Lucy Cavendish aims to admit three to five undergraduates in Natural Sciences each year, and a number of Erasmus students follow related pathways, making for one of the most diverse and dedicated subject communities in college. We also have a very strong postgraduate presence, with around fifty MPhil and PhD Biologists, Biochemists, Biotechnologists, Chemists, Earth Scientists and Physicists, alongside teaching and research staff.
The Natural Sciences Tripos is the framework within which most science is taught in Cambridge. Sixteen departments contribute to the course, and Natural Scientists can choose from a wide range of options in the physical and biological sciences, as well as the history and philosophy of science. About half of Cambridge Natural Sciences graduates go on to further study or research; others enter banking, accountancy, law, consultancy and the media.
Further information about the course can be found on the Tripos and University websites.
Applicants must have at least two Science/Mathematical A Levels (or equivalent) and almost all successful applicants have three Science/Mathematical A Levels (or equivalent); these usually include Mathematics and Chemistry. Access Diplomas, Open University credits, and Certificates of Higher Education could form part of an application for Natural Sciences at Cambridge but would not be sufficient alone to meet the University's entrance requirements.
Applicants to Lucy Cavendish will not be required to sit a pre-interview assessment. Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.
Ruta grew up in Lithuania and left her job as a technician in a medical device development company to come to Cambridge, having previously sat the International Baccalaureate. Since Lucy is a rather small college, you get to know most of the student population and have plenty of opportunities for exciting social life. Furthermore, your voice really matters in the decision making processes of the college and you can get big things accomplished through joining the Student Union committee or launching a new society/initiative. I loved the fact that the Natural Sciences course aims to develop scientists capable of asking critical questions and developing solutions to them – at all times you are encouraged to think independently and judge objectively, rather than learn by rote.
Heather worked in the fast food industry before taking an Access to HE Diploma at Birmingham Metropolitan College and studying A-level Sciences, independently. I like the fact that I’m lectured by world experts here: they know the field, because they’re the ones doing critical research in it. There’s also a useful overlap between courses in Natural Sciences, meaning that scientific concepts are explored from a number of perspectives. And overall, it isn’t as scary as I’d anticipated: the material is delivered at a level people feel comfortable with, and I can manage most of my work within scheduled contact hours. Lucy Cavendish is definitely the prettiest ‘mature’ college, with the nicest buildings of all the modern colleges. Everyone knows each other, and the Library has great sofas!