Application

 Oxford

 Hertford

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

Selective state school/grammar school

 yes (5 A*,4 A,1 B)

A-levels

(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

AAB

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Some of the best universities in the world, chance to study independently etc

PPE not done in Cambridge, larger city.

Long school tradition, came highly recommended.

Preparation

yes

A helpful mock interview.

No.

Interview

no

yes

English and History essays, best work.

yes

1 hour exam – Can’t really prepare for it.

Extremely sensitive and non-patronising approach, questions directed at what I wanted to talk about, no tricks, no interruptions.

Section 10, philosophical and political questions, little bit of personal questions.

Casual and smart, you arent fooling anyone with suits, not judged on appearance.

Impressions

Extremely friendly, communal atmosphere.

As expected, bed, table, sink, wardrobe – shower close by, plenty of room.

Good.

Extremely friendly but serious.

The place is a bastion of the British bourgeoisie and they were exatcly what i expected: eloquent, confident but basically hollow.

Final stage

I phoned them up on the 2nd of January and asked to be told – the expected ecstasy followed…

Looking back

Absolutely, its the biggest academic test an 18 year-old can undertake, and ofcourse there is the fact that i got in…

KNOW the basic history of philosophy, have interest in economics and politics, be extremely confident- first chance to shine in life, dont waste it under anxiety. Be prepared, relaxed and confident. they are your 20 minutes, make sure theyre the best 20 minutes of your life