Application

 Oxford

 NA (open application, allocated college)

 Archaeology and Anthropology

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 overseas

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (2 A*,5 A,1 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAB

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Collegiate and 1 to 1 tutoring system

Oxford appeared to be more student friendly, it is also in a very nice city, Cambridge is nice, but quite small

Preparation

yes

I was given a mock interview and guidance on how to apply

The form: Do it neatly!

The interview: Read some relevant books so you can talk about them. It also shows enthusiasm and maturity. If you’re going to ask them any questions, make sure that it is something you can find out no other way e.g. asking the specific modules in the course would not be suitable as they would would expect you to have found this out anyway.

Interview

no

yes

The essays I submitted were on subjects that I knew plenty about so I would feel confident speaking about them in the interview.

no

I was offered coffee and biscuits but was too nervous to accept!

The first interview was largely about my previous Steiner school education. I was asked how I might approach a situation in both an Archaeological and Anthropological way. Th second interview comprised of three main parts. First I had to speak about something relevant to the degree that interested me, then I was basically tested on my comprehension by speaking about an anthropological source I had been given 15 minutes befor the interview. In the last part I was asked to determine the possible uses of two different artefacts I was given to examine.

A shirt, no tie and some not particularly smart trousers! I felt that wearing a suit was a little pretentious as I am sure that students would not have to attend tutorials in suits so it would be more representative of me and my personality. I felt it was necessary to show some kind of effort which is why I wore an shirt.

Impressions

It was very comfortable and informal this was partly due to the small size of the college. The atmosphere was relaxed and everyone was very friendly. The food was nothing spectacular.

Fairly small room, cheap furniture. Had to walk down a few passageways to get to the tiolet and showers. Fridge in room but the lighting comprised of waht appeared to be desklamps screwed to the wall. Bear in mind though, it wasn’t much worse than any other student accomodation I’ve seen in the country, it was just poor by Oxford standards. This accomodation was also the worst in the college and there were only about 15 rooms similar to it.

Edible but not great

Friendly but strict and obviously not the sort of people to mess aroud with!

Generally very welcoming and friendly. One or two more mature students seemed a bit stuck-up

Final stage

Happy

Looking back

Yes. I lost nothing doing so and gained a conditional offer.

Go for it, you get to spend a couple of days in Oxford and even if you don’t get an offer you’ll (probably) have a good time.