Application

 Oxford

 Jesus

 Theology

 1996

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

i knew it was the best.ididn’t apply pre a level as my school didn’t really support oxbridge.i was working towards a low offer at another uni so i was really surprised at my results and asked my schhool if i could apply.

my school suggested oxford i had visited it i knew nothing about cambridge.i did feel that from what i could tell the oxford course was the better one in those days

i was applying to read english in london but over the summer met someone preparing for oxbridge theology and thought i could do this. i clearly had a chip on my shoulder about it and had avoided it pre a level probably fearing rejection

school suggested it but they didn’t have a resident theology fellow so iwas informed i would be taught at st. john’s if successful

Preparation

yes

a retired teacher volunteered to see me every week for a chat about relevant topics.this was brilliant

try to be as well informed as possible

Interview

no

no

essays

no

i was very nervous and overawed by the whole experience.the interviewers were only interested in academic matters

what do you think of miracles`? can you will yourself to livedie? i felt they really wanted to develop this using topical news events i wouldn’t commit myself without medical facts etc .lots of questions re. written work .i had said some quite controversial things in my essays and felt i wasn’t as interesting in the flesh.

a tweedy suit ,completely wrong.

Impressions

it was so impressive so unlike my 2000+ comprehensive.

i stayed in a little house in a side street .

fine

clever,one sensitve and warm, one scary ,my comments on miracles drew the response “you’d be lynched if you said that where you come from”

friendly

Final stage

secretly hopeful

it was life changing

Looking back

yes

be clever ‘the cleverer you are the easier it is