Application

 Oxford

 Christ Church

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2001

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

Selective state school/grammar school

 yes (7 A*,2 A,1 B)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

I had good grades so i thought why not? i actually decided that before deciding what subject to do.

Only Oxford does PPE

Went their to an open day and it looked amazing.

Preparation

yes

Yes. We had weekly economics meetings examining articles and discussing the economic implications. I also had a practice interview (completely useless)

The application form didnt/doesnt seem very important. Try and make your personal statement stand out.

Interview

no

yes

I had to sumbit two marked essays. The only relevant work I was doing was 20th Century history, so i submitted two pieces : One about the “Hungry Thirties”, one about the Tory Party.

yes

1 hour written exam, no preparation. The politics part of it involved definitions of terms which were very similar, like repression, suppression.

I actually had six interviews. At Christ Church I had 2 interviews on the Monday, one with a politics and economics tutor, one with a philosophy tutor. I found out that I had been summoned by 2 other colleges on the day I was meant to leave, Oriel and Mansfield so i went to these. At Mansfield I had an interview with three tutors all at once and at Oriel I had three interviews with the specific tutors, which was very probing.

My interviews were all based around puzz;es or challenges. A few economics tutors asked me to draw graphs on the spot, like y= 5x/2. Philosophy had logical puzzles, you had to deduce the correct answer from various statements. Politics was discussions on a certain political event which i had to read about.

Took a suit but just wore casual mix.

Impressions

Christ Church was beautiful and the dining room was used in Harry Potter!
Oriel is not in one geographical area some parts are in a different place and Mansfield is a little bit out of the city centre and quite small.

Blue Boar Quad, first year accomodation was a really small depressing room with one noisy electric heater. I couldnt get to sleep.

Excellent

Dont put down your knife and fork unless your finished cos it gets snapped up by the dinner ladies.

I preferred the tutors at Mansfield and Oriel. They were quite warm.

Variable. theres the public school element, the nerdy element and the normal types.

Final stage

I smiled, and then my mum gave me a hug.

Looking back

Read a broadsheet and the economist. Also for philosophy read one book like Bertrand Russel, Problems Of Philosophy, but any reading I did honestly didnt seem to make much difference.