Abigail.alex
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 4 weeks ago
#1
I am doing Biology,Maths and Chemistry at A-level predicted all A*s
Recently looked at the statistics of Cambridge Bio Natural Sciences and most have 4 Alevels
Is there any point in me applying with only 3?
i understand people say they can't disadvantage me but the statistics seem to put me off....
0
reply
wizkid44
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#2
Report 4 weeks ago
#2
You're not at a disadvantage doing 4, but most people would have just done 4.
Defo apply, you'll never know if you never try!!! Dont let the stats put you off
0
reply
Theloniouss
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#3
Report 4 weeks ago
#3
You're only required to do 3, many will be doing FM as their fourth. Unless you're considering FM or Physics as your fourth, it isn't worth it (and even then, I'd say physics probably isn't worth it).
0
reply
Abigail.alex
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#4
Report Thread starter 4 weeks ago
#4
(Original post by wizkid44)
You're not at a disadvantage doing 4, but most people would have just done 4.
Defo apply, you'll never know if you never try!!! Dont let the stats put you off
Thank you for the reassurance maybe it's just the fact not many people apply with 3
I could make up for it with a epq or personal statement... Is Cambridge natural science very competitive i know Medicine is?
0
reply
Theloniouss
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#5
Report 4 weeks ago
#5
OP, I've looked at this FOI request, and (assuming my analysis is correct) the majority of students took 3 A levels. Over 2017-19, the numbers look like this for bio natsci applicants:
3 A levels: 1003
4 A levels: 835
5 A levels: 126
6 A levels: 9

For offer-holders only, it looked like this:
3 A levels: 279
4 A levels: 356
5 A levels: 63
6 A levels: 4
Last edited by Theloniouss; 4 weeks ago
2
reply
wizkid44
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#6
Report 4 weeks ago
#6
(Original post by Abigail.alex)
Thank you for the reassurance maybe it's just the fact not many people apply with 3
I could make up for it with a epq or personal statement... Is Cambridge natural science very competitive i know Medicine is?
yeah exactly, most applicants just happen to do 4
yes 100%, even if you do well in the NatSci Admissions Test compared to everyone else
Yeah it is competitive because you have all the physics, biology and chemistry people applying (but everything is competitive at camb so don't let it put you off)
0
reply
Abigail.alex
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#7
Report Thread starter 4 weeks ago
#7
(Original post by Theloniouss)
OP, I've looked at this FOI request, and (assuming my analysis is correct) the majority of students took 3 A levels. Over 2017-19, the numbers look like this for bio natsci applicants:
3 A levels: 1003
4 A levels: 835
5 A levels: 126
6 A levels: 9

For offer-holders only, it looked like this:
3 A levels: 279
4 A levels: 356
5 A levels: 63
6 A levels: 4
Thank you so much this was very reassuring!
0
reply
Theloniouss
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#8
Report 4 weeks ago
#8
(Original post by Abigail.alex)
Thank you so much this was very reassuring!
No problem, as an (ex) bionatsci applicant, I wanted to know anyway
0
reply
Abigail.alex
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#9
Report Thread starter 4 weeks ago
#9
(Original post by Theloniouss)
No problem, as an (ex) bionatsci applicant, I wanted to know anyway
oh wow you used to study bio nat science at Cambridge, very impressive
as i am aspiring to study there could i ask a few questions 😁
0
reply
Theloniouss
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#10
Report 4 weeks ago
#10
(Original post by Abigail.alex)
oh wow you used to study bio nat science at Cambridge, very impressive
as i am aspiring to study there could i ask a few questions 😁
No, I just have an offer (ex-applicant)
0
reply
Abigail.alex
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#11
Report Thread starter 4 weeks ago
#11
(Original post by Theloniouss)
No, I just have an offer (ex-applicant)
Sorry to hear that seems like you did well to get an offer do you have any tips nonetheless
0
reply
Theloniouss
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#12
Report 4 weeks ago
#12
(Original post by Abigail.alex)
Sorry to hear that seems like you did well to get an offer do you have any tips nonetheless
Not really any general tips. Read some books, for difficult questions look at olympiads (maybe enter them if your school does that).
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

Current uni students - are you thinking of dropping out of university?

Yes, I'm seriously considering dropping out (176)
14.52%
I'm not sure (56)
4.62%
No, I'm going to stick it out for now (355)
29.29%
I have already dropped out (35)
2.89%
I'm not a current university student (590)
48.68%

Watched Threads

View All