Application

 Oxford

 St Anne’s

 Materials Science

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

not known if selective

 yes (7 A,2 B,1 D)

A-levels

(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

AAA

yes

yes

yes

Oxford as first choice, Imperial College as second

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Tutorial and collegiate system

Oxford provides the course I want to study. It is closer to London, and a nicer place as well.

The best Materials tutors available. Largest undergraduate library. Liked the open day.

Preparation

yes

Yes, extra oxbridge classes and mock interviews

The form: Praise the college you are applying for; if you write dwon what you have read or what you are interested in, make sure you know also the accesssories. They may not ask what you have mentioned but something linked to it

The interview: Know the likings of interviewers. They may ask you what they are good at

Interview

no

no

no

Questions surrounding AS curriculum asked.

Asked about structures of crystals. Device experiments to determine identity of unknown metal; why is glass transparent?

Shirt and black shoes

Impressions

Very friendly, though slightly too crowded. Thought provoking place.

Good rooms, though near to major roads.

Quality of food is dissatisfactory. Edible but not great.

Very friendly, highly able academically but not monster-like. Induces you to answer during interviews, very patient

Students from all backgrounds, very easy-going.

Final stage

Very excited

Looking back

Yes, very nice place, and reputable

Choose your college according to how good tutors are, not just the size and buildings