Application

 Cambridge

 Peterhouse

 History

 2001

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (1 A*,7 A,1 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

The excellence in the History teaching, its reputation for being the best university in the country and the huge Theatre scene at Cambridge.

Aside from everything els, I really want to be highly active in the theatre scene at university and Cambridge is renowned for the opportunites it presents to its undergraduates for Theatre.

1- Accepted post-A-Level applications

2- Accepted AAB for History

3- The theatre there is excellent (Sam Mendes is part of the Alumni!)

4- The History department there is excellent and it takes on more undergraduates for History than most other colleges. I learn best through debate and discussion and thought having more Hirtorians in my college would give me more chance to do this.

Preparation

yes

The year when I was at school, History applicants got weekly half hour lessons on Histiographical theory.

Read up on histriographical issues around your topic, feel confident about the essays you sent in and be prepared to answer questions off them and same goes for what you say in your personal statement

Interview

no

yes

3 History essays, each one on a topic that I knew that when they questioned me about them I would be able to answer them very well. One English essay on Hamlet, just in case they wanted to see some diversity.

yes

A test comparing three documents

First I had a test comparing three documents. Then I had my first interview, almost totally history based. They asked me about one of my essays, hstography based on the essay topic (the Holocaust, excellent to talk about in terms of histiographical debate) then some questions about my British History course and comparing figures from both periods.

Second interview had some questions like this as well, as well as one my other two essays. I would say this interview was harder as the two guys doing it gave little way as to how I was doing, you have to stick to your guns and believe that you are doing well, even if they don’t indicate either way.

Black trousers, blue shirt, armless jumper- felt comfortable, most people were in suits of some description, but remeber it is not a job interview

Impressions

BEautiful place, good community spirirt- somewhere I really wanted to be for three years.

Didn’t see them.

NA

Very pleasant but there to test you and they really intended to do this to the full.

They were away

Final stage

I was happy and relieved.

Looking back

Definitely, because the lessons you learn from the experience are unbuyable, you can only experience it for yourself. It teaches you so much about what excellence in education is, why Oxbridge is so renowned and it makes you question and realise your true abilities.

Don’t apply thinking you will get in, apply for the experience and if you get in then that is just a bonus.