Application

 Cambridge

 Christ’s

 Economics

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (6 A*,6 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 A; gained NA at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained NA)

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAAA, or AAA with Distinction in AEA Maths or Economics

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Wanted to go to the best university in the country. Liked the idea of living in college for full time at university

Only Cambridge offered straight Economics

– Central location
– You get to send it work (I thought this would give me a better chance)
– Accomodation for three years
– Not too big or too small

Preparation

yes

I had two practic interviews with my Economics teachers

Catch up on current affairs definately and if you have to send off an essay, make sure you know it back to front.

Interview

no

yes

I submitted an essay I wrote on market failure. It was in my opinion and my teachers the best essay I had done so far so we sent off that one.

no

The first interview was a subject one. The first 20 minutes were spent disucssing the essay I had sent in. Did’nt get a chance to say that much but I tried to have an impact on the conversation. The final 10 minutes were spent on some general macroeconomic questions regarding the exchange rate. I made a really stupid mistake but I saw the look on the professor’s face and realised I had made a mistake and corrected myself quickly.

The second interview was a general one. We talked about current affairs, the new Governor of the Bank of England, house prices, why economic models are so poor etc. Then we talked about what I would get involved with if I was to receive an offer.

At the end of both interviews I was asked if I had any questions.

Nothing was asked about my personal statement.

Jacket, trousers and tie

Impressions

Very well maintained and quiet

NA

NA

The Economics tutor was a bit patronising but he’s in a position to be so. I’m sure he’s not really like that. The Admissions tutor was very friendly.

Didn’t see any. They must have all been at lectures (:-))

Final stage

It was extremely thin. And so I got depressed. I opened, realised it was an offer and got happy. Then I read the offer requirements and got depressed.

Looking back

Definitely. I’ve lost nothing and gained lots and lots.

Prepare, prepare and prepare!