I am currently a year 11 student and have recently handed in my A and AS level application form.
I am very interested in Cambridge University and would like to give myself the best possible chance of getting in, though of course it is not my only option. However after reading less successful subject choices on their website, I am starting to have doubts about my subject choices.
I would like to study English at uni and have chosen english literature, history, government and politics and fine art. The problem, to my suprise seems to be the fine art. Looking at the website, it seems that art and design is not a desired choice. Is this very different to fine art? Would it limit my choices of being accepted?
Other possibilites for me would include music, possible maths or a language, but I have a passion for fine art.
Help much appreciated
ring them up and ask? its going to be the best way to find out.
it means nothing if you've got AAA for the other subjects.
You have english and history which are both excellent choices. Politics is on the ok but not brilliant list if i remember rightly.
Thats 2.5/3 which is perfectly fine
hang on if maths is a possibilty i would do that over government and politics or fine art. Far more respected, and maths english and history is an extremely strong combination.
thanks for these replies they are really useful but I now have two other questions.
Providing I get AAA, does it really matter?
And I really dont like maths to be honest, so Id only do it if it was absolutely necessary.
Are any of you at cambridge currently or have been there? What were your combinations if they were similar?
It does matter, even if you get AAA. Plenty of AAAs are rejected, don't forget!
If you don't like maths, don't take it. How about a language- french or german? The general rule is to try to have at least 3 academic subjects.
I'm going to Cambridge in October on an AAA offer doing Eng Lit, History and Politics (do to SPS). I don't do a fourth A level and only got a B in the AS I dropped last year (French). I wouldn't bother doing Fine Art as it won't be well-regarded and won't be necessary either, since you're doing three solid A levels anyway. For Cambridge, just do three A levels but concentrate on doing really really well in them (high UMS etc).
What is the problem with fine art?
When a cambridge admissions person came to school, he said it could be very good, providing that the personal project had a very academic essay. Would they reject me on the basis of having fine art?
Thanks again these replies are very useful.
In terms of a language, I could do french but I am about a b/A grade at the moment so I am probably unlikely to get an A at A level. Did anyone do classics? It seems interesting.
If you really like Fine Art, do fine art. Don't let your life be determined by one university. People are rejected all the time even with the "right courses", so it really won't matter. Do Fine Art along with two "more relevant" subjects. And I have to disagree with the idea that it's not "academically stimulating". Art is all about expression and skill, just in a different academic sense. I don't take art, never have, never will, and I still draw stick figures, but just because I take Econ, History, and English at Higher Level doesn't mean that I'm more "academic" than some of my friends taking art.
I have been told that politics is respected for studying english.