> anonymous 97

Application

 Oxford

 Exeter

 Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Comprehensive School

 yes (7 A*,3 A)

A-levels

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

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

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

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

First class university - desire to undertake research

The nature of the reserach year for biochemistry

Visited open day - impressed

Preparation

no

Do not expect fairness or transparency - Oxford claims to be looking for potential - I am not convinced of their commitment to this

Interview

no

no

no

First interview - all academic questions - felt that it went really well (obviously not as I thought!!) second interview - a disgrace - the interviewer at Lady Margaret Hall did all the talking - I began to wonder what agenda they were working towards

First interview - academic questions focussing mainly on organic chemistry. second interview just listen to the interviewer talk!!!

Smart trousers, jacket, shirt

Impressions

Liked the college - beautiful surroundings

Small rooms with adequate facilities

Good

Friendly

Friendly, on the whole

Final stage

Felt devastated - felt like a failure - all other universities had accepted me - from your profiles it would seem that you can into Oxford with lower grades than other universities.

Looking back

Yes - but I would not give Oxford a second look - in hindsight i should have applied for Cambridge

Do not expect fairness or transparency - Oxford claims to be looking for potential - I am not convinced of their commitment to this.

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