pplication

 Oxford

 St Hilda’s (open application, allocated college)

 English Language and Literature

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes

A-levels

(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)

Details about the offer

yes

yes

yes

offers from durham and york, the usuals but preferred oxford.

Applied to Cambridge the year before, but didn’t get made an offer, only decided to take a year out as a last minute decision as I didn’t want to go to Edinburgh (my back up) finally decided Oxford to fill in my 6th space and bizarrely got in.

So if you want to reapply it can be done, but I can’t say that it would work in all instances – plus if you want to reapply you have to ask yourself if its something that you want to take a gap year for.

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Reputation, quality of teaching

Best in the country

Open application – I wasn’t really that interested in which college, the all girls thing isn’t as bad as i thought it would be, so it all turned out okay!

Preparation

no

Read over any texts that you mention in your personal state and make sure you an answer at will on all the major issues.

Interview

no

yes

2 college essays and an essay that I had done on my year out…. seeing as no=one writes essays on their year out, I used my A2 coursework.

no

The first one was appalling, the first one was really interesting.

First Interview, the role of woman in chaucerian poetry, went absolutely terribly and had to blag my way throughout. She gave me an unseen text to anaylse, she asked me questions on this to expand my theories.

Second Interview with two tutors, discussed Milton and Sylvia Plath bizarrely, was interesting and felt quite enthusiastic, which I think is the most important thing to get across to a tutor who could potentially be teaching you – they don’t want to work with someone whose unresponisve or doesn’t care/ have a passion for their subject.

Skirt, white shirt and heels, formal but not too smart. However, I’m the sort of person who feels more confident if I’m dressed smartly, some people feel more relaxed in clothes that are slightly more casual.

Impressions

Terrifying – some of them still scare me to death, but they’re not ogres. If they are scary it’s just due to the amount of work they have to get through, making them stressed – don’t take it personally if they’re in a mood!

Friendly and chilled out.

Looking back

Yeah definately. Coming hear by accident is the luckiest mistake I’ve ever made!

Just enjoy the experience and realise that life doesn’t end at Oxford or Cambridge. Show a real interest and passion for your subject. English is particularly not about ‘right’ answers, they want to see that you’ve thought about your interests and have original ideas.