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    Decision: Accepted from Pool

    Course: Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
    College: Applied to Queen', given offer by Murray Edwards
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when? Heard yesterday afternoon by e-mail

    Home, EU or International: Home
    School Type: State
    GCSE Grades: 6 A*s, 2 As, 1 B

    AS Subjects & Grades: 4 As
    Drama and Theatre Studies - 93% UMS
    English Literature - 80% UMS
    History - 87% UMS
    Psychology - 82% UMS

    A2 Predictions: 3 A*s, 1 A
    Drama and Theatre Studies - A*
    English Literature - A*
    History - A
    Psychology - A*

    Strengths: Personal statement and predicted grades
    Weaknesses: UMS and submitted work
    Interview Assessment: It was so-so. There were some awful moments when I had no idea what I was saying, but I think I made some good points on the text that they gave me to read.

    Why did you chose your college?
    central but not overcrowded with tourists
    old and traditional with a modern touch (very pretty)
    good academic success
    on the river near to the Sidgewick Site
    good statistics for my subject
    awesome ents, or so I've been told

    Where else did you apply?
    Durham
    York
    Exeter
    Nottingham

    Insurance: Exeter

    General Comments & Advice:
    Feeling a bit dejected that I was pooled - I really loved Queens'!! Everyone says Medwards is supposed to be brilliant, but I'm not quite convinced. It's very different to what I originally wanted, and I'm a bit uneasy about the prospect of going to an all-girls college. Hopefully the Offer-Holders' Open Day will change my mind...
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Law
    College: Pringlehouse (Peterhouse)
    Offer Conditions: TBC
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Owl, 12:30

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State sixth form college, mainly does vocational courses like construction and hair with an A-levels department on the side
    GCSE Grades: A*AAAABBBBCCC
    AS Subjects & Grades: Distinction* + AAB - 98 UMS & 66 UMS in my two Politics papers, and I got nearly full marks in Literature which I think was mentioned in my reference
    A2 Predictions: Distinction* + A*A*A


    Reflection
    Strengths: Banging personal statement, smashed the interview assessment, smashed the interview with the Director of Studies, those GCSEs were top 10 in my school, good progression from GCSEs to AS, bad sixth form, low progression to university, first in family to go to university, been in care, disability.
    Weaknesses: That split between 98 and 66 UMS in Politics and the B in History. I believe that made be a borderline candidate where my performance at interview would be used to work out whether I'm more on the 98 UMS side than the 66 UMS side or not. During my second interview I seriously struggled for 10 minutes but brought it back around and smashed it with enthusiasm.
    Interview Assessment: Interview with DoS was glorious, 9/10. Second interview had a very bad blip where I was so confused, but I finally got it in the end and then the interview went 10/10. I believe that if I wasn't able to bring it back, I probably wouldn't have an offer.
    Why did you chose your college? First and foremost it offered me the best chance of getting in for my course. It's also quite pretty, and there's some status in being the 'oldest' college. I also liked how it maintains all the Cambridge traditions. Though if I could have a choice of absolutely any college, Peterhouse wouldn't be my first choice.
    Where else did you apply? UCL, Durham, Bristol, and Manchester.
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Bristol if they give me an offer!

    General Comments & Advice:
    I think I may have the lowest grades without extenuating circumstances that got an offer! Can anyone beat me?

    Don't believe them when they say your college choice does not affect your chances of getting in, it absolutely does. It is the individual college that accepts you, not the department like in Durham. The colleges are not created equal, and what is good enough for one college will get you rejected at another. Make sure you do your research on which colleges consistently have the best applicant/offer ratio for your subject. Look up the GCSE profiles of their successful applicants. Generally don't apply to King's/Trinity unless you want to be rejected.






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    GCSE wise and AS wise i can beat you!! 2A 8B 1D and 1F at GCSE and then AABC in AS (although C didn't count)
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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: Physical NatSci
    College: Homerton
    Offer Conditions: unconditional
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email
    Home, EU or International (Country): EU
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): private
    GCSE Grades: 9A*,1A
    AS Grades: 7A
    A2 Grades: 5A*
    Reflection Strengths: grades
    Weaknesses: interview
    Why did you chose your college? I liked it when i visited
    Where else did you apply? Imperial, Durham, St Andrews, Edinburgh
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? no insurance
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    Decision: Accepted from the pool
    Course: Music
    College: Murray Edwards (pooled from Selwyn)
    Conditions: A*AA with the A* in Music

