At Cambridge natural Sciences we believe that not everyone is right for study at Oxbridge. The course is highly academic, the workload is high and a great deal of time is spent in small groups with tutors discussing biosciences and physical sciences or dealing with mathematical concepts. This kind of learning environment may not be best suited to everyone. However, for those students who enjoy challenging and cutting-edge academia this course is almost always extremely rewarding and enjoyable.
Cambridge stipulates that at least 3 A’s are required at A-level, and the particular subjects you wish to take will have certain requirements, but maths is usually a given. With the introduction of the A* grade candidates may also given offers based on attaining an A* in one of their subjects.
As Cambridge rarely admits students with A-levels below this standard we strongly advise anyone thinking of applying for Oxbridge to do so only if they believe they are capable of attaining these grades. Before taking students on for our mentoring scheme we advise an informal meeting where we can discuss grades, academic potential and motivation for applying to Cambridge. This is to ensure that both the student and the mentor feel that the candidate will enjoy the course and have a good chance of success in their application.
Our candidates are generally bright, talented students with a passion for the Sciences. They will generally enjoy reading around their subject and will not be afraid to engage in scientific discussions, even with people more senior than themselves. They can think logically and solve problems from first principles as well as being hard and efficient workers. These are the kind of students who will excel in an environment like Oxford or Cambridge and we wholeheartedly invite students who think they fit this description to join out mentoring scheme to improve their chances of succeeding at interview.
Typical offers require
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-42 points, with 776 or 777 at Higher Level