Application

 Cambridge

 St Catharine’s

 Engineering

 2003

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (8 A*,1 A,1 B)

A-levels

(NA at AS)

(NA at AS)

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further), A in Physics

the A in FM was for AS-level.

undecided yet

I have a module resit to do, if I do OK in it, I’ll accept the offer. If I dont think I have a realistic chance of getting A in further maths, I think I’ll leave it.

N/A

Decisions about the application

Because I wanted a challenge, And I liked the idea of studying somewhere so prestigious.

Cambridge had the more suitable course for me.

Because I knew someone who went there, it was really friendly and pleasant to visit, and its close to the engineering department!

Preparation

yes

A mock interview

The forms: Try to have something different from everyone else, especially when writing about why you chose the university/course.

The interview(s): There’s not much preparation you can do, but mathematically you need to be on the ball, so make sure you are well awake and ready to think!

Interview

no

no

no

I was sat in an armchair by the fire, made to feel totally at ease, and then asked horrible maths questions! No, it was alright really, just had a few problems to solve using pencil and paper.

I was given an article beforehand on telescopes, and asked some questions on the article, mostly mathematical things. Was also asked some questions about my school, my A-levels and the Engineering Education Scheme (which I did in year 12)

Just smart trousers and a shirt, because I felt smart yet comfy.

Impressions

It was small but friendly, just what I was looking for

Saw one room on open day, it was above average and looked more cosy than some other student rooms I’d been in.

Edible but not great

Both times I visited I was given the same meal – Chicken with new potatoes and gravy!

they were friendly and made me feel relaxed – mostly.

only met 2, but they were both lovely.

Final stage

The post didnt arrive until 2pm, so I had given up. I wasnt expecting an offer higher than AAA, so was a little annoyed that my offer was higher, as I really think I’m going to struggle getting an A in further maths.

Looking back

Yes I’d still apply, because the whole experience was a lot less scary than I thought.

Be ready for anything, whatever you prepare for, you’ll get something different, so be ready to think.