    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type: Private
    GCSE Grades: 9A*s and 1A
    AS Subjects & Grades: AAAA (music, biology, chemistry, religious studies)
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A* (music, chemistry, religious studies)

    Insurance choice: Durham (AAB)
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Law
    College: St John's
    Offer Conditions: A* A A (with the A* in Philosophy or Law)
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email on 12th January

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State
    GCSE Grades: 5A*, 6A's, 1 short course A
    AS Subjects & Grades: Law (A), Philosophy (A), Geography (A), History (B), Critical Thinking (C)
    A2 Predictions: Law (A*), Philosophy (A*), Geography (A*)
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    Decision: Rejected (Pooled but unsuccessful)

    Course: Natural Sciences (Physical)
    College: St John's College
    Offer Conditions: N/A
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email on the 12th

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private (but very few Oxbridge and got there on a scholarship)
    GCSE Grades: 11A*s
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths A Level (590/600 UMS), Chemistry AS (raw mark was equivalent of 95%), Physics AS (raw mark was equivalent of 90%)
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A*
    Other Qualifications
    IB (with predicted score):
    Other:

    Reflection
    Strengths: My grades were really strong and the interviewer said he was really impressed that I could draw this particular graph
    Weaknesses: Maybe admissions assessment? Waiting for feedback.
    Interview Assessment: I thought 2/3 went better than expected and one went slightly worse. 3/5 interviewers seemed happy at the end though.
    Why did you chose your college? Really pretty!!! Also figured it must be hated for some reason and I wanted to find out
    Where else did you apply? Imperial, UCL, Bath, B'ham
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice?
    If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? Unsure at the moment!

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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: Theology
    College: Girton
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): For some reason, they also sent a letter to my school and it was mock week for me so I walked out of my exam and my headteacher and head of year were there to deliver the good news in front of half my year, which was super embarrassing, but very sweet of them to surprise me like that nonetheless!

    Optional Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): State comprehensive
    GCSE Grades: 5 A* 4 A 3 B (not great but with reason!)
    AS Subjects & Grades: 3 A's in English Lit, History, RS
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*

    Reflection Strengths: Interview, written work/exam, personal statement
    Weaknesses: Interview (last one of 3 went badly), one bad UMS mark but I'm retaking it
    Interview Assessment: I had 2 in college and one elsewhere. The ones in college were really enjoyable, I honestly didn't feel like I was in an interview situation at all I just enjoyed every second of it! The last one at the other college was less good; I struggled with the unseen text but responded well to the rest of their questions so I suppose it was fine overall
    Why did you chose your college? Where else did you apply? If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? I will be firming Cambridge, and Durham is my insurance.

    General Comments & Advice: As someone coming from a very low income background with parents who, as lovely as they are, aren't particularly educated, I was worried I'd feel like the 'odd one out' at Cam. Don't let these superficial worries get to you. I know it's easier said than done, but after battling with all the 'I don't belong here I'm at such a disadvantage boo hoo hoo' sentiments, I realised I just had to ENJOY my interview and at least something positive would come out of it in that respect. I'm glad I went in with that attitude, as I think it served me well. On this note, I'd be really happy to help anyone who feels like they have no one to turn to in the process, or I'd just like to dispel all the myths I once so believed. Honestly, Cambridge are looking for raw talent, not the final product! That's the one thing I've taken away from this experience
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Archaeology
    College: St. John's
    Offer Conditions: 5,5,5 (US AP exams- History,Maths,French, English) , I already have three other 5s (Latin, Geography, Psychology)
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl)
    Email at four in the morning.
    Home, EU or International (Country): International (LA and Vancouver)
    Other: 4.5/97% GPA and 3 5s on AP exams

    Honestly, in total shock.
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Economics
    College: St John's
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A with A* in Further Maths
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email (still haven't got a letter and don't think St John's send them) at around 13:30

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    GCSE Grades: 10A*s, 1A
    AS Subjects & Grades:
    Maths AS and A2- A (Retaking C4 given I got 100 UMS on 4 other modules and 66 on that, bad day...)
    History AS- A
    Economics AS- A
    Latin AS- A

    A2 Predictions:
    Maths- A*
    Further Maths- A*
    History- A*
    Economics- A*

