you for tagging me !! I’ll do my introduction later on 😊
You're also thinking about applying?
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You're also thinking about applying?
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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












Good luck everyone!!
1) What A Levels are you taking from September (or other eligible qualifications)?
Bio, Chem, English (the odd one out of my combination) + EPQ

2) What course at Cambridge do you have your eyes on? And why?
It will probabely be NatSci, as it goes over a broad range of science from which I can then chose what to 'specialise' in later on.

3) What grades did you get at GCSE? Are you retaking any?
9998888776 + A*

4) Why Cambridge specifically? and why not Oxford?
In Oxford, I would have to chose one science, and dedicate myself to that, unlike Cambridge.

5) Which admissions tests do you have to sit, and when will you start preparing for them?
NSAA - I am not too sure when to start, but I am aware that it is sat in November.

6) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application to Cambridge?
I tutored someone in geography and science? I did a MOOC in creativity & innovation, which had a focus on science.

7) What do you want to do with your degree from Cambridge?
I would probably celebrate first that I got a degree? I seriously didn't think that far ahead

8) Have you decided which college you're applying to?
No, I haven't got my heart set on one college.
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