Application

 Oxford

 Oriel

 Theology

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (3 A*,5 A,2 B)

A-levels

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

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

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

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

academic superiority, tutorial system, etc.

I heard Oxford is more attractive than Cambridge and Theology at Cambridge worse than at Oxford (i.e. department, course etc.)

renowned tutor Dr Cross

Preparation

no

For interview: read a lot of current and traditional material and don’t be nervous unless it gives you some sort of kick

Interview

no

yes

I chose an elaborate history essay to display “analytical skills” and a huge uni-standard (apparently) TS Eliot essay

no

I was asked questions by a very posh bloke, an attractive young californian woman and another posh bloke

how do you prove the existence of god (thanks a lot)? why do you want to study theology? why is it important?

a rather dapper green corduroy jacket, checked shirt and tie, black trousers, black shoes, blue boxers, dark socks (can’t remember the exact colour though probably black)

Impressions

rather jolly posh. although they’re nearly all beautiful, this one was full of public school dudes (one guy wore a silk cravat and an open shirt)

very pleasant, spacious, and mine was occupied by a former countdown champion

Good – I smuggled a friend in to dinner from another college and he didn’t throw up

dichotomised between the very old and the very pretty

posh. RRRAAAHHH! eton, harrow, winchester, etc.

Final stage

I opened it, read it, realised I was a reject and looked forward to dossing for the rest of the school year

Looking back

yes. it was fun whilst I was down there

be confident and cheery