    Other: Some Piano grades and DofE... clearly the key stuff

    Reflection
    Strengths: Although I felt the ECAA (Admissions test) went badly at the time, in hindsight I did fairly well, and on the essay section wrote a pretty decent essay given the conditions. Grades have been fairly strong barring the C4 blip. My personal statement felt strong, and I spent a lot of time perfecting it, whilst I think my reference was good. Although I felt the interview went terribly as a whole, I did manage to hold my own debating topics such as inequality (which I'd mentioned in my personal statement). Also, I absolutely loved the Cambridge course, and looking at which of my school friends got offers and which didn't, after a certain point the grades are all so high that the only difference is how much you care, and I think I showed that I did.
    Weaknesses: Well I screwed up a straight line graph in the interview on the first starter question... Also I'm not sure I was as strong on paper as some other candidates for such a competitive course, especially given St John's is ridiculously competitive for Economics.
    Interview Assessment: First interview was the Director of Studies one, and basically got told that's the chilled interview that doesn't count... I felt I did well in that one. Then in the interview with two economists I completely bombed, wasting so much time on basic maths questions that should have taken no time that because it was only 20 minutes, I felt like I ran out of time to discuss all the books and activities in my personal statement, or current affairs, the stuff I absolutely love.
    Why did you chose your college? So I looked at the College Pros and Cons on Studentroom, their location to the Sidgewick Site, unofficial prospectuses, and size, and lowered it down to about 7 or 8 favourites. Then went for a day to briefly visit them all, thinking I'd choose 3 or 4 to go on Open Days too... instead I just loved St John's straight away, confirmed my love for them at the Open Day, and that settled it.
    Where else did you apply? Warwick, LSE, Bristol and Bath
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Warwick

    General Comments & Advice: As I said in the Strengths section, make sure you want it. After my interview disaster, I went to a side street in town and called my best friend and cried to her for 30 minutes. That wasn't because I thought I'd blown my chance with Cambridge. Like of course, that is upsetting, but you should never have your heart set on something with a process that does involve a large slice of luck. The reason I cried was because I felt I hadn't done myself justice. After so much preparation, reading, research, and having so much passion for the subject, it wasn't that I felt I'd let Cambridge down, because I love Warwick. It was that I thought I'd invested so much in the process and not conveyed my passion. It turns out they clearly saw past my mistakes, but my advice would be to apply because you love your subject and your course, rather than because you think of the Cambridge prestige.
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    I have added an extra question to the original template for Feedback received from your college. Can any posters please edit their original post to include college feedback if/when you receive it.

    Note only rejected candidates should request feedback and it will take some time for your college to send it (it's a very time consuming but important task.

    For offer holders, the offer IS the feedback but you may be able to ask your DoS for feedback when you go up to Cambridge.

    And just to add: these commentaries are brilliant and will be an excellent resource for future applicants. Good work people!

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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: English Literature
    College: Medwards
    Offer Conditions: A* A A (none of them can be in Maths)
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email, around 8pm, waiting for a letter
    Optional Home, EU or International (Country): UK
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    GCSE Grades: 10 A*s
    AS Subjects & Grades: English, Maths, Latin, History, Grades N/A
    A2 Predictions: 4A*s


    Reflection

    Strengths: my interviews, my PS, grades, amount of super curricular reading and lectures I’ve been to, a real passion
    Weaknesses: having really high predicteds, perhaps my ELAT, which I thought I had bombed, but it seems not
    Interview Assessment: I think it went tepidly, although I was just myself and felt really comfortable. They seemed to like that I had done a MOOC and asked me a lot about things i had written on my PS, and I was ready to answer them. And I made sure that I had read stuff in between the 15th Oct and Dec so it shows a continued interest. So, in retrospect, my interviews must have gone better than expected although I thought my first interview was slightly better than my second. PM me if you want more information.
    Why did you chose your college? I did an open application and was allocated there but i can’t complain, but it’s lovely and their gardens are great. Only problem is it’s a bit far out but that’s fine because I love cycling!
    Where else did you apply? UCL, Durham, King’s, Birmingham, Yale, Brown, Northwestern, NYU, Wesleyan
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? If I hadn’t got Cambridge, I would have looked to the US. However, now I’m still debating whether I should have a UK firm or not or whether my firm should be an American uni.

