Application

 Cambridge

 Emmanuel

 Computer Science

 1999

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 FE College

 yes (7 A*,1 A,1 B)

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 Mathematics

AAAB

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

My teachers said that I had a chance of getting in, so I decided that I had nothing to lose.

I’d previously had family at Cambridge

It was the one my family had been to, and seemed really friendly, plus it has a free laundry service – bonus!

Preparation

no

Try doing some logic/maths problems – they won’t tell you the answers to the questions but they will help you think in the right way. Also talk as you think through the question, they don’t mind if you do go off on the wrong track to start with, and it does show you do have some idea of how to start.

Interview

no

no

no

I had come up the night before as I live quite a long way away and the first interview was at 9.00, so I was shown to a room where everyone was waiting and then to the interview itself by really friendly students who did their best to put me at my ease. The interviewers start off with pretty easy questions as well.

There were two – I was asked questions about my interests to start with and then about any negative impacts computers might have on society. At the second one I was asked maths / logic questions, although it was reasoning rather than knowledge of A-level maths that was required. I was asked whether I was unhappy with any of my GCSE grades, and then we discussed my first interview.

A skirt and shirt, to look smart but not too formal

Impressions

The buildings are really beautiful, and one of the first things you get told by students is how good the bar is.

Rooms are larger than at most universities, and most of them have sinks in. Bathrooms / showers are shared between four or five, maybe six at most, and kitchens are shared between from five to eight.

Edible but not great

The only ones I met were the ones that interviewed me, and they do try to put you at your ease.

Really friendly – I lost my room key and they helped me look for it.

Looking back

Yes, the interview process was nothing like as painful as I expected and I’m having a great time now I’m here.

Don’t lie on your application form, you won’t necessarily be found out but it’s pretty embarrassing if you are