Independent – non-selective
Not known whether selective or not.
yes (1 A,2 B,4 C,1 D)
(NA at AS; predicted A; gained C at A2)
(NA at AS; predicted A; gained A at A2)
A2 level in Chinese Studies – Predicted A, achieved B.
A2 level in Mandarin – Predicted A, achieved B.
Details about the offer
Decisions about the application
Because I thought I could get in, and because they’re the UK’s best universities.
Oxford did the course I liked.
Read around your subject – ask friends to ask you probing questions.
Testing ones! I was asked questions on Mandarin history, Chinese economic policy, Asian literature, and Far East communist politics.
I wore a leather jacket over a pale green vest.
I liked most of them – they had character, style, history, etc.
Edible but not great
Friendly, if slightly eccentric.
I saw precious few – exam time I think. Those that I met were friendly and helpful, as they should have been.
At first I thought it was a joke, as I didn’t expect to get in, but the I was very pleased and celebrated with my family afterwards.
Most certainly – it was stressful, nervous and prolonged – but it was definitely worth it.
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