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Should I apply to Cambridge Philosophy? (I got a 5 in GCSE Maths)

(Btw, there’s a TLDR at the bottom)

Hi, All! I have a question about if I should apply to Cambridge Philosophy or not. (Please be brutally honest)

Basically, I’m getting many predicted grades soon (based on my recent mock results and how I’ve done in key assessments we do every term) and it’s looking like I’m going to be predicted A*A*A* or A*A*A (the one I’m unsure about being philosophy)

Because of this, I’m being encouraged by quite a few staff at college to apply to Oxbridge - however, there’s a problem with this.

Most of my GCSEs were really good (including 4 9s and 2 8s) but, I only got a 5 in maths and a 6 in science.

Therefore, especially given the very analytic and logic-heavy nature of Cambridge philosophy, is it worth me applying?

I’ve asked teachers, and they’re all saying yes - but I’m only wondering if this is because they want to look good?

Also, to pre-empt the responses, I’m not interested in applying to Oxford because they don’t do single honours philosophy and I don’t really want to do Philosophy and Theology or another one of their joint honours.

Sorry for the long post!

TL;DR: Should I apply to Cambridge Philosophy, even though I only got a 5 at Maths GCSE?
The Cambridge Philosophy course, from what I understand of it as a Maths student, has quite a lot of formal logic in the first year but the option to do less in later years. My advice is to look into the sort of formal logic used in Philosophy and have a look at it now to help you decide whether it will be manageable - it can also apply as a supercurricular for if you do choose to apply. It is very different to GCSE Maths so it may be that you find it okay but there is still a correlation.

If your primary concern is getting accepted, then it is probably worth it to try as showing you are comfortable with the Mathematical side will be useful; if your primary goal is being successful whilst at university (which should be a bigger concern for more people, myself at 17 included), then it will help you make a decision regarding whether or not to apply. Many people will worry they will regret it if they don't apply but if you do get a place that isn't right for you it can be a much harder decision.
Original post by marshallalfie
(Btw, there’s a TLDR at the bottom)
Hi, All! I have a question about if I should apply to Cambridge Philosophy or not. (Please be brutally honest)
Basically, I’m getting many predicted grades soon (based on my recent mock results and how I’ve done in key assessments we do every term) and it’s looking like I’m going to be predicted A*A*A* or A*A*A (the one I’m unsure about being philosophy)
Because of this, I’m being encouraged by quite a few staff at college to apply to Oxbridge - however, there’s a problem with this.
Most of my GCSEs were really good (including 4 9s and 2 8s) but, I only got a 5 in maths and a 6 in science.
Therefore, especially given the very analytic and logic-heavy nature of Cambridge philosophy, is it worth me applying?
I’ve asked teachers, and they’re all saying yes - but I’m only wondering if this is because they want to look good?
Also, to pre-empt the responses, I’m not interested in applying to Oxford because they don’t do single honours philosophy and I don’t really want to do Philosophy and Theology or another one of their joint honours.
Sorry for the long post!
TL;DR: Should I apply to Cambridge Philosophy, even though I only got a 5 at Maths GCSE?
Hi, thanks so much for this! The suggestion to explore formal logic as part of super curricular research is brilliant, thanks very much!!

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