Application

 Cambridge

 Trinity

 Medicine

 2001 (deferred entry)

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (8 A*,2 A)

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)

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

Details about the offer

yes

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

I liked the fact that the course was quite academic at the start so we could learn things before havig to actually meet the patients. Some knowledge about the subject before encountering actual patients seems to make more sense. I also thought that the reputation of a degree from Cambridge could be useful if trying to get a career abroad.

School had an open day trip to each university. I just had a better feeling from the visit to Cambridge.

Largest college in Cambridge, so I expected there would be a good mix of people. I preferred the idea of an atmosphere of a regular university (without divisions like colleges) while still having the college experience, so I thought the largest college would be a good compromise. Plus, Trinity has a good endowment so there are some benefits to the students there.

Preparation

no

The school held a general medicine interview for me, and the same was done for the other students with their respective subject choice.

There is very little preparation necessary. Just make sure you have fully understood the science covered at GCSE and AS-Level and you will be ready.

Interview

yes

I had to take the MVAT exam. This was a general scientific aptitude paper based around Medicine/Veterinary Medicine which was taken by all applicants for those two courses in that year. I prepared by scanning through GCSE revision guides for Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics the night before the exam. No serious preparation is required, and I wouldn’t recommend it.

no

no

I had two lecturers of my subject interviewing me. It was a single interview and lasted 30 minutes. At the start they introduced themselves and after a minute or so of settling in they started asking me science and maths based questions. They then gave me the opportunity to ask them questions after about 25 minutes.

The majority of the time was spent answering science and maths questions which they had prepared in advance. The questions required average knowledge but higher understanding so that you could develop the answers properly. If there was a question which I had difficulty with, they would provide a prompt to help me think my way out.

I wore a jacket, tie, shirt and trousers. In addition to being smart and comfortable, I also wore them because I thought it would make a good impression.

Impressions

The colleges seemed well-maintained although the buildings were a constant reminder of the history of the university.

Not seen.

Good

They seemed friendly and willing to help me explore my potential in the interview.

I only saw a few fora couple of minutes right after my interview. They were friendly, and asked how it had gone.

Final stage

I received the letter along with a statement of results from the MVAT and the letter basically said that I had an offer and told me the conditions of it.

Looking back

Yes I would still apply, because if I was to re-live that year of my life, then I wouldn’t have the memory of living it before and wouldn’t be able to have that influencing my decision. It would be like I was applying for the first time ever….. 🙂
Seriously though, I would apply for it because there was nothing in the application process which I had been bothered by. I was nervous about the interview and exam, but it was the same sort of nervousness I felt for interviews at other institutions and was not attributable to applying to Cambridge in particular.

Don’t get too nervous during the application. After all the worst that can happen is that you don’t get an offer, and you should always remember that your life/livelihood won’t depend on whether or not you get into Oxford/Cambridge.