Application

 Oxford

 New

 Medicine

 2009

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – non-selective

No one ever gets into Oxbridge from my school – I’m the first person ever to get in for Medicine at Oxbridge!

 yes (10 A*)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Merit)

I also have a published paper that I wrote.

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Physics

I’ve already taken maths but they asked for AAA in one sitting.

yes

no

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

I love the scientific and traditional basis of the course. The tutoring system seems perfect for me too, as I learn best through discussion.

Oxford has a more traditional course, whereas the Cambridge course is more integrated.

Great way to combine science with working with people.

It’s really central and it seems to have lots of extra curricular opportunities.

Preparation

yes

Supposedly, although only really for the humanities students – the scientists had to sit through long discussions on post-modernism and other boring things!

Learn your AS/A2 work whatever you do! Also, develop a critical mind if possible – when reading the papers etc be critical. Read around your subject as much as possible – although they probably won’t ask directly it looks good to drop extra reading into conversation.

Interview

yes

7.3 6.0 10.5

no

no

They were ok, I felt I could’ve done better I guess. The most noticeable thing was that the interviewers questioned everything you said. Be prepared for this, and stick up for yourself if you think you’re right! One time they asked me a question and then said they thought that was wrong but I stuck by it and they eventually admitted I was right! I won’t lie though, I really enjoyed them, I kind of wished I’d had more!

Mostly science. It’s worth thinking about some areas of your a level subjects that interest you as I was asked this in all my interviews! Some ethical dilemmas too so it’s worth reading around the rules of the BMA etc.

Grey suit as I thought it’s not just a university degree, it’s a profession.

Impressions

I really liked them! Oxford seem set on making people fall in love with them even more during the interviews!

Sometimes they were quite pedantic and almost rude but I’m sure this was just to put me off, they seemed quite funny too!

Final stage

Complete fear! I could barely eat I wanted it so much…

I got home from another interview to a letter on my mat – it was quite thick but I couldn’t actually open it. I sat trying to tear the envelope open and when I finally read the words “I am pleased” I nearly fainted!

Looking back

Definitely! I had an awesome year preparing and I learnt so much outside of my a level syllabus’, it was great fun. I’m looking forward to next year even more now!

Enjoy it! It sounds silly but even if it’s a rejection it’s an amazing experience.