Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Law

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (11 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

It’s the best.

Oxford is no. 4, Cambridge seemed much more cosy and the Oxford degree result is entirely dependent on your 3rd year exams.

Central, lovely architechture, good reputation for my subject, the most welcoming on the open day, it said in the prospectus that applications were less than average, but the year I applied there were 70 applicants for 10 places – which is way over average. The moral is DON’T PLAY THE NUMBER GAME.

Preparation

yes

A mock interview, but the reality didn’t resemble it at all.

There is only a tiny space on the Cambridge form for you to write extra information, so be concise, don’t lie and be specific.

Interview

no

no

no

One general interview with Admissions Tutor, one Law Interview with Director of Studies who gave me legal problems to look at 15 mins in advance.

Why Law? Why do you want to come to uni? What worries you about uni? Tell me about cases you have been interested in (DON’T STATE THE OBVIOUS ONES). We just discussed the legal problems mainly.

A suit – even though it says you don’t need to, it made me feel better and (as said in American Beauty) to be successful you should project an image of success.

Impressions

Very friendly, and rich (since all the student helpers were paid to guide us around).

I didn’t see any.

Good

They had Muller yoghurts in about 14 flavours which was great.

I met two who were extremely friendly, helpful, not at all what you’d expect. Young and both female.

They were warm and welcoming – which isn’t surprising since they were paid.

Final stage

I was ecstatic.

Looking back

Of course, it is the creme de la creme.

I wasn’t questioned at all on any of the 10 books I’d read, or current affairs or anything of the sort. You really can only prepare for the obvious questions, they don’t care about how much you’ve prepared really. They just want to see how you think.

You really can’t prepare for the interview, and it isn’t the end of the world.