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Hey guys, well, from the title I guess you know what the thread is about.

 

 

 

I'am at the time where I should start making my option choices for GCSE and I really want to get into camberidge, so what options for GCSE/A level should I take do you think?


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For a start, I wouldn't spell Cambridge like that :wink: .

 

 

 

 

 

and it all depends on your interests.

 

 

 

have you looked at what courses they do at Cambridge?

 

visit the website, you should be able to order a prospectus.


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Well since I have the prospectus to hand I will share some advice, don't think about doing Geography there, it is heavily over subscribed, unless of course you really enjoy Geography then you could try, but have back-up plan if that is the case. I suggested checking through courses you are interested in here Cambridge Courses and that usually tells you what grade and subject requirements you need to have to do each course. Taking subjects you think you will gets A or A*s in at GCSE and As in at A-Level since Cambridge only usually accepts A grades at A-Level.

 

I might come back with more help later if I remember or if you found what I said useful.

 

 

 

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From what I've seen Oxford/Cambridge haven't changed, they seem to be as elitist as ever. The key example being a friend of mine, he got perfect grades - and I do mean perfect all A's in every subject (at the school we went to you had to have a full timetable so thats alot of A's). He had alot of extra cirricular activites and was a prefect etc. but not only was he rejected but he didn't even get an interview. What more could they want.

 

 

 

Thats not an isolated case either, there were a number of people who I went to school with who had exeptional grades and recieved the same treatment in fact nobody in the history of my school has ever been accepted. It seems that it's still a case of who you know rather than what you know that matters.

 

 

 

That being said, do apply. You might get the same treatment but you never know what can happen. You'll need brilliant grades and alot of extra cirricular activities and a good personal statement on your UCAS form will always help. Anyway what I'm trying to say is don't put all your eggs in one basket, Cambridge isn't the be all and end all of universities and there are plenty of universities that'll offer both a great academic challenge and a great social life so don't sworry too much.


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Cool, thanks for the help guys. I have a plan. :D

 

 

 

GCSE: triple science, Philosiphy & ethics, Latin, Economics, History. And all the other stuff that is un-planned.

 

A LEVEL: Philosophy and Ethics, History, Spanish, Literature.

 

UNI: English


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Cool, thanks for the help guys. I have a plan. :D

 

 

 

GCSE: triple science, Philosiphy & ethics, Latin, Economics, History. And all the other stuff that is un-planned.

 

A LEVEL: Philosophy and Ethics, History, Spanish, Literature.

 

UNI: English

 

You realise you'll have to do English at A-Level to be accepted for English at degree level, and also, may I ask what you want to do in life, it's just it's always appeared to me that English is a weird choice if you want to do anything other than become an English teacher, I cannot think of any other job which would require an English degree, not there aren't any but it's a very vague subject to take, not very job specific, but the thing with a degree is you want to come out of it knowing theres a massive chance you'll get a job, and an English degree never struck me as one that would help you much.


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And I thought thinking about college was too early, and here you are thinking about uni and you're younger than me! :P


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Cool, thanks for the help guys. I have a plan. :D

 

 

 

GCSE: triple science, Philosiphy & ethics, Latin, Economics, History. And all the other stuff that is un-planned.

 

A LEVEL: Philosophy and Ethics, History, Spanish, Literature.

 

UNI: English

 

You realise you'll have to do English at A-Level to be accepted for English at degree level, and also, may I ask what you want to do in life, it's just it's always appeared to me that English is a weird choice if you want to do anything other than become an English teacher, I cannot think of any other job which would require an English degree, not there aren't any but it's a very vague subject to take, not very job specific, but the thing with a degree is you want to come out of it knowing theres a massive chance you'll get a job, and an English degree never struck me as one that would help you much.

 

 

 

Literature IS English, numpty.

 

 

 

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Do you have any idea on what you want to be when your older? just out of curiosity.


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Do you have any idea on what you want to be when your older? just out of curiosity.

