Application

 Oxford

 Magdalen

 Biological Sciences

 2005

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

I went to a Comprehensive in years 7-11 and went to a Grammar school for years 12-13.

 yes (10 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Geography

AAA

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Loved the course, loved the city, loved the college!

I visited both and compared the courses

I especially liked the emphasis on evolution.

Magdalen is stunningly beautiful

Preparation

yes

Mock interview

Talk about your subject lots, get used to it

Interview

no

no

no

Relaxed (suprisingly!), enjoyable, challenging

Photosynthesis, protein transcription/translation, biological trips abroad, cacti

A suit (black trousers, white shirt with black cotton top over the top, black suit jacket). I think 2 people wore suits out of about 18. Most were wearing smart trousers and a decent top.

Impressions

They were all fantastic

Ok size, mini fridge, sink, desk, bed, wardrobe. Toilet/shower/bath/kitchen nearby

Delicious (very good veggie food)

Lovely, not rude/intimidating at all

Very, very friendly

Final stage

Awful! it’s a dreadful week

I burst into tears.

Looking back

Yes!

If you love your subject then you have nothing to lose.