Application

 Oxford

 Magdalen

 English Language and Literature

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (9 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in English Literature

AAB

yes

Oxford and made the offer.

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

It’s the best 2 universities in the UK, and I wasn’t going to apply to the US for many reason, so Oxbridge was the best there was.

Oxford is known to be better for English and is a nicer place in general. Cambridge is a bit to quiet as well.

Known to be the best for English, shown by the rather high application to place ratio. Magdalen is also known to be very good at pooling candidates if they don’t get a place there, but are the “Oxford” standard.

Preparation

yes

Limited. They had a look over my written work and there was a couple of meeting about the interview process.

The form: Not really, they arn’t that important, aslong as you know your name and adress you should be fine. Don’t repeat what you have put in your personal statement in the “Additional Information” bit, it’s not a good idea to waste the Tutors time.

The interview: In general; be calm, be relaxed, believe in yourself and be confident, you are there because they believe your good enough, make sure they see you are good enough. For English just make sure you know your wriitten work like the back of your hand, and READ! READ! READ!

Interview

no

yes

2 essays. One was a close critical analysis done about Frankenstein which I did at AS. The second was a timed essay about Othello, looking at the role of Iago.

no

Had two interview and a “Welcome to Magdalen” talk. Also a guided tour. I was given a piece of prose before the interview as well.

Why do you want to study English? What texts have you studied at A-Level? Why is “Othello” your favourite play? How do Othello and Iago contrast? What do you understand by the term “gothic tradition”? How does references to the gothic era influence Mary Shelley? How is your favourite character in Frankenstienand why? The second interview was about the unseen prose which I was given before the interview.

Jeans, pink top and a jacket. A jacket is very much needed! It is very cold at Oxford in early December!

Impressions

It’s beautiful.

We were put in first year accomodation in this big, ugle, grey 60’s tower block, which wasn’t the most attractive part of Magdalen College! But the room where big and had outsanding facilities.

Edible but not great

Nice, very helpful, willing to let the candidates talk. Unlike some Tutor, there weren’t there to make Little Year 13’s cry and dazzel them with there extended knowledge of the subject – They were understanding. And quiet attractive… especailly that philosophy Tutor!

Didn’t see many. The one I did see where nice enough.

Final stage

Very happy! I got it on Christmas Eve so it was a bit of a early christmas preasent, and the best I’ve ever had!

Looking back

YES! it was really good, and just being there for a couple of days was a worthwhile experience.

Go for it… what have you got to lose?