Application

 Cambridge

 Downing

 Natural Sciences (Physical)

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (7 A*,2 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (298 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (244 UMS); predicted NA; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (260 UMS); predicted NA; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (299 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (289 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (295 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

yes

yes

Had an offer from Durham (which I loved for physics, however unfortunately I didnt get into the college I liked, and it just seemed that my job opportunities would be greater with a natsci degree

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Because I liked the natsci course.

Cambridge does natsci.

Because it allowed me to pursue my interests in chemistry alongside those of physics and mathematics in my first year

Because it was near the science sight, and it was just amazing when I first stepped into it….just seemed like the place I would like to spend time at. In addition the people there seemed very friendly 🙂

Preparation

yes

Practise interviews and some interview style questions

There really isnt that much you can do, my interview was very different to my preparation ones

Interview

yes

TSA

no

no

Relaxed and enjoyable, slightly easier going than I had expected, although I still managed to make a fool of myself due to my complete lack of knowledge about electromagnetism in my physics interview

Chemistry: some rates of reaction stuff and some materials things

Physics: electromagnetism (d’oh), electrical circuits

n/a

trousers, shirt, no socks or shoes….

Impressions

Seemed the nicest one 🙂

n/a

There was a free lunch for anyone who wanted one at interview if booked in advance

Very friendly and interesting

Talkative and easy to communicate with, good fun to be around

Final stage

Nervous to the extreme, went through phases where I thought I had got in and when i was sure I hadnt, however was slightly relieved that I had my offer from durham

I went back to sleep – had had a reeeeeeally late an alcoholic night the night before. Was overjoyed, but it didnt (and never really did) sink in

Looking back

Yes, definately, just going through the admissions procedure was worth it, I learnt a lot about my subject and became sure it was what I wanted to study 🙂

If in doubt, apply, even if you dont rate your chances, it doesnt matter, I didnt rate my chances either, and even if I hadnt got in I would still have been glad of the experience. If you donbt take the risk, you cant win.

And finally good luck everyone 🙂