Application

 Oxford

 Blackfriars

 Mathematics

 2006

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (9 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (279 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (251 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

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

(A at AS (295 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (286 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (286 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Cambridge STEP Maths

(predicted NA; gained NA)

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Further Mathematics was taken without the aid of my school.

Other universities

yes

yes

Decisions about the application

I thought I would enjoy studying there and it’s one of the best for my chosen subject.

From advice from others, I didn’t visit Cambridge just Oxford.

I’ve always known I wanted to study it.

Went on an open day and really liked the atmosphere.

Preparation

yes

A few practice interviews and feedback with a retired teacher.

Be enthusiastic, and be prepared for the entrance exams.

Interview

no

no

yes

A two hour paper sat in College on the core maths syllabus.

Over very quickly – about 10/15 minutes long. Asked some questions and worked through them with them.

Sketch a graph of logx and deduce from it which was bigger, e^pi or pi^e.
Asked to draw a graph with some inequalities (in both interviews).
Asked to elaborate in things I’d read about and mentioned in my personal statement and also about “myself”.

Black skirt, jumper – I was comfortable in them but they weren’t overly casual.

Impressions

Nice, realxed and quite a close atmosphere.

Good, it was a large room.

Good.

I was told the room to go to for my interview – only contact I had.

Friendly, relaxed – typical university students.

Final stage

Panic, impatience!

Very upset for quite a while – hit me quite hard.

Looking back

Not sure, I’m glad that I’m now applying Post A-level I’m glad I’m not going to that College/Uni this year.

Do check out all the potential universities – go to the open days, spend some time looking around and decide what you really want. Don’t realise too late that you wish you’d applied elsewhere!