Making an informed choice
Finding the right course should be your first priority, and your choice of university will come next. Remember, it’s not like A levels – courses in the same subject at different universities can vary widely, even if they have the same name. Think through whether you would enjoy Cambridge’s particular style of teaching: a combination of formal lectures and small-group teaching, known as supervisions. Cambridge degrees are still mainly assessed by end-of-year exams – are you good at this kind of test, or do you prefer essays/coursework as a main form of assessment?
• UCAS has a useful video about choosing a course and search tools to help you find courses matching your interests.
• There’s also a video about choosing a Cambridge course on the University website and each of the subject pages has a short video of academics and students talking about what the course involves, what’s special about the Cambridge course, career prospects, and what makes a successful application.
• The HE+ website provides further information about all of the Cambridge courses, as well as resources to help you further explore your subject.
If the Cambridge course seems like the one for you and you’re considering applying to Newnham, take a look at our College prospectus, come and talk to us at an Open Day or explore our page on the Cambridge Virtual tour.