Application

 Oxford

 Wadham

 Chemistry

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (9 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(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)

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Distinction; gained NA)

(predicted Distinction; gained NA)

(predicted Distinction; gained NA)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Spanish

AAA, General Studies excluded

undecided yet

I have up until April so I am waiting to get all my interviews out of the way before I make an informed decision.

yes

N/A

Decisions about the application

I really wanted to see whether I would be good enough to get in and it has been an aspiration of mine for a while.

I knew I wanted to focus specifically on chemistry from the beginning and I was only able to do this at Oxford.

It is my favourite subject at school and I enjoy the depth that you can go into and I want to study it even further to try and gain a better understand of the topics touched upon at A level.

Wadham is very close to the chemistry department in Oxford while still being close to the centre of town and a large park so I thought it was an ideal location.

Preparation

yes

There were a couple of after school chemistry classes that were slightly more advanced that the A level syllabus to try and prepare me for the interview.

Just make sure you know your A level course inside out and read into further depth on specific topics that you mentioned in your personal statement because you will almost certainly be asked about them!

Interview

no

no

no

I had two interviews which lasted about 25 minutes each. The first one was about Organic and Physical chemistry while the second one focused more on the Inorganic side. They went pretty much as expected in that my knowledge was tested but also in that they wanted to see how I responded to questions which I wasn’t meant to know the answers to. This was for them to acquire a certain knowledge of my problem solving skills I think.

I wore a shirt and tie with black trousers because I wanted to look smart and I felt comfortable in them.

Impressions

The college was very nice! I stayed there for two nights and my impression of the place was good. The library was closed but I looked in and it seemed very nice too!

The accommodation was as can be expected. Personally, my room was quite large and it had everything I would need in there.

The food was ok. It wasn’t great but it was edible!

The tutors who interviewed me were really nice! They were really friendly and chatty and I look forward to being taught by them!

Although I spend most of my time preparing for my interviews, everyone who I spoke to there was nice enough though we were all pretty nervous and so couldn’t really relax that much.

Final stage

I was really anxious! I didn’t think I had gotten in so I was expecting a rejection but there was always a glimmer of hope. I was getting impatient towards the end because I just wanted the letter to drop onto the mat!

When I opened the letter I was so happy and surprised that they had given me an offer! I couldn’t believe that I had a conditional offer for Oxford university!!!

Looking back

Of course! It was a great experience and after all, I got a place so why not??

Just relax and don’t worry about the interviews! They really aren’t as bad as you think they are going to be! I know that everyone says this but trust me it’s true!