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Natural Sciences (Biological)

A broad course that allows for specialism in later years.

Preparation

General Information

These links πŸ”— are good places to help for Natural Sciences (Biological) (recommended by current students). It is not necessary to look at them all so to help, we've explained why we think each resource is useful so you can decide if it's applicable for you. We've put a ⭐ next to links we think are particularly helpful.

Overview πŸ”— 🌟 A good overview of the Cambridge course structure and typical entry requirements. Some subject options also have requirements.

Course Content πŸ”— To find out more about what you’d be studying if you studied biological Natural Sciences here, these pages give an overview of current courses with introductions and reading guides for different papers.

Best preparation before application

BioNRich πŸ”— 🌟 Some useful maths exercises to improve your skills on the more numbers-based aspects of biology.

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

Cambridge University Students’ Union Natural Sciences alternative prospectus πŸ”— 🌟This page has testimonials from natural scientist students relating to course structure, work load, departments and a typical first year timetable.

chemNRICH πŸ”— Some useful maths activities that will help you with you Chemistry prep.

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.

Learn Chemistry πŸ”— An interesting website that is mainly for teachers, but also has good resources for students including for the β€˜school to university’ transition.

InfoBiology πŸ”— A wealth of information on biological research, including latest news and ideas for independent projects you might want to try.

Isaac Chemistry πŸ”— 🌟 A really useful source of questions and answers produced by Cambridge University.

Natural Sciences Tripos suggested reading list πŸ”— 🌟 A list of preparatory readings compiled by the university for pre-university. None are essential, but may be worth a glance (even just for general interest).

NRICH Advanced STEM online activities πŸ”— A collection of online visual resources and question sets to test and develop knowledge.

NRICH Mathematics Preparation for Natural Sciences πŸ”— 🌟 As above, but specifically focussing 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)

Reading List for first year (2018-19) πŸ”— This is the first year reading list, so don't worry too much about getting through it!

School Science Biology πŸ”— 🌟 A massive source of links to information on everything from cells and microbiology to human biology, genetics and evolution.

School Science Chemistry πŸ”— 🌟 Tonnes of information and useful links on here about everything from organic chemistry to industrial processes and chemical calculations.

Application and Interviews

Application

Details about Natural Sciences Admission Assessment πŸ”— University webpage with specimen papers and past papers.

Specification for the 2017 assessment πŸ”— Note this is out of date now but may be useful to get a general gist!

Wish I’d Known - Biology Interviews Blog Post πŸ”— A short article written by a current natural scientist about what they wish they’d known for the interview.

Interviews

Read interviews about Natural Sciences (Biological).

Mock Interview Video πŸ”— This official video has some helpful advice regarding the interview process. Skip to 3:51 for information regarding natural sciences interviews specifically.

Oxbridge Applications interview blog post πŸ”— 🌟 An example of an interview question, with advice on how to approach and deal with it.

Interview Guide - Blog Post πŸ”— 🌟 A short article going into detail on a general interview for natural sciences.

Colleges

Official College Websites

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