St Hilda’s (open application, allocated college)

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)







 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes (10 A*,4 A)


(D at AS)

(A at AS (296 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (245 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (241 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(B at AS (234 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Did several other qualifications including 3 BTECs and a 30 CAT open university module.

Other universities



Decisions about the application

Good university with a course I really liked and excellent method of teaching.

The course was better, I also preferred Oxford as a town

I really enjoy studying, thinking and reading around all the areas of PPE.

There is some logic I believe in making an Open application. This is because it is usually the better candidates who make direct applications so Open applicants are thus more likely to be pooled to colleges where the competition is not as great. Additionally, I wasn’t too fussed about the college I went to.



Many practice interviews, conferences, handouts and continuous advice.

Start preparing earlier, get good academic results and do really well in the admissions test.



Despite a lot of preperation, I still found the test really difficult. Perhaps this was down to my lack of aptitude for PPE.




I thought they were really nice.



Variable. Some were quite arrogant and snobbish. Others were lovely and warm.

Really nice people.

Final stage

Nervous, kind of knew it though because of my test results. Though I still wish they had given me an interview.

It changed the inner workings of my body for some time but then I got over it over the following weeks.

Looking back


You need aptitude. Hard work is not enough and thus it is important that you have a flair for your subject(s). They are ruthless in this aspect.