Application

 Oxford

 St John’s

 Physics

 2000

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (4 A*,6 A,1 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics, A in Physics

A, AA (Mathematics, Physics) + another A in FM or Computing

yes

Accepted the place, and achieved the offer!

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Good reputation.
Good quality degrees

After visiting an open day for each university..looked round the towns of both, and decided that Oxford was a nice place to live

I went to the open day and liked it.

Preparation

yes

They gave one pratice interview

The Forms: Be honest

The interview(s): Just relax, and don’t worry about what everyone else says, or how they act. There was a lecture and at the end of it people asked questions, and they were talking about things I had never heard of, and at the time made me think I didn’t know enough to get in, but they let me in anyway! Just don’t stress to much about it, and try not to look polished 🙂

Interview

no

no

yes

I had to take a formal examination with the rest of the physics candidates. It was a maths paper. There wasn’t much you could prepare for, just make sure you are strong at maths really, but then you have to be before you apply. I guess you could do some revision before, but I don’t think it’s needed.. To prepare I downloaded the past paper from the web site

I was first asked a few general questions based on what I had written in my Personal statement, mainly on the books that I had read, then was asked to do some questions on the whiteboard and they helped me though it..had to derive a few equations and explain a few principles

Lots of things Ideal gas laws, derivation of formula for fringe seperation in a defraction grating. calculating the hight of a drop for a rollercoaster so that it can make it round a loop-the-loop. Plane take offs, loads of things. I had two interviews in all

I wore a shirt and trousers to the first one, but felt slightly overdressed. I think I just wore jeans to my second one. It was quite relaxed, so looking smart didn’t seem important

Impressions

The college was really nice, I made it easier for myself by not looking round any other college to compair it to. I’m not sure if that was the wisest thing to do, but it helped me decide

The rooms vary a lot. My friends went earlier than me and had huge rooms, bigger than my own at home! The room I was in was still pretty big, but not as big. All the rooms I saw had a sink in them, and they all shared a kitchen and bathroom. The compter rooms were good but not great, but the library was cool and had a load of old books in.

Excellent

They really feed you well, there is loads of food, and it’s all free

The tutors were nice and friendly.

Didn’t speak to many during the interview time, but the ones on the open day were friendly and quite funny..pretty cool. Not many really posh/stuck up people

Final stage

I recieved a phone call from one of the tutors asking if they were to give me an offer would I accept it. I was quite shocked by this, and, given that I had been woken by the call, was unsure what to say (apart from yes!). I was then not sure if it really happened, until I had written confirmation a few days later

Looking back

yes, because I got in! Also the time spent at the interviews is a good experience, and the time out of them is a laugh too. I’d apply just for the free food and wine they give you while you’re there

be relaxed, be yourself, don’t worry about how you think others did..Go for it!