Application

 Oxford

 NA

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 FE College

 yes (10 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(B at AS)

(A at AS)

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

(B 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

A in Mathematics

AAA

yes

yes

yes

For PPE the Oxford course, style of teaching and just general Oxford-ness is perfect for me. I never really wanted to go anywhere else – so it’s a good job I got an offer!

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

As above – style of teaching (tutorials, lots of reading and essay writing to sum up findings), the variety of the course (they have some amazing options) and obviously the fact that it’s beautiful and prestigious.

Cambridge doesn’t offer my course, and it’s generally less cool. Plus I grew up there.

Er.. I don’t know, it just seems to be the right combination of things that really interest me, and skills that will be valuable to be later on.

I was pooled before interview, but the college I was pooled to had amazing tutors and beautiful grounds, so in some ways I’m glad.

Preparation

yes

A little, I organised a mock interview with my philosophy teacher and the college also organised a mock interview for me. I cant really tell if they were helpful or not, each interview requires you to think on the spot so it’s not easy to ‘transfer knowledge’ as such.

Only bother reading things that really interest you, in my case they used hardly anything I had read in the interviews, but I didn’t feel (unlike other applicants) that this reading had been wasted since I had only really read things that I felt were useful to me personally either for school or otherwise.

Interview

yes

Sat the TSA.. not much to say really. Try your hardest because they use it to deselect prior to interview.

no

no

I really liked all the tutors who interviewed me (although in some cases I wasn’t sure if this was mutual), and the interviews themselves were really fun. Dont worry if you make mistakes, or think you’re getting no-where.. you really can’t tell what they’re thinking!

I did a lot of ‘puzzle’ type questions similar to those in the TSA, politics focused more on my reading and knowledge but even then it was all really basic, a lot of the time I just created problems and left them unsolved and we just moved on.

Stuff about constitutions and some questions linking my reading together which were fairly abstract and personal to whatever it is you’ve read (so know your books well), philosophy was just a long discussion about knowledge and belief really, interesting but scary.

Blouse and heeled victorian boots and jeans. I guess I thought they were smart without being prissy, and I liked the blouse because it matched my new boots. No real reasons.

Impressions

I changed my mind so many times, Brasenose was really pretty and compact, Magdalen was famous and nice looking but I didn’t feel it had the wow factor for me, Worcester was amazing looking but didn’t have tutors in my field of interest, LMH had great tutors, buildings and grounds – the only cons are that no-ones heard of it and it’s a bit far out.

Fine

Nice, found a hair in it though!

Ace.

Lovely.

Final stage

Shot between feeling terrible and feeling really hopeful, generally just nervous though.

Erm, I let out a little scream, and my mum was on the phone to my dad in africa so gave me the phone and he yelled.

Looking back

Definitely

Do your very best so you have no regrets, make sure you apply for a course you really want to do and don’t worry too much about the college, you’ll find lots of positives wherever you are.