Application

 Oxford

 Pembroke

 Medicine

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (9 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS (299 UMS))

(A at AS (294 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (292 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (300 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (288 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Chemistry

A

yes

no

 offer met

Decisions about the application

I thought the style of teaching would be the best type for me and I wanted to do a “scientific” medical degree.

Well, I was expected to apply to Cambridge mainly because I live closer and visit a lot. However, I stayed overnight in Oxford with the school, really loved it and so applied there instead.

Ah, the eternal question for medical applicants. Aside from the usual PS things, it was the BA in Medical Sciences.

I stayed at Pembroke with the school and just thought it was wonderful.

Preparation

yes

I had a practice interview with the head of chemistry and the head of biology and some organic chemistry tuition once a week.

You can’t really prepare for any of the questions. Just make sure you know basic principles in chemistry and biology, relax and say what you’re thinking otherwise they won’t know.

Interview

yes

I had to sit the BMAT.

no

no

Overall, all of the interviewers were very friendly and within a few minutes my nerves died down considerably. However, none of the questions were easier but then they really weren’t looking for the correct answer.

Mainly scientific and ethical questions. However, I was asked about the extra-curricular things on my personal statement so it wasn’t totally academic.

For the interviews, I wore smart trousers and blouse with a jacket. I wanted to look smart and professional although I wore jeans whilst relaxing.

Impressions

I had a second interview at LMH which was a really nice college, the students were friendly, the room was nice and there was plenty of food.

My room at LMH was pretty large with a washbasin, desk, chairs, table. Everything was simple but clean. I wasnt dreadfully impressed with the kitchen but it was adequate.

The food provided at both LMH and Pembroke was good as there was plenty of it and it tasted pretty nice as well. I’m a vegetarian so I wasn’t expecting to be too impressed but Pembroke’s vegetarian option was really good.

All the tutors I met were friendly and easy to talk to.

Final stage

I was hoping that I’d got in (obviously) but I tried to put it out of my mind for the most part.

I was half asleep when the post arrived and I opened the letter so I was pretty shocked but very pleased.

Looking back

Definitely.

Don’t doubt yourself and give it a try as some people are going to be accepted and in the words of the lottery (not that it IS one, I think) “It could be you”.