yes (10 A*)
(A at AS (272 UMS))
(A at AS (282 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)
(A at AS (297 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)
(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)
(A at AS (296 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)
Details about the offer
A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Physics
Decisions about the application
They offer many of the most academically stretching courses in the country.
I wanted to do straight Chemistry rather than Natural Sciences.
Academically rigorous content and exceptional teaching. It is a subject I hold great enthusiasm for.
It was central, had god accomodation provision and had a generally good feel about it.
Very limited – one mock interview and an “interview skills” day. I felt the preparation I did as an individual was more useful than that provided by the school.
Make sure any practice interviews you do are stretching enough – it will be much better practice for the real thing.
Very good fun.
One mostly inorganic, one mostly physical chemistry. Both very short – 20 and 30 minutes respectively but a huge amount of material was covered in that time. In one there was the opportunity to lead the direction of the interview, in the other it followed a more set route.
Inorganic and physical chemistry, but with a fair amount of maths knowledge expected.
Smart trousers and a jumper. Nothing too formal, but all relatively neat.
I only visited my first choice college. It was small and seemed a lovely place to live and study.
The accomodation I was given was one of the nicer rooms, of a good size and with ensuite and tea-making facilities. All the other applicants seemed to think well of their rooms also.
Exceedingly intelligent. Nonetheless they seemed perfectly friendly and polite.
Very normal, if rather busy, people. As I am sure they are at all colleges.
Of course there is a lot of suspense in the waiting part, but I felt I had achieved as well as I could have and thought I had a fighting chance.
Christmas eve, a nice thick-looking envelope through the post.
Of course. The applications procedure alone is very rewarding.
1) Vocalise your thought processes to give the tutors an insight into how you work through a problem.
2) Give any question a go, there is no point in just saying you don’t know.
3) Enjoy yourself – this is a subject you want to study for the next 4 years and the interviewers want to see an enthusiastic, willing student whom they’d like to teach.