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Post by twaters on Sat Oct 04, 2008 3:27 am

Sir Graystar wrote:
KIA Sneak wrote:
for Cambridge i would of thought they would ask you for 4 A's but i'm not sure on that. They will ask you to do STEP though and probably want a one in papers 2 and 3.

Don't quote me on this (how ironic) but I think they only require a 2 if you have 4 As. And a 2 is only about 40% isn't it?

I doubt it. A friend of mine got 5 As and got a 2 in one of the papers, and was rejected.

Widds, i don't know whether gap years are discouraged for sciences, but if you do take one, you'll need to make sure you're doing something constructive, and related to your subject.
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Post by widdows9000 on Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:11 am

Ok, cool, still not sure what I'll be taking at uni, depends on what I think of the A levels I'll be taking.

Deilos you're getting 5 A2s?! I'll only have 3, but I'll have 3 ASs as well so I suppose that will help a bit.
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Post by Deilos on Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:35 am

Well, not necessarily five. I mean, I'll get four minimum, since I doubt my school would let me only take two A2's in year thirteen! I'll probably have physics, chemistry, maths and further maths, on top of the Spanish A2 I'll probably get next year (unless I somehow do terribly this year).
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Post by KIA Sneak on Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:31 am

For Maths Cambridge will probably want you to only take certain modules.

They will want A's in all pure maths modules and probably the same for further pure ones. I think they only allow S1, pure and Mechanics so that means no S2 and no D1, D2.
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Post by Deilos on Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:55 am

When you say S1, D1 and stuff that means nothing to me...

If I'm looking at physics modules, would Cambridge not want me to be doing that?
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Post by jerryGFL on Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:09 am

S = Statistics
D = Decision Maths
M = Mechanics
C = Core
P = Pure

Thats the modules that you mgith take at a level maths/further maths
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Post by KIA Sneak on Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:54 am

Deilos wrote:When you say S1, D1 and stuff that means nothing to me...

If I'm looking at physics modules, would Cambridge not want me to be doing that?

What jerryGFL said.

It might be because of different exam boards and so your modules may be different. I was with AQA.

Either way i advise you check on the Cambridge website for what they want you to do/ take.
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Post by Enef Freestar on Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:32 am

After Sixth Form I hope to get into Leicster Uni mainly due to it having one of teh best Astro-Physics departments in the UK (only Edinburgh can match it... and that place is dull.. apart from the festivals.)
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Post by eadie on Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:46 pm

Leicester Uni is a really good uni, I almost went there but I got put off when they told me I wouldn't get in to halls as apparently I lived to close. I didn't consider a 45 minute bus journey close but in the end I ran off to Wales and did Geography at Aberystwyth. Like **** was I going to live with my folks and go to Leicester Uni.

This topic is so bizarre for me, its been a long time since I got my A Levels and even longer since I got my GCSEs. I swear both are getting easier every year! That or you guys are just way more intelligent than me / or far far more motivated to do work!
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Post by Sir Graystar on Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:09 am

twaters wrote:
I doubt it. A friend of mine got 5 As and got a 2 in one of the papers, and was rejected.

Its definatly only a 2 for Warwick, and thats one of the only places they do it nowadays.
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Post by kingofapples on Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:07 pm

Ok college open evening yesterday. Managed to sort out what i want to do and will be applying soon

Going to do:

Mathematics
Physics
Electronics
Computing

Lots of work/homework Sad
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Post by funky44 on Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:08 pm

Are you going for an engineering degree in the future?
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Post by jerryGFL on Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:12 pm

Ohm man at uni im currently stuck at doping a practical about JUnit tetsing deadline is at midnight and its looking back...
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Post by funky44 on Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:21 pm

You mean a semiconductor?
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Post by kingofapples on Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:48 pm

funky44 wrote:Are you going for an engineering degree in the future?

