Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Medicine

 2009

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (10 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS (273 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (285 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (290 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (280 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (269 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

I did french early (A2 finished on my own in AS year.)

Did all but one module of maths A2 in AS year (so I could get an easy A* included in offers).

Had A* predictions in all subjects – OA just doesn’t let you select them as an option.

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA, A*AA including Chemistry

yes

no

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

The collegiate system is fantastic; the teaching is the best in the world; the prestige; etc.

I live near Oxford, and wanted the BMAT to play a larger role than just selecting for interview (as I felt I was fairly good at it.)

Because I wanted. and still want to, study medicine.

It’s the best medical college at the best medical university.

Preparation

yes

No mock interviews, which was irritating.

One morning of preparation that would have been useful if my interview had been in any way conventional.

Revise your AS and A2 subjects. All of them. Even physics and further maths.

Interview

yes

BMAT. I got AAA in S!/2/3. You don’t know what letter grade you’ve got when you get your results, but it equates to something like top 20/15% (or so student speculation thinks.)

no

no

3 interviews.

First academic one was quite good in one half, and then (i felt) a car crash in the second half.

Second went very well. It was supposed to be the ‘general/professional’ interview, but it turned into a slightly academic interview too.

Third interview went well.

I doubt they’ll repeat questions that I might write here, as they are aware of this website.

My third interview, however, was very enjoyable in that it tested my intellectual ability in a non-formulaic way. It was more of a debate (on a completely non topic related subject.)

Jacket, chinos, shirt, tie.

Wear the above or a suit (if you’re male), EVERYONE (bar a few compscis) was wearing it.

Impressions

LOVELY. I didn’t really get that much of an impression as I didn’t stay over and didn’t go to the JCR to sit with the other hyper-competitive candidates.

Very nice. Highly intelligent. Everything (positive) in their stereotype.

Final stage

I thought my first interview would have scuppered me, so I was prepared for the seemingly inevitable.

It was snowing heavily on the day that the letter should have arrived (typical) and so I didn’t receive the post for about 2 weeks. I emailed Caius on the second day and they sent me a PDF of my offer letter.

Looking back

YES!!

Try not to let the other candidates affect you (either at your own school or in the JCR on the day of your interviews.)