Applying for Natural Science without A level Chemistry

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I am planning to apply to the University of Cambridge for Natural Sciences.
For A levels, I am doing Maths, Further maths, Physics and Computer Science.
Will my A levels put me at a disadvantage if I don't do Chemistry? I've seen the options for year 1 students for natural sciences course, they do have three options which only require physics and maths. Will my A levels be enough to apply, and be competitive with other applicants?

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(Original post by JaylinKou)
I am planning to apply to the University of Cambridge for Natural Sciences.
For A levels, I am doing Maths, Further maths, Physics and Computer Science.
Will my A levels put me at a disadvantage if I don't do Chemistry? I've seen the options for year 1 students for natural sciences course, they do have three options which only require physics and maths. Will my A levels be enough to apply, and be competitive with other applicants?

Many thanks!
I'm just going to be honest here and say that if you don't have chemistry it will be very difficult to get an interview/an offer, since the majority of those applying will be doing chemistry (it's required for both physical and bio natsci). If you're an exceptional applicant (i.e. high NSAA, really well read), then there is a chance that you can get an offer. However, I'd advise you to be realistic about applying.
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I think you would struggle with the actual NatSci course (irrespective of whether or not you got a place) without either A Levels in Biology or Chemistry as well as maths and physics. With the A Levels you are doing now, I would recommend applying for maths or compSci.
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I think in theory it should be sufficient, although perhaps uncommon. As above you would have fewer options in first year, and some of those options which don't formally require A-level Chemistry (or biology) might still be a bit harder without them (e.g. the bio options wrt to A-level Biology or earth/materials science wrt to A-level Chemistry). I'm not sure how much, if at all, it might affect you in admissions.

What are you hoping to eventually specialise in there? I would guess physics? You may want to consider the first year maths with physics option, where you do 3/4s of the papers from the first year maths course, plus the first year physics paper from natsci. You can then freely choose whether to remain in the maths course, or to swap into second year of the natsci course (taking, presumably, both physics options and Part IB Maths, before continuing to Part II (Astro)Physics).
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(Original post by JaylinKou)
I am planning to apply to the University of Cambridge for Natural Sciences.
For A levels, I am doing Maths, Further maths, Physics and Computer Science.
Will my A levels put me at a disadvantage if I don't do Chemistry? I've seen the options for year 1 students for natural sciences course, they do have three options which only require physics and maths. Will my A levels be enough to apply, and be competitive with other applicants?

Many thanks!
Hey, I have a similar question as I am doing Maths, Further maths, Geography and Biology. By all of my research, I am a suitable applicant as there are at least three topics that I could pick for with these a levels, and I have three science/maths a levels. Is it worth applying for natural science as it is my desired degree, or should I do biology or geography.
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Hey, I have a similar question as I am doing Maths, Further maths, Geography and Biology. By all of my research, I am a suitable applicant as there are at least three topics that I could pick for with these a levels, and I have three science/maths a levels. Is it worth applying for natural science as it is my desired degree, or should I do biology or geography.
Hi, please make a new thread for your question ("Start new discussion" buttons at the top and bottom of the page)
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