Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Economics

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (5 A*,5 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Economics, A in Mathematics

AAA

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Its the bullseye and what everyone wants. I went to a really rough primary school and I thought it would be a slap in the face for people who think Cambridge’s elitist. Plus I want one of those bikes.

Oxford didn’t do just pure Economics

Thought it would have the lowest number of applicants (I was wrong!) and they said they needed more women.

Preparation

no

Know LOADS about current events and be extremely honest. I just said that I didn’t know the answer to a few of their questions. And I told the first guy when he asked me why I hadnt really thought about why the MPCs inflation target was 2.5% that the answer was that “I have a life”. He didnt seem to mind. Be prepared for the unexpected-like an angry telephone message about why the milk bill wasnt paid!

Interview

no

no

yes

Yes-it was a Critical thinking/IQ test and you cant prepare. It was long and there was barely enough time.

I had 2 interviews in the tutors plush offices with a big gap inbetween. We just talked for 20 minutes each time.

I was asked about the Euro, market structures and why I said I liked playing snooker! I wasn’t asked any of the usual why Caius questions.

A suit because I would hate to be underdressed. A suit gives you confidence.

Impressions

Beautiful with great facilities-like a literal cinema! The place was like Harry Potter.

Rooms were big in Harvey Court-each room has its own sink. The showers were disgusting.

Awful

The service is FAST so make sure you hold onto your plate.

Very eccentric but really friendly.

Too intelligent. JCR talk was on philosophy and I did year for someone normal to talk to about drinking and TV. But you have to remember the people I met were at the college even in their holidays!

Final stage

I was unsure because the offer was higher than my predicted grade in maths. But I was too overwhelmed to speak. I really thought Id blown it.

Looking back

Yes-its a magic place and you never know what they’re really looking for and how lucky you may be.

Be honest-they’ll catch you out. Dont study or read textbooks. If they make you stay overnight dont revise-go out and enjoy Cambridge.