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Should I apply to Cambridge ?

Hi guys,
I'm in yr 12 and with the UCAS application open date near, I've been thinking about either to apply for Cambridge or not.
I'm put off from applying because of my GCSE grades since I got :
Maths- 6, English lit - 6, English lan - 7 , Modern Language - 6 , Geography - 8 , RS - 9 , Sociology - 7 , Combined Science - 7-7.

And for A-levels, my predicted grades are A* 's for law, sociology and psychology.
Should I even consider applying to Cambridge?
Yes you should. Worse comes to worse youll be rejected.
Original post by Anonymous
Hi guys,
I'm in yr 12 and with the UCAS application open date near, I've been thinking about either to apply for Cambridge or not.
I'm put off from applying because of my GCSE grades since I got :
Maths- 6, English lit - 6, English lan - 7 , Modern Language - 6 , Geography - 8 , RS - 9 , Sociology - 7 , Combined Science - 7-7.
And for A-levels, my predicted grades are A* 's for law, sociology and psychology.
Should I even consider applying to Cambridge?

GCSE grades are quite good, A Level grades are brilliant. You'd make a competitive application, depending on other factors such as your personal statement etc.
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Original post by enigmachess
GCSE grades are quite good, A Level grades are brilliant. You'd make a competitive application, depending on other factors such as your personal statement etc.

Thank you for saying that because I felt let down by my GCSE grades. Would it be right to take a gap year and then apply for Cambridge or should I apply now?

I wanted to take a gap year to gain more work experience ( perhaps even work in a law firm ) and start a small business.
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Reply 4
Original post by anonymous
Hi guys,
I'm in yr 12 and with the UCAS application open date near, I've been thinking about either to apply for Cambridge or not.
I'm put off from applying because of my GCSE grades since I got :
Maths- 6, English lit - 6, English lan - 7 , Modern Language - 6 , Geography - 8 , RS - 9 , Sociology - 7 , Combined Science - 7-7.
And for A-levels, my predicted grades are A* 's for law, sociology and psychology.
Should I even consider applying to Cambridge?

I'm also in Year 12 in a similar position. My GCSE grades were 876554 with an 8 in English language and a 5 in maths, but I had lots of extenuating circumstances around my results and my time during those 2 GCSE years. I'm still slightly worried that even after filling in their extenuating circumstances form, my predicted grades won't be enough. I'm hoping for at least A*AA but teachers in my school generally don't like predicting A*s in my specific subjects (philosophy, politics and psychology). I think you should definitely sit some LNAT practice tests to assess your level right now, but your predicted grades look really good. I think you'd have a decent shot at getting to interview. Remember that grades only make up one part of your application, the LNAT and your PS also are factors considered in their decision, as well as the college you apply to (e.g. applying to a popular college or one with less law students). Law is the most popular arts/humanities course at Cambridge, but I think Cambridge interviews a lot more than Oxford does. As long as you make yourself stand out in your application and in your interview, I think you will do okay. Like others have said, the worse they can say is no.

Good luck if you decide to apply!
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Original post by meui
Thank you for saying that because I felt let down by my GCSE grades. Would it be right to take a gap year and then apply for Cambridge or should I apply now?
I wanted to take a gap year to gain more work experience ( perhaps even work in a law firm ) and start a small business.

I'd just apply now. With good supercurriculars and a displayed passion for your subject, you'd have a good chance. Good luck meui!

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