More computing than engineering, but aparently those are good for computing ^^
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Post by funky44 on Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:57 pm

Well, computational engineers are more into the general stuff. Not pure the coding. But those things that you want to do is where my interests lie.
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Post by kingofapples on Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:24 pm

fair enough ^_^
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Post by Draaglom on Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:30 pm

My AS-levels suck.
English language - Boring as hell. The only challenging one of my A levels, however.
Philosophy - It had the potential to be brilliant. Sometimes it is, but most of the time it's the damn bloke forcing his philosophical views on the class. That or people around me arguing about whether you should be nice to someone if they give you AIDs. No idea why.
Maths - Too, too slow. Over the last five weeks I've done about enough work to fill two, maybe three, lessons. I was going to do Further Maths, but I was, ahem, 'persuaded' not to do it because I was already doing 'a lot of work'. I should have put my foot down.
Physics - Meh. It's alright, although I already know most of it. So, easy.
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Post by Ryo E on Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:52 pm

I'm currently taking my GCSEs, I took:
IT (Short course), RS (Short course), maths, statistics, English language, English literature, German, biology, chemisty, physics, systems and control (AKA electronics), business studies, geography.

I've already finished IT, and got a B (I got 100% in the exam, but I was too lazy to do decent coursework). I've also taken my first biology, chemistry and physics papers, getting A, A* and A* respectively (I even got 100% in the physics exam Very Happy).

For A-level, I'm planning on taking computing, economics, maths and either physics or further maths.
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Post by Free Jack on Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:55 pm

Ryo E wrote:For A-level, I'm planning on taking computing, economics, maths and either physics or further maths.

Physics is really good and further maths is hard but worth it it is probably better than normal maths.
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Post by Teh User on Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:34 pm

Sorry for bumping this but I'm joining.

I'm working on:

English Lang: B
English Lit: A
Biology: B
Chemistry: B
Physics: B
Maths: A
History: A
I.T: C
German: A*
Technology: C
R.E: A

for GCSE.

I was forced to take Technology and I.T isn't what I thought it would be, hence the lower grades.

Applied to Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College (apparently one of the best state colleges in England) in Darlington this October with:

Politics
Economics
German
History - Modern
Sociology

in mind as possible subject choices. Critical Thinking or General Studies is also compulsory.

As Durham University is just up the road (12 miles) our school usually gets a lot of mentoring sessions. Smile


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Post by rastari on Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:57 pm

germans a hell of a lot more difficult at a level, well i can speak it very well but not so good with writing so i found it a lot more difficult because it's about grammar a lot more that's the only a level we have in common i took history but i was doing a different era
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Post by MikeLee on Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:09 am

I'm doing:
Maths
Further Maths
Computing
Physics
Chemistry

for AS at the moment and will be doing it for A2 as well

My dream is to go to MIT but there is always Cambridge if that doesn't work

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Post by Glorious Failure on Sun Dec 14, 2008 5:35 am

Draaglom wrote:English language - Boring as hell. The only challenging one of my A levels, however.

If you're on EDEXCEL, the second year is much, much more interesting than the first. History of English, accents/dialects, etc. Glad I kept it to A2 in the end.

I did English Language, Biology and Psychology at A-level. I dropped Chemistry after AS.

Chemistry is damm hard. And damm boring. Putting carbon and hydrogen together is only interesting for so long. I enjoyed the second year of English; first sucked though. Hence my much better grades at A2 when compared to AS. Biology is meh. I didn't do that well at it, despite knowing what I'm talking about. Scraped through to a C, after a high B in the first year. Being ill for exams sucked D:. I had more than enough knowledge for the neuroscience half of my course regardless, so it worked out well in the end.. I really enjoyed psychology though. And I was good at (most) of it (child psychology sucked). If you've got a spare option, I really recommend this, its why I chose it, and it worked out well.

Cambridge applicants; choose Oxford instead, unless you really really want Cambridge. I live in Cambridge (When I'm not at uni), and the social side of it sucks. By contrast, I've heard good things about Oxford.

Personally, I'm at Keele, studying Neuroscience and psychology.
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Post by Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar on Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:36 am

In the second year of:

English;
English Literature;
Science Triple Award (Biology, Chemistry, Physics);
Science Astronomy;
Mathematics;
ICT;
Technology;
Religious Education (short course);
History;
French.

So 11 full GCSE courses.

A-levels will be Maths (not further), Physics, History and Government & Politics if the course is accepted. And for the second year I'll drop either G&P or History, depending on which I'm better/worse at.
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