Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Medicine

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,4 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (295 UMS))

(A at AS (287 UMS))

(A at AS (294 UMS))

(A at AS (270 UMS))

(A at AS (292 UMS))

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics

The third A is in either Maths or Physics.

yes

yes

yes

I had an offer UCL as well. I was actually very pleased with both. They’re both excellent institutions.

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

A very academic environment. It suited me quite well.

Cambridge accepted more Medics and put less emphasis on GCSEs. They also looked at AS Module scores.

Medicine is what ‘ive always wanted to do’.

It had an excellent reputation for Medicine.

Preparation

no

We had mock interviews.

Prepare hard for the BMAT and the Interview. They are crucial. Don’t let low GCSEs or AS Scores dampen your spirits.

Interview

yes

I got 23.3 on the BMAT. (6.1, 6.7 and 10.5)

no

no

There was 1 general interview. It went quite well. I take a rather extra-ciricular interest in Medicine and so I found this interview easier than the other two.

There were two subject specific interviews. They went reasonably well. The interviewer will keep pushing you and you will inevitably feel uncomfortable and often quite embarrassed. The key is to keep working at any problem you are given, even if your logic is a bit patchy at times. As long as you get to the solutions in a relatively logical manner, you will be fine.

Mostly AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Make sure you, not only know what bullet points of the specification are examined at AS, but also the conceptual knowledge behind them. It is key that you understand your subject well.

A Suit.

Impressions

It is a very nice college. ‘Nice’ Buildings and all that.

Good. No problem there!

Very friendly and extremely, extremely clever!

Final stage

I was thrilled.

My head of sixth form knew before I did. He approached me, shook my hand, and said ‘well done, old chap!’. I almost ran home to check for the letter!

Looking back

Yes.

Work hard in the sixth form and be confident about your chances.