Application

 Oxford

 Hertford

 Medicine

 2002 (deferred entry)

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (9 A*,1 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

yes

yes

Offers from Birmingham, Aberdeen and Leeds for Medicine

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Like the style of the medical course offered at Oxbridge. Big fan of the collegiate system. Also wanted to do gymnastics at university and Oxford was one of only a few medical schools to offer the sport (my other choices were Birmingham, Aberdeen and Leeds). Sport played a main factor really!

Since I was a child it was my dream to go to Oxford. Bigger city, liked the uni better than Cambridge. Also a big Inspector Morse fan!

Very friendly, small and cosy. Nice buildings (esp the bridge of sighs) and ancient. Not oversubscribed for medicine and very central although far away from the medical department.

Preparation

yes

Yes we had an Oxbridge group and we were given mock interviews. But found this useless. They did give me reading lists though so it wasn’t that bad!

On ucas form talk about what aspects of medicine interest you. Talk about extra curricular stuff and work experience etc. On the oxbridge forms talk about why you chose to study that course at oxbridge (important for medicine) and talk about why you chose a certain college.
Read around your subject. e.g. read the bmj, new scientist, scientific american.
Keep cut outs of paper articles. Read science books. Know all your GCSE, AS and A2 stuff before interview. Attend lectures aimed at Year12 and 13 students. Pester your teachers for mock interviews.

Interview

no

no

yes

Sat a 1.5 hour test on the first day which basically tested aptitude and comprehension and basic science skills. It was a bit like a harder version of a general studies paper.

As I wrote about psychiatry and endocrinology as my specialist areas or interest I was asked plenty of questions on this. Asked questions on the heart, cancer treatment, HGH, diabetes, latets news on medicine. Strangely for an oxford interview i was asked about my sports gymnastics and rugby and was asked a lot of ethical questions regarding my voluntary work at a hospice. I was also given questions on evolution and to talk about a recent non science newspaper article so i talked about the developments in the war on terror.

A suit. Many people say wear what you feel comfy in. WRONG! For medical interview you must look smart and make a good impression so wear a suit. Besides i felt comfy in my suit!

Impressions

visited Hertford, St Peters and St Catz.
Was allocated to those 3 coincidentally but only interviewed at hertford and st peters.

excellent facillities at all of the three colleges especially for en suite rooms. Good library at Hertford. small and cosy nice feel. St Catz was a bit too big!

Good. Had a lamb lasagne with chips. Nothing to shout about!

Friendly and very talkative. Apart from asking academic questions it was nice to see they were really interested in the other things i did like music sport etc

some were friendly some snooty but you will always get people who are arrogant anywhere in the world and especially at oxford.

Final stage

Ecstatic. Finally realised a lifelong ambition. Parents were happy and my family were happy for me. All the work finally paid off.

Looking back

Of course. If you have a dream you must give it a 110% to try and realise it!

Although i got excellent GCSE and A-level grades, not all the people who get in for medicine have A stars. They look at A levels and extra curricular stuff. Don’t be put of by stereotypes or misconceptions by your teachers. if in doubt contact the unis directly.