 

 

 

#-o the post RIGHT above yours <.<


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Do whatever the hell you want to at GCSE. Its more important to enjoy your time at school. Seriously, the only thing you perhaps should do is a language - the rest is up to you. A level is when choices matter. Seriously i cant believe you know what you want to do at uni, even where you want to go. have you even visited a uni ever?

 

 

 

English is one of the best degrees to get, it demonstrates alot of skills and ability so there are alot of jobs from it, teaching, journalism, script writing for films, theres so much from it. By the sound of it you'll enjoy english at A level and Uni so good luck with it.

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Do whatever the hell you want to at GCSE. Its more important to enjoy your time at school. Seriously, the only thing you perhaps should do is a language - the rest is up to you. A level is when choices matter. Seriously i cant believe you know what you want to do at uni, even where you want to go. have you even visited a uni ever?

 

 

 

English is one of the best degrees to get, it demonstrates alot of skills and ability so there are alot of jobs from it, teaching, journalism, script writing for films, theres so much from it. By the sound of it you'll enjoy english at A level and Uni so good luck with it.

 

 

 

Yes, I have/

 

 

 

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From what I've seen Oxford/Cambridge haven't changed, they seem to be as elitist as ever. The key example being a friend of mine, he got perfect grades - and I do mean perfect all A's in every subject (at the school we went to you had to have a full timetable so thats alot of A's). He had alot of extra cirricular activites and was a prefect etc. but not only was he rejected but he didn't even get an interview. What more could they want.
To come from a posh background in the south of England and be private schooled?

 

 

 

 

 

But author, by the time you get older, youll probably want to go somewhere else.


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They look for a special type of person, i applied but didn't get a interview. Neither did another friend. However one got into Oxford anyway. It's pretty damn tough. However i was kind of glad since i want to experience University something which im sure can't be fully done with the amount of pressure they put you under.


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Do something you enjoy and like. :|


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Hopefully you will outgrow the idea of going to Oxford or Cambridge before you have to make the choice. You should especially reconsider depending on where you live, what class you are, etc, etc.

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Hopefully, you will come to realise that it doesn't actually matter if you go to Oxbridge or any other prestigious unviersity. I could certainly apply for Oxbridge, in fact, my college suggests I do. However, I'm not gonna.

 

 

 

Why? Because I feel that the environment is wrong. I'd prefer to go to an urban university like Manchester, Liverpool or Sheffield to do Medicine. To do a course like Medicine, you have to have a social life outside of your studies to take your mind off it all. I don't feel Oxbridge would provide that - it's just too work driven.

 

 

 

Don't fall into this trap that getting into Oxbridge = Better education. It still very much varies depending on how you learn, what environment you learn best with and who you get along with. That's your decision, but I just feel Oxbridge wouldn't provide me with the style of learning I'd enjoy, and it would be full of people I feel would look down on me because I come from a less well-off background. That's just how I feel, but just get the message that Oxbridge isn't necessarily the best place to go to.

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Cambridge isn't always the best university for what you might want to take. Some univerisities have specialest subjects and courses.


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Cambridge isn't always the best university for what you might want to take. Some univerisities have specialest subjects and courses.

 

 

 

Cambridge specialises in english, which is what I want to take.

 

 

 

At I have a few friends who went to cambridge and loved it, so...


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Oxford definitely isn't that elitist - after all, I got an offer. And I'm only taking three full A levels. I'm just waiting to see whether I get my A's

 

 

 

But I will say this - take a foreign language at GCSE. Until recently it was a requirement for admision at Oxford in any course. I don't know about Cambridge, but it'll be similar. But seriously, take subjects you enjoy. You'll be more likely to do well. Don't pressurize yourself this early. Wait until you choose your A levels before putting on the pressure. And whatever you apply to do, make sure you really want to do it. Thats one of the main things they look for.

 

And be prepared to not get in. Psyching up this early is looking for trouble IMHO.

 

Though I have to say that if you want to be an author, will a fancy degree really help you? The creativity can't be taught, and the skills at writing well can be learnt from many places - the OU does a pretty good creative writing course.

 

 

 

Sorry if I sound a bit negative. I wish you the best of luck.


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