Application

 Oxford

 Somerville

 Chemistry

 2001

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (10 A*,2 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Other universities

yes

yes

going too durham….closer to home….and can join all the other oxbridge rejects(only joking)!!!!

Decisions about the application

good reputation

attended summer school at oxford….did not know much about cambridge

where the summer school was held….less formal

Preparation

no

The form: leave other info on oxford form blank

The interview: know your stuff

Interview

no

no

no

had 4 interviews….2 at sommerville…1 for worcester….1 for Christ Church

general A level stuff…..organic mechanisms came up quite a lot….one hard question was on NMR…which was way beyond A level wrk…but they guided you through it

jeans + jumper

Impressions

nice….quite big….did not like the vaughn building….looked like a car park

large room….huge window…single bed,sink

Edible but not great

if it dosent look good dont touch it

friendly at sommerville,worcester….but the ones at christ church were a bit weird

some were fine….some toffs as always

Final stage

quite gutted actually….at my school no-body got a place at oxbridge out of 12 applicants….maybe the rumours are true that they do not like newcastle state school children….who knows????

Looking back

yes….it was worth a shot

try….you have nothing to loose