Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity Hall

 Computer Science

 2003

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (1 A*,5 A,1 B,3 C)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

I wanted to challenge myself – I would of regretted it if I hadn’t at least tried.

I had a look at both, but prefered the course at cambridge.

Small, friendly, centre of town

Preparation

no

Interview

no

no

yes

I had to take the TSA (thinking skills assement). Be sure to check out their website and read the information on the test. Is very useful.

2 Interviews. One general, one subject specific

During the general interview I was asked a few questions to put me at ease, then a maths question and finally asked some questions about why I wanted to study computer science. The subject interview seemed like it was a never ending stream of maths problems, getting harder as they went.

A suit

Impressions

Lovely place. Everyone was really friendly

Friendly

We were taken to our interviews by student guides so got to talk to them about the college and the university

Final stage

Was fairly sure that I was going to be rejected. The letter had a single sheet of A4 paper in it so was fairly sure it was a rejection.

Looking back

Yes – quite possibly a different college though. If I didn’t apply I would regret it for the rest of my life.

Make sure you try and get a maths teacher to sit down with you and make you do some hard maths problems with them. Make sure to read up on your subject and any key ideas.