Application

 Oxford

 Worcester

 Modern Languages

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – selective

 yes (12 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS (300 UMS))

(A at AS (285 UMS))

(A at AS (284 UMS))

(NA at AS)

(A at AS (291 UMS))

(NA at AS)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in French, A in German

AAA

yes

N/A

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Best for my course

The course at Oxford appealed to me more

It had a high literature content, which was something that really caught my attention.

I was really impressed by the grounds and facilities on the Open Day.

Preparation

yes

I had a practice interview and my languages teachers had some extra lessons with me to discuss some literature.

Do what you can, but don’t panic about trying to prepare for everything – it’s simply not possible. Just revise what you should know, and be yourself when it comes to interview.

Interview

no

yes

yes

A half hour exam for each language I was applying for.

They were tough, but quite enjoyable.

It was more like a conversation with people who were passionate for the same things I am, but who knew a lot more than me!

I was given passages to look at in the language, and asked questions on that about the style and general meaning, then there was a section in the language, and some questions in English at the end about how I went about reading a text for the first time in a foreign language.

A suit, because I felt more comfortable dressed smartly.

Impressions

Very beautiful, all of them looked stunning.

They were comfortable, and pleasant to stay in.

Very good! I looked forward to the meals.

Approachable, friendly and interested.

Also helpful, always willing to offer advice.

Final stage

I was nervous, I just wanted to know one way or the other.

It was just a very good day – the letter came and I let all of my family know.

Looking back

Definitely.

Go for it, apply, and give it all you’ve got, but be aware that even the best applicants don’t get in, so you mustn’t feel disappointed if you don’t receive an offer; you’ll still go to a great university.