Application

 Oxford

 Jesus

 Mathematics

 2004

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (5 A*,2 A,1 B,1 C)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Distinction)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further)

AAA

yes

Oxford first choice, Durham insurance (ABC). Now at Jesus, Oxford despite missing the grades needed

N/A

 offer missed, still accepted

Decisions about the application

Good degree. Liked the college system.

Prefered the course at Oxford.

I dunno it looked nice, had three years of accommodation.

Preparation

yes

Had mock interview and went through STEP papers

Make sure you know how to draw graphs. Don’t be phased by being asked questions you don’t know they’ll help you through it.

Interview

no

no

yes

3 hour long maths exam with no calculator and no formula book. I learnt how to add without using a calculator and tried to learn the stuff in my formula book i.e. no real preparation

I had three interviews at my college and one at my allocated second choice (St John’s)

I can’t really remember. Just random things. ‘How would you find the length of this line on this graph’. Helped you through everything and it wasn’t stuff on my a-level course.

Impressions

Jesus was small but very very friendly and everyone seemed nice. St John’s I got lost in and couldn’t find out where I was meant to go

You live in college in the first year and then most people live in college flats in second and third years. Rooms vary a lot it’s pot luck what you get. Second and third year rooms are better (self-contained three person flats). No kitchens in first year and no toasters allowed for some reason

Good

Nice. Some are a bit freaky and randomly wander around a lot. I spy on them

Welsh. Lots of state school students. Very laid back. Not too moley.

Final stage

I phoned up my friends. Whether they were talking to me or not. And then went out and got very pissed.

Looking back

Yes. Lot of work but it’s great fun.

If you get in be prepared to work.