    General Comments & Advice: BE YOURSELF. Just have passion and read because you want to read, not because you feel like you have to read EVERYTHING. For the longest time, I was worried I needed to read 10 billion plays from Shakespeare, even though I only really liked Othello enough to talk about it in interview (which I did because the DoS looooooves shakespeare). Be honest with yourself. If you only like modern texts, Cambridge isn’t for you. In interview, don’t try and impress with the biggest, fanciest words. Pay attention in school; think for yourself, and don’t just stop at what the teacher tells you. Research more on your A-Level texts and think beyond the syllabus. English is such a weird subject that there’s no formulae that guarantees you a spot. Keep listening to the radio, reading the literary column on the newspaper to see what catches your eye and run with it. Even with the ELAT, I thought I had done terribly because I went on my own little tangents and wrote about psychoanalytical theory which I thought was far-fetched, because when I asked, no-one seemed to have done that.

    As I started off by saying, be yourself in everything you do otherwise there’s no point.
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    Decision: Accepted
    Course: Law
    College: Queens'
    Offer Conditions: 85% overall in the European Baccalaureate and 90% in English, Maths and History
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Electronic owl on 12th.
    Optional Home, EU or International (Country): EU (Belgium)
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): other: European School
    GCSE Grades: N/a
    AS Subjects & Grades:N/a
    A2 Predictions: N/a
    Other Qualifications IB (with predicted score): Other: European Baccalaureate with predicted grade of 93%

    Reflection
    Interview Assessment: Very challenging and yet enjoyable discussion.
    Why did you chose your college? Due to its strategic placing and the historical myths surrounding the college (E.g. The Mathematical Bridge)
    If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? N/a
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    Decision: Accepted from Pool

    Course: Economics
    College: Magdalene (originally applied to Emmanuel)
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A in A Levels not yet complete (so effectively A*A*A*A for me )
    How did you first hear and when? Letter, was waiting the whole day at school for an email from Emmanuel that never came lol...

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    Home, EU or International (Country): England
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Comprehensive
    GCSE Grades: 9A*s, 4As 1B
    AS Subjects & Grades: A* in maths (593/600)
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A further maths, economics and computing respectively
    Other: Distinction in AEA maths, M1 in Global Perspectives


    Reflection
    Strengths: I think on paper I was a pretty strong candidate. My grades aren't perfect but they're certainly quite high and above the average offer holder. I also did lots of extracurricular things like summer schools and work experience in economics which my interviewers seemed quite interested in. I also placed in an economics essay competition which I assume was helpful. I think I did alright in the essay part of my ECAA as well.
    Weaknesses: I think my weaknesses were in interview... My first interview was weird because none of the questions were hard so it felt like I had to give complex and insightful answers to the simple questions - I don't think I did this very well. The second interview was worse as I felt like my interviewers couldn't understand my explanations very well and were just saying yes to make me stop. I think that's proven by the fact I gave them the wrong answers to there maths questions (which I realised in hindsight) but they still said I was right at the time.
    Interview Assessment: I gave myself a 5/10 - mainly because I had no idea how I did and now I'm weighting it towards badly lol
    Why did you chose your college? N/a? Although I chose Emmanuel because I liked the ducks and Magdalene has lots of ducks too so that's nice x
    Where else did you apply? LSE/UCL/Bath/Warwick
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? UCL (if I get an offer), Bath
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: English
    College: Christ`s
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A
    How did you first hear and when? : email
    Home, EU or International: Home
    School Type: Grammar in sixth form, State before that
    GCSE Grades: 11 A*s, 2 As
    AS Subjects & Grades: Maths Bio English Art AAAA
    A2 Predictions: English, Art, Maths, A*A*A

    Strengths: probably personal statement, maybe elat,
    Weaknesses: Maths UMS
    Interview Assessment: Unseen extracts went terribly, I got lots of things wrong at first in the interview but I felt like I learnt stuff
    Why did you chose your college? I`d visited, it`s friendly, and central and near sainsbury`s
    Where else did you apply? Sussex, Warwick, UCL, Durham
    Insurance? Durham maybe
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Education Psychology and Learning
    College: Homerton
    Offer Conditions: IB 42 points, Level 7 in HL Psychology and English, Level 6 in HL Biology
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Email at 9am

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    Home, EU or International (Country): HK
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): International School
    GCSE Grades: 9.5 A*s, 1A, 1B
    IB (with predicted score): HL English, Psych, Biology, Chinese // SL History, Mathematics
    42// 7776 76 + 2 core


