Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Medicine

 2003

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – non-selective

Not known if school selective or not

 yes (10 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

It has a traditional course, i.e there is a very separate scientific preclinical course. and the supervision and college systems

Colleges larger, overall atmosphere more friendly and the medical course is meant to be better.

Large number of medics, gives you accomodation throughout the course, excellent reputation for medicine. Oh and lots of amusing traditions

Preparation

yes

oxbridge lessons in biology and chemistry

Read. A lot. Know your science really well as this is what they test you on. they are not as bothered about current affairs as other universities.

Interview

yes

Yes the BMAT. Read through all your GCSE notes especially physics if you havent done it. Doing some of the specimen papers timed is also a good idea.

no

no

I had 3 interviews, all one on one 2 subject interviews and 1 general. I thought the subject ones had gone terribly, the general one was very good (with a registrar from addenbrookes). I pretty much fell into the second subject interviewers room which was rather embarrassing.

General questions about work experience. Why are humans made of carbon? what else might they be made of? If you were head of the WHO, what would you concentrate on/ Is AIDS overhyped? What causes high blood pressure? How do embryos differentiate? Apply ohms law to a graph? What is nitric oxide? How do you divert yourself from medicine? What in your opinion is the worst and best thing about medicine? What can a doctor do for a patient near the end of their life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time

I wore a suuit but most people just turned up in trousers and a smart top. All the guys were in suits. I would just wear something that doesnt distract the interviewers attention too much! If you dont feel comfortable in a suit don’t wear one.

Impressions

I liked the atmosphere and traditions at Caius. Otherwise found emmanuel christs downing and trinity to be very friendly.

There seems to be a wide range of sizes and rents. There are small kitchens but as caius has no kitchen fixed charge, most of the time you are expected to go to hall. the rooms in the old courts are lovely but dont think you get them till your 3rd year. Good sports facilities especially boathouse and excellent for music.

Edible but not great

Erm id go for the sandwich option, hot seems slightly suspect.

There are a lot of them for medicine. I got on well with most of them but kept on my guard in interview as they did try to put me off occasionally. They are mostly men.

There isnt a typical caius student. They really vary but were very ready to answer all my questions of which there were a lot. Medics are a great bunch of course!

Final stage

Er I ran about screaming like a headless chicken ( if headless chickens do scream that is). My sister, had to ring me up with the letter in her hand was very nerveracking. Whatever anyone says, the size of the envelope tells you nothing.

I certainly would. You have no chance if you dont apply and despite the stressful autmn term and the terrble over christmas wait, it is so worth it if you get in, especially if you convince yourself that you’ll be rejected.

Looking back

Dont assume anything. Even if your interview seems to have gone really badly / well you cant tell. Try not to set your heart on it too much if possible.