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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:32 pm 
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Cambridge is our last one this week, after Nottingham last week. She has already done a 3 day taster there but wants to see it in open day mode. Seeing them in the flesh has been useful for DD - she really doesn't want campus but has decided that Nottingham can go in as 4th choice as the grade requirements are lower.

I have enjoyed visiting with her but interviews/offer days will be under her own steam. Her friend who is aiming for the same course has not liked the same unis on the whole - they share 2 out of 8/9 possibles. They haven't managed to visit any at the same time so they compare notes when they get back in to school.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:43 pm 
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Skipsmash has she considered York? It is up North. Has good Med school, excellent sports facilities, a cycle track and very active cycle club.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:00 pm 
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Ds likes Bristol and Nottingham.
Visited Cambridge today and really liked it.
However, he wants to do engineering. He is doing A level maths, physics and chemistry, but he isn't doing further maths, so although he should get the grade requirements, the lack of further maths could be the problem.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:07 pm 
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Sheffield seems not to require Further Maths?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:23 pm 
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nervousmom wrote:
Ds likes Bristol and Nottingham.
Visited Cambridge today and really liked it.
However, he wants to do engineering. He is doing A level maths, physics and chemistry, but he isn't doing further maths, so although he should get the grade requirements, the lack of further maths could be the problem.


He could apply to the Year in Industry scheme https://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry - when my DS1 did this several years ago as part of the placement there was a Maths self-study module which topped up his maths skills to (he'd taken Maths, Physics & Design Tech)

(Despite less than stellar A levels DS1 is now a Chartered Engineer and the YINI was an excellent step along this route, plus giving him an additional year to mature as an August birthday before heading off to university)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:49 am 
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nervousmom wrote:
Ds likes Bristol and Nottingham.
Visited Cambridge today and really liked it.
However, he wants to do engineering. He is doing A level maths, physics and chemistry, but he isn't doing further maths, so although he should get the grade requirements, the lack of further maths could be the problem.


Lack of further maths shouldn’t be an issue for engineering, though many ,students take it as a fourth A level. It’s worth looking at the specific admissions requirements though.

Usually it’s maths and physics (or maths and chemistry for chem eng) plus one other.

I always recommend further maths for anyone thinking about engineering, as it’s a maths heavy subject and it will give a head start particularly in your first year, but I wouldn’t see it as essential.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:41 am 
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JS33 wrote:
loobylou wrote:
This has been a really interesting thread.

She would now like to start thinking a bit more about it and she wants to start with the courses, then look at the university experience/place.
?


A book that I recommend is :
HEAP 2019: University Degree Course Offers Paperback – 18 May 2018
By Brian Heap
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kenyancowgirl wrote:
Reality is though that with uni websites, student alternative online guides, UCAS information online, Heap isn't really necessary/relevant anymore - I certainly wouldn't purchase a physical copy, myself.



The initial message had the phrases ‘if possible’ and ‘have a look at’. The message has been edited by moderators.
It was some nice advice given to loobylou, just advising her to consult a book, not to buy it.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:20 pm 
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Tinkers wrote:
nervousmom wrote:
Ds likes Bristol and Nottingham.
Visited Cambridge today and really liked it.
However, he wants to do engineering. He is doing A level maths, physics and chemistry, but he isn't doing further maths, so although he should get the grade requirements, the lack of further maths could be the problem.


Lack of further maths shouldn’t be an issue for engineering, though many ,students take it as a fourth A level. It’s worth looking at the specific admissions requirements though.

Usually it’s maths and physics (or maths and chemistry for chem eng) plus one other.

I always recommend further maths for anyone thinking about engineering, as it’s a maths heavy subject and it will give a head start particularly in your first year, but I wouldn’t see it as essential.


For Cambridge lack of further maths isn't a problem, although they do have extra classes in the 1st term for those that didn't do it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:05 pm 
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Thanks for advice.

I'll pass this on to him. I know there is a test at the end of October that they insist prospective students sit, so he will register to do this.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:22 am 
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DD is having to sit a natural sciences exam for vet med at Cambridge (she really liked it at open day too, even knowing that it isn't the most respected vet med course) - be aware that the exam is slap bang in the middle of half term which might catch some people out if they have holiday plans.


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