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Thought I would create a thread for people applying for Natural Sciences in 2021 for entry in September 2022 as I couldn't find one on here already for this year!



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Only four or five months now until we will be applying so here is your chance to see what your competition will be like! Thank you to Xaodo whose Official Cambridge 2022 Applicants Thread I have based this new thread on.



A few questions:

1) What A-Levels (and/or other qualifications) are you taking?

2) What strain of Natural Sciences are you thinking of doing - Biological or Physical?

3) Why are you thinking of applying for NatSci?

4) What grades did you get at GCSE?

5) What universities are you thinking of applying for?

6) If you are applying for Cambridge (because realistically you probably are) what have you done to prepare for the NSAA (the admissions test)?

7) If you are applying for Cambridge or Durham what colleges are you thinking of applying to?

8) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application?

9) What books have you read?

10) What do you want to do with your Natural Sciences degree?



Remember please be supportive of everyone and its okay if you haven't done much to prepare yet there are always the summer holidays!

Peterhouse Admissions are here to answer any of your Cambridge-specific questions as well!



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As I started the thread I can go first:

1) What A-Levels (and/or other qualifications) are you taking?
A-Level: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Spanish in the 2022 exam series
AS: Physics in the 2021 exam series (teaching myself)
EPQ: x2 both related to Biology in the January 2021 and June 2021 exam series

2) What strain of Natural Sciences are you thinking of doing - Biological or Physical?
Biological

3) Why are you thinking of applying for NatSci?
I want to do as general a degree as possible in my first year as I don't know what I want to specialise in yet

4) What grades did you get at GCSE?
eleven 9s

5) What universities are you thinking of applying for?
Cambridge
Durham
St Andrews (just for Biology)
not sure about the other 2

6) If you are applying for Cambridge (because realistically you probably are) what have you done to prepare for the NSAA (the admissions test)?
I've gone through the specification and done all of their available practice papers

7) If you are applying for Cambridge or Durham what colleges are you thinking of applying to?
For Cambridge: Sidney Sussex, Newnham, Peterhouse and Robinson
For Durham: St Cuthbert's or Collingwood probably?

8) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application?
In the first lockdown, (May 2020) I wrote my first EPQ and I also used online textbooks to teach myself all of the A-Level content for Biology and Chemistry

In the second lockdown, (December 2020) I wrote my second EPQ and entered the Newnham's Biological Sciences Essay Competition
In the third lockdown, (March 2021) I started teaching myself Physics AS and revising for the AS exams

9) What books have you read?
Mainly the really famous classics - all of Dawkins', Sapiens etc. basically just working through the popular science bestsellers

10) What do you want to do with your Natural Sciences degree?
either pursue a Masters and then a PhD going down the research route or otherwise go down a completely different route (criminal science or work with the UN or government)
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1) What A-Levels (and/or other qualifications) are you taking?
I take A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths alongside EPQ (was on research surrounding consciousness)

2) What strain of Natural Sciences are you thinking of doing - Biological or Physical?
Biological

3) Why are you thinking of applying for NatSci?
I love biology and chemistry and wish to continue with both subjects after A level. Eventually I would like to hone down on Biology, but don't want to miss out on learning chemistry, at least for my 1st and 2nd year. I also like the wide array of Science you learn during the course.

4) What grades did you get at GCSE?
999887776 (The 9s were Biology, Chemistry and English Literature. The 6 was Music but I 100% didn't deserve it... My music teacher told us before the lockdown that I would very easily get a 7, then when it falls on teacher predicted grades she gives me a 6 instead XD. My english teacher also gave me a 9 in English Language but the board refused it and said I already had "too many" even though I got a 9 in my december mock.

5) What universities are you thinking of applying for?
Cambridge and some London Unis like UCL and Imperial College. I would like to stay relatively close to hope (I live in East Anglia) so Cambridge is my best option. Only 30 min away on a train.

6) If you are applying for Cambridge (because realistically you probably are) what have you done to prepare for the NSAA (the admissions test)?
I have started to look at resources to revise for the NSAA but haven't put much time into it yet. Focusing on my UCAS application first and then I'll start revising in late August - September.

7) If you are applying for Cambridge or Durham what colleges are you thinking of applying to?
Jesus college. I've done a lot of research and I really love the atmosphere there, alongside the on-site sport facilities and style of houses. I am yet to explore any other colleges but will be conducting more research soon.

8) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application?
Throughout my student life I have attended multiple talks such as ones for chemical biology, astrology and astrobiology. I have also gained many awards for student of the year in Chemistry/Sciences. I have completed a MOOC course on Astrobiology and I watch lots of biology lectures on the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and IBiology websites. I have also attended work experience in the lab of a food industry and have applied for both Cambridge Masterclasses for Earth Sciences and Biochemistry and a taster session on Plant immune systems and pathogens: Year 12 Natural Sciences. I frequently keep up to date with scientific research through articles on the Science Daily website.

9) What books have you read?
Gene Machine - Venki Ramakrishnan
Reactions - Peter Atkins
How we live and why we die: the secret lives of cells - Lewis Wolpert


10) What do you want to do with your Natural Sciences degree?

Hopefully by doing Natsci, it'll hone down my choice of science/module which I wish to continue as a career. Whichever this is, I would like to pursue a Masters and PHD in the subject.
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Hi!
1) What A-Levels (and/or other qualifications) are you taking?
Chemistry, biology, English literature, mathematics, physics and just finished epq (biochem-based)

2) What strain of Natural Sciences are you thinking of doing - Biological or Physical?
biological predominantly although would quite like to do a module in physical side first year if possible

3) Why are you thinking of applying for NatSci?It means I can carry on with multiple sciences before specialising

4) What grades did you get at GCSE?
99999999999

5) What universities are you thinking of applying for?Cambridge, Durham, York, Birmingham not sure where else yet

6) If you are applying for Cambridge (because realistically you probably are) what have you done to prepare for the NSAA (the admissions test)?
I’ve got a workbook that I’ve done all the questions of for the sections I’m going to do and I’m going to do all the past papers over the summer hols

7) If you are applying for Cambridge or Durham what colleges are you thinking of applying to?Not sure yet but Cambridge considering St Catherine’s or Peterhouse or Queens

8) What have you done in lockdown to help your studies and potentially your application?
-lots of online lectures
-TED talks
-read books (see below)
-MOOC
-essay comps
-Open Uni online course

9) What books have you read?
How We Live and Why We Die
one on the brain (can’t remember the title though...)
This is Going To Hurt

10) What do you want to do with your Natural Sciences degree?
I’m not sure yet... possibly go on to masters/PHD, thinking maybe chemistry based
potentially go into teaching... not really sure lol
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