Application

 Oxford

 St Edmund Hall

 Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (8 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(NA at AS)

(A at AS (266 UMS))

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

(A at AS (248 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (278 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Physics

AAA

yes

yes

yes

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

I’ve never failed at anything (apart from History GCSE where got an A)

Oxford is better

Biochemistry is for lads

St Edmund hall love rugby and so do i

Preparation

yes

oxbridge lessons

Do background reading and know AS chemistry and biology backwards. Practice doing reaction mechanisms under pressure (in front of a class etc)

Interview

no

no

no

Based around AS chemistry and biology

That would be telling…

Shirt and jumper I liked and felt comfortable in (it doesn’t matter what you wear)

Impressions

Relaxed and fun but not much money

Rooms were small and basic but you’d put up with anything if it meant getting into oxford…

Fine

Fine

Nice chaps / girls, perfectly normal

Final stage

Not too bothered about whether i got in or not. Hadn’t got my hopes up and third interview had gone badly, already had offer from first choice college at durham so would have happily gone there

I opened the letter and read i’d got a place; i laughed

Looking back

Yes

Do background reading and make sure you can convey that you are really interested in your subject. Know your AS syllabus really well a lot of questions for many sciences are just AS questions. Sounds easy but it’s hard to do it under pressure.