Application

 Cambridge

 Churchill

 Medicine

 2008

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (5 A*,5 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (279 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (278 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

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

(A at AS (267 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

They are the best universities in the country so I had to try

Cambridge is generally more known for science

Love science, want to work with people, want a job that is rewarding and because its a challenge and you are always learning so it won’t get too mundane

It seemed less high-brow than the other colleges and had a nicer atmosphere, wasn’t too central so probably less applicants, i really could not decide i changed my mind a few times

Preparation

yes

There was a weekly meeting but they started late november so only went to about 4, they were not very helpful because there were lots of subjects being applied for, did a bit on body language which knew anyway. The school organised a practice interview with a GP who was very nice but that meant it was not that helpful. I had a practice interview with my chemistry teacher as well which was quite helpful.

Don’t have expectations of what you will be asked because it will throw you. Make sure you know everything on your course and that you know more than the course so its obvious you have read around them.

Interview

yes

BMAT, very difficult because of time restrictions, i think its probably a bit of luck involved because you usually end up guessing half of the questions.

no

no

I had one interview with two men. It felt like it went well they didn’t try to push me, nothing stumped me really. They were both very nice but i never really got to finish my answers as soon i paused to think they would ask another question, it got quite frustrating because i couldn’t show off any knowledge.

It was pretty much all on disease. It threw me a little when they asked me whether i like my school, yes was all i could really say. They also asked me about how the national health service would be different if we paid by insurance which i answered several times but he was clearly waiting for a point which i did not get.

Did i like my school? why cambridge? what scientist in the last 100 years do i admire? what disease in the uk is the biggest killer? what diseases are associated with obesity? what cancers are associated with obesity? why? what causes diabetes? quite a lot more that i can’t remember but all were asked in 20 minutes so i did’nt get to speak for long to answer them

I wore basically what i wear to school i had black trousers on black flat shoes, a white shirt with a v-neck dark pink, i had an outdoor coat with me that i took in. I never wear heels i jus think it looks like too much effort. I wanted to be a bit colourful and maybe then they could have something to remember me by when they talked about the interviews later like the girl in the pink jumper.. probably a stupid idea. I was comfortable and i think that is all that matters.

Impressions

I liked it, seemed friendly, quite nice and open rooms and corridors, was a bit ugly the buildings were very 60s concrete style. Big open playing field was nice.

Final stage

I was prepared to be rejected so that i would not be rejected it didn’t really play on my mind much, people kept saying that because my interview was easy it probably meant they liked me and didn’t need to test me, but that proved wrong.

I got a letter my mum tried to snatch it out my hand while i was reading it, i was really disappoited eventhough i had prepared myself for it

Looking back

I think its sometimes a bit of luck if you get in or not. I would not reapply though next year.

I think it is worth a try, but for medicine its not important where you go so i think you should only apply if you like the university.