Application

 Oxford

 Exeter

 Medicine

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (9 A*,1 A,1 B)

A-levels

(NA at AS)

(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)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained NA)

(predicted NA; gained NA)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA, excluding General Studies

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Advised to by teachers, also very science based course which I liked. College system looked brilliant!

My sis goes to Cambridge. Also much more lively, and better for medicine (i hope!)

right in the middle of the cities, nice size, very pretty, low(ish) number of applicants per place

Preparation

yes

had a couple of mock interviews with teachers.

OAF: I dont think it matters whether or not you fill in the box. I did though.

Interview: revise your AS biology as they will probably ask you stuff from the syllabus. don’t panic, they are seeing how you react to pressure, and also testing your method of thinking, so knowing ways in which you can apply your bio/chem/maths is good.

Interview

no

no

yes

A 1.5 hr exam. Pulled specimen papers off the net and did those.

1st one was really bad, I left my gloves in the room, it was that traumatising! My 2 interviews were mixed academic and general. got asked the same question in both!

recent medical developments (talked about magic bullets), vaccines, distribution of money for research, altitude sickness, AIDS, blood composition, rates of reaction, gene therapy, and other stuff I can’t remember now, sorry!

grey skirt suit (to be traditional) with blue blouse and patterned blue/green/grey tank top so I didn’t look too businesslike.

Impressions

Exeter — nice people and good accommodation, but yukky food and lame JCR
Wadham — people are really friendly, great accommodation and JCR
Queens — good food, very pretty and lively
Christ Church — good food, very big, a bit scary at times
Lincoln — very small, bit claustrophobic, but nice people

Wadham have the coolest rooms — 2 floors, sometimes with a balcony. exeter have nice, spacious rooms, but heating doesnt work all the time.

Awful – it really depends on the college, so be prepared to eat out, or crash other colleges at meal times!

varied — some were very friendly, some were quite cagey and overly professional.

nice, but didn’t seem to want to be there. Don’t blame them really, they should have been on christmas holidays!

Final stage

it was a big pack, so it was either an accpetance or a really nasty joke! was still really shocked when I opened it though. and relieved.

Looking back

yes, had a great time when I was there and would have applied even if it meant rejection. certainly an experience you dont forget, as it puts you in a completely foreign situation.

just enjoy your time there. concentrate on the test and interviews, but also chat to as many people as possible, go out every night and have fun!