    Reflection
    Interview Assessment: didn't feel like my at interview written assessment went well but interview was fun
    Why did you choose your college? Closest one to faculty and I can't ride a bike so I'll be able to walk
    Where else did you apply? UCL, Bath, Bristol, Exeter
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? bristol or exeter

    General Comments & Advice: if you're an international student that can afford it, definitely fly to cambridge for your interview. it's worth the experience, even if you don't end up with an offer.
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    Current grades?
    C1: 92
    C2: 100
    M1: 98
    M2: 93
    S1: 94
    FP1: 94
    D1: 92
    D2: 93
    Polish Unit 1: 99

    I had to teach myself those last two maths modules and I've been teaching myself M3, M4, M5, S4 and FP3. Although performance at interview is much more important than A-Levels, I still think it was harsh of them to say 'we cannot recommend putting you in the winter pool'. It sort of undermines the fact that I've done so much work, juggling 6 A-Levels of which 2 are completely self-taught. I can't help but have a suspicion that my interviewer just didn't like state school plebs, either way I am stoked for what comes next! Not being forced to get a 1,1 in STEP is also a relief

    Note to others:
    I decided to apply directly to a college and was mostly driven by the prestige of it. Looking back I should have just gone for an open application or chosen another college which was much more welcoming.
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Law
    College: Queens'
    Offer Conditions: 85% overall in the European Baccalaureate and 90% in English, Maths and History
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Electronic owl on 12th.

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    Home, EU or International (Country): EU (Belgium)
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): other: European School
    GCSE Grades: N/a
    AS Subjects & Grades: N/a
    A2 Predictions: N/a
    Other Qualifications
    IB (with predicted score):
    Other: European Baccalaureate with 93% predicted grade.

    Reflection
    Interview Assessment: Very enjoyable and challenging experience, although I must admit I did not expect to be accepted.
    Why did you chose your college? Due to its strategic placing with regards to the Law faculty and the centre and the myths/historical surrounding the college (e.g. The Mathematical Bridge)
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    Decision: Rejected

    Course: Mathematics with Physics
    College: Robinson
    How did you first hear and when? Letter, on the 13th

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    Home, EU or International: EU (Austria)
    School Type: Higher technical school, don't know the UK equivalent
    Grades: Average of ~1.1 in the Maturazeugnis

    Reflection
    Strengths: I think my personal statement was really good, and I am pretty confident in my English skills.
    Weaknesses: Written test after the interview. There are differences in what is taught in maths in the UK and Austria, to my detriment. There are also a lot less options for specializing in maths in the Austrian school system (none, to be exact), so that was another disadvantage.
    Interview Assessment: Still don't know if it was good or bad. Could have been a lot better and also a lot worse. I felt a bit stupid at times, but I think that's normal.
    Why did you chose your college? Location (between city center and maths institutes), modern, less "posh" than most colleges
    Where else did you apply? No where
    If you were rejected, which uni is benefiting from Cambridge’s oversight? The University of Vienna

    General Comments & Advice:
    I am not too disappointed because I was prepared for this outcome. The whole application process was definietely a great and valueable experience, and even though I was rejected, I'd encourage everyone to try their luck. Just don't bet everything on getting accapted, be sure to have a plan B that you are also very happy with.
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    Decision: Accepted

    Course: Law
    College: St John's
    Offer Conditions: A*AA
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): email 12th Jan

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    Home, EU or International (Country): home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): state
    GCSE Grades: 9A*s 2As
    AS Subjects & Grades: AAA
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A
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    Course: Natural Sciences (Physical)
    College: Christ College
    Offer Conditions: A*A*A*A with the A*s in Further Maths and Chemistry
    How did you first hear and when? (email/letter/owl): Hedwig the owl

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    Home, EU or International (Country): Home
    School Type (Private/State/Grammar/other): Private
    GCSE Grades: 12 A*s
    AS Subjects & Grades: 684/700 UMS in maths A2
    A2 Predictions: A*A*A*A*
    IB (with predicted score): n/a
    Other: Physics Olympiad Gold top 50 and Grade 8 piano (of the utmost relevance)

    Reflection
    Strengths: UMS and interview
    Weaknesses: Mediocre NSAA
    Interview Assessment: 8/10
    Why did you chose your college? Christ's is very central and friendly
    Where else did you apply? Imperial, UCL, Durham, KCL
    If you were accepted, what is your Insurance choice? Imperial, Physics with a year in Europe
 
 
 
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