Natural Sciences (Biological)
yes (4 A*,5 A,1 B)
(A at AS (295 UMS))
(A at AS (286 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)
(A at AS (284 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)
(A at AS (270 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)
(A at AS (266 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)
Details about the offer
A in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics
AAA, Excluded general studies
Decisions about the application
I wasn’t sure which science I wanted to specialise in, so natural sciences was a good course to choose.
Oxford didn’t offer natural sciences
It was central and quite big which I liked
Mock interview with a biology teacher
Look over your AS notes in relevant subjects
They were less intimidating than I had expected them to be. I had a general interview with an admissions tutor and then a biology interview with two biology tutors.
In the general interview I was asked about why I had chosen natural sciences, what I liked about the college, what extra curricular acitivies I did etc etc.
In the biology interview I was asked to solve some genetics problems, answer questions about some images of cells under a microscope and was also asked some questions about two of the senses (hearing and vision)
I wore some trousers and a shirt, didn’t bother with a suit or anything like that.
It was really nice, everyone I met was friendly and the architecture is amazing.
They seemed friendly and tried to put you at ease during the interviews.
I was nervous and the letter seemed to take forever to arrive!
The letter was really small and I assumed that it was a rejection. When I opened it to see that it was an offer I was really excited and rang up friends/family etc.
Read your AS notes and try not to get too nervous during the interviews!