Application

 Cambridge

 Jesus

 Economics

 2005

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,4 A)

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)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Distinction; gained Distinction)

Applied with all A levels bar Mathematics, which was a requisite of my offer.

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics

A

yes

yes

yes

Whilst Warwick is close to Cambridge for Economics, Cambridge still has a clear edge, so it wasn’t too hard to decide.

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Oxford didn’t offer pure Economics

It’s the only subject I’ve found interesting enough to study for three years

Based my decision on college size and partly on entry requirements.

Preparation

yes

Had a practice interview, which wasn’t terribly useful. Some help given where needed with filling in the forms.

Don’t write down books you’ve supposedly read on your PS before you’ve read them. I had to quickly read Wealth of Nations because of this.
Find a topic in Economics you enjoy or find most interesting, and read up on that. It’s more pleasurable than reading a massive Economics tome and more productive. It also means that you can show a real passion for the subject in the interview, by displaying an in depth knowledge of a specific area which interests you.

Interview

no

yes

We had a prep study to do – reading a chapter of Freakonomics and summarising it.

yes

TSA was the only test – pretty simple.

Hoodie, jeans – wanted to feel comfortable.

Looking back

Definitely.