Natural Sciences (cont.) Entry requirements for Natural Sciences
Year 1 (Part IA)
‘Science/mathematics subjects’ refers to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. It does not include Psychology.
You study three experimental sciences (from eight, 1-8 below/ opposite, plus one mathematics (from three, 9-11), chosen at the start of the first term.
All Colleges require At least two science/mathematics A Levels/IB Higher Levels
You should indicate in your SAQ (see p7) whether your interests lie broadly in biological or physical sciences. The choice isn’t absolute, and many students change direction before they start or as they progress.
Some Colleges require AS or A Level/IB Standard or Higher Level in a third science/mathematics subject and/or particular subjects. See individual College websites for details A Levels Most students have at least three science/mathematics A Levels and having just two will restrict your Part IA subject choice. In these circumstances you’ll normally be expected to achieve A* in both of the science/mathematics subjects and encouraged to take an additional science/mathematics AS Level. The more useful combinations are: • A Level Chemistry, A Level Mathematics, and AS Biology or AS Physics • A Level Physics, A Level Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics • A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry, and AS Mathematics or AS Physics Subject requirements for Part IA options are given right/opposite . International Baccalaureate The A Level subject advice above also applies to the IB. Other examination systems See p143-5 and consult any Admissions Tutor for further advice.
For each option, you usually have three hours of lectures, some practical work and one supervision per week. Assessment varies depending on the option taken but always includes written examinations. There may also be practical examinations or continuous assessment of practical work. 1. Biology of Cells Highly desirable A Level Chemistry Useful preparation A Level Biology • Biology of Cells introduces you to cell biology – topics such as cell structure and dynamics, macromolecules, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, development and cell communication. • This option is for biological and physical sciences students who wish to explore the topical and rapidly advancing fields of cell biology, genetics and bioinformatics. • The Biology of Cells and Computer Science options cannot be combined. 2. Chemistry Essential A Level Chemistry (A Level Mathematics is essential to continue to Chemistry A in Part IB) Highly desirable AS/A Level Mathematics • Chemistry is concerned with how and why molecules form, and what determines their properties and the way in which they react. • You learn about the key concepts and theories which help us to understand and rationalise a wide range of molecular phenomena. 3. Computer Science Essential A Level Mathematics Useful preparation AS/A Level Further Mathematics and/or Physics No previous subject knowledge necessary but some understanding of programming may be helpful • In Computer Science, you explore the theoretical and practical foundations of computer science – computer programming (in ML and Java), algorithm design and analysis, and floating point and numerical computation. • The Computer Science and Biology of Cells options cannot be combined.
University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus 2016 Entry