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JerseyGirl
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Can we revive this thread?!?
Obviously the others couldn't, but whatever. How did your interview go?
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Hey...
I'm a Brazilian guy that dreams about going to Oxford, and I've got a question about the courses...
My objective in life is to become a diplomat and so I'm really leaning towards majoring in International Relations. However, as such course is not available at undergraduate level in Oxford (and Oxford is my dream school), would the Politics course give me the same knowledge and notions that I'd get from IR in other top schools?
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Hey, I just made this discussion because I couldn't find one already for History and Politics applicants to Oxford for 2015 entry.

If anyone's applying post in the discussion or message me!


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I am also looking at this course.

I am taking History, Geography, Sociology and History of Art.

At GCSE I got A*AABBBBBBB

I don't think this is good enough to get into Oxbridge though

But it has always been my dream?

I am trying really hard with my AS Levels and am hopefully going towards 4 A's?

Thanks
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I am also looking at this course.

I am taking History, Geography, Sociology and History of Art.

At GCSE I got A*AABBBBBBB

I don't think this is good enough to get into Oxbridge though

But it has always been my dream?

I am trying really hard with my AS Levels and am hopefully going towards 4 A's?

Thanks
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(Original post by roseolivia1)
I am also looking at this course.

I am taking History, Geography, Sociology and History of Art.

At GCSE I got A*AABBBBBBB

I don't think this is good enough to get into Oxbridge though

But it has always been my dream?

I am trying really hard with my AS Levels and am hopefully going towards 4 A's?

Thanks
They are quite a way below the typical student's grades, but that doesn't mean you can't get a place. Grades are a fairly minor part of the process (they count for about 30%).
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Thank you


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Im a Scottish student so I am talking SQA examinations and our grading system.

When I was doing Int2 (GCSE) history, I had an unbelievably terrible teacher and ended up with a B. It's the only B I've had in my entire school career and I'm now doing higher (A-level) and next year I'm doing Advanced Higher (don't have a clue what the english equivalent is). I expect I'll get A's in both along with 6 other A's at Higher (A-level) and 2 other AH. Will that B make a difference?

Sorry that is probably really confusing and long winded, I'm just really concerned about it.
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If you don't get accepted for History and Politics but they liked your application, is it true that they'll offer you a place for single honours History?
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Does anyone have any recommendations for books to read to prepare myself for my personal statement and interview?
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Applied for this at Trinity
GCSEs: Lower than average but I have extenuating circumstances
AS: AAAA in Law, Politics, Sociology and History
A Level: AAA in politics, law and history
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also applied to this course at brasenose
GCSEs: 7A*s 3As 3Bs
AS: AAAA in History, Government and Politics, Classics and Eng lit
Predicted: A* History, A* G&P, A Classics
i'm hoping that my PS (if not the HAT but oh my god the HAT) will get me at least an interview. I did more politics extra curriculars than history so sort of worried about that.
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Thought the HAT was better than I thought it was going to be yesterday! Hopefully I may even get an interview!

Planning to start doing pre-interview reading next week (in case Oxford actually want to interview me). Going to read:

History:
Britannia Overruled by David Reynolds
Germany since 1945 by Pol O'Dochartaigh
A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr
Machiavelli The Prince
Machiavelli The Discourses on Livy

Politics:
An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jonathan Wolff
The Politics by Aristotle
Political Philosophy a Beginner's Guide for students and politicians by Adam Swift
On Liberty John Stuart Mill
Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
The Communist Manifesto Marx and Engels
The Social Contract Rousseau
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(Original post by magic_is_might)
also applied to this course at brasenose
GCSEs: 7A*s 3As 3Bs
AS: AAAA in History, Government and Politics, Classics and Eng lit
Predicted: A* History, A* G&P, A Classics
i'm hoping that my PS (if not the HAT but oh my god the HAT) will get me at least an interview. I did more politics extra curriculars than history so sort of worried about that.
I don't think you can do that many extra-curriculars for history tbh. I talked quite a bit more about Politics but tried to link the two in one paragraph where I mentioned a historical text that interested me as well. Hopefully we both get interviews!
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(Original post by MaxReid)
I don't think you can do that many extra-curriculars for history tbh. I talked quite a bit more about Politics but tried to link the two in one paragraph where I mentioned a historical text that interested me as well. Hopefully we both get interviews!
I did mention The Impossible Peace by Anne Deighton, linking that with modern day politics so hopefully that should be ok. Going to finish that, the Jonathan Wolff book and Britain Since 1945 by Kenneth O. Morgan. Hopefully!! What college you applying to? Applied to Brasenose since it's reasonably low on Norrington Table and all the arts/music festivals link to my extra curriculars
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(Original post by magic_is_might)
I did mention The Impossible Peace by Anne Deighton, linking that with modern day politics so hopefully that should be ok. Going to finish that, the Jonathan Wolff book and Britain Since 1945 by Kenneth O. Morgan. Hopefully!! What college you applying to? Applied to Brasenose since it's reasonably low on Norrington Table and all the arts/music festivals link to my extra curriculars
Awesome! Brasenose looks really nice! Trinity for me
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(Original post by MaxReid)
Thought the HAT was better than I thought it was going to be yesterday! Hopefully I may even get an interview!

Planning to start doing pre-interview reading next week (in case Oxford actually want to interview me). Going to read:

History:
Britannia Overruled by David Reynolds
Germany since 1945 by Pol O'Dochartaigh
A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr
Machiavelli The Prince
Machiavelli The Discourses on Livy

Politics:
An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jonathan Wolff
The Politics by Aristotle
Political Philosophy a Beginner's Guide for students and politicians by Adam Swift
On Liberty John Stuart Mill
Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
The Communist Manifesto Marx and Engels
The Social Contract Rousseau
Just started the Swift one....really helpful and interesting.
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(Original post by MouseyBrown)
Just started the Swift one....really helpful and interesting.
I thought the Jonathan Wolff one was really interesting, at least in bringing up topics to think about and maybe share in an interview, not necessarily to learn from. Chapter three "Who Should Rule?" is one i'm focusing on.
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Hi all! I'm an American applicant that recently interviewed to read History and Politics at Merton. Is the interview the most major part of the application for shortlisted candidates? I ask because for universities in the US, interviews are done by alumni and carry very little wait in the admissions decision.
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(Original post by cluelessOhioan)
Hi all! I'm an American applicant that recently interviewed to read History and Politics at Merton. Is the interview the most major part of the application for shortlisted candidates? I ask because for universities in the US, interviews are done by alumni and carry very little wait in the admissions decision.
Oh hey! I was considering applying to Merton but applied to Trinity! Merton is an awesome college! How did you find your interviews? I thought the interviews were quite good. Hopefully we both get offers!
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