> Alex H

Application

 Oxford

 Worcester

 Engineering Science

 2009

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 Netherlands

 Independent - non-selective

 yes (11 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(NA at AS)

(A at AS (273 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

(A at AS (293 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (294 UMS); predicted A; gained NA at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

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

AA, I already have an A in A2 maths so I only need two more A's

yes

no

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

I applied because I thrive off working hard and simply enjoy it.

To be completely honest, I thought Oxford was a far more happening city with better nightlife. Other than that there was not much between them.

Simple answer - it combines all my academic strengths.

I thought Worcester was a fantastically warm, welcoming college with absolutely beautiful grounds. From a practical point of view it offers accommodation throughout my undergraduate degree, there are two sittings for dinner every day (which is handy if you have a busy schedule and want to pop in when it is convenient for you) and it is close to the centre of town.

Preparation

yes

I attended a workshop once a week in my upper sixth where my phyiscs teacher presented me with some challenging problems to overcome in a pressured environment.

Be maticulous with it because you don't know what will come up in the interview and you'd be kicking yourself if you hadn't revised something which was AS standard which you should have known.

Interview

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No

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I thought they did go well (though i never admitted it at the time) and was happy that I had done myself justice by answering most of the questions to the best of my abilities.

Know your calculus very well for engineering because in both of my interviews that was the only maths that came up.

To start with, a couple of non-important personlity/interest questions to settle me in. After that the questions were purely physics and maths based, where you need to think quickly on your feet, and think aloud because if you stumble onto the right track the interviewers generally give you a positive hint, e.g. why don't we explore that option?

Suit trousers, an open-collor shirt and a jumper. I wanted to strike a balance between formal and casual, whilst looking serious and trying to shake off the public school image.

Impressions

I adored my college right from the start and had a "feeling" it was the one for me which I think is all you can go by.

At the interview it was farily average, though I believe Worcester has a reputation for the best food in the university during term time.

Very welcoming and relaxed.

Final stage

I started off confident, and as every day passed I lost confidence, thinking that I had accepted to many hints in the interview.

I got an email and merely breathed an enormous sigh of relief as it is all I have ever wanted from my last two years of school.

Looking back

YES!!

Prepare as thoroughly as possible because you will regret it if you don't and fail to get in. You can't go in to it half-hearted. Be confident in the interview, and even if you can't see the solution immediately, thkn aloud and say everything you know about the topic at hand.

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