Application

 Cambridge

 Churchill

 Computer Science

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (1 A*,3 A,4 B,3 C)

A-levels

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further), 2 in STEP II, 1 in STEP III

[step grades either way around]

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Reputation
Very mathematical course

Oxford CompSci course isn’t as good.

Nice modern look. Nice atmosphere. Lots of other computer scientists (they thought it was good – why argue?)

Preparation

yes

One pretty useless interview with some army bloke. Spent the whole time arguing about Iraq.

Interview

no

no

no

I turned up in the morning and was put in a room near the dining area where I believe they were trying our intellegence by testing to see if we could work the coffee machine. Although nobody was completely sucessful (including the current undergrads that were sitting with us), most managed to get a cup after a few attempts.
I then had a “thinking skills” test. Pretty easy but really had to prepare for – I’ve never come across anything like it.
Next, I went to the general interview. I was very nervous and it really showed. He really hammered my GCSEs and my C at AS Chemistry. When he asked me how many hours there are in a week, I said 196 (I was nervous).
After that I thought I’d totally blown it so I went into my Subject interview thinking that it didn’t really matter any more and so I wasn’t nervous at all. I completely stormed it.

Lots: Questions about proof and reasoning in the “thinking skills” test. Things like doing jigsaws in your head and working out all the possible solutions. 24 x 7 in the general interview. A series of sort-of-mathematical logic questions in the subject interview.

Pair of camel trousers, Dark blue long-sleeved shirt and matching tie. Didn’t want to go to a college that cared so much about what you wore that they’d turn people down for not wearing a suit.

Impressions

I only visited Churchill so I can’t compare it to others but the whole place seemed very friendly and everybody was very helpful and the accomodation was good

Rooms were modern and spacious (for Uni accomodation) and there were lots of facilities avaliable (quite a nice bar)

good

In my subject interview, they were very friendly. My admissions tutor wasn’t but I get the feeling he was putting it on.

Very friendly (I need to be more origional with my descriptions of people), and helpful.

Final stage

Happy. Phoned lots of people.
I expected to be rejected since my first interview (and I wasn’t sure when I applied) so I was expecting it to be a rejection (I was walking round for weeks before saying “I don’t want to go there anyway” to myself to try to avoid being dissapointed)

Looking back

Yes.
I got an offer – duh.

I would’ve still applied if I’d re-lived the year if I was rejected. It was a useful and fun (?) experience

Ignore the advise of anybody who has not been through the Churchill College application system. Most of it will be red herrings. The admissions tutors know what students think they can do to prepare so they deliberately ask questions that you won’t have prepared for.