> Joe






 pooled, offer made (Brasenose)





 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (3 A*,7 A)


(A at AS (240 UMS))

(A at AS (286 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (283 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (271 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (260 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Merit)

(predicted Ungraded; gained Ungraded)

Details about the offer


A in Chemistry, A in Mathematics, A in Physics




I got rejected by Durham :p

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Simply because it is the best undergraduate university in the world.

Oxford is undoubtley a better city, Cambridge is a bit dull.

In my opinion Oxford colleges are prettier.

I didnt really want to do Nat Sci.

Sounds silly, but I always wanted to go Oxford since I was about 12, also I followed them in boat races and stuff.

Since AS year, chemistry has been my favourite subject, and its much more intresting at university than A Level.

I originally chose Balliol, fairly randomly, I liked the fact that it really prefers candidates to have physics. Also because I thought it was old and pretty. (It is quite pretty, but not old.)



2 Practice interviews, not dreadfully like the real thing though.

Make sure you know your A level work inside out, not much else you can do.

Look at hybridisation theory also, shouldnt take you too long and a lot of people were asked on it.





In my Balliol interview there were 3 professors, one asked me to draw some graph then intergrate it, it was something involving e. One asked me to show her a mechanism i liked, I choose a mechanism forming N-phenylethanoate. Another asked me stuff on bond angles which I really messed up imho.

In my Brasenose interview, I was asked topics on organic chemistry. the charge on CCl2 (netural). Lots of more general stuff.

Casual clothes, but it really doesnt matter.


I quite liked Balliol, but no formal hall is a bit rubbish.

Brasenose is really nice, good in every department really, aside from academically we are lower mid table. Most colleges are quiet good really.

My room in 1st year is small, but not too bad, and its really cheap (cost about 700 pounds per year) Really nice staircase

2nd year I get a room in an annexe called Frewin right next to the Oxford Union, nice fairly large room, costs about 900-950 pounds.

Fairly tasty, mostly unhealthy, especially brunch,

However it is very repetitive and so I dont often eat in hall.

2 Tutors in college for chemisttry are both really nice

Generally alright. Brasenose has a reputation for being a bit of rah college though.

Final stage

Letter came 2 days after interview from Balliol telling me I got pooled. Between then and the interview I wasnt really sure wether id get in or not.

Meh, was fairly happy, but its not really a huge thing. There are a lot of good universities, and if i was at Durham or somewhere then I probably wouldnt have so much work.

Looking back

Yes, tbh you probably have a better time at other places, its a bit work driven here, but its worth it at the end.

Just go for it. Remember though there is a lot of luck involved.


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