Application

 Oxford

 Trinity

 History (Modern)

 2008

 pooled, offer made (Keble)

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (6 A*,4 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

yes

no

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Because it’s one of the best and most prestigious universities in the world and offers a different learning atmosphere.

I thought I would rather live in Oxford as it is a busier city with a higher non student population.

I am very passionate about History and it was the only subject I really considered.

Trinity was a very nice college with a good atmosphere due to its small size and it also has great food.

Preparation

yes

As I was on a gap year I infrequently went into school for help and had one practice interview.

Practice your interview technique as much as possible as it will make you more relaxed.

Interview

yes

HAT test was difficult and really required you to think but you have to realise that everyone comes into the test with no prior knowledge.

yes

no

My interviews were a relaxed and (somewhat) enjoyable experience. The tutors were sympathetic and interested in what I had to say.

Nearly all of my interview at my first choice college was based around my personal statement and submitted work which meant it could be prepared for. However at Keble I was given a passage to prepare for discussion which I found to be somewhat more difficult.

It was mostly based around my personal statement but I was also asked if I could go back to one moment in history what would it be. I was also asked to discuss a passage at my interview at Keble.

I wore smart casual, mostly wearing a shirt, smart trousers and smart shoes. I only wore this because I felt comfortable in it.

Impressions

The colleges were beautiful and had a considerably more relaxed atmosphere than I expected.

The rooms in Trinity were ok but not too sizeable and the JCR was also rather small.

Superb

Very pleasant

They were always helpful and wanted to get to know you.

Final stage

It was hard to not keep thinking about it but if you relax and expect the worst then you know you can’t be disappointed.

I was incredibly excited as was my family.

Looking back

Definitely

If you really want it then you should go for it. It is a great place to apply for and if you have the talent and desire it will be clear to the tutors that you are right for Oxford. I would also advise taking a gap year to give you time to prepare and relax before the interview.