Application

 Oxford

 Pembroke

 English Language and Literature

 2003

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (7 A*,2 A,1 B)

A-levels

(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)

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA, Excluding General Studies

undecided yet

N/A

Decisions about the application

Small teaching groups, experts in their field, the tradiotional course appealed to me, beautiful environment to study in

course format – atmosphere

Quite small, intimate, friendly, informal

Preparation

yes

Mock interview

The form: Demonstrate above all an eagerness to learn and expand on your intelligence, all qualifications are secondary to that

The interview: Be yourself and don’t stress yourself out too much in preparation. I found that most of my preparation was of no use except for myabe refreshing your memory of some authors and books. Don’t be afraid to challenge the professor’s viewpoint but also show flexibility and don’t stubbornly stick to your initial viewpoint like a captain going down with his ship! You don’t have to be perfect but you do have to show a willingness to consider other viewpoints.

Interview

no

yes

Two english literature essays

no

I was asked given thirty minutes to first choose a poem out of three offered and then annotate it in preparation for my interview. I was also briefly asked about some authors I had mentioned in my personal statement.

Specific questions based on the poem and the texts I had displayed an interest in through my personal interest. No generic questions such as ‘Why do you want to go to Oxford?’

Formal trousers and a jumper, not too smart but something I’d be comfortable in.

Impressions

Excellent

Friendly