Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)


 offer made





 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

Selective state school/grammar school

 yes (12 A*)


(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


B in Chemistry, A in Economics, A in Mathematics



 offer met

Decisions about the application

The PPE course is like no other in the country (well, except York). The academic standard, presteige etc.

Oxford do PPE, Cambridge don’t! I wanted to study politics at the same time as economics, and the philosophy aspect was an added bonus.

It ranks highly in academic league tables, and there isn’t a huge fuss about things like sport – I’m an academic more than anything else, so it seemed most fitting.




Don’t appear pretentious. Concise and precise “additional information” sections are better than flowery nonsense.




2 essays from Economics. One was on Congestion and road pricing, which I was told was “very good” in a letter to my school post-acceptance. The other was comparison of monopolies and perfect competition, which was “satisfactory”. My advice – send longer pieces which allow you to express your own opinions.


Yes, but you can’t prepare for them. One question was based on a philosophical passage, one was on game theory, and another was distinguishing between words with similar meanings (e.g. apparation, appearance, manifestation)

I had a written test and three interviews (one for each of the three subjects)

Politics: Is it rational to vote? If somebody is forced to do something, are they free to do that thing? Philosophy: Does the square root of 2 exist? If I deconstruct someone, record their structure, and send that information elsewhere to reconstruct them, is it the same person? If everything has a cause, is there something which is the cause of everything? Economics: Revolved around some game theory using an example question.

Jeans and jumper. Felt more comfortable.


Friendly with a nice atmosphere.

Rooms are big enough, all with sinks and ethernet sockets/phone lines.


Meant to be the best in Oxford!

Very friendly, although one or two were firm in interview (in order to get good responses).

Friendly and welcoming.

Final stage

I went out and enjoyed myself.

Looking back

Yes, because I managed to get a place on the course I really wanted to do.

Do a bit of reading in each subject.
Think carefully about questions and don’t just say the first thing that comes to your head.