Application

 Oxford

 Wadham

 Chemistry

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

I live in Kent, where Grammar School’s are free and you need to pass the 11+, so it wasn’t a grammar school where I had to pay for it, so I’m not some public schoolboy.

 yes (10 A*,3 A)

A-levels

(B 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 A at A2)

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further)

I already had an A in Maths (I took it a year early) so that was included in my offer, so I needed an A in Chemistry and either an A in Biology OR an A in Further Maths.

undecided yet

yes

yes

At the moment I’m torn between UCL, Manchester, Bristol and Oxford.

Decisions about the application

My older brother goes to Oxford, and I wanted to see whether I could.

Cambridge did Natural Sciences, Oxford did Chemistry and I wanted to specialise in Chemistry.

Simply because Chemistry has always been my favourite subject.

I had heard good things about its liberal-ness and its open mind-ness. It also look really nice when I went to visit on the open day.

Preparation

yes

They paid for a few of us to go the Oxbridge Applications Open Day.

Interview

no

no

no

My first interview was fine, I really liked the tutors. They seemed friendly and approachable, and although I wasn’t nervous (didn’t have time to be, I had to run there!) I was sure they would have been very comforting. I walked out of the interview feeling happy.
The second interview was not so fine. Again, I had to run there, and it was in the most confusing place to get to! They seemed like nice people, although I could have sworn that one of them was getting rather annoyed that I was taking so long to answer the question!

Why is carbon dioxide different to silicon dioxide?
Why are some objects opaque and some transparant?
Explain the trend in ionisation potentials as you go across a period.
What metals play an important role in Biology? (From the biochemist)
And then I also had to the mechanism for esterification between a carboxylic acid and an alcohol… That was hard!!

Dark shoes, jeans, and a yellow long sleeved jumper.

Impressions

Wadham seemed lovely 🙂

My room was pretty comfortable, the food was nice, the shower room was OK. The JCR looked pretty swish too, it had a huge projector TV!

Lovely, although I spent a lot of the time with friends in Oxford so only had two meals there!

Final stage

I was quite indifferent, I wasn’t sure whether I even wanted to go to Oxford so I hardly thought about it at all!!

The post comes at 12, but I had had a driving lesson at 11.30 so I got in at 12.30, and my family were like “Open the letter! Open it!” I opened it, and pulled out a leaflet called “Balancing The Books.” I thought “They’re hardly going to send me that and reject me..” so I read the letter and they’d made me an offer 🙂 .

Looking back

Go for it. It’s unlikely you’re going to fill up the 6 spaces on your UCAS as it is, and by applying you’ll never wonder “Could I have gone to Oxford?” when you’re older, as you’ll know.