The college orchestras are much of a muchness, really, and many people play for several for various reasons. Drama is mostly not tied especially closely to college things except for funding (less true in Trinity for garden shows actually).
The college is very keen to get more state-schooled students so they'll go out of their way to help you if you ask them for advice.
Hi, I'm in Yr 12 atm and I'm thinking of applying to Gonville and Caius for English. I'm sorry if this is another of those "oh no, possible discrimination!" posts, but as I come from an independent school, I was just wondering if any of you guys know of any obvious discrimination against that type of school? Thanks very much for any wisdom!
Oh... and apologies for quoting something millions of pages ago!
Hello, I'm thinking of applying for English as well.
Contrary to many silly beliefs, there is no preference or discrimination at any college with regard to whether you are state or independent-schooled. The case is this - they are very keen to encourage applications from state school pupils - a widening-access type of thing. In recent decades, the university has wanted more of an equality in the university, and this is reflected in the talk about such applicants.
Some colleges have disproportionate numbers of state-educated applicants and accepted applicants. Fitzwilliam attracts many from state schools because it appears less traditional and thus less 'snobby'. King's currently have around 70% of its students from the state sector, but it is down to the college having pioneered the access widening scheme. I'm from an independent school and thinking of applying to King's; the prospectus states that anyone from any background is welcome to apply.
So no, it won't make an ounce of difference to your application. The fact is just that colleges seem to be a little more lenient to state school applicants sometimes - they accept that they have had a less privileged education than independent school applicants. Neither are guaranteed a higher chance of success - they are just trying to bring equality into the admissions process.
I wouldn't worry about getting a B in an AS you don't want to take to degree level too much.
Ah, well there is that, I suppose.
Neutral_Tones - no, I won't be at the Open Day in July because I am in Paris. That way, I am less likely to get a B in A2 French, which would be more serious... I will probably go to a college Open Day in September - but how on earth is it possible to narrow down a choice to one?