Application

 Oxford

 Mansfield

 Engineering Science

 2003

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 FE College

 yes (8 A*,2 A)

A-levels

(NA at AS)

(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)

(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 Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Physics

undecided yet

N/A

Decisions about the application

Like the idea of a collegiate system, and the engineering course is general so I don’t need to specialise until later on.

Visited Cambridge on an open day, didn’t especially like the city, and they seemed to be keen on people taking a gap year for engineering which I didn’t want to do.

My college recommended it as it is keen on taking on more FE College students.

Preparation

yes

Yes, sent me on an Oxbridge Applications training day.

The Forms: If there’s something about you that makes you stand out, put it down.

The interview(s): Have a good idea of how to answer “why are you doing engineering” and a fair idea of some general engineering topics.

Interview

no

no

no

No formal exams other than the questions.

Asked a couple of general questions about why I wanted to do engineering and one about how mobile phones worked (?!) but the bulk was maths and physics questions, based on the A-Level syllabus.

The maths quesions were on sketching unfamiliar function graphs, mechanics and integration. They were based on the A-Level syllabus, but there were plenty of things I hadn’t done, so I just told them and they didn’t seem to be put off.

Casual clothes. I wasn’t going to take a suit down with me and the leaflet said it didn’t matter.

Impressions

Mansfield: Nice setting, smaller than I expected. Good location.
Keble: Beautiful, big place with lots going on. Excellent location for science area (esp. engineering)

The room was nice and big, but seemed a bit run down.

Good

They seemed approachable and friendly.

Friendly.