Application

 Cambridge

 Jesus

 Social & Political Sciences

 2005

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (5 A*,2 A,2 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Other universities

no

Decisions about the application

Tutorial system, liked Cambridge and the course makeup

Only cambridge offered sps

Jesus was small enough but not claustrophobic

Preparation

yes

One mock interview and haphazard teaching on Plato’s ‘Last Days of Socrates’… for some reason!

Read the papers every single day, read around the subject in alot of depth and know how to think laterally and argue well

Interview

no

no

no

The first was completely factual and so did not leave much scope for lateral thinking so didn’t go to well, the second was less factual and more thinking outside the box, which was enjoyable.

What sociological methods could you use to assess the problems of the rioting in France? Why SPS? Define a Nation-state. Do you agree with the view that the Nation-state is in decline and why? Why are you doing 4 A levels?

Brown casual suit (not too dressy!) and heels (silly me…)theres really no point in wearing suits though.

Impressions

Very pretty, nicely kept, small and cosy.

Both seemed rather starchy and unfriendly.

Final stage

I wasn’t expecting to get in, and I wasn’t too bothered as I realised soon after that the course really wasn’t for me.

I already expected that decision!

Looking back

No, not to cambridge and not for the same course – I have subsequently changed my mind about which course to study.

If applying to Jesus they ask the same questions every year! Do lots of reading and be prepared for anything they might ask, and bear in mind that in my case they did lots of factual asking of questions, so know your stuff.