Application

 Oxford

 Wadham

 Classics

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 FE College

 yes (7 A*,3 A,1 B)

A-levels

(A at AS (284 UMS))

(A at AS (280 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (292 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (259 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (298 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAAB

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

World reknowned for Classics, not too far from home, but far enough for my parents to be inconvenienced by the drive to visit. It’s architecturally stunning, and the flexibility of the Oxford course is awesome.

Didn’t even look at Cambridge oddly enough.

I’ve always loved Classics and it was a logical step to take it at university.

Wadham is beautiful, also the impression I got of it was very relaxed and unpretentious.

Preparation

yes

One mock interview with the prinicpal, which was a bit of a waste of time as it was completely unlike the actual interviews and some woman came in from the Oxbridge Access Initiative and just told us common sense things really.

No preparation was needed really, other than knowing your personal statement and written work. In fact most of it I couldn’t prepare for as the tutors’ knowledge was analogous to an ocean where I held a thimble full of water.

Interview

yes

yes

Two essays, one on Plato’s criticisms of Athenian democracy, and the other comparing Oedipus and Agamemnon as kings. The former was written specifically for Oxford and the latter was one of my AS exam scripts.

yes

LAPT as I applied for course 2. This was quite easy and the specimens on the Oxford website give quite a good idea of the format, although the paper I sat was definately harder and longer than the examples.

Well I said some pretty dumb things and afterwards I kept thinking of better answers to questions than those I had offered. I don’t think you can really assess the interviews as a candidate as you have nothing to compare with.

First interview was a logic problem, second discussed my written work and personal statement, nothing extracurricular was mentioned at all. The third interview was about language, and I think this was the better of my 3 interviews.

I was asked to justify steatements I had made in my written work and personal statement, the language interviewe revolved around my experiences learning language, how I would cope and making sure I understood the pressure involved at Oxford, there was also a lengthy digression on whether Nietzsche could be called a philosopher or not.

Suit trousers, shirt, tie, jumper and coat. I wanted to look smart as it gets me in the right mind set and gives the impression of taking the process seriously.

Impressions

The room was quite large and modern. Not much to say about it really as it was bare. The JCR was cool, video games, projection TV, sofas etc.

Fairly standard, nothing of exceptional quality, but nothing too gross either.

Really friendly and personable. They were encouraging and didn’t intimidate or make me feel small when they pointed out flaws in my arguments.

Final stage

I was fairly anxious but received the phone call days before all of my friends who had applied so it got it out of the way quite early, it was on the friday after the interviews.

I dropped the phone as it was plugged in at the wall, which was very embarassing. I went down stairs and told my Dad, he was far more excited than I was at the time. Then I went out and got very “merry”.

Looking back

Don’t stress, don’t get drunk when you’re in Oxford (yes people do it), do make sure you know your written work and don’t make claims you can’t justify at all.