Application

 Oxford

 Pembroke

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2001

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

Selective state school/grammar school

 yes (9 A*,1 A)

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)

(A at AS; predicted A; gained A 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

AAA

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Mainly because of the reputation, and the fact that an Oxbridge degree is a world class education.

Prefered the course at Oxford, thought it had a better reputation than Economics at Cambridge, plus I prefered the University in general and the city of Oxford.

Looked around it at open day, thought it was a nice college and as good as any.

Preparation

yes

Not much really. Had a few handouts and one mock interview.

Yes. Make sure that you do a draft first! And on the Oxford form dont just repeat what you put on the UCAS form, have something specific to say about why you want Oxford.

Interview

no

yes

Two essays, one on the Euro debate and one on Monopoly power and markets. They were my best two essays which is why I submitted them.

yes

Yes there was a test at 9.00am on the Monday morning. I didnt do any preperation as I didnt know what it was about. It actually went pretty badly, but then everyone else said the same thing.

I accidently banged my head on the low doorframe on the way in, but then they asked me to sit down in a chair (which was quite comfy), and the questioning began. It lasted 30 mins but seemed to pass extremely quickly.

They didnt ask any of the standard “Why PPE, Why Oxford?” questions, nor did they ask me about social activities or any personal questions. No “small tal”k was required. They started by asking me “Which of the three areas would you like to start with”, and I chose politics. The politics guy began by asking me what I had read, and then responded by clueing me about the book. The Philosophy questions were harder and I found them quite difficult to answer because I had not previously studied the material. They were about morals, and where they come from and how they are instilled in us. The Economics guy only had time to ask me one question, which I found very easy.

A suit, because I thought it would make me look commited and dedicated, as though I was making an effort.

Impressions

The college is pretty poor in financial terms, and so lacks expensive amenities, but is a friendly place, and has sufficient accomodation and other facilites.

The room was quite large, but didnt have much in the way of facilities, and was pretty bare. The bed was quite uncomfortable.

Edible but not great

The food was good on most nights but was pretty awful one night.

They seemed very intelligent and friendly, not at all snobbish.

Most of them seemed pretty normal, but a couple of them were a bit weird.

Final stage

I was happy.

Looking back

Yes, because I got in.

Read generally and broadly, rather than spending ages concentrating in one small area. In the interview answer the question asked rather than the question you were hoping would be asked.

Make sure that the essays you submit are up to scratch, and also that the UCAS and Oxford forms are positive. The interview cant be prepared for very thoroughly, but reading is useful.