Can I ask, what did you achieve you achieve in your GCSE's and AS Levels?
(Original post by treehugginghippy)
Having read through all of the above posts, and confused myself as to who was asking what ... I shall delve in.
I just met my offer to study Chemistry at Oxford, and my A' level subjects were a bit weird (by that I mean, all over the place), so hopefully I can help.
Don't worry about not having Physics - I don't have it, and I met a few applicants that didn't. My only 'science' subjects are Chemistry and Maths (I didn't even have maths AS when I applied, I had to take the A' Level in a year).
As for worrying about the interview. You don't need to. The tutors will quickly find out what you don't know, and ask you a question about it. They're not looking for what you do and don't know - they want to know if you can think on your feet, learn quickly, and apply the fundamental chemistry principles you should know (from AS, and from what they tell you) to the problem they present you with.
Don't worry if you take a long time to solve a problem - just so long as you do it out-loud and in a logical manner you'll be fine.
I even ended up making some major mistakes (like forgetting the chemical formula of water
) ... but still got through in the end.
Last edited by Extreme!; 06-10-2007 at 15:10.
Thanks for your reply! I really appreciate it, and have found it very useful.
Last edited by Extreme!; 06-10-2007 at 15:11.
It is quite difficult to understand how broad chemistry can be without even having started on an undergraduate degree. Stating that you prefer organic chemistry is fine, but this will just be interpreted as "my favorite section of A-level chemistry is the organic part" which (if not followed by a sound argument or anecdotal explanation) is a waste of time in your personal statement.
I did quite an extensive research project at the university of Lund in Sweden (this in biophysical chemistry) working along with a researcher, and thus in my ps I explained how I had decided on chemistry based on my time there.
Last edited by tinypony; 25-08-2007 at 00:03.