Application

 Oxford

 Lincoln

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

Non-selective state 11-18 school

 yes (7 A*,3 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAB, Excluding General Studies.

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

My teachers believed i was good enough to get an offer and i felt that i had nothing to lose. The idea of studying at such a renowned university also appealed to me.

Politics seemed stronger at Oxford and because i live near to Cambridge, i felt a move away from the area would suit me better. Don’t be fooled – the cities are pretty similar.

It is centrally located and is relatively small in size which appealed to me. Also some of the current undergrads recommended it and students and staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful. It’s also one of the most beautiful!

Preparation

no

No and to be honest i don’t think that it mattered. Although some schools do give help, i gather that it’s a waste of time and maybe even counter-productive!

Don’t write anything in the additional comments box on the second side – it isnt compulsory and you may end up harming your chances. Above all take your time with it!

Interview

no

no

yes

The university-wide PPE exam. I downloaded a past paper from the university’s admissions site and went through that but it’s my belief that there is little preparation that you can do for them – they change from year to year.

I had two twenty minute academic interviews and a one-hour written comprehension test. The interviews were split into one philosophy & economics interview and one philosophy and politics interview. In the time inbetween i didn’t do much – looked round oxford a bit but spent most of my time in the JCR.

In the first interview there was one that was about whether it was right that the state had a legitimate monopoly on violence and another about ‘game theory’ (i understand that this is a popular one at interviews). The second asked me about the novel 1984 and if i could draw any links between the society depicted and today’s society but this was asked as i had made reference to the novel in my personal statement. There was also a question about the validity of premises and their derived conclusions. I wasn’t asked why i wanted to go to oxford or any of that nonsense and it was made clear to me before hand that it was unlikely, but not impossible, that i would asked those questions.

Shirt, smart jumper and smart trousers (in one of them i may have worn a tie). I wanted to look like i cared about my presentation but they advise you not to ‘overdress’ so suits were out. I’m also quite comfortable in those sorts of clothes which i think helps.

Impressions

They were all very nice but i thought lincoln was one of the nicest looking. i’d recommend visiting the city and just having a good look round – open days are good too.

Size of rooms varies but most at lincoln have en suite facilities.

Excellent.

Make sure you hang on to your plates – the kitchen staff have a habit of whipping your plate away before you finish!

Very friendly and helpful.

Again, very friendly and helpful. They also give a different perspevctive to college live which is fairly interesting.

Final stage

I was delighted – its one of the best feelings in the world. It made my life!

Looking back

Yes simply for the experience.

Read papers (not tabloids), watch the news, try and find copies of the economist and if you have time read a few of the books listed on the lincoln PPE course guide which you can get a copy of with a lincoln college prospectus. Make sure you leave the interview knowing you’ve done the best you possibly can and don’t panic and enjoy the whole experience!