Application

 Cambridge

 New Hall

 Medicine

 2002

 pooled, offer made (New Hall)

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

Offer from college originally applied to

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

I want a science-based pre-clinical course.

I visited both; I liked Cambridge better because it was smaller, prettier and more of a ‘student-city’.

I attended an open day; the college seemed friendly and I felt I could fit in there.

Preparation

yes

Yes, two mock interviews, which were helpful because they gave me a bit of experience in talking about myself in a formal setting.

Think about what you love about your subject, and be prepared to discuss it at interview. Read around your interests.

Interview

yes

Yes, the MVAT. I prepared by going over my A-level science subjects and doing some basic maths questions.

yes

I submitted a biology assignment that I’d recently completed as part of my Open University studies.

no

I had three interviews; two academic followed by one general interview.

Why do the colours and states of the halogens change from Fluorine to Iodine? How would the force between two charges change if you placed a lump of plastic/electrolyte between them? What factors affect metabolic rate? How are you coping with your Open University studies? How do you motivate yourself?

Black trouser suit with a cream blouse. I felt comfortable in it.

Impressions

The college is modern, medium-sized, with a relaxed atmosphere.

Rooms have basic facilities- desk, bed etc.

Edible but not great

Very approachable.

Helpful.

Final stage

I was pooled first, and then received an unconditional offer three days later from the same college! The letter was thin, so I thought it was bad news. I was delighted when I realised it was an offer.

Looking back

Yes, I would, because I like the course and the college, and I believe they’re worth trying for

Read around your interests. Prepare for the MVAT.