Application

 Oxford

 Somerville

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2009

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes (10 A*,3 A)

A-levels

(NA at AS)

(A at AS (280 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (264 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (286 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (255 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in History, A in Mathematics

AAA

yes

yes

no

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Only Oxford offer PPE

Acedemically stimulating, wide range of fields to explore, extremely interesting.

Pretty, large, good accomadation, close to the centre of town.

Preparation

no

Read alot of material relevant to your course in addition to school work

Interview

yes

The TSA

no

no

Philosophy went badly- blundered around a bit but I felt the other interviews went well.

What is the difference between lying and nottelling the truth?

Is the currrent financial crisis indicative of a faliure of capitalism.

I came equipt to wear either casual (polo and jeans) or smart casual (shirt, jumper, suit trousers and smart shoes) and elected on smart casual as the majority of other applicants were dressed similarly.

Impressions

open and welcoming

I stayed in a double room, with a slightly uncomfortable bed but containing a piano!

Good quality with lots of choice, though rumours abound that good food is put on for the benefit of interviewees

extremely friendly and approachable; happy to rephrase a question and allow a pause in the interview to think.

Helpful; willing to give a detailed tour of the college and answer any questions, certainly not aloof or dismissive (though it could be argued that such students would not be chosen to assist applicants during the interviews)

Final stage

Not particularly anxious as I was aware no amount of worrying would affect the decision in any way.

I was relieved. High fived my brother.

Looking back

Certainly

Apply even if you are unsure you’ll get a place- the experience of interviews and meeting so many new and interesting people is well worth the hassle of applying even if you fail to get an offer.