Application

 Oxford

 Lincoln

 Law

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

A state “faith” school

 yes (11 A*)

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)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

yes

yes

offers from LSE and Warwick
also applied to Durham and Bristol but not heard so far

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

I wanted to be stretched academically at university and I believed that Oxbridge was the best place for that to happen.

I visited Oxford on an open day and fell in love with it – I never really considered Cambridge.

I have been set on studying law for several years – the course at Oxford seemed to me to be the best course on offer due to the academic angle (rather than vocational).

I visited Lincoln on an open day and I thought the college looked lovely – not too small but cosy enough to be friendly with most of the people in your year. The food is apparently the best in the university and there is accommodation offered for all three years.

Preparation

yes

One mock interview with two experienced teachers.
A company came into my school to give advice about Oxbridge applications.

Organise some interview practice with someone with experience of oxbridge interviews.
They can otherwise be very intimidating.

Interview

yes

LNAT

no

no

no

no

When I came out of the interview room I knew I hadn’t done extremely badly but, apart from that, it was very difficult to tell. I did feel, however, that I got into a good rapport with the interviewers.

In the first interview – the one on the text – the interviewer asked very probing questions. He asked the question again and again until he thought I had got everything I could out of the question. There was very little help given.

“‘All’s fair in love and war’ – what do you think that means?”

Formal black trousers and a 3/4 length sleeved woolen top.
I wanted to look as though I had taken pride in my appearance but not over the top.
Some girls were dressed in women’s suits but they looked overdressed.

Impressions

I only visited Lincoln. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating and seemed genuinely interested in the prospective students. The college itself was beautiful.

The rooms were very large with very high ceilings and a reasonably-sized bathroom with a very good shower, toilet and sink.

Excellent! The food at Lincoln is meant to be the best in the university! I’ve eaten at Jesus and Queens and I would definitely say that the food was at least twice as good as there!

I didn’t meet any tutors apart from during the interviews but they were friendly and seemed very knowledgeable on their subjects.

Seemed genuinely interested in the prospective students and were full of advice and interesting stories.

Final stage

I was keen to find out the decision – I wasn’t nervous because I had two other offers at the time and I knew that the competition was fierce.

My family and I were all jumping around in the hall hugging each other. My family then rang everyone they could think of to tell them.

Looking back

Definitely.

Prepare as much as possible. The effort is worth it. Read around your subject and do other things too – make yourself an interesting person. The tutors want to accept people who would be good to spend three years teaching. Organise some really difficult mock interviews and keep your cool.