Application

 Oxford

 St Anne’s

 Medicine

 2001

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (3 A*,8 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

Always wanted to go there, prestigious, puts you in good stead for getting a good, higher paid job after university.

The bigger city of Oxford attracted me.

Modern, friendly, a bit more cosmopolitan than the others.

Preparation

yes

Yes, practise interviews and a practise paper.

Read lots of newspapers – they do ask you about current medical issues – and try to subscribe to the student BMJ. Just be confident and think about your answers carefully, I made a few silly mistakes.

Interview

no

no

yes

Yes, I did a practise paper (you can get them from the Oxford website, I think)

Had 3 interviews, was given a graph/case study to look at and discuss – they were very stretching, but not too scary actually.

They were mostly science based questions, and ethics rather than personal questions.

A trouser suit, I wanted to look smart and show that I was comitted.

Impressions

St Annes was very nice – really nice atmosphere, nice people (I made some great friends at the interview – so don’t worry about not liking anyone there – you will!) The college was modern, and I liked that.

The rooms werent that great, but quite clean and liveable, although I had to go down three flights of stairs to get to a decent shower!

Good

It was ok, but alot of the time I was a bit too nervous to eat!

Very nice, I only really spoke to them during my interviews, but they werent as scary as I thought they would be.

Very friendly and willing to help.

Final stage

I was really upset, and it took a while to get over, particularly as it was my first reply from a university.

Looking back

Yes, 100%. I think I would have always been wondering whether or not I would have got in, and also I had a cool time staying in Oxford!

Be confident in your abilities and try your best, but don’t be too upset if you don’t get in – you can never tell who will/won’t get in!