Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Medicine

 2004

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (13 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS (290 UMS))

(A at AS (298 UMS))

(A at AS (300 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (298 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (296 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (300 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Distinction)

(predicted NA; gained Distinction)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Physics

no

I’ve always felt a London University would be advantageous for studying medicine.

yes

yes

Imperial – offer
UCL – offer

Accepted the unconditional from Imperial.

Decisions about the application

Partly to see whether I could get in. Mostly parental pressure though.

Cambridge is traditionally regarded as the more scientific.

I’d considered many career paths but felt (only just!) medicine would be the most rewarding.

Reputation for Medicine.

Preparation

no

It was available and accessible however I chose not to waste my time.

If you are strong academically, know that you are capable of studying at the highest level and have a real passion for your subject, then apply.

Interview

yes

BMAT. Probably the most difficult test I have ever sat. Preparation is a neccesity (especially if all 3 sciences were not taken to A level).

My score was 7.9, 7.0, 15 = 29.9

If your application is near-perfect and your interview goes well, a poor BMAT will still get you rejected. It is imperative a good score is attained.

no

no

I had one 40 minute interview with three medical fellows. In general, the interview went well with an even split on the science A-level sylabusses and derivation from these prnciples.

The interviewers will ease you in and relax you before questioning you. It is surprising how many questions they ask in a fairly short session (typical interviews are 20min). Also, you may or may not connect with your interviewer but you must remain neutral and focused.

I feel it would be futile to list of every question I was asked as I hugely doubt they will be repeated. The best advice that can be given is too know ALL your AS work thouroughly. All my questions were scientific with some topical issues. It was more like an interview for natural sciences than medicine to be honest.

A suit.

Impressions

Gonville and Caius is unfortunately not the prettiest college. The buildings of the university are, to an extent, ancient and this may not appeal to some.

Eccentric looking and stereotypic.

Final stage

In all honesty, I was expecting an offer so more excited than nervous.

I woke to find an (open) letter by my bed. Happy in getting my first offer, but contemplating whether it really was for me.

Looking back

Yes as the experience was educational and the interview was enjoyable. For those who recieve an offer, all the hard work put in is compensated for.

Medical applicants really have a difficult but by all means achievable task. Excellent academia and a passion/flair for the subject are prerequisites. Acheivement must be demonstrated in all aspects of the selection procedure and at the end of the day, a little luck is what really gets you through.