Hello, I'm a secondary (high) school student in Ireland and I'd just like some of your advice on regards to some questions I have about universities and things. I'm in 5th Year now, which means I'll be taking my Leaving Certificate (Final Exams) in 2011, the subjects I'm taking and my predicted grades in them are: Maths: A1 Physics: A1 Chemistry :A1 Biology: A1 Applied Maths (Mechanics): A1 Geography: A1 English: B1-A2 French: A1 Irish: B2 I won a bronze medal at the International Junior Science Olympiad in Korea in 2008, and am on the Irish team for the EUSO in Sweden this year. Anyway, you're probably wondering why I'm telling you all this and the reason is this: It's my current dream/whatever you wanna call it, to study Mathematics with Physics at the University of Cambridge. However, I think that this will be far more difficult to get into than the Natural Sciences course at said university, and that I, in particular, would have a higher chance of succeeding in getting into the Natural Sciences course than Mathematics with Physics. However, to be frank, I'm far more interested in the mathematical aspect of physics than I am in chemistry or biology and I don't think Natural Sciences would be provide me with this to the same degree. Basically I was wondering if I should apply to Natural Sciences instead of Maths and Physics, because I feel it would be easier to get admitted into.. I know this is rather incoherent and rambling but hear (read?) me out.. In most of the universities colleges, AS Level Further Mathematics, is an essential prerequisite.. however, there is no equivalent in Ireland, and also the Irish school curicullum is much less specialised, i.e. 7 subjects (in my case 9), instead of the 3/4 A-Levels that British students take, and I was wondering whether this would disadvantage my application. And yes, I know there are other colleges, and I'm still seriously interested in Imperial, and University College London and several others... though Oxford is an impossibility due to the UCAS system. And also Irish colleges such as Trinity College Dublin, and maybe American ones, though they are shockingly expensive. And there's not really any rush either, I know, UCAS deadlines aren't until October or something so I plan to have my mind properly made up by then.