Application

 Oxford

 Corpus Christi

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (4 A*,5 A,1 B)

A-levels

(B at AS)

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

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

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Merit)

(predicted NA; gained Merit)

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

yes

yes

offers from oxford & manchester
rejected from bristol, durham and york

 offer met

Decisions about the application

ppe is strongest at oxford, and i really liked the tutorial system idea, i felt i would thrive in that kinda of set up where i am allowed to study quite independently

in my opinion PPE is far superior to SPS, oxford is a bigger and more vibrant town and i just liked it better.

i really enjoyed economics at a level, and through studying religious studies i began to read a bit of general philosophy outside of school and liked it. i have always kept a keen eye on current affairs and politics so things just really fitted together.

corpus christi met most of my criteria for a college, that were a) very central and close to important things b) potentially offer accommodation for all three years of course, also which was in the city centre c)kitchen facilities throughout undergrad d)relaxed and friendly atmosphere

Preparation

no

I had an interview with an economics tutor who had just graduated from oxford for economics & management.

I also had an interview with my old philosophy teacher.

Ensure you are very passionate about your subjects and studying them in the conditions which you will be in. Only apply if that applies to you, don’t bother if not. Oxbridge is not the be all or end all, it’s suitable for some and not for others, both options are equally fine.

However, if you think you would enjoy it and have a real interest in your subject then go for it and be focused.

Interview

yes

PPE exam. 1 1/2 hour TSA and then a 30 minute essay

no

No

no

No

I didn’t have a general interview

Philosophy interview – Two men (one professor, one PHD student), i was told PHD student would talk to me about utilitarisniam first and then prof about my personal statement. I thought util part went well, but professor didn’t think so. Thus, he grilled me on utilitarianism for another 10 minutes and forgot about my PS. It was really fun, although very hard and at one time I had to just admit that I had changed my mind since he had brought a new point to light.

Politics – Economics tutor asked me a horrible question after picking up my PS and having seen that I had put freakonomics in my economics paragraph for books I had read, it was ‘I see that you’ve read freakonomics, the book about the hidden phenomena of economics, what are the hidden phenomena or politics?’ I was quite stumped but slowly worked through it, he was nice and prompted me a times whilst mostly letting me speak and express my ideas.

Economics – I was asked about something I wrote on my personal statement (about a book called Happiness by Richard Layard – i was primarly arguing that I didn’t like it or agree with it) and also was given a ‘quirky’ economics question ‘What happens to traffic on the M1 (or another big motorway) if two more lanes are added?’ and I was given a small statistics puzzle.

I wore dark jeans, red trainers and t-shirt and a jumper, because I was comfortable.
You do not have to wear a suit, just ensure that you are comfortable.

Impressions

I liked it.

My room was quite large, a bit cold and had a bed (single), table, chair, lamp, cupboard and sink.

fine

very smart, nice but intelectually pushing (which was good)

mostly fine, although a few seemed a bit weird.

Final stage

Nervous as it got very close, but happy because I felt I had done my best and the decision would be fair.

Very happy

Looking back

Yes

I don’t know, everyones different