Application

 Oxford

 Worcester

 Physics

 2006

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 FE College

 yes (10 A*,2 A)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

(A at AS (299 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in Mathematics, A in Mathematics (Further), A in Physics

General studies excluded

no

not officially yet

N/A

Decisions about the application

It is one of, if not the, best places for Physics in this country. When I came on the open day, it just felt like the right place – I knew I’d be devastated if I didn’t get an offer.

Cambridge doesn’t do straight Physics

Because I can’t imagine studying anything else – Physics fascinates me!

Preparation

yes

Had an evening of mock interviews, which were in the end not mch like my actual interviews! Also I was allocated to an Oxbridge discussion group, which met every week to talk about applications etc.

Know your mechanics really well. Also sketching graphs.

Interview

yes

Physics exam and Maths exam before invitation to interview.

no

no

My first two were terrible – I felt really stupid, I was nearly in tears at the end of the first one! I was totally convinced there was no way I’d get in, so at the third interview I was much more relaxed, I explained myself better I think, and that’s the college I got into!

Mostly general mechanics questions – don’t want to be too specific in case the questions are used in more than one year.

Casual clothes – it’s what I always wear.

Impressions

All the colleges I went to were very pretty, the people were friendly and helpful.

My room at the college I stayed in had a piano! It was ensuite and looked out on to the first quad – very nice.

Not bad, cooked breakfast was very welcome!

There was a meeting with them at the start of the interviews so we all knew who they were, which made them seem a bit less intimidating, but still a bit scary!

Helpful, friendly, but one of them was always working! Oh, and they took us to G&D’s one night which was nice.

Final stage

I was just waiting for the rejection! The other physicists at my sixth form who applied to Oxford were rejected so I was convinced I hadn’t got in. I was trying to convince myself, while I was waiting for the letter, that I’d be happy at my second choice university, that I maybe wouldn;t fit in at Oxford – but when I was accepted I realised how much it really meant to me.

I screamed. A lot!

Looking back

Definitely – I made a few good friends at the interviews, and it was good to see what the colleges were really like.

Be confident – don’t put yourself down. Read outside the syllabus LOTS. Make sure you enjoy yourself at the interviews!