Application

 Cambridge

 King’s

 Natural Sciences (Physical)

 1999

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (10 A*)

A-levels

(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 A 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 Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Physics

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

I wanted to do Chemical Engineering, and the course at Cambridge allowed me to do a year of Natural Science first. Therefore my decision was course led.

I prefered the atmosphere at Cambridge – It seemed less dominated by public school kids.

I liked the location and buildings. I also went to an open day, and was really impressed by the people I met, and general atmosphere.

Preparation

yes

No tuition, just mock interview.

The interview(s): I wasn’t asked any personal questions – Why I wanted to go to Kings/Cambridge. However, I was asked why I wanted to do the subject, but not specifically why at Cambridge. However, it is worth thinking about these things beforhand. Also know a lot about the course, as I was asked which options I wanted to do in the first year. In general, I think I had an advantage applying for Natural Science with Chemical Engineering, as they asked questions focusing on the chemical engineering aspect. Yet since I could not be expected to know so much about this as, say, physics, the questions asked were easier. FInally, do not be too nervous. The people I had interviewing me went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, and were incredibly nice.

Interview

no

no

no

One 20 minute interview with two tutors. I had to bring along a piece of coursework I had completed, and we talked about that. We also talked in general terms about my favourate areas of physics and chemistry.

Quite in depth questions looking at applications relating to chemical engineering, and I had to work through a problem given on paper. Also, I was asked questions relating to chemistry in areas relating to my coursework.

Suit – advised to by the school.

Impressions

The atmosphere was really good, and everyone went out of their way to help.

Average.

Good

Speaking to students they said that the food that we got was not representative of the general standard 😉

Very friendly.

Friendly.

Final stage

Letter recieved offering place late December. Provision book list at Easter.

Looking back

Yes – It was a positive experience (and I got in so…)

Do not be phased by Cambridge. At Kings at least, I think the interviewers went out of their way to be helpful, and make me feel comfortable. There is certainly no bias towards state schools that I could see. Infact, the lack of a personal interview probably benifits those applicants from state schools (Kings = 80% state school students).