Application

 Oxford

 Oriel

 Chemistry

 2009

 pooled, offer made (St Hugh’s)

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (8 A*,2 A,2 B)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(B at AS)

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Physics

yes

yes

yes

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Liked the tutorial system
Liked the course
Liked the city

Oxford bigger, i’m more of a larger city person
Oxford offered single honours chemistry- i didnt want to take NatSci

Had the History of science option as a choice
I really liked balance between the areas
Research facilities for 4th year

Small
Central
Heard it had a great social life

Preparation

yes

yes- but did some extra away from school

Make sure you read round the subject, not just generic books everyone reads, try and branch out and find ones which also fit into other interests.

Interview

no

No

no

No

no

No

Ok, weren’t a disastor but could have gone a lot better

Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry (particular A2 syllabus, but off the topics slightly)
St Hugh’s- had inorganic and organic!

Acid (organic)
Put a block of metal in front of me and asked what it was
Van Der Waals forces, why things stayed together, etc

Black trousers, shirt, jumper- wanted to be comfortable and smartish, but heard some rooms could be really cold so made allowances!

Impressions

Oriel was lovely, but really central, almost to central, it could probably get really crowded and claustrophobic if everyone was there!
St Hughs was really big in comparison, but can’t really compare as only there for like 1/2 hr for interview. It was a massive walk!

Varied massively, mine was quite small, but some were huge!

Good, but the students said that it was normally better!

Nice, but daunting

Welcoming and really helpful, seemed like a lovely community!

Final stage

Worried, but it was a relatively short wait (i knew the saturday after my interview, i knew I couldn’t do anything now!

I was at work, and my mum phoned and said I had a big letter from Hugh’s and a small on from oriel, thought then I must have bee rejected from both, but got home and found I was accepted by Hugh’s.

Looking back

YES!!!!

Don’t stress about the interviews, if you think it went badly, it may have gone well, its imposible to tell!