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Natural Sciences (Biological)

A broad course that allows for specialism in later years.
βŒ›οΈLast updated: June 21, 2020, 2:57 p.m.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Natural Sciences (Biological).

Overview

Overview πŸ”— This is the Natural Sciences section of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.

Faculty website πŸ”— This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the Faculty of Natural Sciences undergrad prospectus πŸ”— 🌟, which gives a general overview of what studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge is like.

Unofficial Prospectus πŸ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Natural Sciences student is like, compared to official materials.

More

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge πŸ”— This challenge is designed for year 12 students, with engaging questions in a format more similar to university chemistry exams and marked solutions

HE Plus πŸ”— 🌟 A great resource produced by Cambridge itself, with detailed resources and exercises on a wide range of topics from chromatography and infrared spectroscopy to catalysts and colour, or from stem cells and evolution to biodiversity and public health.

Isaac Chemistry πŸ”— 🌟 A really useful source of questions and answers produced by Cambridge University. The questions are predominantly problem-solving style, which may be useful for interview or admissions assessment preparation.

NRich Natural Sciences preparation πŸ”— 🌟 This site focuses on mathematical skills relevant to the Cambridge Natural Sciences degree. Every natural scientist has to study some form of mathematics at Cambridge, so this isn’t an area to overlook!

Application Resources

Reading Lists πŸ”— These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long they are; they’re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ πŸ”— 🌟 Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

InsideUni Biological Natural Sciences interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!

Mock interview video πŸ”— Skip to 3.51 for information regarding Natural Sciences interviews specifically

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