Application

 Oxford

 Trinity

 Classics

 1999

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (5 A*,3 A,4 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Classical Greek, A in Latin

AAB

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Excellent course / reputation

Preferred Oxford course / recommended by school

Recommended / went to open day and liked it. But you can’t really make a very informed decision with regard to a particular college.

Preparation

yes

Do loads of reading around the subject. Have loads of ideas about your set texts (stuff which you might not normally cover in A-Level syllabus).

Interview

no

yes

Two essays which they asked for, one on Aeneid, another on Medea.

yes

Yes: unseens in Latin and Greek. Didn’t do too much preparation

I was there from Tuesday evening to Thursday lunchtime. Very nervous at first, but by the end, I was actually quite enjoying it!

Asked about A-Level set texts / essays primarily. Nothing like “why should we give you an offer?”

Suit – they were kind enough to recommend that I wear “what you would wear to a _formal_ school occasion”

Impressions

Very nice, friendly. Fairly informal atmosphere compared to other colleges. Excellent location. Went to see a friend at LMH – much more hotel like (didn’t like it as much)

My room was very nice – had two rooms – bedroom and sitting room / study

Edible but not great

Peter Brown – extremely friendly and approachable. Mr Inwood (I think) – eccentric but nice also

Very friendly

Final stage

It congratulated me on my conditional offer: I was very pleased.

Looking back

Yes – it’s not that bad

Try and be chatty in your interview, but don’t spew bollocks