Application

 Oxford

 Keble

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2009

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes (7 A*,3 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (286 UMS))

(A at AS (300 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (298 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (273 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Biology, A in Government and Politics, A in Mathematics

AAA

yes

yes

yes

Offers from Sheffield and York. Rejection from LSE. Still waiting on Durham.

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

The course mainly, not done the same anywhere else

Again, just the course

The combination of the interrelated subjects was exciting, plus I would like a use for my Maths.

Keble was just beautiful. It’s so hard to mak the decision, there are so many with not many differences, so I just picked Keble for its location and its look and size really.

Preparation

yes

Just a mock interview

Try and get a mock interview, make sure you read over your books. Other than that, just be confident, a lot of what they ask you will be spontaneous. Just don’t panic! XD

Interview

yes

TSA in November. Pretty tough but was quite enjoyable I think.

no

no

They were tough, I really didn’t think I’d done that well!

They were very response-based. Not much on prior knowledge or study. I think its better that way too, you can show your intelligence by what you come up with, not just how many books you have read.

Economics was two game theory/problem solving sheets given to me 20 minutes before.
Philosophy and Politics was together. I was asked a question on the validity of some given arguments. The morals behind sentence times for attempted murder. Questions relating to my Politics A2 course.

I just wore a big jumper (it’s cold!) and some straight leg jeans. I didn’t really feel the need to wear a suit.

Impressions

Loved it. The rooms were nice, the hall was great, the location was just the right distance from town.

Room was very big! Had a bookcase thing with a large desk, a walk in wardrobe, an en-suite. Awesome.

Really good. Self service brekkie, then some nice cooked food in the evening

Again, not what I expected. Very down to earth and professional

Friendly and willing to help out! I had someone take me to my interview because I couldn’t find the room!

Final stage

To be honest, I thought there was no way I was getting an offer. I figured I could have done much better and there were clearly people smarter than me there. I wasn’t really thinking about it.

I got a call.
It was shocking at the time and took some time to sink in.
Probably a nice way to find out, in hindsight. A letter would have been very nerve-wracking.

Looking back

Of course!

Just have a go. It’s only one place on the form.